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    What are good questions for screening employees, particularly rookie groundies/ experienced groundies/ experienced climbers?

    How do you suss out things like physical fitness and aptitudes?

    I was thinking of a past application is had for a prospective job that had self-ratings, 1-10, on various skills.
    As applicable to groundworkers:

    chainsaw skills, 1-10, add details
    knot skills, 1-10, add details
    chipping experience, 1-10...
    mini-loader...
    driving trucks...
    hitching trailers...
    communication...

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    I hired a guy once because he was bowed up and could do a backflip.

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    Getting to work on time, every day, ready to go to work. 1-10
    "Confidence is the feeling you sometimes have before you fully understand the situation."

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    I ask for resumes and a cover letter through email, no calls. If they can't do that to start, they're out. Next step is a full day, working interview. See what they got, then yea or nay.

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    Christ Sean, you can overthink stuff. You really love forms!

    Here's my interview technique.

    Come along Monday, let's see how it goes.
    I feel that the evening ceases to be languid.



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    I sniff them to see if they smoke tobacco and ask if they are allergic to dogs.
    If they look fit, they get a one week trial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanKroll View Post
    What are good questions for screening employees, particularly rookie groundies/ experienced groundies/ experienced climbers?

    I was thinking of a past application is had for a prospective job that had self-ratings, 1-10, on various skills.
    As applicable to groundworkers:

    chainsaw skills, 1-10 .................... 9
    knot skills, 1-10, ................... 9
    chipping experience, 1-10 .............. 10
    mini-loader... ............... 0
    driving trucks... ............... 9
    hitching trailers.................. 9
    communication... ............... 8
    A fun quiz to take.

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterBlaster View Post
    I hired a guy once because he was bowed up and could do a backflip.
    What is bowed up and how did he work out?

    Quote Originally Posted by stig View Post
    I sniff them to see if they smoke tobacco and ask if they are allergic to dogs.
    If they look fit, they get a one week trial.
    Literally the 'sniff test', gotta love it.
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    Maybe so, Mick. I'd rather see if they can fill out a form, and do the leg work for me.

    I get so many plain responses that I have to waste time again and again asking for elaboration, examples, details.

    I've had a guy show up for storm work fill in who was doing physical therapy 6 times a day for a broken spine. He wanted to be able to do the job. I didn't remember to ask, and he forgot to volunteer that info.
    Water off my time.

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    What is bowed up and how did he work out?
    He lasted about 6 months then went back to work on the river.

    Bowed-up means he had muscles. Full blooded Polack, born in Poland.

    He eventually hung himself, no idea why.

    RIP, Damien.
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    Wow, he almost looks like that famous, crazy guy with the one Popeye arm.

    RIP
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