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    I don't know why it looks so small in that pic.

    Meh. He was a stout 'lil Polack. He lived with his parents, who could barely speak English.

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    I have always done a one day trial to see if they fit in and are capable. My expectations are lowering rapidly.

    I had a grad student try out and I asked him how much fuel was in the chipper, it has a sight tube run up the side of the tank. He said he couldn't figure out how to read it??

    The last guy we let go had zero concept of danger. He would stand directly under a 4000lbs pick as it was cut, I asked him to back up and he literally backed up 3 steps.....

    Looked at a TreeMek ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by PCTREE View Post

    I had a grad student try out and I asked him how much fuel was in the chipper, it has a sight tube run up the side of the tank. He said he couldn't figure out how to read it??
    That is one for the record books.
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    I get this with fuel cans for equipment.
    I ask... How much fuel is left in the can after you top off the Dingo? or whatnot......
    Now, there are increments on most of our cans... You would think.....
    Interesting how a limited gene pool and a limited labor force seem to be so closely related.

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    Me: How low is the oil?
    Him: 1/4" on the dipstick
    Me: (thought to myself, I measure boards in 1/4" measurements, or a 1-quart cross-hatched dipstick area in 1/4s.) How much oil do you think it needs, considering that its on a slope?
    Him: 2 quarts.
    Me: Ummm.





    This new guy has about 15 jobs groundman jobs in the Bay area under his belt, of varying sizes, with Valley Tree Service in Woodacre CA. The company website shows some big crane removals and such. We'll see.






    More than interview questions, it would be interesting to hear your recruiting approaches and avenues overall.

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    I don't know about you but we have had some doosies apply over the years. First question to a climber is "What's your favorite knot? No answer, no job. Or, the guy that answered "square knot", he didn't get employed. Our favorite though was a quick field test outside to put on spikes. HAHAHA he put them on with the spikes on the outside. Still makes me laugh.
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    I've seen that... always good for a laugh!

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    Well-Climbing style!
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    V, maybe having to put on their spikes in front of an ex cheerleader made them shy and nervous.
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    Ah the old "in the presence of a hottie" test.
    I ask if they can read?
    One of my subs has a guy that asked me if he could put a 24" bar on a saw if he needed a bigger bar but the saw already has a 28" bar on it. The guy is a little dumb but has a strong back so he drags brush.

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