Driving schools » Driving Jobs » Driving Job Interview

Driving Job Interview

Driving Job Interview

How to Handle a Driving Job Interview
Job interviews are stressful events for most people and driving jobs are no exception. If you apply for a driving job, whether as a bus-driver, truck driver or delivery driver, you can expect many of the same questions that every other job applicant faces during their interviews. Your interview is also likely to include some that are specific to your trade. The key is to prepare yourself for as many of the most probable questions as you can.

Interview Preparation

Being properly dressed for an interview is important, as is having good hygiene. This should go without saying, but many people do show up to interviews for driving jobs thinking that these things will not be considered. The fact is that most employers prefer their employees (including drivers) to look professional as they are representatives of the company. This is especially so with large corporate employers. While a full suit may not always be necessary, it is important show that you take the company and the interview seriously by shaving and dressing appropriately. In most cases, it is better to overdress than to underdress. It should be noted that many national truck driving companies conduct their initial interviews on the phone, but dress should always be taken into account if you get called in for a second interview.

Driving Job Interview Questions

A few common questions that most job applicants face include:
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you want to work for this company?
  • What can you bring to the job?

Obviously common interview questions will differ based on the company and your own qualifications. The important thing is that you are prepared for them when they are asked. You will need to research the company to which you are applying and have answers ready to go. Research can usually be accomplished by checking out their website and carefully looking over the requirements posted in the job listing. You should always be ready to provide solid answers about your skills and areas of competence.

In addition to standard interview questions, an applicant for a driving job may face additional questions relevant to the position such as:
  • How many times did you have to take the test to get your CDL?
  • How do you stay focused while on long trips?
  • Tell us about some instances where you have had to make deliveries or drive under pressure.
  • How would you handle rowdy or unruly children on your bus?

Your answers speak to your ability to do the job in question, and therefore do matter. It is important for you to visualize beforehand all the questions an interviewer may have about your driving record and skills that are relevant to the position. For example, many delivery drivers will be expected to deal with customers as well as to transport freight. Some

amount of customer service and "people skills" will therefore be necessary. In other cases, drivers may be expected to unload the freight or load pallets for transport; as a result, an employer may expect a driver to have experience in those areas as well as be both healthy and physically fit.

Qualities to Highlight

Even if an interviewer does not ask certain questions, you will want to point out anything you believe adds to your qualifications for the position. For example, you should make sure that the interviewer is aware of all the vehicles you have driven in the past, as well as the types of routes on which you have operated. In some cases, the interviewer may not be a person from a HR department, but another driver. If this is the case, relaying such details may improve your prospects.