What to Expect When You’re Expecting – a Job Interview!
When it comes to the interview process, research and preparation can go a long way in terms of increasing your chances of landing the job. One of the best ways to get ready for a job interview, whether it’s virtual or face-to-face, is to write down and practice your responses to some of the most common interview questions. Also, go into the interview with your own list of questions. Check out our FREE Truck Driver Interview Question Checklist below.
What questions should I expect in an interview for a truck driving or truck driver position?
After sifting through a variety of interview posts, we found some of the most common interview questions candidates get asked during interviews. Here’s a list of common questions asked during job interviews with trucking companies.
Why do you want to work for [company name]?
Is your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) up to date?
How would you describe your driving record? Do you have a clean driving record?
What experience and credentials do you have that qualify you to be a truck driver for this company?
Do you think communication skills are important as a truck driver? Why or why not?
Are you comfortable with the travel demands of this job?
How do you stay alert or stay motivated on long hauls?
What are some of the things that you do to make sure that you meet deadlines?
Tell me about a time you had a setback on a delivery and how you handled it.
What is one strength that you would bring to this job as a truck driver?
BONUS: Why should we hire you?
What are some questions that I should ask the trucking company to make my decision?
A big mistake made by most truck drivers during an interview is they forget to ask questions about the company and the job to see if there is a good fit or not. Here's a short list of questions that you could ask in an interview (see our printable template for more).
What kind of freight do you haul?
How would you describe the company’s culture?
What kind of training does the company provide?
How long has the average driver been with the company?
What type of equipment does the company operate?
What is the age of the equipment?
How often does the equipment receive maintenance?
What are your main routes or regions where you generally operate?
How does your company pay its drivers (hourly, per mile)?
How many miles are available on a weekly/monthly basis?
What benefits do you offer, and when do they start?
Do you offer bonuses for performance, safety, sign-on, referrals?
What is your home time policy?
What is the fueling policy? Do you issue fuel cards?
What expenses does the company cover (food, tolls, truck washes, motel, etc)?
Do you provide detention and layover pay?
Does the company offer tuition reimbursement or work-related education expense reimbursement?
BONUS: Am I able to talk to a current driver about their experience with your company?
How should I go about practicing for a job interview?
The best way to succeed in an interview is to be prepared. Practice, practice, practice! If you have a job interview coming up, practice in front of a mirror or in front of a friend or family member to listen to your answers to some of the most common questions. Don’t forget to go to the interview with some questions of your own. Write them down [or use our template] and have them with you in the interview. That way you’ll be ready and have an even better chance of success in the interview and landing that job.
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