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Smooth communication is vital to the success of Schneider. How do you ensure smooth workplace communication?

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  1. 1.

    Smooth communication is vital to the success of Schneider. How do you ensure smooth workplace communication?

      Schneider needs to hire leaders who communicate smoothly every step of the way. The interviewer wants to see that you lead by example when it comes to communication efforts on the job, even when you are not in a formal leadership position. In the trucking industry, breakdown of communication can be incredibly costly when it comes to on-time deliverables, Schneider reputation, and the safety of others. Discuss how you do your part to ensure smooth workplace communication.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I ensure smooth workplace communication by asking questions or seeking clarification without hesitation. I do not pretend to have an answer to make a good impression. When it's safe to ask questions or ask for clarification, every aspect of a business can improve; including customer services, timeliness, deadlines, and even safety."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I believe that most problems stem from miscommunication. I ensure smooth workplace communication by asking for clarification when I need it and double-checking that I understand the instructions given to me. Before I proceed with a task, I walk myself through the steps in my head, anticipate any potential hiccups, and prepare a 'plan B' just in case 'plan A' doesn't go as smoothly as I hoped."

  2. 2.

    How familiar are you with the US Department of Transportation and the part they play with Schneider daily operations?

      The US Department of Transportation (USDOT or just DOT) was established in 1966. DOT focus' on regulating all types of transportation, including trucking, rail transport, aviation, public transit, and more. Their primary mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods by all types of transportation.

      If hired by Schneider you will need to be familiar with the US Department of Transportation and how to comply with their regulations, as they relate to your specific job title. Briefly describe what you know the DOT to be, and how they will impact your daily work operations.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "The US Department of Transportation works to limit safety risks in a variety of transport industries. I believe their work impacts every aspect of my job as a (insert your job description). The DOT's focus includes hazard identification, and risk analysis, which greatly reduces accidents and the consequences of hazardous events should they occur."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "The DOT is responsible for the regulation of transport through a variety of applications, including trucking. I believe that as a (insert your job description) the DOT will have a significant impact on the safety practices of my job in areas such as hazardous materials, operating practices, and control of all driver certifications."

  3. 3.

    Schneider seeks out employees who work hard, and show up for their team. What does having a strong work ethic mean to you?

      Using similar wording to that of Schneider, take the time to explain to the interviewer what it means to bring a strong work ethic to everything that you do. When you use specific buzzwords that Schneider can relate to, you are showing the interviewer that you value the same ethics and that your work values align nicely. Try to avoid the typical 'I work hard and show up on time' answer and dig a bit deeper into what makes you determined and driven, accountable, and dependable.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "After reading through the Schneider website, and your job description, I believe that you seek employees that understand their team relies on them. I am truthful, and I go the extra mile for my team. I look forward to coming to work every day and making a difference for your team and organization."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I describe my work ethic as 'old-school,' where I am early for every shift, honest with people, interested in learning new skills, and I consistently show up when needed. You are welcome to speak to my references in regards to my work ethic, as they will confirm the same. I am proud of the great work that I deliver."

  4. 4.

    We offer competitive wages and a great compensation plan. What is most important to you, when considering a job offer?

      Every person interprets the value in a compensation package differently than the next. For this reason, its essential that Schneider understands what a tempting job offer would look like before giving you one. Take some time to think about what is important to you when considering a job offer. Perhaps it's excellent health benefits, work-life balance, company culture, career growth, or continued education opportunities. Whatever your answer be sure to provide the interviewer with a clear idea of what you need to gain from your next employment opportunity.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I put the most value on growth opportunities. In my current role, there are rarely opportunities for promotion because we are a small, family-owned organization. I am eager to know how Schneider helps build up its employees for promotion and growth."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am most interested in joining a company that pays fair wages and has generous health benefits. I have children, which means that support for unexpected medical expenses is important to me. Could you share with me a bit about the health benefits provided by Schneider?"

  5. 5.

    What is the FMCSA and its primary purpose?

      The FMCSA is short for The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The FMCSA is an agency within the United States Department of Transportation. The primary purpose of the FMCSA is to regulate the trucking industry. This regulating includes reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. Talk to the interviewer about what you know about the FMCSA and any experience you have with the administration.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have worked in the transportation industry for the past twelve years, and I am very familiar with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. FMCSA plays a critical role in road safety. I know that the FMCSA came to be in early 2000. Since its introduction, the administration has made a very positive difference in the lives of drivers, carriers, and the public in general."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "A separate administration within the US Department of Transportation, the FMCSA is short for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This administration, introduced in 2000, maintains a focus on reducing fatalities, injuries, and incidents involving large trucks."

  6. 6.

    Schneider seeks out the most honest employees. Have you ever kept the remainder of an expense allotted to you?

      Honesty is a critical characteristic that Schneider will look for in an employee, no matter their job function. The interviewer would like to know if you have ever falsified an expense report or kept funds not meant for you. Assure the interviewer that you will always be honest with your expense reports and any other aspect of your job that requires trust.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I believe it would be unethical to keep any expense not allocated to me. I am keenly accurate with my expenses, records, receipts, and payments. If there is an overpayment, I will credit the expense report, and include the backup, on the next expense request."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have never been in a position where I had an expense account, but even so, I would never keep the remainder for myself since that would be theft. I take pride in my honesty and integrity."

  7. 7.

    Talk to me about a serious conflict on your team. How did you help to resolve the conflict?

      Conflict can be inevitable in the trucking industry as you face situations that change all the time, with a wide range of personalities and high-stakes projects. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you were successful working with people that worked differently from you. Walk the hiring authority through the situation, what you did, and what the resolution was. Be sure to highlight how you skillfully handled these conflict issues.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My previous trucking company went through a merger last year, and the amount of tension amongst the team was quite extreme. People did not know if they were going to lose their jobs, o if their routes were going to be changed, hours cut, and more. Everyone was sharp with each other, but I chose to take the kindness route. I was a friendly face through it all and kept a positive outlook. I know that I did my part to alleviate a lot of the negativity."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Two of my team members were in a feud over a process that they were both misinterpreting. Normally, I do not get involved in smaller conflicts, as I believe that most grown adults can iron things out without mediation. This event was different. I called a meeting between the three of us and let them know they were both incorrect. They were a bit embarrassed about the whole event and allowed me to re-train them in the process, the correct way."

  8. 8.

    What are your favorite, and least favorite, tasks in your current job?

      You will want to deliver your answer positively, even when discussing what your least favorite tasks are in your current job. It's important to remember that the way you respond sets a vibe for your interview.

      When it comes to discussing your least favorite aspect of your job, you want to avoid complaining. Do so by describing it as a challenge that you are learning to face head-on. Take this question as an opportunity to shine when it comes to your ability to overcome challenges and dislikes. When discussing favorite aspects of your job, focus on elements that you will be doing in this new role with Schneider.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My least favorite aspect of my current job is my inability to work around changing regulations. At times, I can deliver the most exceptional customer service, but I find myself blocked by a rule or policy that I cannot control. To combat this, I continually research and stay ahead of changes in the trucking industry. This research helps me to see potential roadblocks before they become problems. My favorite aspect hands down are my customers. I love helping them get their shipments out on time and navigate the confusing world of cross-border delivery. "

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My least favorite part of this position is sharing leadership responsibilities and duties with another assistant manager. I'm eager for the chance to take the lead on my own. That said, on the flip side, I have learned so much by sharing these duties. I have learned to work cooperatively and efficiently with others. This collaborative nature is my favorite thing about my work."

  9. 9.

    Talk to me about your geographical knowledge, rating yourself from 1-10.

      Schneider needs to know that you are confident in your knowledge of the areas to which they provide service. Working in the trucking industry, it's essential that you have strong geographical knowledge. This knowledge does not mean that you have to know everything about the US, Canada, and Mexico! It does mean that you have excellent recall skills and the ability to learn quickly. Schneider may offer geographic testing, so be sure to offer your participation if that's the case.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I would rate my geographical knowledge a 7.5 out of 10. There is room for me to learn more. Thankfully, I have a photogenic memory and can recall locations and facts very quickly once I have briefly studied the content."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I consider myself advanced and a 9/10 when it comes to my knowledge of this region and our surrounding states. There are areas of the US, Canada, and Mexico that I am not familiar with; however, I am a quick study and will begin brushing up my skills right away."

  10. 10.

    Name for me three of the transportation services offered at Schneider.

      The hiring authority at Schneider wants to see that you have taken the time to get to know their business and exactly what they offer. Do your research on the company website and be prepared to talk about some of the services that stand out the most to you.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I see that Schneider offers a plethora of services ranging from intermodal and dedicated trucking to brokerage and cross-border freight services. My specialty is in cross-border services, which includes shipping to Mexico and Canada."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I appreciate the range of services offered at Schneider including your dedicated fleet services which are customized to optimize your clients' shipping needs. The other service that stood out to me includes your brokerage services. It's great that your clients are assigned a single point of contact for their business needs. The third service that stood out to me the most is intermodal freight shipping. Your offering is broad from transcontinental to express services."

  11. 11.

    How is our ever-changing economy impacting the trucking industry?

      According to the American Trucking Association, we move 70% of goods by road. This statistic means that trucking is an incredibly important industry for the economy. This importance also means that our economic standing can significantly impact the health of the trucking industry. Show the interviewer that you have a finger on the pulse of what is happening in your industry.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I notice the biggest difference in the trucking industry when we are in a tight economy. With a slow economy comes less demand for shipped goods considered luxuries such as cars and garments. Consumers spend less money, which translates to fewer goods shipped and fewer loads run."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "From what I know, a slow economy means that people are consuming less under nearly every category. This slow-down of consumption means there is less to ship out. For this reason, shippers will try to control costs by filling trucks with more than usual and then sending them out less frequently. I have seen shippers double up on a load, to save on costs."

  12. 12.

    Carriers and shippers face many regulatory changes. How do you remain up to date on capacity, compliance, and safety standards?

      There are many rules and regulations to follow in the trucking industry. The interviewer at Schneider wants to be sure that you are familiar with the reputable and valuable resources available to you. Show the interviewer that you remain up to date when it comes to safety and compliance in the trucking industry. Refer to coursework that you take, company newsletters to which you subscribe, articles that you enjoy reading, or even Google news alerts related to your job function.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I subscribe to alerts from the US Department of Transportation as well the FMCSA. I also like to listen to podcasts, and there are a few that are very helpful when it comes to our industry. These include the 'Under the Hood' show and 'Drivers' Talk Radio' podcast."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I recently discovered that your company has a very in-depth and helpful quarterly market report as well as regular blog posts to which I now subscribe. When it comes to being up to date on safety standards, I follow the DOT very closely as well as other regulatory arms in transportation."

  13. 13.

    Do you have experience collaborating with drivers, dispatchers, and other crew?

      Cross-functional or cross-departmental skills are essential when you're working in an industry like trucking because there are many moving parts to every project. Clear communication is key to a successful day, and that begins with ensuring you are on the same page as your co-workers, regardless of their job title or function.

      If you have experience collaborating with other departments and job functions such as dispatch, loading and unloading crews, schedulers, or even human resources, discuss that experience.

      If you are new to the trucking industry, or your career, with limited cross-functional experience, you can discuss any volunteer work or experience from your post-secondary education.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "For the past five years, I have worked in the trucking, transport, and logistics industry collaborating with a variety of people and departments. On any given day, I speak with dispatch, warehouse crew, clients, and schedulers. I am solid with documentation, which helps our teams' communication run smoothly."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "The bulk of my cross-departmental work comes from a couple of large group projects while obtaining my associate's degree in transportation and infrastructure. I completed my internship at ABC Trucking, which allowed me to learn how drivers collaborate with other departments, such as dispatch and crew. I look forward to furthering my exposure to cross-functional collaboration when I join Schneider."

  14. 14.

    In this role with Schneider you will be responsible for the safe and efficient delivery of customer freight. How will you contribute to our reputation for safety and excellence?

      In the trucking industry, nothing is more important than safety and pride in work. Before your interview, take some time to learn about the mission statement and values of Schneider. Through their website and other internet searches, you will be able to get a sense of their values, as well as the type of workplace culture they are creating. Are their core values a match to your own? Talk to the interviewer about how your skills and characteristics will contribute to the goals of Schneider.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Safe and on-time delivery is the running theme that I found when researching Schneider. I appreciate your never-ending commitment to safety and professionalism. I will invest time in learning your equipment and processes, learning how to best communicate with my supervisors and colleagues, and getting to know the customers and industries that you serve."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am committed to opportunities for development and growth, which is a core value at Schneider. I am looking forward to carving out a career in the trucking industry built on safety and excellence. I will contribute to your company goals by abiding by your policies, leading by example, and being an encouraging team member to my colleagues."

  15. 15.

    Do you have experience working on an on-call basis? Are you able to meet our scheduling needs?

      If you currently hold a job that requires you to work on-call, then this question should be simple to address. You can display your willingness by discussing what you already do in your current role.

      If you do not have experience being on-call, be sure that you fully understand what this entails, before you agree to meet the scheduling needs of Schneider. You want to be sure that expectations are very clear from the start. Overall, the interviewer needs to see that you can comply with the schedule, meeting the needs of Schneider and filling the expectations of this role.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "At the moment, my work schedule is primarily evenings and weekends. I understand that this role with Schneider requires me to be on call for half of the month. I am willing to be a team player and work whichever hours you require. Do you have a sample schedule that you could share with me?"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I brought a sample schedule with me today to show you the hours that I currently work. At the moment, I work ten days on and ten days off. Although being on-call is what I am accustomed to, I would like to understand better the needs at Schneider before committing to an on-call schedule."

  16. 16.

    Schneider conducts background checks, drug, and alcohol testing. Are you able to meet these requirements?

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  17. 17.

    Do you have experience in the movement of hazardous material, restricted, or time-sensitive shipments?

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  18. 18.

    Trucking and transport require the ability to react quickly and professionally. How do you keep your cool in the face of change?

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  19. 19.

    The trucking and transport industry can be stressful and high-stakes. How do you deal under extreme stress?

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  20. 20.

    How extensive is the fleet at Schneider?

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  21. 21.

    Are you prepared for substantial amounts of travel?

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  22. 22.

    Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it applies to the trucking industry. Are you interested in expanding your schooling, or gaining further certifications?

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  23. 23.

    What were you doing during the gaps in employment that I see on your resume?

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  24. 24.

    When have you discovered a problem at work, and went above and beyond to repair the issue?

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  25. 25.

    Tell me about your least favorite personal trait, and what are you doing to improve yourself.

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  26. 26.

    What timeline do you feel is appropriate when responding to customers and other stakeholders?

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  27. 27.

    Tell me why you are leaving your current job.

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  28. 28.

    How would you handle a client who is exceptionally rude to you?

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  29. 29.

    How would you deal with a supervisor who is a poor communicator?

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  30. 30.

    Tell me about yourself.

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