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Talk to me about your geographical knowledge, rating yourself from 1-10.
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1.
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."
2.
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."
3.
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."
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.
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."
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