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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated October 5th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Tell us about yourself.
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How to Answer
The hiring authority would like to know about you, aside from what is on your resume. When asked an open-ended question like this, it can be challenging to know where to begin...and end! This question haunts many individuals who may have accidentally gone a little too in-depth into their personal lives. It happens.

Keep your reply light, and work relevant. Share how you became interested in this career path and what you enjoy about it. This question offers an excellent opportunity to describe yourself by discussing the strengths and qualities that you bring.
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1.
Tell us about yourself.
The hiring authority would like to know about you, aside from what is on your resume. When asked an open-ended question like this, it can be challenging to know where to begin...and end! This question haunts many individuals who may have accidentally gone a little too in-depth into their personal lives. It happens.

Keep your reply light, and work relevant. Share how you became interested in this career path and what you enjoy about it. This question offers an excellent opportunity to describe yourself by discussing the strengths and qualities that you bring.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Professionally, I'd describe myself as extroverted and positive; I am in the public service realm after all. I love working around others and helping people get where they need to go every day. To hear their stories and get to know them is often very inspiring to me. In my personal life, I love to spend time with my family and take weekend trips to the mountains as often as possible."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am a calm and organized individual, with excellent written and verbal communication skills. These qualities have helped me to succeed as a university student, and now will help me to succeed as a bus driver."
2.
What characteristics make you a good bus driver?
There are specific characteristics and qualities that every bus driver should possess, including being patient and attentive. The interviewer wants to know which characteristics you feel are most important as a bus driver and that you will bring these specific qualities to the workplace. Be sure to address any particular needs the organization may have mentioned in their job posting, showing the interviewer how your characteristics will be a fit.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I see in your job posting that you are looking for a driver who is consistent, reliable, patient, caring, and empathetic to others. These are all characteristics that I take pride in having. I am a good bus driver because I am patient with others and empathetic to their needs. For instance, if an older person is struggling to get onto the bus, I will help them rather than be frustrated that they are holding up my day. The more consistent I am in my work ethic and my attitude, the happier my passengers will be."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My friends and family often comment on my ability to remember small details and my incredible sense of direction. I believe these qualities will help me succeed as a bus driver because I will be confident, on time, and attentive to my passengers."
Anonymous Answer
"I could become an excellent bus driver because my friends and family often comment on my empathy, patience, and driving skills. I believe these qualities will help me succeed as a bus driver because I will be helpful, attentive to my passengers and on time."
Rachelle's Answer
These are fantastic qualities to have as a bus driver. Well said!
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3.
What will we gain by hiring you as a bus driver?
The interviewer wants to hear one unique thing that sets you apart from every other candidate who they may be interviewing. Talking about ourselves in this way can be challenging. If you are having troubles thinking of your best qualities, try reaching out to a few colleagues, family members, and friends and ask them for their opinion. You'll probably be surprised at the consistency in their responses! Take these top skills and express to the interviewer what they will gain by bringing you on their team.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have over a dozen years of experience driving bus for the public school system. I have a proven track record of safety and will bring that focus on safety with me. Having been a part of the transport industry for so many years, I have seen a lot of regulation change and have adapted to every change with ease."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"You mentioned earlier in the interview process that you were struggling with retaining drivers for the winter months, which greatly impacts the timeliness of your routes. I am comfortable driving in the winter and have no problem showing up to work in all weather conditions."
4.
Talk to me about the dispatch or radio equipment you are most experienced with.
The interviewer wants to know that you will be competent when it comes to the type of equipment you will be using in this role. When on-boarding, the less technical training required, the faster you will become a high performing member of their team. If you are not familiar with the type of equipment they use, it is a great idea to ask for a few details. This way, you can let the interviewer know what your current capabilities are.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that you use the Motorola APX2500 two way radios as well as Verizon Connect Reveal for monitoring driver behavior and maximizing safety. In my current role, I use a variety of software, including Cellcontrol, GPSTrackit, and Manage Petro. It took me some time to learn these systems, but now I am confident in my ability to remain organized and prioritize safety, using a variety of tools. "
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am tech-savvy and confident in my ability to learn your systems quickly. I have watched YouTube tutorials on the most commonly used dispatch and radio equipment, which I believe will give me a head-start in my training."
5.
Have you ever been convicted of a DUI?
As a bus driver, trusted with the safety of others, you need to share if you have ever received an impaired driving conviction. Keep in mind that employers can run a simple background check to confirm your response. A simple 'yes' or 'no' answer to this question is all that is necessary, but if you care to elaborate, you can cautiously do so.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I did receive a DUI about 12 years ago. It may not show up on my record, but I would like to be fully transparent with you. Now, my driving record is clean as a whistle."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have never been convicted of a DUI and have a clean driving record. I am happy to comply with any background checks you require."
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