Updated on 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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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.
"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."
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"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."
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.
"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."
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"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."
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.
"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."
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"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."
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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.
"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. "
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"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."
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.
"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."
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"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."
6. How do you feel about working long hours, overtime, holidays and weekends? There can be many upsides to a career in transportation; however, it's important to remember that bussing services often run 24/7. The schedule expectations will depend on who you are working for and the driving that you are doing. You know best what kind of schedule you can manage. If you have total flexibility, that is great! Share that you can work long hours, any day of the week.
If you are unable to work long hours at all times of the week, you should share this information with the interviewer, including which times you are unable to work. You must understand a limited schedule might eliminate you from consideration. Regardless; it is essential to be honest so that you can land a mutually beneficial job. Here is an answer example: "I understand that working as a bus driver will require overtime, weekends, nights, and holidays. I am available for most anything so long as there is a bit of notice so that my family can prepare for my absence." Here is an entry level answer example: "I am just starting my driving career, so I need to offer as much flexibility as possible. I am available most days and times with some notice, except for Wednesdays after 5 PM and Sunday mornings. Will my availability meet the needs of your company?"7. Tell me one thing about yourself that you would like to improve. The interviewer would like to know that you continually seek to improve yourself professionally. This question is another way of asking, 'What is your greatest weakness?' Saying 'nothing' is not an option here. Self-improvement is required by everyone, no matter what stage we are in, in life and career. Talk to the interviewer about something that you would improve about yourself. Then, discuss what you are planning to do to achieve that. Here is an answer example: "I believe that post-secondary education is crucial and, unfortunately, I did not get the opportunity to go to university. I think it would greatly help me in my driving career to have formal education in hospitality or communications. I plan to take online courses in the evening and weekends to complete a post-secondary diploma or degree." Here is an entry level answer example: "If I could improve anything about myself, I would choose to improve my teamwork skills. As a student, I did not get a lot of opportunities to work in a group or team setting. Most of my work has been independent, so I look forward to growing from a more collaborative team environment."8. What was the closest you came to an accident while driving on the job? Did you learn anything from the situation? Many bus drivers have a 'close call' story. The truth is, no matter how well you put safety first, driving can still be a dangerous job. You cannot control weather patterns, road conditions, or how other people drive. Think about a time when you had to drive in severe weather or a time when someone else wasn't paying attention and nearly hit you. Maybe at one point, your bus broke down, or a tire blew, and you needed to get out of the way?
Share an applicable example, and be sure to mention how you controlled your vehicle to ensure everyone stayed safe. Finally, be sure to discuss what you learned from that situation and if there is anything you would now do differently. Here is an answer example: "We have all had a close call, I am sure, and even more so as rookie drivers. I have not had any close calls recently, thank goodness, but one I recall is when I was cut off by a motorcyclist. Luckily I had my wits about me and could quickly change lanes. Had I not been paying attention, I would have hit him. To this day, I keep my head on a swivel at all times. You never know what other people are going to do, on the road, and have to prepare for anything." Here is an entry level answer example: "In my personal life, I have not had any accidents; however, there have been times when other drivers acted carelessly, putting me in danger. I know to always be aware of my surroundings. I look ahead at situations on the road rather than only focusing on what is immediately in front of me. I look forward to professional training to help me become an even stronger defensive driver."9. How do you build rapport with your passengers? The interviewer would like to know your methods when it comes to getting to know your passengers and building trust with them. This question will be especially crucial if you are applying to a driving job where you hold a regular route with regular customers. Some ways that you can build rapport with your passengers include:
- Showing up on time and being consistent
- Asking them about their day
- Remembering their names and stops Here is an answer example: "To build trust and rapport with my passengers, I am on time, consistent, and very friendly. My passengers need to be able to rely on me to get to work and important appointments. I am sure to deliver what they expect and more." Here is an entry level answer example: "I plan to build rapport with my passengers by possessing a positive attitude, showing up on time, and asking them questions about their day. I find it easy to build connections with others and look forward to making a positive impression on your transportation customers."10. As a bus driver, you will be responsible for the elderly and other vulnerable people. Have you worked in this type of environment? Bus drivers working in public transportation do not just operate a bus. They also deliver essential care and services to the elderly and other vulnerable groups such as children and those with disabilities. The interviewer wants to see that you have compassion for others and a desire to ensure the comfort and safety of each one of your passengers.
Talk to the interviewer about any experience you have working around vulnerable groups. If you are new to your career, take the time to express how you enjoy helping others and extending help and kindness. Here is an answer example: "I have worked as a bus driver in both the school system and the public transit system. Many times I noticed someone needing extra help; whether that be with directions, getting on and off the bus, finding something they dropped on the bus or assisting someone confused or lost. I am a caring person but also alert on the job, which means that I will be the first to notice when a passenger needs a bit of extra care from me." Here is an entry level answer example: "I am new to the workforce; however, I have a good amount of volunteer work in animal shelters, and a couple of elderly care homes. I have a genuine heart for people who need help and assistance, especially the elderly, those with disabilities, and small children, who cannot always speak up for what they need. I understand that part of working as a bus driving is keeping an eye out for the needs of everyone I serve."11. Are you able to pass a full background check, including criminal history and drug screening? Due to the nature of the work, most bus driver positions require rigorous background checks. These checks include criminal, drug, driving, and sometimes even alcohol testing. Assure the hiring authority that you are willing to take any test required, and that you will pass these tests with flying colors. If you believe that there will be an issue with any of these tests or background checks, it is up to you to be completely transparent and honest. Here is an answer example: "I am willing to take any test that you require of me to be eligible for this bus driver position. I will disclose that I have a misdemeanor charge from five years ago; however, the charges will not impact my work or the level of responsibility that I bring to this job." Here is an entry level answer example: "I am happy to comply with any testing you require of me. I do not anticipate there to be an issue with my criminal or driving background. I do not partake in drugs, so my screening will come back clear."12. Does traffic congestion stress you out? How will you handle working peak driving times in our city? As a bus driver, it's your responsibility to remain calm and collected behind the wheel. The hiring authority needs to know that you can handle traffic congestion with ease. Mention the cities you have driven in, and what type of traffic you have handled in the past.
If you are a newer driver, it is okay to be a little uneasy about driving in bigger cities with a lot of traffic. The interviewer will likely provide you with a few extra ride alongs to ensure you are comfortable before being sent out alone. Rather than stating your are uneasy or stressed out in these situations, let them know you are less experienced in this area and would appreciate additional training. Here is an answer example: "As an experienced bus driver, I have a great deal of experience in traffic of all kinds. When traffic is congested, I drive smart and safe. My goal is to get out of the congestion as quickly as possible. I keep my timeline in mind, without putting myself or anyone else at risk." Here is an entry level answer example: "Since I am a new driver, with less than one year of experience, I do not have a lot of exposure to driving in larger cities with heavy traffic. So long as I have a few ride-along opportunities first, I am confident that I could handle a task like that with ease."13. How do you react when another motorist does something you deem to be dangerous, or irresponsible? The interviewer wants to hear that you do not overreact when you see another motorist making poor choices on the road. As a bus driver, you will often see other drivers make poor decisions; regardless, it is your responsibility to remain professional and put safety first. Mention that you do not overreact in these situations, and you proceed without getting stressed. Here is an answer example: "I have seen some pretty crazy driving including people cutting me off, tailgating me behind steep hills, or passing unsafely. I rarely give warning honks but have a couple of times over the past few years. I try to keep in mind that the average person does not understand how to operate a large bus. This means their patience level when it comes to my speed, merging, or pickup is not where it could be. In each situation, I try to come from a place of understanding and go on with my day." Here is an entry level answer example: "Reacting to every driver who makes a bad decision would take a lot of energy out of me, considering I see a lot of mistakes and I am always on the road. I cannot bother to put that kind of energy into being mad at other drivers or reacting to their poor decisions. I make a conscious effort to let situations like that roll off my back."14. How solid is your geographical knowledge of our city and the surrounding area? The interviewer wants assurance that you are confident in your knowledge of the city and surrounding areas. As a bus driver, you must have strong geographical knowledge and excellent recall skills. Talk about the time that you have spent becoming familiar with the routes you will need to know in this role. The employer may also have geographic testing available, so it's great to offer your participation in any tests they may want to conduct. Here is an answer example: "I have lived here for six years, and have been a driver for the past five. My geographical knowledge is advanced; however, there is always more to learn. If you would like, I am happy to take any geographical tests you may need." Here is an entry level answer example: "I am new to this region but can quickly learn the structure and grid of our city and surrounding areas. Are there any tools you would recommend that I dive into, to prepare myself for this bus driver role?"15. Take a few minutes to walk me through your formal bus driver training. As a bus driver, it's crucial to have proper training and licensing. These requirements will vary from region to region, so be sure you fully understand what is required of you to be eligible for the position. For instance, many roles require a Class 1, 2, or 4 driver's license as well as an additional endorsement if you are specializing in any specific type of driving. If you do not have any formal training be sure to express an interest in educating yourself and meeting the requirements of this role. Here is an answer example: "I have a Class 2 drivers' license with an S endorsement. I recently completed the School Bus Driver Improvement Program to obtain this endorsement. I have all mandatory intermediate-level training and had near-perfect test results from the commercial drivers' program. Are there any other credentials you would like to see?" Here is an entry level answer example: "I am aware of the requirements for this role and am currently studying to obtain my Class 2 license. I want to learn more about what you require of me to succeed and grow as a driver for your organization."16. We need bus drivers who are timely and reliable. How often are you late or absent from work? Bus drivers need to be reliable and on time since they are responsible for getting passengers to work, school, appointments, and more. Show the interviewer that you value punctuality and reliability. If you have missed work in the past year, share why you were absent, and the steps that you took to ensure you did not leave your employer hanging. Perhaps you had to take your child to the hospital, and you called to explain the situation rather than just not showing up.
Situations happen from time to time, and the hiring authority is aware that there will be times when circumstances are out of our control. The key to a great response is to show that you are accountable when unexpected things happen. Here is an answer example: "I was raised to be 10 minutes early to everything that I commit to, and I take that effort seriously. My previous employer will be able to share my attendance records with you. I can tell you that I was late just once this past year because of a flat tire on a freezing day. I notified my boss immediately, called for a tow truck, and made it into work just 2 hours late." Here is an entry level answer example: "One day, I was stuck in gridlock traffic on the interstate due to an accident. Of course, situations happen that are out of our control; however, it's all about how we handle them. I missed class that day, but I was sure to email my professor and explain the situation. I caught myself up on what I missed, ensuring that I did not fall behind."17. What do you know about the mechanics of a bus? Are you able to troubleshoot minor issues? Some driving schools are more thorough than others, so the interviewer would like to know what your exposure has been to mechanics. If you have some mechanical troubleshooting experience or training, discuss your areas of knowledge. If you have a limited amount of mechanics knowledge, be honest with the interviewer sharing what you do know. Your honesty will help the interviewer understand what type of training you should be provided with when you begin your role. Be sure to mention that you look forward to gaining more knowledge in mechanics and are happy to learn whatever the company can teach you! Here is an answer example: "I have taken a great deal of training and knowledge in troubleshooting issues related to brake and steering systems, suspension, and transmission work. While obtaining my commercial drivers' license, I took additional coursework in mechanics and troubleshooting. This training has been beneficial in my driving career." Here is an entry level answer example: "I know enough to troubleshoot some mechanical, electrical, and electronic issues that may arise when I am driving the bus. With that said, I am very open to learning more and am happy to take any additional training, as you see fit."18. How would you describe your work ethic? When the interviewer asks about your work ethic, they are looking for specific examples or keywords that resonate with their organizations' core values and ethics. When you read the job posting, do they refer to particular characteristics they would like to see in their successful candidates? Talk about how your values and work ethic align with their own. If you are an experienced employee, you could mention a compliment that you frequently receive on the job. You could also talk about a positive factor that your boss touched on in your last performance review. Here is an answer example: "I am a very dedicated and loyal person in both my personal and work life. Your organization is based on going the extra mile for your clients, and with a smile! My work ethic is the same. I am friendly, compassionate, and come ready to work hard for my valued passengers every day." Here is an entry level answer example: "My work ethic is described as enthusiastic and consistent. You are welcome to speak to my references in regards to my work ethic. I have collected positive references from volunteer work a well as one of my university professors. I am very proud of my desire to work hard and be seen as reliable."19. Why do you want to be a bus driver? The interviewer would like to know why you have chosen bus driving as your career path. Feel free to discuss with the hiring authority what has motivated you to become a driver. Perhaps you look up to someone who has a career in transportation. Maybe you like the job security that comes with working in this industry. Whatever motivates you to be a bus driver, now is the time to share it! Here is an answer example: "I am drawn to a career as a bus driver because it allows me the freedom to begin work early and be done my day for when my kids are home from school. I have been lucky enough to see them grow up and be there for them, something that very few parents can say. The opportunities have been great to me, and I am in this career for the long term." Here is an entry level answer example: "I would love to begin my career working for the city in a government-based job. Both of my parents worked for the city and retired comfortably. I value the job security that comes with this type of career."20. How would you rate your customer service skills from 1-10? Provide an example to back your rating. Delivering excellent customer service should always top of mind for you. As a bus driver, you are building trust with your passengers and helping them get to appointments and meetings all day long. The interviewer wants to know that you actively seek out the opportunity to deliver more than the bare minimum when it comes to serving others. Rank your customer service skills from 1-10, with ten being the best it could be. Next, provide an example for the interviewer so they can see your service in action. Here is an answer example: "I would rank my customer service skills as a 9 out of 10 simply because they are exceptional, but there is always more to learn. I often look for opportunities to go over and above when it comes to my passengers. One memorable time was when a woman was struggling to get her groceries and stroller onto the bus. I put the bus in park and went to help her. She was so thankful that she ended up calling our central hub that day to compliment my kindness." Here is an entry level answer example: "While attending school, I used to work as a hostess at a restaurant. I recall one couple who accidentally left their to-go box and credit card behind after they paid their bill. I ran out to the parking lot to find them and give them the items they left behind. My customer service instinct is strong, and I like to help others, so for that reason, I would rank myself as a 10/10."21. How long do you see yourself working as a bus driver? The interviewer is looking for assurance that you see this role as a long-term fit. It is costly and time-consuming to train new drivers so, understandably, the employer wants to protect their investment in you. Assure the interviewer that you are seeking a long-term fit by expressing enthusiasm and discussing the ways that you want to grow with their organization in the long-term. Take a look at the various driving opportunities available to you. If any of these stand out to you as future growth opportunities, it's a great idea to mention them. Your expressed interest in those particular routes or opportunities will solidify the fact that you are, indeed, seeking a long-term fit with them. Here is an answer example: "I am looking for a long-term fit in my next position. As you can see, I had a strong tenure with my previous company. I would love to see the same success here. I did notice on your website that you have guaranteed day time opportunities available to your drivers who stay with you for 2+ years. If I could work my way into that type of job securit, I would be thrilled." Here is an entry level answer example: "In the next few years, I would like to grow into a driver-leader type of position as a way to utilize my new communications degree. I researched the career path in your organization and saw that you spend a great deal of time grooming your top drivers for quick promotion and leadership opportunities."22. In the event of an accident, what procedures would you follow? If you have experience as a bus driver, walk the interviewer through the steps you know to take in the event of an accident. As a bus driver, some of the most critical steps in the event of an accident includes first assessing all individuals present on your vehicle, and then calling dispatch. You should have your bus number, route number, and exact location ready for the dispatcher. Also, you should call an ambulance if needed. You may not be trained as a bus driver yet. In this case, the interviewer will not expect a perfect response; however, they want to see that you have the basic instincts required to operate safely in the workplace. Here is an answer example: "I have been trained step-by-step on the actions to take, should I be involved in an accident. I am happy to say that in my eight years of driving, I have not experienced an accident. First, I would make sure the vehicle was secured, and my hazard lights were on. I would check on the well being of each of my passengers, and call 9-1-1 if necessary. Then, I would reach central dispatch and report the accident, including all details such as passengers, location, and the cause of the issue. In the event of a fire or other hazard, I would lead each of my passengers to a safe location. I would also look for any witnesses to the accident. I am proud of the safety training that I have completed and feel confident that I would react appropriately in an emergency." Here is an entry level answer example: "I look forward to receiving formal training in this role so that I can follow every safety protocol to the letter. My instinct tells me that the first step would be to check on the well being of my passengers. I would call the proper authorities or 9-1-1 if necessary. I would also get in touch with my dispatcher so they could guide me on what to do as I waited for the proper assistance and support to show up on-site."23. Would your current employer be willing to provide a reference for you? Before your interview, make sure you have your references prepared just in case the interviewer requests them. If you don't feel comfortable using your current employer as a reference, explain that you have other references better suited at this time. Those can be past supervisors, co-workers, a volunteer coordinator, or even a professor. Here is an answer example: "My previous manager has since left the company, and I would be happy to provide his information, as well as some other helpful references. I prefer to postpone contacting my current boss, seeing as they do not know I am looking for a new position." Here is an entry level answer example: "I am happy to provide you with a reference from the volunteer coordinator at the animal shelter where I volunteer weekly. I can also provide you with a character reference from one of my university professors."24. If you were to encounter icy conditions, how would you handle the situation? What type of road conditions are you accustomed to? The interviewer would like to know that they can rely on you to continue your best work, despite undesirable road conditions. If you have experience driving under icy conditions, be sure to discuss the experience that you have. If you are inexperienced, be sure to show the interviewer that you are confident and open to further training. The most important aspect of this question is for the interviewer to see that you are reliable and confident, no matter the weather. Here is an answer example: "I have been driving for many years in rain, sleet, snow, and storms. I am accustomed to driving in icy conditions, and you can rest assured that I will not make excuses in poor weather. In poor driving conditions, I take extra time and care during my route." Here is an entry level answer example: "Although I have not driven professionally, I do drive my vehicle in all weather conditions. If you advise additional drivers training for all-weather conditions, I am very open to the idea."25. How important is it that stops and schedules be regular and on time? How will you help to make this happen? As a bus driver, staying on schedule is of critical importance to the people who rely on you to get to school, work, appointments, and engagements safely and on time. The interviewer wants to hear that you are committed to being on time and keeping critical bussing schedules. Speak a bit about what you plan to do to ensure that you respect the timelines and deadlines given to you. Here is an answer example: "It is of utmost importance that I am on time every single day, for every one of my passengers. Even being 5 minutes late can completely change the course of someone else's' day and I work very hard to remember and respect that. I show up to work on time and well-prepared. I do not linger at stops and am efficient when it comes to getting people on and off the bus safely." Here is an entry level answer example: "I have taken the bus as a passenger for many years, and I cannot express how important it is for the bus to be on time when I have an appointment or need to get to school and work on time. I will commit to being on time by starting my day off right and coming to work on time. I will adhere to the procedures given to me in this role to ensure a timely schedule for everyone who relies on me."26. Are you available to drive a variety of shifts, even when called at the last minute? Everyone has unique scheduling needs, and you know best what you can manage. If you have complete flexibility in your week, that is great! Just share that you can work anytime you are needed.
If you are unable to work long hours at all times of the week, share this information with the interviewer, including which times you are unable to work. It is essential to be honest so that you can land a mutually beneficial job. Here is an answer example: "I understand that working as a bus driver may require overtime, weekends, nights, and holidays. I am available for most anything so long as there is a bit of notice so that my family can prepare for my absence." Here is an entry level answer example: "I attend night classes three days a week. Aside from this commitment, I have a pretty flexible schedule. Could you share with me more about the scheduling requirements for this position?"27. How well do you know our city and its bus routes? The interviewer wants assurance that you are confident in your knowledge of the city and surrounding areas. As a driver, you must have strong geographical knowledge and excellent directional skills. Talk about the time that you have spent becoming familiar with the region where you will be driving. The employer may also have geographic testing available, so it's great to offer your participation in any tests they may want to conduct. Here is an answer example: "I have lived in this region for the past four years, and I have been a driver in this country for eight years. My geographical knowledge of this area is advanced, and my directional skills are good. If you would like, I am happy to take any geographical tests you may need." Here is an entry level answer example: "I have an advanced level of knowledge when it comes to this city and the surrounding areas. I grew up here, taking the bus myself and am very confident in my directional capabilities."28. What attracted you to our transit company and this bus driving position? This question is an excellent opportunity to discuss why you are the best fit for this organization. If you are genuinely interested in working for this company, you must be prepared to highlight the main factors that excite you. Don't forget to tell the interviewer that you want the job! Perhaps this organization offers a continuing education program, robust health benefits, or a positive work-life balance focused on preventing driver burnout. Highlight a couple of the reasons why you want to work for the company and be sure to close your statement with an expression of pure enthusiasm. Here is an answer example: "I want to work for a transit company with a family-like feel, just like yours. I have always worked in large organizations where I am a number, not an individual. This 'corporate giant' type of environment made it difficult for me to flourish as a driver. I appreciate the fact that I would be driving locally in this position, meaning I can be home every night with my family." Here is an entry level answer example: "The primary reasons your transit company stands out to me include your focus on preventing driver burnout while also encouraging continued education opportunities such as additional endorsements and driver training. You have a strong reputation in the driving industry, and I would be so pleased to join your team so early on in my career."29. Have you ever been terminated from a driving job? Being let go from your position is an unfortunate event; however, it happens to the best of us and often for situations that are out of our control. It's best to own up to it if you have ever lost your job. Be brief in your explanation but also let the interviewer know what you learned. Reassure the interviewer that you are a capable candidate worth hiring! Here is an answer example: "I have never been asked to leave a role; however, I have worked in temporary or seasonal positions that were not a good fit. I understand what it is like to feel the insecurity of unemployment and always commit to delivering my finest work." Here is an entry level answer example: "Luckily, I have never experienced a termination. I give my best, in all situations. If I am not performing up to my employers' standards, I would appreciate an open and transparent conversation so that I have the opportunity to adjust my approach and deliver better work."30. What is the most enjoyable aspect of operating a bus? The hiring authority wants to see a genuine and keen interest in a career as a bus driver. Perhaps you enjoy being on the road and meeting new people every day. Maybe you like that you can work independently, while still doing something meaningful. The interviewer wants to hear that you are passionate about the job.
Some of the benefits of driving a bus include:
- Seeing different parts of the city and meeting new people
- Often, drivers get to choose their schedule
- Government or city drivers often receive excellent employer health and dental benefits
- Public transit and school bus drivers are in high demand, so there is a lot of job security Here is an answer example: "As a bus driver, there are many perks to what I do. I most enjoy the fact that I can ensure kids get to school, and home, safe every single day. As a parent, I know the importance of trusting every person you allow to care for your children, and I enjoy being a part of that story." Here is an entry level answer example: "I look forward to the perks that come with being a bus driver for the city. For myself, the greatest perk is that I can choose my hauls and routes. I like to take long-haul trips, for instance, and I prefer to haul across the west coast. My employer has endless work available to me and, as I continue to prove myself, am offered first right of refusal on the best routes."
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Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace.
Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career.
Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise.
Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 11/14/2014 Last modified on: 10/05/2019
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