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School Bus Driver Interview Questions

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A bus driver, bus operator or omnibus driver is a person who drives buses professionally. Bus drivers typically drive their vehicles between bus stations or stops. They often drop off and pick up passengers on a predetermined route schedule. In British English a different term, coach drivers, is used for drivers on long-distance routes and school trips.
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School Bus Driver Interview Questions

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How would you handle a situation on your bus in which a student attempted to or did physically harm you or another student?

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Stop bus in a safe destination, call dispatch and attempt break up or stop student from harming another.
 
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Stop and secure the bus, radio in the incident and remove the child from the area where the incident occured.
 

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#3 of 25

If I were to ask your previous employer about how many days you missed over the last year, what would he say?

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I only took off when nessasary.
 
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Unless It was hospital related I was always at work.
 

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#4 of 25

If a fight breaks out while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?

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I would pull the bus over when I can safely and separate the children and put them in the front two seats.
 
2.
I would notify dispatch of physical alteration on bus and inform them that I'll be stopping the bus on the side of the road in a safe location to break up the fight.
 

Education Requirements

All bus drivers must have a commercial driverís license (CDL). The qualifications for getting one vary by state but generally include passing both knowledge and driving tests. States have the right to not issue a license to someone who has had a CDL suspended by another state.

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#5 of 25

How do you plan to adapt to many different bus routes?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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Taking time and notes to learn all the routes. Doing dry runs in my personal vehicle.
 
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Once I am notified with by bus route. I would drive the route for me to get familiar.
 

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#6 of 25

Tell me about your experience operating a large vehicle.

User Submitted Interview Answers

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I have a little experience in driving a large vehicle but i am willing to learn more.
 
2.
I drove a school bus for 15 years.
 

Work Environment

School bus drivers or special-client bus drivers are usually employed by a school district or private transportation company that contracts with a district to provide bus service. Some school bus service is provided by a local government.

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#7 of 25

What would your last employer say about your reliability?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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Excellent
 
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That in five years of driving a school bus I did not miss one day.
 

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#8 of 25

If a kid throws up, while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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Pull the bus over clean up as much as I could, and continue with my route.
 
2.
I would pull the bus over, clean up what I could then continue with my route.
 

School Bus Driver Pros

1. The pros to a being a in the profession of a School bus driver is the ability to work with students from diverse populations. To know that you are providing safe and timely transportation to children. Also to act as a community leader to the students. September 7th, 2012

2. Need to professional looking and know the job needs. May 30th, 2012

3. To maintain safety for the kids inside the school bus. May 30th, 2012

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#9 of 25

A person you do not know comes to your bus to pick up a kindergarten student. The student does not seem to know them. What would you do?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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I would not allow the child to leave with the individual and would contact my supervisor and the school staff for assistance.
 
2.
I would not let the child off the bus. Call into transportation on further instructions.
 

Questions to Ask

1. Is this for a substitute driver or permanent driver?

2. Is their any opertunity for advancement, will i gain more hours in the future?

3. What are some of the things I could expect on a daily basis? What would be one solid peice of advice you could give me?

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#10 of 25

You have entered a busy intersection and a passenger vehicle cuts in front of you. What would be your response?

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I would stop the bus until it was clear to proceed.
 
2.
I would stop the bus and proceed when it is safe to do so.
 

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#11 of 25

Are you willing to work as a substitute driver in all areas of the district?

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I would that would be a great way to learn the community.
 
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Yes. I am willing to work as substitute driver in all areas of the district.
 

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#12 of 25

Do you have any driver certifications?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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No. I do not have any certification as a bus driver. I am confident that I will get the verification after the school bus training.
 
2.
No but I'm willing to learn and get one.
 

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#13 of 25

If an older student kicks a younger student out of a seat, how would you handle this situation?

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I would politely tell the older student to sit in another seat.
 
2.
I would tell the older student to sit in another seat.
 

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#14 of 25

A student changes seats several times. You have asked him to sit still without success. What would be your response?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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Pull the bus over to a safe location and discuss the situation of his behavior.
 
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I would pull over the bus in a safe location and talk to the student. I would then inform the school and my supervisor.
 

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#15 of 25

Driving a school bus requires arriving at the bus depot at 6 AM. Will this work for you?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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Yes, I always arrive early for work, because of traffice or weather.
 
2.
Yes, i would be happy to to have a job that needed me is wonderful.
 

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#16 of 25

If a kid continues to throw a paper airplane at you while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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Ask the student to stop and if he does not I would tell him that he will be turned over to a school official upon arrival to school.
 
2.
First, I will stop the bus and then talk to the kid to stop that action. If he repeats that then i will inform the school board and my supervisor.
 

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#17 of 25

What measures will you ensure to keep children safe?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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That they are sitting while the bus is in route and make sure that that they get on and off the bus safe.
 
2.
Make sure I pay attention to the roads and make sure all children are in their seats.
 

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#18 of 25

What do you think would be the most rewarding aspect of driving a school bus?

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The most rewarding aspect of driving a bus would be getting the students to school on time in a safely mannner and interacting with the students.
 
2.
Knowing that Parents are trusting me as a bus driver with their children.
 

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#19 of 25

What are some skills that make you a better school bus driver?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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I have a good driving record. I have the patience it takes. And I have driven large vechiles in the past.
 
2.
Patience, dependability, my own kids.
 

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#20 of 25

Tell me about your driver training.

User Submitted Interview Answers

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I have drove my children and other children to many events in and out of school. Can't wait to learn how to drive a bus.
 
2.
I have had over 40 hours of passenger bus training.
 

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#21 of 25

How well do you control your temper?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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Very well, I am very level headed and would handle any situation in a professional manner.
 
2.
I will talk to them and make them understand the situation. Try to solve by talking firmly.
 

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#22 of 25

Why do you want to be a school bus driver?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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I enjoy children and seeing to their educational needs. And the job fits into my current lifestyle.
 
2.
I am a very skilled driver. I enjoy working with children.
 

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#23 of 25

How do you make sure scheduled stops are on time?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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Yes, a kids education is very important and they need to be to school on time.
 
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It is very important that the children not have stress about getting on the bus. They need to have stability in knowing what is happening.
 

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#24 of 25

Are you available to work extra shifts, like sporting events and field trips?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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Yes I would be very willing and enjoy the oppertunity to participate in field trips.
 
2.
Again, yes if paid overtime and if the girls are hot.
 

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#25 of 25

If I were to ask your previous employer, about how many days you missed, what would he or she say?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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They would say hardly any.
 
2.
Very dependable and did not miss shifts.
 
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