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School Bus Driver Interview Questions

1. What types of defensive driving techniques do you use?
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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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1. What types of defensive driving techniques do you use?

Top Answer

Look, listening and smell.

Second Best

Don't talk on cell phone when driving.

3.

Using your signals, following all road signs.

4.

Always look, use mirrors, follow traffic signals and speed limits.

5.

2 second rule, staying calm and focused. Anticipating potential dangers. Keeping both hands on the wheel and observing road conditions.

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

Top Answer

Pull the bus over at a safe desination. Diffuse the situation the call into transportation.

Second Best

Inform office, pull bus over and wait for instructions.

3.

Stop bus in a safe destination, call dispatch and attempt break up or stop student from harming another.

4.

Stop and secure the bus, radio in the incident and remove the child from the area where the incident occured.

5.

I will park the Bus to the safe place and talk to the student and let my supervisor know about the case.

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3. Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

Top Answer

No.

Second Best

No.

3.

why do you want to be a busdriver

4.

No, I have never been convicted of a felony.

5.

Never in my hole life.

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

Top Answer

I would pull the bus over when I can safely and separate the children and put them in the front two seats.

Second Best

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.

3.

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.

4.

I would notify dispatch that an altercation has occurred on the bus and I would also inform them that I would be stopping the bus on the side of the road in a safe location to intervene in the altercation.

5.

I would notify dispatch of the fight to inform them that i will be pulling over in a safe area to stop the fight. if i am unable to stop the fight i would ask one of their friends to assist in stopping the fight. if still unable call for assistance. if successful have one of the students sit at the front of the bus.

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

Top Answer

Unless It was hospital related I was always at work.

Second Best

I only took off when nessasary.

3.

Three weeks due to medical reasons, but prior to that i never missed any days for three years.

4.

He will say i didn't missed over the last year.

5.

I had only called off sick in 2 1/2 years 2 times.

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6. Are you prepared to undergo an intensive training program that may take a minimum of six days?

Top Answer

Yes, there is never enough training for the safety of a childs transportaion.

Second Best

Yes. This job require a lot of skills so I will enjoy it.

3.

Yes. I am prepared to undergo an intensive training program that may take a minimum of six days.

4.

Sure anything to better my job to be the best and help everyone.

5.

Absolutely. I have gone thru a very long 8 week program with a previous employer.

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7. A student you are not familiar with boards your bus, and insist he always gets dropped off at a friends house, how would you handle this situation?

Top Answer

I would take his name and contact the school and my supervisor for direction.

Second Best

I would ask for students name and inform the school and my supervisor for direction.

3.

I would write down her/his name and contact school and supervisor for the direction.

4.

I would tell him no inform the school and my supervisor.

5.

I would contact the school in dispatch for assistance.

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8. How many accidents have you been involved in through your entire driving record?

Top Answer

There have been no accidents.

Second Best

Only one minor accident.

3.

I have been involved in only one.

4.

2 light car accidents involv in my record.but no have any heavy bus accident complan

5.

None, i'm am a very safe driver.

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9. Will you be willing to work off-hours for field trips, sporting activities?

Top Answer

Yes I love doing this job.

Second Best

Yes I am willing to participate in off hour activities.

3.

Yes looking forward to learning the community activities.

4.

Yes, Getting extra income comes in handy.

5.

Yes, I feel it also my duty to be involved in extracarucalar activities.

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10. What experiences do you have driving a large vehicle?

Top Answer

I drove a school bus for 15 years.

Second Best

I have a little experience in driving a large vehicle but i am willing to learn more.

3.

I have 12 years experience drivinng school bus and coach bus.

4.

Eighteen wheeler.

5.

No experience.

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11. What experiences do you have dealing with children?

Top Answer

I was a school teacher.

Second Best

Well I have one child of my own, girl scout troop, cheerleading, softball, lunch room supervisor, hs security.

3.

I have been a mom for 25yrs. I also have volenteered in the kids classes and for my daughters girlscout troop.

4.

I have little experience.

5.

I am working for customer service from long time,so i have a lot of experience.

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

Top Answer

Once I am notified with by bus route. I would drive the route for me to get familiar.

Second Best

Once I am notified with by bus route. I would drive the route for me to get familiar.

3.

Have dispatch give me a route description.

4.

By making a trip before I start the run to see where I am to go.

5.

Drive them at least once.

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13. What previous jobs have you held?

Top Answer

Military, security guard and caretaker.

Second Best

I have worked as a office administrator and presently I work as a bank teller. Both jobs has allowed me to work with people every day.

3.

School bus driver, office manager for real estate.

4.

A driver for kodak transportation, dhl, pharmaceutical, medical secretary.

5.

Drove a school bus for 15 years.

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

Top Answer

I will talk to him in polite way and ask him to find another seat.

Second Best

I would ask the older student to please move to another seat in order to diffuse the situation.

3.

I would politely ask the older student to remove his/her from the seat.If he/she refuses, I will report to the school and my supervisor.

4.

Let the younger student kick the crap out of the older student while he or she is held down. Ah, karma...

5.

I would politely ask the older student to remove him or herself from the seat. If he/she refuses I would report it to the principal

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15. What would your last employer say about your dependency and trust?

Top Answer

She is very dependable and trustworthy. Every day she comes in early and she deals with large amounts of money and clients profiles.

Second Best

Excellent

3.

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

4.

that im a very responsible person and that i always show up on time

5.

Good, They trust me to count their safe so i would say they trusted me very much!

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16. What are defensive driving skills?

Best Answer

Pations, carefull driving.

2.

Be alert at all timespay attencion to the espeed limit be on time at work n bring the kids on time at school. I been driving for 25 years I know in can du it.

3.

Being alerted, not using the phone while driving.

4.

Being fit for work. Asking yourself what could happen. Be prepared for anything to happen.

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17. Why do you want to become a school bus driver?

Top Answer

I really enjoy driving.

Second Best

I am a very skilled driver. I enjoy working with children. And the hours required to drive a school bus work well with my family life.

3.

I am a very skilled driver. I enjoy working with children. And the hours required to drive a school bus work well with my family life.

4.

I like the challenge of the responsibility, caring for children and I love driving!

5.

Like the sound the bus makes and how it hisses.

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

Top Answer

Pull the bus over clean up as much as I could, and continue with my route.

Second Best

I would pull the bus over, clean up what I could then continue with my route.

3.

I would stop th bus, perform first aide, and inform my dispatch.

4.

Move him to the front, hand him a bag and inform the school.

5.

I would pull over and attend to the student and administer first aid and do a quick clean up then notify the school.

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19. Getting kids to school to learn and become educated is a serious matter, will you be willing to devote your time in accomplishing this?

Top Answer

Yes I take pride in knowing iam helping are furture generration.

Second Best

Yes I am a supportive of kids becoming educated. So they can move on to become a contributing person to society later in life.

3.

As a bus driver I will make sure the children arrive to school safely and if help is needed give the best answer.

4.

Yes. I will be willing to devote my time in accomplishing this.

5.

Yes, I am a person who has a general knowledge background in education and current events.

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20. Driving a school bus requires arriving at the bus depot at 6am, are you okay waking up this early every school day?

Top Answer

Yes, I will make sure I wake up in plenty of time to make sure I am on time.

Second Best

Yes, I always arrive early for work, because of traffice or weather.

3.

Yes, i would be happy to to have a job that needed me is wonderful.

4.

Yes I would be able to commit to being at the bus depot at 6 am, especially since its about loving your job and looking forward to each and every day.

5.

Its not about getting up in the morning, its about loving your job and looking foward to each and every day.

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21. Are you on a medication that might impair you to drive a bus?

Top Answer

No. I am not on a medication that might impair me to drive a bus.

Second Best

No, I am not on any medication that might impair my driving a bus.

3.

No , nothing . I am ready to start work.

4.

I am not on any medication

5.

no

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

Top Answer

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.

Second Best

I will tell themm to stop and write an incident report as follow.

3.

Well if he is throwing them at me, I would ask him to stop. Possibly a 3 warning system. Confinscate his paper til we arrive at destination. A write up.

4.

I would tell the student this is his or her last warning and i will ask that the child be on a 3 day suspension.

5.

I would pull the bus over and talk to the student. If it continues I would report it to my supevisor.

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23. Do you have the patience to drive a school bus?

Top Answer

Yes, I am prepared for situations that might occur.

Second Best

Yes. I'm prepared in dealing with unexpected situations.

3.

Yes, I do have the patience to drive a school bus.

4.

Yes, I have dealt with similiar situations while as a bus operator while enlisted in the army.

5.

I believe so. I have held positions working with the public before.

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

Top Answer

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

Second Best

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

3.

As the older student to move to another seat in order to diffuse the situation.

4.

I will talk to the older student politely to stop it and bring them to the from seat.

5.

1. Pull over the bus at a safety location; 2. Politely ask the older student to remove her/him from the seat; 3.If he/she refuses, report to the principle.

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25. What measures will you ensure to keep children safe?

Top Answer

That they are sitting while the bus is in route and make sure that that they get on and off the bus safe.

Second Best

Make sure I pay attention to the roads and make sure all children are in their seats.

3.

Tell children the rules and events to come ahead of time so that they know what to expect

4.

Ensure students know all safety procedures in the event of a crisis situation.

5.

do my daily inspection and while on road watch my surrondings

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Career Field
Job Satisfaction
Interview Difficulty
Healthcare
Hours per Week
Education
60%
Hard
Provided
30 Hrs/Wk

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.

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.

School Bus Driver Career Pros
Pro #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.
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Pro #2:
Need to professional looking and know the job needs.
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Pro #3:
To maintain safety for the kids inside the school bus.
May 30, 2012
Pro #4:
I get to drive a bus and make a positive impression on the next generation.
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Pro #5:
Pros would be interaction with the children.
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Pro #6:
Though it can be a challenging job, it could be so rewarding. You are apart of a kids whole school experience.
Jul 20, 2012
Pro #7:
Hours of work working with children.
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