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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Updated August 17th, 2018 | 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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Why do you want to be a school bus driver?

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1.

Why do you want to be a school bus driver?

Are you looking to make some extra cash? Are you looking for part-time or full-time work? Before any interview it's important to be clear on what you're looking for and why you're applying for the job. Even if you really just need to make some extra money on the side, express intentions that show your interest in the job and your ability to make an impact on a child's life. Although bus driving can be temporary and part-time, tell the interviewer what you're looking for and how you feel this job will lend itself to your goals. You may be interested in driving for the public bus system or becoming a truck driver. You may have a passion for kids and be in the middle of completing your teacher certification. Be clear and concise in your answer.

2.

Tell me about your driving experience.

If you have been driving kids to and from school as a part of your babysitting job, share your experience! If you have a clean driving record and are well-versed in defensive driving techniques, share what you know! How do you maneuver through traffic without getting frustrated? How do you deal with noisy children in the backseat?

3.

What measures will you ensure to keep children safe?

4.

Tell me about your experience operating a large vehicle.

Explain any knowledge you have about driving large trucks or buses. Before the interview, find out if any formal previous driving experience is required. If you have completed any training, share your experience. How will this help you to be more cautious and aware as a driver?

5.

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

Share your availability and what you are looking for when it comes to scheduling and hours. You may have a limited time table, or you might be looking for as many hours as possible. Let the interviewer know what you are able to offer and make sure to express interest in helping out as much as you are able!

6.

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?

Think of yourself as a chaperone, a driver who has their students' best interests in mind. You could someday save a child's life by protecting them from predators! The interviewer wants to see how you would react in this type of situation, because it's possible to occur. You can respond by saying, "I would first talk with the person to verify if they in fact were the child's guardian. If they cannot prove so, I would contact the police and do my best to keep the child and others on the bus safe."

Rachelle's Answer

"I would first talk with the person to verify if they in fact were the child's guardian. If they cannot prove so, I would contact the police and do my best to keep the child and others on the bus safe."

7.

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

You set the standard as soon as you sit in your seat. You could be the type of driver that allows kids to throw things and get rowdy, or you could be the strict, irritated driver who will not accept any monkey business. Show off your driving style and how you would assert yourself among the students to both make a good impression and establish authority.

8.

Tell me about your driver training.

Explain any relevant experience or formal training you have received as a driver. You may have worked as a professional chauffeur or private escort. You have have completed the necessary training for your commercial driver's license. Any relevant training is good to share!

9.

Is there anything we should be aware of that may come up on your criminal background check?

Be sure to know what will show up on your criminal background check before you go to your interview. Some places will check before they schedule you, and others will check afterwards. The best thing to do is be honest. Explain any discrepancies that could come up, even if they seem minor or irrelevant for the job. They will be much more willing to work with you if you are straight forward than if you try to hide something. This is an opportunity to build trust and show you are honest and direct.

10.

How do you handle conflict?

With so many kids busy causing a ruckus on your school bus, it's likely you may need to converse with teachers or parents. When there is a behavioral issue, like a kid who is always picking fights or making fun of other children, you may need to initiate a conversation. Show that you take a calm approach. How do you deal with conflict among students compared to adults?

11.

What types of defensive driving techniques do you use?

Share what you have learned as a driver that will help you be safer on the road. It's not only the kids in the back seat you need to worry about, but there's also a highway full of vehicles who could swerve, stop or breakdown at any moment. Your ability to scan the surroundings and stay calm will be key! Explain how you are able to perceive potential threats before they occur. How do you avoid accidents? How do you respond if someone starts to walk across the street without seeing you coming?

12.

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

Are you experienced in preventing and managing violent incidents? Use your knowledge of behavioral management. How do you react in this type of emergency?

"My immediate response would be to protect myself or the child who was being threatened. If there was a weapon involved I would use force if necessary to remove the weapon from the student. I am not trained in law enforcement, but I am good at acting quickly and taking precautions to protect my students."

You will not be expected to have the perfect expert-level response to a complicated situation like this, but you will be expected to know how to act quickly and follow emergency procedures. If you're not sure what that would look like, be honest. Let them know you are willing to learn what it would take to handle violent situations.

Rachelle's Answer

"My immediate response would be to protect myself or the child who was being threatened. If there was a weapon involved I would use force if necessary to remove the weapon from the student. I am not trained in law enforcement, but I am good at acting quickly and taking precautions to protect my students."

13.

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

How dependable are you? The proof is in the pudding! If you have missed more days of work than you can remember, you may have some explaining to do. It's possible that the interviewer may ask your previous employer the same question, so you will need to be honest. Keep in mind that taking a vacation day does not count against you, so there is no need to share those days. Missed only a couple of days? No problem! Taking sick days due to the flu or something more severe is understandable. Missed a week or more? Give a clear explanation, whether it be due to the birth of a child, death in the family or a surgery. Show that you are dependable in how you handled the situation responsibly, informing your employer ahead of time whenever possible.

14.

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

"Depending on the severity, I would probably stop the bus. I don't feel comfortable operating a large vehicle while there could be violence happening in my rear view mirror. I would rather resolve the issue before it escalates. Usually I need to separate the kids, but if I needed to I would discipline them as well."

Give an example that shows you can deal with these types of situations. Your ability to handle conflict between students will greatly improve the quality of life on your bus route and make you an even better driver!

Rachelle's Answer

"Depending on the severity, I would probably stop the bus. I don't feel comfortable operating a large vehicle while there could be violence happening in my rear view mirror. I would rather resolve the issue before it escalates. Usually I need to separate the kids, but if I needed to I would discipline them as well."

15.

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

Sense of direction will be key for you as you navigate through neighborhoods and new parts of town. Using GPS will only take you so far if you don't know how to read a map! Talk about your driving experience, professional or personal if you are new to this career. Share knowledge of the city and your adaptability to switch gears if you need to take an unfamiliar or change in your usual route.
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Interview Questions

  1. Why do you want to be a school bus driver?
  2. Tell me about your driving experience.
  3. What measures will you ensure to keep children safe?
  4. Tell me about your experience operating a large vehicle.
  5. Are you willing to work as a substitute driver in all areas of the district?
  6. 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?
  7. If a kid continues to throw a paper airplane at you while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
  8. Tell me about your driver training.
  9. Is there anything we should be aware of that may come up on your criminal background check?
  10. How do you handle conflict?
  11. What types of defensive driving techniques do you use?
  12. How would you handle a situation on your bus in which a student attempted to or did physically harm you or another student?
  13. If I were to ask your previous employer about how many days you missed over the last year, what would he say?
  14. If a fight breaks out while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
  15. How do you plan to adapt to many different bus routes?
  16. Do you have any driver certifications?
  17. What would your last employer say about your reliability?
  18. If a kid throws up, while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
  19. If an older student kicks a younger student out of a seat, how would you handle this situation?
  20. You have entered a busy intersection and a passenger vehicle cuts in front of you. What would be your response?
  21. A student changes seats several times. You have asked him to sit still without success. What would be your response?
  22. Driving a school bus requires arriving at the bus depot at 6 AM. Will this work for you?
  23. What do you think would be the most rewarding aspect of driving a school bus?
  24. What are some skills that make you a better school bus driver?
  25. How well do you control your temper?
  26. How do you make sure scheduled stops are on time?
  27. Is there anything you would like to add about yourself that you feel we should know when considering you for this position?
  28. If I were to ask your previous employer, about how many days you missed, what would he or she say?
  29. Are you available to work extra shifts, like sporting events and field trips?
  30. In the event of a serious accident, what procedure would you follow?
  31. Why are you the best candidate for us?
  32. Are you experienced in using a CB radio to communicate with the school and other bus drivers?
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