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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.
Question 1 of 32
What types of defensive driving techniques do you use?
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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?
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  1. What types of defensive driving techniques do you use?
  2. How would you handle a situation on your bus in which a student attempted to or did physically harm you or another student?
  3. If I were to ask your previous employer about how many days you missed over the last year, what would he say?
  4. If a fight breaks out while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
  5. How do you plan to adapt to many different bus routes?
  6. Tell me about your experience operating a large vehicle.
  7. Do you have any driver certifications?
  8. What would your last employer say about your reliability?
  9. If a kid throws up, while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
  10. If an older student kicks a younger student out of a seat, how would you handle this situation?
  11. Are you willing to work as a substitute driver in all areas of the district?
  12. You have entered a busy intersection and a passenger vehicle cuts in front of you. What would be your response?
  13. A student changes seats several times. You have asked him to sit still without success. What would be your response?
  14. 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?
  15. What measures will you ensure to keep children safe?
  16. Driving a school bus requires arriving at the bus depot at 6 AM. Will this work for you?
  17. If a kid continues to throw a paper airplane at you while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
  18. What do you think would be the most rewarding aspect of driving a school bus?
  19. What are some skills that make you a better school bus driver?
  20. Tell me about your driver training.
  21. How well do you control your temper?
  22. Why do you want to be a school bus driver?
  23. How do you make sure scheduled stops are on time?
  24. Is there anything you would like to add about yourself that you feel we should know when considering you for this position?
  25. Is there anything we should be aware of that may come up on your criminal background check?
  26. If I were to ask your previous employer, about how many days you missed, what would he or she say?
  27. Are you available to work extra shifts, like sporting events and field trips?
  28. How do you handle conflict?
  29. In the event of a serious accident, what procedure would you follow?
  30. Tell me about your driving experience.
  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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15 School Bus Driver Answer Examples
1.
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?
2.
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."
3.
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.
4.
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."
5.
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.
6.
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?
7.
Do you have any driver certifications?
If you have your chauffeur's license or your commercial driver's license (CDL) explain how recently you completed training and for how long you have held these certifications. Depending upon the school, you may only be required to have your high school diploma or GED. It's possible to obtain these licenses if they are required. Check with your school before the interview to find out about any of these requirements so that you can take care be prepared and schedule any driver courses you may need.
8.
What would your last employer say about your reliability?
During an interview, it's up to you to prove that you are dependable. Your character and past experience indicate to what extent you can be trusted and relied upon. Examples of your past attendance, teamwork and ability to follow through show the interviewer that you are the type of bus driver they can count on. Your consistent positive attitude and dedication to working hard are other examples you might want to share.
9.
If a kid throws up, while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
Pull over! You will need to be well versed in the health codes you can follow and how to instruct other kids to know what to do as well. Explain how you would help the child, depending on the severity of their condition.
10.
If an older student kicks a younger student out of a seat, how would you handle this situation?
How will you handle bullying? Are you willing to step in if you notice bad behavior among students? You have an opportunity to make an impact, sticking up for the little guy and protecting kids from rude perpetrators.
Rachelle's Answer
"The well-being of my students is of utmost importance to me. I am willing to enforce discipline and stop the bus if I have to."
11.
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!
12.
You have entered a busy intersection and a passenger vehicle cuts in front of you. What would be your response?
Stay calm! You never know when someone will cut you off in traffic. Driving a bus full of screaming children, you will need to be able to cope with these types of situations. Whether you are stuck in traffic or you are dealing with issues on the bus, you will need to remain calm. Explain how you have handled these situations in the past and how you are committed to safety in all situations.
13.
A student changes seats several times. You have asked him to sit still without success. What would be your response?
Discipline will always be tricky, no matter the age of the child or the situation. You have limited interaction with the kids, and most of the time your attention is more focused on the road than their behaviors. How will you handle these tasks? To answer the question, share what you would say if a child disrespects you.

"If I was driving the bus, I might raise my voice and let them know the consequences if they did not sit down. If the bus was stopped, I would direct the child to a seat in the front of the bus where I could see them."
Rachelle's Answer
"If I was driving the bus, I might raise my voice and let them know the consequences if they did not sit down. If the bus was stopped, I would direct the child to a seat in the front of the bus where I could see them."
14.
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."
15.
What measures will you ensure to keep children safe?
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