Top 25 School Bus Driver Interview Questions
1. What types of defensive driving techniques do you use?
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School Bus Driver
December 18th, 2014

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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I will stop the bus and l will call to police.
 
2.
The 1ra thing is try to convinc the studen to stop the problem. And sit the student nex to the driver sit if not call my supervisor and explain the situat io n.
 
3.
I will eye contact with that student after that I will call dachpanch.
 
4.
Pull the bus over when it is safe to do so defuse the situation and split the children up and call it into to dispatch.
 
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I will ask the student to stop what he is doing. If he does not listen contact the office, school or the police.
 
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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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On time, only 3 days missed (snow)
 
2.
He would say that I only missed reasonable days because of my child sick.
 
3.
I've never missed any days I've came in to duty until I could be relieved.
 
4.
I have not missed any beside scheduled PTO
 
5.
No more than three days.
 
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If a fight breaks out while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Pull over stop bus, call on radio and inform the administration.
 
2.
Call the office and try to diffuse the situation.
 
3.
Calmly tell the students to stop if not call the police.
 
4.
I would pull over to the side of the road and break up the fight then notify my supervisor and the school principle.
 
5.
I would pull the bus over at a safe destination. I would break up the fight. Then call it in to transportation.
 
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How do you plan to adapt to many different bus routes?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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By paying attention and writing it in a piece of paper.
 
2.
As an experienced driver, finding new places has come easy, in this position, I am already familiar with our County, so as I study further I know this will come easy as well.
 
3.
I would plan a head according to.
 
4.
Follow my route sheet and map, be alert.
 
5.
If time allows, drive the route on a dry run.
 
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Tell me about your experience operating a large vehicle.
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Full size trucks, conversion van.
 
2.
I don't have any exprices driving a large vehicle.
 
3.
I have drove moving box trucks.
 
4.
School bus Delivery trucks.
 
5.
While I was employed in the Military I drove various Military vehicles.
 
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What would your last employer say about your reliability?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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He was an awesome employee, sad to see him go, and very trustworthy.
 
2.
Never late and dependable.
 
3.
He would say I am a very dependable and trustworthy person.
 
4.
Very trustworthy and hard worker.
 
5.
Very dependable and trusted.
 
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If a kid throws up, while in route to school, how would you handle the situation?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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1.Pull over the bus;2.Do first aids ;3. Temperory cleaning; 4. Report to the school.
 
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I would safely pull the bus over, secure the bus, remove the key and give the student that got sick a pan if available in case they get sick again. I would have the student move to the front of the bus, most likely let the school know that this student was sick, so they could contact the parent. Clean the area as best I could to get back of the road and get the students to school.
 
3.
Move children from that area. Try to cover up.
 
4.
Move others away from the mess, and give the kid a bag to throw up in.
 
5.
Put a spill kit down and supply a bag in case it happens again. Report incident to school or parents.
 
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If an older student kicks a younger student out of a seat, how would you handle this situation?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Pull over talk to the students knvovled and report.
 
2.
I would tell the older student that is not acceptable behavior and ask that student to move closer to me.
 
3.
Tell the older student to come up to a seat near the front.
 
4.
Ask the younger student to take another seat and report the incident.
 
5.
Tall older student sit in front.
 
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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 say you dont take tham.
 
2.
I would not let that child go with them, ask for that person's name and contact my supervisor and await instruction.
 
3.
Keep the student on the bus and take back to the bus barn.
 
4.
I would call the broad to call the parents and the police.
 
5.
Hold student call dispatch for verification.
 
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Do you have any driver certifications?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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No but I'm willing to learn and get one.
 
2.
Yes, I have a class be licenses, bus driver, and passenger certification.
 
3.
Not yet, but I'm sure I can make it with the good training you provide.
 
4.
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.
 
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Are you willing to work as a substitute driver in all areas of the district?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I would that would be a great way to learn the community.
 
2.
Definitely.That way I can have a better knowledge of my community.
 
3.
Yes. I am willing to work as substitute driver in all areas of the district.
 
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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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I would ask him to come to the front of the bus and sit behind me. If he still does not listen, I will inform him that he's getting a write up.
 
2.
Till kid sit on one plase.
 
3.
Pull over and caution him.
 
4.
I will report his abuse to school authorities.
 
5.
Politey ask please sit down.
 
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You have entered a busy intersection and a passenger vehicle cuts in front of you. What would be your response?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Slow down to avoid an accident and honk.
 
2.
Reduce speed and change lane.
 
3.
Take action to assure students saftey.
 
4.
Stop bus, listen to them and have them contact bus lot. Do not let child off bus.
 
5.
Try to sorted out the situation to best of my knowledge.
 
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What measures will you ensure to keep children safe?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Make sure that the kids are behaving in a safe manner on my bus and always be aware of my surroundings and the conditions.
 
2.
I will explains the rules so they understand what is expected of them.
 
3.
Let the kids know ahead of time what the rules and guidelines are so they are aware of what is going on.
 
4.
Drive safely and follow all safety policies.
 
5.
My very most attention to everything going on around me.
 
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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 believe it is good to come to a job that you enjoy.
 
2.
Yes iam allways up at that time.
 
3.
I have worked earlier hours.
 
4.
I am use to getting up early. That would not be a problem.
 
5.
I did that for fifteen years working as a route salesman.
 
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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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I would pull over to the side of the road and instruct the kid to stop and if he did not I would report it to the school and my supervisor.
 
2.
Pull the bus over and caution the student.
 
3.
I would talk to him and explain how dangerous this would be.
 
4.
Move him to beside me and take his paper airplane away.
 
5.
Reprimand the kid and move him to a front seat.
 
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What do you think would be the most rewarding aspect of driving a school bus?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Getting to know the kids' personalities.
 
2.
Knowing that I getting the kids to school safe and on time.
 
3.
Being a positive influence model on children, helping them with their education.
 
4.
Getting the children to school, and interacting with them.
 
5.
Drive the bus safely reach to the destination safely.
 
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What are some skills that make you a better school bus driver?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I am alert and aware of the responsibility I have to keep these children safe. I have a terrific driving record. I am a defensive driver. I am able to keep calm and think things through in stressful situations.
 
2.
Several refresher courses in Defensive driving and special very rare advanced driving technique diplomas.
 
3.
Hard worker resposible driver.
 
4.
I had previus experience.
 
5.
Listening to the kids and encouraging them, interacting in a positive way.
 
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Tell me about your driver training.
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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You guys privead me training.
 
2.
I not received train as of yet. But I am more than willing to learn.
 
3.
Extensive training and experience in driving a bus, but none in school bus specific.
 
4.
Arrived at the bus depot at 6:00am be on time will not be a problem.
 
5.
Very well, I have passed continuing bus driver school 4 times.
 
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How well do you control your temper?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I am patient. I have a 4-year old. I know kids aren't perfect all the time, but I do hold them accountable for their actions.
 
2.
Never controlled. It takes alot to push my botton.
 
3.
I talk about any issue there might be.
 
4.
Very well I have bi polor kids.
 
5.
I have extensive industrial relations training plus managerial experience. I am very used to dealing with different situations in a safe and calm manner.
 
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Why do you want to be a school bus driver?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I like driving and I like children. I also like the schedule.
 
2.
To help kids get to school to get an education to become productive members of society.
 
3.
Enjoy driving, enjoy children and it fits my life style.
 
4.
I love being kids, driving and giving back to the community.
 
5.
It an opportunity to have a rewarding job I can be proud of.
 
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How do you make sure scheduled stops are on time?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes because the times are written so everyone has enough time to get there on time.
 
2.
Yes so children can get there on time to start there classes.
 
3.
Yes. Because children have a set schedule at shcool they need to follow.
 
4.
Limit time at bus stop, and meet school scedules.
 
5.
School system is important our life.
 
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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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Not many. I hardly ever called in sick. Actually, I don't remember the last situation where I called in sick.
 
2.
Very dependable and did not miss shifts.
 
3.
Never missed a scheduled day of work.
 
4.
They would say hardly any.
 
5.
They would say not many at all.
 
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Is there anything we should be aware of that may come up on your criminal background check?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes 15 years ago I got into trouble.
 
2.
No. I do not have any concerns with you taking a criminal background check on my.
 
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Are you available to work extra shifts, like sporting events and field trips?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Again, yes if paid overtime and if the girls are hot.
 
2.
Yes I would be very willing and enjoy the oppertunity to participate in field trips.
 
3.
If it comes available, then yes.
 
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Is there anything you would like to add about yourself that you feel we should know when considering you for this position?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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That I feel my years experience and calm attitude will be a great asset to the job.
 
2.
Self moderate punctual dependable.
 
3.
I can do the job n perform like a rock star. I am the best person for the job no need to hold out for someone better. I am flexible n relieble n I can be trusted. To fit in these position. I am confident. In my skills n qualities am not a 100 % experience, but am willing to take a training that eill get the job done. Thank u.
 
4.
No 15 years ago I got into trouble.
 
5.
That I'm looking forward to becoming a school bus driver and maybe have the oppurtunity to shuttle my granddaughters to and from school.
 
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How do you handle conflict?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes. I worked in customer service for a long time. When I worked in casinos I would have disagreements with players on the outcome of a game. I would usually listen to their side of the story. Then I would see if there was a chance I could have been mistaken, which would usually mean calling our surveillance team to review the hand. If it was determined that the player was mistaken, I would talk to them and explain to them the reason we came to that decision. If they were still upset I would try to diffuse them by offering them something within my power to offer them, like something to eat or tickets to our drawing or something like that. I realize that sometimes it doesn't matter if you're right, you still need to give a little.
 
2.
Usually walk away to not make things worse.
 
3.
Yes of course and if at work I always take the high ground and do not engage.
 
4.
Commit on it then walk away.
 
5.
Yes, with patience and control.
 
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In the event of a serious accident, what procedure would you follow?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Call 911 call school assess situation and make sure students are safe. Receive further instructions from school.
 
2.
Freeze the scene, call your office and 911
 
3.
I would call 911, radio my supervisor and check for serious injury and administer first aid where needed.
 
4.
Call headquarters, call the police, keep the students seated on the bus.
 
5.
Call 911 and then supervisor.
 
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Tell me about your driving experience.
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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None yet but can't wait to start.
 
2.
Cdl class a and safty classes.
 
3.
I would hope that everyone is trained fully, but every company is different. for myself I have 9 years of training.
 
4.
None yet. But am willing to.
 
5.
I have had 40 hours of bus training while enlisted in the army.
 
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Why are you the best candidate for us?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I am very flexible, patient, and love kids.
 
2.
My attention to detail and ability to assess situations and calm deminour are a great asset to your team.
 
3.
Experience and safety record is impeccable.
 
4.
Dedication and desire for the position.
 
5.
Pations, trust, and good driving experience.
 
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Are you experienced in using a CB radio to communicate with the school and other bus drivers?
 
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Not experienced, but have used a CB before.
 
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