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1. What types of defensive driving techniques do you use?
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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 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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5. 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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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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26. What do you think would be the most rewarding aspect of driving a school bus?

Top Answer

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.

Second Best

Knowing that Parents are trusting me as a bus driver with their children.

3.

I love children of all ages, knowing that they are going to get a good education by me getting them to school on time and safe.

4.

Helping assist those whom would not have any other means of transporation

5.

Getting the passengers to their destination safely.

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27. How well have you received training in the operations of a school bus?

Top Answer

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.

Second Best

I have had over 40 hours of passenger bus training.

3.

Very well.

4.

well enough

5.

All sefty training.

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28. How many hours did you log driving a large vehicle during your training?

Top Answer

I have never received training to drive large vehicles but I have 10 years of driving safely.

Second Best

I logged approximatelyt 6o hours during my training for driving a school bus.

3.

I never been recived training but i have much experience driving

4.

8.

5.

I never been recived training but i have much experience driving.

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29. Do you have any certification as a bus driver?

Best Answer

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

Top Answer

Pull the bus over to a safe location and discuss the situation of his behavior.

Second Best

I would pull over the bus in a safe location and talk to the student. I would then inform the school and my supervisor.

3.

I would pull the bus over at a safety place and talk to the child. Then report it to the principle and transportation.

4.

I would pull the bus over at a safe desitation. Speak with the child. And then report them to the principal and transportation.

5.

Safely get the bus out of traffic and relocate the student to a seat near me. Discuss the situation with the student the proceed when safe.

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31. A person you do not know comes to your bus to pick up a kindergarten student on your K-2 run. The student does not seem to know them. What would you do?

Top Answer

I would not let the child be taken from that person, notify the school.

Second Best

I would not allow the child to leave with the individual and would contact my supervisor and the school staff for assistance.

3.

I would not let the child off the bus. Call into transportation on further instructions.

4.

Keep the child, radio in to office, find out who the person is.

5.

I would not let the student taken by the person. Report to the school.

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32. If you were to encounter icy conditions, how would you handle the situation?

Top Answer

Slow the bus down to a controllable speed so I can maintain a safe driving situation.

Second Best

Slow the bus down to a controllable speed so I can maintain a safe driving situation.

3.

Slow down the bus to a controllable speed so I can maintain a safe driving situation.

4.

Slow down, be more careful.

5.

Maintain a constant speed, and tap breaks,

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

Best Answer

I would that would be a great way to learn the community.

2.

Yes. I am willing to work as substitute driver in all areas of the district.

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34. How many speeding tickets have you had in the last 5 years?

Top Answer

I do not currently have any traffic violations within the past 5 years

Second Best

none. I have an excellent driving record

3.

none

4.

None.

5.

None. i have an excellent driving record.

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35. What specific skills have you acquired that you feel have made you a better school bus driver?

Top Answer

I have a good driving record. I have the patience it takes. And I have driven large vechiles in the past.

Second Best

I have a good driving record, safety is number one rule, learning your children.

3.

I have a good driving record. I have a patience it takes. And I will obtain the certification after receiving the school bus training.

4.

Patience, dependability, my own kids.

5.

I believe that my record as a safe and conscientious driver is a big factor in being a good bus driver.

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36. How well do you keep your temper under control?

Top Answer

I keep my temper under control very well. I try and not show any anger.

Second Best

Very well, I am very level headed and would handle any situation in a professional manner.

3.

I will talk to them and make them understand the situation. Try to solve by talking firmly.

4.

Be come down.

5.

I am a easy going person. I have no problem with temper. Have four children probably helps.

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37. School bus drivers MUST be dependent or else children to not attend school, how can you clarify you will uphold your dependent qualities?

Top Answer

I am known as a punctual person to my former employers, professors, and relations.

Second Best

I will always be ready for my job.

3.

It is my obligation to be ready for work each day.

4.

I will make sure that i am on time and if there is a problem i will call at least four hours ahead of time.

5.

I will make sure I leave at least 45 min early to avoid any accidents or road hazards. If I have to request time off I will do so in advance and make sure I have someone to cover me before I ask for permission.

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38. You have come upon a serious accident where it is apparent there may have been loss of life. How would you deal with your bus? The students?

Top Answer

Make sure the rest of the children are safely and away from the scene.

Second Best

Keep children calm because they are not different then the rest. safety.

3.

1. Call 911 and school bus yard; 2. Get the emergency door open; 3. Assist the students while awaiting the emergency crews;

4.

I would take an alternate route and tell the kids to stay calm.

5.

Would again, have them stay in their seats, if I can take an alternate route to avoid the children from seeing the accident, will take it. Otherwise, wait for the officers to let us pass and hopefully it would be after they have removed anyone hurt.

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39. Beyond the financial benefits of taking this position, why do you want to be a school bus driver?

Top Answer

I enjoy children and seeing to their educational needs. And the job fits into my current lifestyle.

Second Best

I am a very skilled driver. I enjoy working with children.

3.

I like kids and it would the work schedule would be a good fit for me.

4.

To help kids get to school to get an education to become productive members of society.

5.

Believe it will be rewarding as kids are fun and you get to be out and about, not always behind a desk.

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40. You have a school bus tipped over on its right side with the front door obstructed. There are K-12 students on board, some of whom are seriously injured. What is your first priority? What is your follow-up plan?

Top Answer

Call 911 and school bus yard. Get emergency a doors open and assist student while waiting for emergency crews.

Second Best

I would call 911 then administer to first aid if needed and have the kids exit the bus through other exits or windows and wait for help to arrive.

3.

1. Call 911 and school bus yard; 2. Get the emergency door open; 3. Assistant the student while awaiting for the emergency crews.

4.

Call 911. See about the injured children. Then open up the back emergency door and evauate the children.

5.

Radio to office, have them call 911, check children.

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

Top Answer

I would stop the bus until it was clear to proceed.

Second Best

I would stop the bus and proceed when it is safe to do so.

3.

Stop and proceed when safe to do so and the intersection is clear.

4.

I would proceed driving the bus once the intersection is clear to drive.

5.

I would stop the bus until it is clear to proceed.

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42. Do you feel it is important that bus stops and schedules be regular and on time? Why?

Top Answer

Yes, a kids education is very important and they need to be to school on time.

Second Best

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.

3.

Absolutely. Students need to be at school on time to not feel rushed or distracted.

4.

Yes. I feel it is important that bus stops and schedules be regular and on time because students arrive to school on time is the most important in a safety manner.

5.

Yes so children can get there on time to start there classes.

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43. Are you able to drive, even when called at the last minute?

Best Answer

Yes. I am able to drive even when called at the last minute.

2.

Should be no problem, unless I am sick, would let the department know if I will have any days during the week that I would not be available.

3.

That would be achallenge that I would welcome.

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44. Do you plan on taking extra shifts, for example, driving the volleyball team to a match in the evenings?

Best Answer

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

Best Answer

They would say hardly any.

2.

Very dependable and did not miss shifts.

3.

They would say not many at all.

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46. Are you experienced in using a CB radio to communicate to the school and other bus drivers?

Top Answer

Yes, I capable to using the 10 code.

Second Best

No, but I hear they train you and I can't wait to gain new skills.

3.

10:8 Bus 306 in Service. 10:4 Kelley

4.

No, but I will learn later on in my course and I can't wait.

5.

No I currently have no experience in using CB radio but I can not wait to gain a new skill.

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47. In the event of a serious accident, what procedure would you follow?

Top Answer

I would check to see if anyone needed first aid and then I would have them leave the bus safely.

Second Best

I would call 911. Then I would follow procedure of what to do in a serious accident.

3.

I would inform the office, have office call 911, check for injurys.

4.

I would check if someone needed first aid; then I would have them leave the bus safely.

5.

Check for injuries then call police then dispatch.

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48. Are you on medication that might impair your ability to drive a bus?

Best Answer

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

2.

No I am not on medication that might impair my ability.

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49. What school bus training have you received?

Top Answer

I have been studying the BMV book in order to take the Public Passenger chaufeer license test.

Second Best

i recive full driving saftty rouls

3.

None.

4.

None yet but can't wait to start.

5.

I have had 40 hours of bus training while enlisted in the army.

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50. Have you ever had a strong disagreement with another adult? How did you handle this conflict?

Top Answer

Yes, we discussed the issue until we came to resolution.

Second Best

Try to diffuse the situation and come to a mutual understanding.

3.

Yes. I discussed the issue until we had a resolution.

4.

Commit on it then walk away.

5.

Usually walk away to not make things worse.

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51. what should you do if someone stop from parking the bus to pick up students

Top Answer

What??

Second Best

I would waite until the person moved out of the way to safely pick up students at their designated but stop.

3.

I would wait until the person moved out of the way to safely pick up the students at their designated bus stop.

4.

Put on hazard lights.

5.

stop

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52. What bus driving certification do you hold?

Top Answer

CDL B SI

Second Best

I currently have a permit to drive a school bus.

3.

I hold no certification as of yet, but will obtain a CDL after my training and all tests are passed.

4.

Cdl class b.

5.

I currently do not have a cerificate but upon employment will strive to attain one. I do currently have a permit endorsment for driving a school passenger bus.

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53. What experience do you have operating a large vehicle?

Top Answer

35+ years in driving, 20 of that with my child and friends, not to say training a student driver, 9 with extended family (students)

Second Best

I drove a step van for 15 years.

3.

Class 1 unrestricted drivers licence.

4.

Helping my family members and friends for a moving.

5.

3 years. A large van of my own.

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54. Do you have any concerns with us taking a criminal background check on you?

Best Answer

No. I do not have any concerns with you taking a criminal background check on my.

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55. Are you experienced in using a CB radio to communicate with the school and other bus drivers?

Best Answer

Not experienced, but have used a CB before.

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56. Is there anything you would like to add about yourself that you feel we should know when considering you for this position?

Top Answer

I am a very personable person easy to get along with.

Second Best

I love working with the children, my current bus route is a reading bus. I started the program 4 years ago. it is a great way for all the childen to help each other. awards are given every month and at the end of the year.

3.

Self moderate punctual dependable.

4.

Only that I am a very easy going person and it takes a lot to even begin to upset me. Have always gotten along with kids, even the shyest of kids I have won over.

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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57. Why are you the best candidate for us?

Top Answer

Have experience confident and a go getter.

Second Best

I am very flexible, patient, and love kids.

3.

I am conscientious and dependable.

4.

I believe I am very suited for this because not only am I very patient and dependable.

5.

Pations, trust, and good driving experience.

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