Tell the interviewer about your time management and organizational skills.
Transportation Manager Interview Questions
How do you ensure you are meeting all deadlines?
Tell the interviewer about your time management and organizational skills.
"I always meet deadlines because I am extremely organized and do not wait at the last minute to get started on projects. I use lists and calendar reminders to ensure I do not forget anything and I review these lists daily."
Provide an example of a time when your ethics were tested and how you addressed the situation.
Provide an example in a position held in a professional or volunteer capacity, or alternatively in a university setting, e.g., when working on a project with classmates.
"When working for (X company) as a/an (X position title), we had to complete a group project (... what happened in this project when your ethics were tested). As this was dishonest, I (... what you did to remain ethical)."
How have you or would you handle criticism?
Answer this question by providing examples of your ability to remain calm, collected and professional at all times. Provide an example of a situation in a professional capacity reflecting your ability to handle criticism. If such a situation never happened to you, tell the interviewer how you would hypothetically handle such a situation.
"No example comes to mind. However, I would always remain calm and professional, and would do my best to follow up with the person in question so as to obtain feedback. I always welcome constructive criticism as it enables me to better myself and improve my work."
What duties are the easiest and most difficult for you to perform?
The interviewer wants to determine your boundaries. It is important to demonstrate you can manage anything that comes your way.
Always review the job posting before the interview and keep it closeby at the time of the interview. Provide example of easy and difficult duties on the job posting, and how easily you will be able to manage both. Provide examples of the successful performance of these duties in a previous position, if you have any.
"An example of an easy duty is (X easy duty on the job posting/any other easy duty related to transportation management), because when working as a/an (X position title) for (X company), I (X similar easy duty successfully performed). An example of a difficult duty is (X easy duty on the job posting/any other difficult duty related to transportation management), because when working as a/an (X position title) for (X company), I (X similar difficult duty nevertheless successfully performed)."
Tell me about yourself and your experience against the position you applied for.
Provide an overview of your professional experience while putting emphasis on your transportation management experience as per the advertised position, proving you indeed have the qualifications required for this position.
Review the job description before your interview and answer this question by selecting some of the main duties on the posting and telling the interviewer you have performed these duties in the past, when and how.
"I pursued a Bachelor's degree in X at (X university) and upon graduation I worked as an Intern for (X company) where I was responsible for (X transportation management related duties). Since this internship, I have also gained considerable transportation management experience working for (X company) where I managed (X management related duties) and for (X company) where I was responsible for (X management related duties). These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."
How would you describe your management style?
Tthe interviewer wants to ensure you have good management skills, that you are comfortable with managerial duties and that you have leadership capabilities. Answer this question by providing an example of your management and leadership skills in a recent position as past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior.
"I pride myself on my excellent management and leadership skills, and I would describe my management style as incredibly inclusive and strategic. I truly love managing a team, working toward a common goal, and appreciate brainstorming ideas with others while helping them reach their professional goals. For instance, in my last role at (X company) as (X position title), I regularly had to lead teams of professionals (X further information pertaining to the projects you managed). I successfully managed teams of (X number of professionals you managed at once)."
What do you know about our company?
Tell the interviewer about your knowledge of the company you applied for. It is imperative to always conduct your due diligence before an interview by reviewing the job description, company website and social media pages to familiarize yourself with the company and work involved. It is also important to show the interviewer you did not apply to the advertised position simply because you are looking for just any job, but that you wish to work for this company specifically.
"I reviewed the job description and website before this interview and know you are a company specializing in (X services you noticed on the company website). I am particularly excited about (X programs/initiatives) that I saw on your (website/social media pages) as I (X reasons you are excited about these programs/initiatives, such as passion or similar initiatives undertaken in school or volunteer capacity)."
What do you look for in an employer?
Ensure to review the job posting and company website/social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the company. Do your best to answer by including something you saw on the job description or website to show you did your due diligence before the interview and that you are serious about working for this employer specifically.
"I am looking for an employer who values its employees and who will give me the opportunity to grow. I also saw on your job posting that your company is a family environment, which is exactly the type of environment I wish to work in."
Tell me about your experience with a difficult superior, and how you resolved the situation.
Tell the interviewer about your experience with a difficult superior and how you handled the situation.
"I once worked with a superior who did not provide any timeline for the projects he assigned to me, yet became extremely agitated when I did not deliver within a few hours. As I had no idea he had such timelines in mind, I requested a meeting with him to tell him about my concerns and that I can absolutely adjust to tight deadlines, however I require prior adequate notice so that I can organize my days accordingly and delegate other duties if necessary - and that I cannot anticipate he would want something done right away upon receipt. He told me he did not realize he had provided unclear instructions and promised to be more clear in the future, which he were."
What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
Tell the interviewer your greatest weakness which can nevertheless benefit you in this position.
"I am sometimes overly independent and incredibly meticulous as I am used to completing projects on my own instead of delegating them, to complete them in a quicker fashion. But throughout my career, I have come to realize that I am working as part of a team of professionals who are as capable as I am and whose perspective can be greatly valuable. As such, I do my best to seek my colleagues' input as much as possible as we are all working to benefit the company."
Provide an example of a time you went above and beyond to successfully complete a project.
Provide an example of a situation in a professional capacity, preferably related to transportation management. Alternatively, provide an example in any other professional or volunteer capacity, or in a university setting - and add that you are positive your skills will be transferable in this role.
"I am particularly proud of the time I (X project you are the most proud of). I went above and beyond because the client's satisfaction mattered to me and my employer, and (X other reasons why you went above and beyond). The client was so satisfied by the high level of commitment and quality of my work that he hired our company for all of his upcoming projects."
Tell me about your detail oriented capabilities.
Tell the interviewer about your detail oriented capabilities in a work environment by providing an example in a professional or volunteer capacity, or alternatively in a university setting.
"I believe detail oriented capabilities are essential to successfully perform in any position. I can proudly say I am incredibly meticulous. For instance, when working for (X company) as (X position title), I (X example in a professional capacity preferably similar to the position you applied for, proving you already have the capabilities and experience required for this job)."
You may be required to lift heavy boxes. In that respect, do you have any physical restrictions?
Ensure to review the job posting before the interview to see whether there are physical requirements. If there are physical requirements, the interviewer is assuming you reviewed the job posting before applying for the position and as such, there will not be any limitations.
If you answer no and physical requirements are clearly mentioned on the job posting, the interviewer may assume you are unprepared, i.e., you did not review the job posting and company before the interview, you applied for this position without reading the job posting because you want any job, and/or you are not serious about working for this particular company.
"I reviewed your job posting before the interview and am aware of the physical requirements. I have absolutely no physical restrictions and can lift heavy boxes if necessary."
What motivates you in your career?
Tell the interviewer about your passion for this career, what motivates you to be the best in your field, and what you look forward to the most in this position.
Review the job posting and company website before your interview to familiarize yourself with the company and duties involved, and mention one or many duties that you look the most forward to (related to your motivation), and why. This will show the interviewer that you are passionate about your work and that you also did your due diligence before your interview.
"What motivates me the most is becoming the best in my field, and as a result having the opportunity to make an impact on a greater scale and contribute to the company's long-term success. For instance, with this position, what motivates me the most is the opportunity to (X newly acquired duties that will enable you to help the company be more successful, as per the job posting)."
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Transportation Manager?
Provide an answer as to the reasons that led you to pursue a career in transportation management, and link this answer to the position you are applying for - so as to demonstrate your chosen career field/original career goal is in line with this role.
"I decided to pursue a career in transportation management because I (X reasons for pursuing that career, such as passion for this field or having a parent who worked in this field). I also sincerely feel the position I applied for is a perfect fit as I already possess the personality traits and required experience for this role."
Tell me about your relationship with your colleagues.
Tell me about your philosophy toward work.
Tell me about the accomplishment your are the most proud of.
How do you evaluate success in your career?
Tell me about the most challenging work you have had to do in your career.
Tell me about your ability to handle stress and pressure.
What are your short-term career goals, i.e., four to five years from now?
How would your current or former employer describe your work ethics?
What is your greatest strength, and how will it help you as a Transportation Manager?
How will working for our company help you reach your professional goals?
What are your long term career goals?
Why are you the best candidate for us?