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Top 25 Transportation Manager Interview Questions

Question 1 of 27
How do you ensure you are meeting all deadlines?
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Question 2 of 27
What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
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"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."
Tell the interviewer your greatest weakness which can nevertheless benefit you in this position.
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Question 3 of 27
Tell me about your detail oriented capabilities.
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"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)."
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.
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Question 4 of 27
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Transportation Manager?
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"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."
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.
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Question 5 of 27
Tell me about yourself and your experience against the position you applied for.
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Question 6 of 27
Tell me about the most challenging work you have had to do in your career.
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Question 7 of 27
You may be required to lift heavy boxes. In that respect, do you have any physical restrictions?
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Question 8 of 27
How do you evaluate success in your career?
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Question 9 of 27
Tell me about the accomplishment your are the most proud of.
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Question 10 of 27
Provide an example of a time you went above and beyond to successfully complete a project.
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Question 11 of 27
What duties are the easiest and most difficult for you to perform?
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Question 12 of 27
Tell me about your philosophy toward work.
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Question 13 of 27
What do you look for in an employer?
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Question 14 of 27
Tell me about your relationship with your colleagues.
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Question 15 of 27
Tell me about your experience with a difficult superior, and how you resolved the situation.
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Question 16 of 27
Tell me about your ability to handle stress and pressure.
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Question 17 of 27
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 18 of 27
What are your long term career goals?
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Question 19 of 27
How will working for our company help you reach your professional goals?
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Question 20 of 27
How would you describe your management style?
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Question 21 of 27
How have you or would you handle criticism?
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Question 22 of 27
What is your greatest strength, and how will it help you as a Transportation Manager?
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Question 23 of 27
What do you know about our company?
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Question 24 of 27
What motivates you in your career?
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Question 25 of 27
How would your current or former employer describe your work ethics?
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Question 26 of 27
What are your short-term career goals, i.e., four to five years from now?
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Question 27 of 27
Provide an example of a time when your ethics were tested and how you addressed the situation.
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Question 1 of 27
How do you ensure you are meeting all deadlines?
Question 2 of 27
What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
User-Submitted Answers
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Honestly, I would say public speaking is an area I can work on. I tend to get nervous when asked to present to a large group of people. In small team meeting, I'm the first one to stand up and present. But put me in front of a big group and I get flustered. I've actually spoken to my manager about this and we've set this as one of my developmental goals for this year. I have also taken presentation skills trainings online. I also volunteer to speak at our in-service meetings as well. I have received positive feedback from many people which demonstrates that I'm getting much better with practice.
2.
I find my self a little not organized when it comes to tasks and priorities, so I started to use a daily organizer to control it, and some time I get nervous when I have to do presentations.
Question 3 of 27
Tell me about your detail oriented capabilities.
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I am very oriented. I know that working in the transportation industry requires attention to details. It is very important to be precise and accurate when in the transportation field. One little mistake can have a big affect and, therefore it is very important to pay close attention detail, and I do that very well.
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My current position requires daily mandatory/absolute scans, surveys, dispatch logs, key accountability, supply orders, financial statements, etc. I've developed a system for myself and employees to ensure 100% compliance on all these daily requirements.
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My current position requires daily mandatory/absolute scans, surveys, dispatch logs, key accountability, supply orders, financial statements, etc. I've developed a system for myself and employees to ensure 100% compliance on all these daily requirements.
4.
My current position requires daily mandatory/absolute scans, surveys, dispatch logs, key accountability, supply orders, financial statements, etc. I've developed a system for myself and employees to ensure 100% compliance on all these daily requirements.
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My current position requires daily mandatory/absolute scans, surveys, dispatch logs, key accountability, supply orders, financial statements, etc. I've developed a system for myself and employees to ensure 100% compliance on all these daily requirements.
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My current position requires me to maintain attendance records, payroll, reports and inventory.
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I'm very detail oriented.
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I feel I am very detail oriented . I like to plan out a specific job and use that as my guide to completing work.
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Very detail oriented. I like to have all facts in order to make correct decisions.
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I like to have as many details as possible to make the right decisions for all involved.
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I am very detailed oriented. For example, I was given many compliments from the safety and training department regarding how detailed the reports I have submitted to them were. One of my reports helped them to win a case where a person was trying to sue MCPS. I ask a guy that claimed he was injured if he was hurt, he told me he was. I asked him if he needed medical attention, he said he'd go to the hospital after work. He said he had to finish a roof. I added that information in my report and the guy lost the case.
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I believe that sometimes a very small details can cause I big impact in transportation, so I used to collect all the details related to any task and make sure not to ignore any.
Question 4 of 27
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Transportation Manager?
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I chose to pursue a career as a Transportation Manager because I love working with people. I started my career as a bus attendant in the transportation department and from there, I knew this was the job that I wanted to persue.
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I'm working in logistics and supply chain industry since 13 years and I'm confident that my skills and abilities can ad value in the field of transportation and I can contribute very will if I got this position.
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I'm working in logistics and supply chain industry since 13 years and I'm confident that my skills and abilities can ad value in the field of transportation and I can contribute very will if I got this position.
Question 5 of 27
Tell me about yourself and your experience against the position you applied for.
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I have 7 years in the transportation field.
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I have six years experience in the transportation field.
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I have 20 years of Transportation experience.
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I have been in transportation for 23 years.
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I have 14 years in the transportation field.
Question 6 of 27
Tell me about the most challenging work you have had to do in your career.
Question 7 of 27
You may be required to lift heavy boxes. In that respect, do you have any physical restrictions?
Question 8 of 27
How do you evaluate success in your career?
Question 9 of 27
Tell me about the accomplishment your are the most proud of.
Question 10 of 27
Provide an example of a time you went above and beyond to successfully complete a project.
Question 11 of 27
What duties are the easiest and most difficult for you to perform?
Question 12 of 27
Tell me about your philosophy toward work.
Question 13 of 27
What do you look for in an employer?
Question 14 of 27
Tell me about your relationship with your colleagues.
Question 15 of 27
Tell me about your experience with a difficult superior, and how you resolved the situation.
Question 16 of 27
Tell me about your ability to handle stress and pressure.
Question 17 of 27
Why are you the best candidate for us?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I couldn't comment on other candidates for the job, but I can say that, having now been working in this industry for over a decade I have built up a very enviable amount of experience which I think other candidates would find hard to beat. For instance, I acted in this position for almost a year successfully managing a cluster which included three supervisors. Two of them I trained because they were new to the position. I did all the maps for my cluster and having no experience in map reviews was told that I did an excellent job. I also routed and kept pre k routes up to date. While acting in the TCM positon, I still managed to perform my duties and complete all required work for my current position. I believe my previous track record is clear evidence of what I would be able to achieve for you if you decide to appoint me to the role. I'm ambitious, high driven and I relish a challenge.
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Lack the educational back round. Completed my BA degree.
Question 18 of 27
What are your long term career goals?
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I am driven to be the best at what I do and I want to work somewhere where I'll have opportunities to develop my skills, take on interesting projects, and work with people I can really learn from. Some of the most innovative thinkers in the industry work here, and that's a big reason I would love to continue my career here.
Question 19 of 27
How will working for our company help you reach your professional goals?
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I need to apply my knowledge in this field and learn, contribute to the progress of the company.
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Although I love what I do, I feel that I'm ready to take on more challenging assignments and unfortunately, my there's no room for me to grow there.
Question 20 of 27
How would you describe your management style?
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Management style is pretty hard to put your finger on, but I think un general a good manager gives clear directions and actually stays pretty hands off, but is ready and available to jump in and offer guidance, expertise, and help when needed. I try my best to make that my management style. In terms of what makes me unique, I also go out of my way to make sure I know when my team needs help. I don't hang around and wait to be called upon by my direct reports, I go to them. That means plenty of informal check ins, both on the work their doing and on their general job satisfaction and mental well being.
Question 21 of 27
How have you or would you handle criticism?
User-Submitted Answers
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I have been a bus route supervisor for almost nine years. I have a massive amount of experience which includes routing, knowledge of bus route coordination and dispatching, knowledge planning and supervising the work of others and Knowledge in scheduling and completing bus evacuation drills. I currently maintain records and complete reports and investigates accidents and makes recommendations regarding preventability. I also visit my schools on a consistent basis and have a good relationship with school officials.
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I am loyal, committed, and honest. A trainer, coach, and mentor.
Question 22 of 27
What is your greatest strength, and how will it help you as a Transportation Manager?
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I have quite a few strengths. My greatest strength is my work ethnic. When I commit to a deadline, I do whatever it takes to deliver. For example, My previous supervisor was off of work due to an injury. He had route reviews to attend and hadn't been able to complete the maps for our cluster. I stepped in and completed every map we had in less than a week. I worked on them throughout the day at work as much as I could (Given the fact that I had other obligations). However, I spent time working on the maps at home, because I had less interruptions. I also attended the route reviews and my depot manager and the director was impressed with my work and the time frame in which I got the work done. It will help me as a Transportation Manager because I will get things done in a timely and efficient manner.
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My attention to detail and my ability to manage risk. As a transportation manager it is vitally important to manage risk e. G. Identify risk, assess risk, evaluate risk and monitor risk.
Question 23 of 27
What do you know about our company?
Question 24 of 27
What motivates you in your career?
Question 25 of 27
How would your current or former employer describe your work ethics?
Question 26 of 27
What are your short-term career goals, i.e., four to five years from now?
Question 27 of 27
Provide an example of a time when your ethics were tested and how you addressed the situation.

About Transportation Manager

August 18th, 2017

Transportation managers are responsible for overseeing the shipment of all goods into and out of the company. Part of their job involves making sure that all shipments are handled efficiently, safely, and within the stipulated budget. They are also known as fleet or freight managers.
A high school diploma or equivalent is sufficient to get hired as a transportation manager in a smaller organization. However, larger companies will require all applicants to have a bachelor's degree at the minimum. Transport managers are typically employed by freight companies, warehousing organizations, manufacturing companies, and government agencies.
The first thing your interviewer will want to know is if you have had any first-hand experience as a transportation manager and what were your responsibilities at that time. They will also ask you if you have the leadership qualities and communication skills to give instructions and handle the staff. Want to know what questions to expect? You can see a list of commonly asked questions at mock interview questions.

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