You need to openly share if you have been convicted of a DUI. Keep in mind that employers can run a simple background check to confirm your response. A simple 'yes' or 'no' response to this question is all that is necessary.
Everyone has differing financial and scheduling needs, and you know yours best! If you have complete flexibility, that is great! Simply share that you are able to work the long hours and at all days/times of the week. If you are unable to work long hours and at all times of the week, you should share this information with the interviewer including what hours/times you are unable to work understanding that if the business needs this flexibility you might eliminate yourself from consideration. It is better to find this out now than get terminated because you are unable to work the necessary schedule!
As with any job interview, it is a good idea to have a thorough understanding of the role you are applying to and the lifestyle it brings. We recommend researching the truck driving role at the company you have applied to because they will vary slightly from company to company. At some companies, you will be driving by yourself everyday. Some companies specialize in putting people on the road in pairs. You might be staying overnight a lot. With other companies, you might be at home in your bed every day. Some companies might offer health and wellness incentives that can be completed at truck stops. Others might offer perks for packing your own lunch everyday. You might have an option to join a gym at a reduced rate since your job will involve a lot of sitting during the day. Come prepared to discuss the lifestyle you have found to be true with the company, and share that you feel prepared based on what you have learned.
There are all sorts of ways to stay focused while on the road! Some of the common answers might include: - Ensuring you are well rested when you arrive for your shift - Not playing on your phone - Reviewing your route before heading out, so you are not distracted with trying to determine where to go next - Maintaining a healthy diet - Ensuring you are properly trained with onboard equipment, so you are not trying to figure it out on the run
What made you apply for the job? Have you heard good things about it from other truck drivers? Are you interested in the great benefits that they have to offer? Do they offer team driving, so you are never on the road alone allowing you to spend more nights at home? Simply share what made you apply for the job!
Be open and honest with the interviewer sharing what you like most about driving truck. Is it being on the road all day seeing different parts of the country? Do you enjoy the camaraderie of truck drivers at truck stops? Do you like knowing that you are doing something meaningful? The interviewer wants to hear that you are passionate about the job, and sharing your favorite part will automatically reveal your passion to the interviewer.
The reality is a lot of truck drivers get tired from time-to-time especially when driving in the dark overnight. And, that is okay as long as you take the proper course of action! Begin by telling the interviewer that you always ensure you start your shift well rested. Next, share if you ever get tired behind the wheel. If you do get tired, how long have you typically been driving for when this happens? Is this during the day or during the night? Finally, be sure to share what steps to take when you get tired. The correct response means pulling over for some rest.
With any interview, it is a good idea to review the company website before arriving to learn a few key facts about the company. We recommend spending some time reviewing the company's website to learn a little about their history, the number of locations they have, where they originated, and their mission & vision. When the interviewer asks you this question, share 3-4 things that you learned from the website.
The interviewer wants to hear that they will be investing in a person who will be a truck driver for a longer amount of time. Tell the interviewer that you look forward to being a truck driver, and you plan to work as a truck driver for the foreseeable future.
You are a reliable person, and the interviewer needs to hear this! Begin by telling the interviewer that you are usually on time to work because you leave your home early each day to ensure you have plenty of time to get to work punctually. Share that you only have to miss work for emergency situations or the rare occasion when you or your children get sick. Next, share if you were ever late due to situations beyond your control such as getting a flat tire on your way to work, being stuck on the interstate due to an accident, or your car not starting on a day when the temperature was 30 below zero. Mention how you resolved the situation as quickly as possible, and share that you called your employer to provide them with a heads up of the situation that you were facing. Next, share if you ever had to miss work due to you or your children being ill. Missing work for 2 days due to the flu will happen, and employers will be okay with this!
VERY cautious. As a truck driver, it is extremely important to never be at risk for getting a ticket of any type. Share what steps you take to ensure you maintain a clean driving record. Perhaps you frequently use your cruise control. You might share that you always use a taxi to ensure there is no risk of a DUI. Whatever precautions you take, be sure to share them!
What motivated you to become a driver? Have you been fascinated with trucks since you were a child? Is there someone you look up to who is a truck driver? Do you like that it allows you to provide financially for your family? Do you like that it allows you to travel and see the country? Whatever motivated you to become a truck driver, now is the time to share it!
Be honest with the interviewer sharing what things your driving school taught you about mechanics. Your honesty will help the interviewer understand what type of training you should be provided when you begin in the role. Be sure to mention that you look forward to learning more during your career and are happy to learn whatever the company can teach you!
The interviewer wants to hear that you talk positively and objectively about your driving school. What things did you really like about your driving school? These are the highlights to share! Tell the interviewer that overall you liked your driving school, and mention that they did a nice job helping you be prepared for a career as a truck driver. Next, share 2 or 3 things that you liked about your driving school. Finally, if there was something you wish you driving school would have taught you, now is a great time to mention it because the interviewer will likely ensure you receive this training when you begin in the role! You might say, "The one thing I wish they would have taught me was...."
"The one thing I wish they would have taught me was...."
Technology today makes this much easier than it has been in the past. You might video chat with your family when you are not on the road. You might send each other text messages throughout the day. Your spouse may send you pictures from home during the day to keep you in the loop on what your family is up to. You might set a goal to send an encouraging message to your spouse each day. Staying involved with your family while away from home is key! Simply tell the interviewer that you plan to stay involved with your family while you are away, and share which methods you will use to stay in touch.
This one should be easy! Simply share where you worked, what your job title was, your day-to-day duties, and how long you worked there. Be sure to mention 2-3 things that you really liked about that job as an added bonus.
No, it won't! As a Truck Driver, you will develop 'personal time' in a new way! The interviewer needs to hear that you are comfortable adjusting your personal time to a new routine. Tell the interviewer that it will not affect your duties because your 'personal time' will just take on a new meaning! You will have 'personal time' while you are on the road getting to know other truck drivers, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and finding new interests/hobbies that you can pursue while you are away from home.
Was there ever a dangerous time driving in severe weather? Or, how about a time when someone else wasn't paying attention and crossed the center line almost hitting you? How about a time when your truck broke down or a tire blew and you needed to get out of the way? These will all make sound examples for this question. Simply share what happened, and be sure to mention how you controlled your vehicle to ensure everyone stayed safe. Finally, be sure to share what you learned from that situation and if there is anything you would do differently the next time.
Giggle, and candidly share if this has happened to you! Hopefully, most roadways are marked clearly, and your GPS does not lead you astray. But, in the event it has happened, be sure to tell the interviewer at what point you recognized you would not have clearance for an upcoming bridge. You may have seen a sign a mile away. Finally, share how you successfully turned the truck around without causing too much disruption to the flow of traffic.
There are all sorts of ways to prevent burnout! You might make sure you have downtime every day to do something you enjoy such as working out, playing music, spending time with family & friends, or being a part of a sports team. You might ensure that you have a healthy lifestyle cooking healthy meals, exercising daily, and taking the time to develop relationships with other people. You might take the time to read something positive every day. You might have a friend who texts you something encouraging every day. You might take the time to lay outside enjoying the fresh air and getting some sun. You may even disconnect from technology from time-to-time to focus on other things that you enjoy such as house projects, playing with your pets, or trying something new!
A truck driver (commonly referred to as a trucker or driver in the United States and Canada; a truckie in Australia and New Zealand; a lorry driver or driver in Ireland and the United Kingdom), is a person who earns a living as the driver of a truck, usually a semi truck, box truck, or dump truck.