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Truck Driver Interview

25 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on December 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 25
Have you ever been convicted of a DUI?
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How to Answer
As a truck driver, you need to 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' answer to this question is all that is necessary, but if you care to elaborate, you can cautiously do so.

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Question 2 of 25
What will our company gain by hiring you as a driver?
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The interviewer wants to hear one unique thing that sets you apart from every other candidate who they may be interviewing. Talking about ourselves in this way can be challenging. If you are having troubles thinking of your best qualities, try reaching out to a few colleagues, family members, and friends and ask them for their opinion. You'll probably be surprised at the consistency in their responses! Take these top skills and express to the interviewer what they will gain by bringing you on their team.

Question 3 of 25
How do you react when another motorist does something you deem to be stupid?
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The interviewer wants to hear that you do not overreact when you see another motorist making poor choices on the road. As a truck driver, you will often see other drivers make poor decisions, and you realize it is your responsibility to remain professional and continue to put safety first. Mention that you do not overreact in these situations, and you proceed without getting stressed.

Question 4 of 25
How many tries did it take you to obtain your CDL?
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CDL is short for Commercial Drivers' License. There are many different classes of CDL including Class A, B, and C. In addition to these; you can add a multitude of endorsements including:

- H Endorsement: for transporting hazardous materials.
- N Endorsement: for operating tank vehicles.
- P Endorsement: for operating a truck with a specified number of passengers.
- S Endorsement: for operating a school bus.
- T Endorsement: for towing a double or triple trailer.
- X Endorsement: for operating a combination of HAZMAT and tank vehicles.

If you did not pass your CDL written or road test the first time, share what mistakes you made, how you have corrected them, and what steps, if any, you have taken to ensure you do not make those mistakes again.

Question 5 of 25
Does traffic congestion stress you out? How do you handle it?
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How to Answer
Your reply to this question should always be a no. As a truck driver, it's your responsibility to remain calm and collected behind the wheel. Interviewers want to hear that you can handle traffic congestion with ease. Be sure to mention what cities you have driven in and what type of traffic to which you are accustomed.

Note: If you are a newer driver, it is okay to be a little uneasy about driving in bigger cities with a lot of traffic. The interviewer will likely provide you with a few extra ride alongs to ensure you are comfortable before being sent out alone. Rather than stating your are uneasy or stressed out in these situations, you can let them know you are less experienced in this area and would appreciate additional training.

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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 03/13/2014
Last modified on: 12/17/2018

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