Times are tough right now with the economy, and interviews are hard to come by. Here are some tips to maximize your chances of acing the interview and getting that truck driving job you seek.
Preparing for the Interview
Preparation before an interview cannot be stressed enough. Be sure to research the truck driving company you are applying at. What loads do they typically haul, which routes, do they operate HazMat contracts, how many trucks and drivers do they have, etc. Be sure to mention in the interview any experience you have that is directly related to the company’s operations. It’s always a good idea to be aware of the state laws governing truck drivers. Here are some typical questions you should be prepared to answer:
- Why are you the best person for this current opening?
- What are your three best qualities?
- What is your worse fault?
- Why did you apply for this current job?
- Explain to me how you meet the requirements for this job.
The Day of the Interview
On the day of the interview it is important to dress well and look your best – first impressions do matter. Make certain that your fingernails are well groomed, as well as your hair and/or beard. Spend some quiet time going over answers to questions that they might ask. Do you know yet why truck driving jobs in that company are important to you?
Never be late for an interview, and if you arrive too early take a short walk to calm your nerves. You need to look calm and collected. If you are a smoker, do not smoke, either before or during the interview.
- Are you authorized for legal employment in the United States?
- What loads have you hauled, including the largest and longest?
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
- How do you handle load deadlines?
- Tell me about your experience driving a truck?
What Type of Interview
There are many types of interviews. Will you be meeting with someone from Human Resources, your future supervisor, or several people at the same time? Commonly, you will be told what to expect ahead of time, including the schedule of whom you will be meeting with. If you can, “Google” the people and see if you can get some hints about how to impress them. Examine the requirements for this job and think of reasons as well as examples that show you are able to meet these requirements.
- What is your understanding of this job and its requirements?
- Do you know anyone who drives for us?
- Do you need any additional training?
- Have you ever been asked to leave a job?
- Have you ever been convicted for a crime, or have traffic violations?
After the Interview
Before you leave, get a business card from everyone that you interviewed with. Be sure to email each individual and thank him or her for meeting with you. This is a gesture that would add to any good impression you have made. Take this opportunity to tell them again how much you really want to drive for them, and the good things you have heard about truck driving jobs in their company.
If you do not hear back after several weeks, you might call Human Resources to see if the position has been filled. But if you are a good truck driver and know about truck driving jobs in any state you are applying in, and you prepared for your interview, you will hear back that you got the job! Good luck! Here’s some final questions to expect:
- If we hire you, how long do you expect to be with us?
- Have you served in the armed forces and if so what branch?
- What are your career ambitions in the trucking industry?
- Do you have any route preferences?
- What do you know about truck driving jobs in our state?