Demand for truck drivers is higher than ever before. Because of this, drivers everywhere get their pick between carriers. Though demand is high it can be competitive at times to land a higher paying route.
In order to set yourself apart from other applicants, you need to A.C.E your interview. Here are a few tips from the pros at United Truck Driving School to ensure you’ll have a successful interview!
It’s easy to think that your appearance doesn’t matter much in the trucking industry. The majority of your time will be spent on the road, however, it’s important to remember that you’ll also be working face-to-face with customers. Show the interviewer that you’ll be representing your company in the best way.
With just a little effort you can be certain your putting the best foot forward for the interview. It’s best to avoid jeans, shorts, tennis shoes, or tee-shirts with any graphics. Your confidence will shine through if you take extra time to get a fresh haircut or neatly groom facial hair and nails. Also be sure to keep jewelry and fragrances to a minimum as they can be distracting.
Truck drivers have a large amount of responsibility. They are expected to transport millions in freight and equipment, ensuring that everything reaches its destination in one piece and on time. Your new employer wants to know that you are trustworthy, hard-working, and responsible.
It may not seem possible to show your character in a short interview. But there are a few small things you can do that will make all the difference. One of the easiest things you can do is to be on time! Give yourself extra time for traffic and parking, plan to be at least 15 minutes early.
Be polite to everyone you interact with from the moment you arrive. A smile and light conversation will go a long way, especially if you end up working for the company. Be honest about your driving and criminal history come prepared with responses to any questions you think they might ask.
The employer wants to know if you’re able to match their expectations for the job. But don’t forget that you’re also interviewing the company and want to make sure they can match your expectations. Dedicate a little time to research the trucking company. Pay special attention to their online reviews, website, and any recent news updates.
Ask yourself these questions ahead of time to find out what you’re looking for in your next trucking job. Being honest with what you’re looking for will help you narrow your search and land your dream job in trucking.
- How often do you want to be home? For how many days?
- How far away from home are you comfortable driving?
- Do you have or plan to obtain endorsements, such as a tanker or hazmat?
- Are you qualified and willing to travel into Canada or Mexico?
- Do you have or plan to obtain a passport or TWIC?
- Do you have a preference for trailer type? Such as dry van, refrigerated, or flatbed?
Hopefully, these simple tips help you ace your next trucking interview! Remember to focus on your appearance, prove your character, and set expectations for the job you deserve.
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