dismissal from orientation?

Discussion in 'Watkins & Shepard' started by Q714, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. Q714

    Q714 Bobtail Member

    Jan 26, 2015
    ok, this is probably a dumb question, but here goes. Once you arrive at orientation, what are the grounds for getting dismissed/rejected? Besides obviously failing a drug test. Why would someone go that far only to be told to go home within days of arrival? IT does cost the company money to get you there, so why not do most of the required background information before hand? Or provide the student with more coaching (until they just won't learn with so many attempts)?
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  3. Interplanet Janet

    Interplanet Janet Light Load Member

    May 26, 2014
    It's one of the mysterys of trucking...
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  4. secorp

    secorp Medium Load Member

    Jan 16, 2013
    Lakeland Florida
    Sometimes the information that the company has changes, or the company took a chance before all the data was collected. You lied on the application.

    BROKENSPROKET Medium Load Member

    Jan 22, 2011
    I have seen a company, not related to trucking, hire 10 employees, after a time, keep the best and fire the rest. And do it over again. And again. And again.

    The same principal is most likely at play here. They bring in so many students, keep the ones they want and send the rest home. Maybe they don't want to provide more training or coaching to those that need it. Maybe they are looking for those that are 'naturals'.
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  6. Infosaur

    Infosaur Road Train Member

    I don't know, but a third of the people in my orientation didn't make it to lunch the 1st day.

    Might be they lied about accidents? Failed some other form of background check? Found out what the pay actually was.

    Some actually were still fielding offers up to the last day of orientation.
    A guy I roomed with (USA Truck orientation) was on the phone with Prime every night.
    Last day? He hopped a bus to Prime's orientation.
  7. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

    Sep 8, 2007
    Utah's DIXIE!
    The two main causes for getting kicked out of orientation, are fail/refuse drug test, or fail background check. The next most likely reason is failure of DOT physical, or company physical agility test.

    Then you have folks that don't like what they hear in orientation, and realize they will not be a good match with that particular company.
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  8. imup4it

    imup4it Light Load Member

    Oct 13, 2014
    Only the best survive, the rest are tax deductions.
  9. double yellow

    double yellow Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    State of Jefferson
    Many people never show up to orientation & Greyhounds cost less than a background check.
  10. Q714

    Q714 Bobtail Member

    Jan 26, 2015
    Thanks for the clarification folks. I've been following a few posts about orientation, and noticed how some got sent home & was curious as to why the company would spend the money to bring i. The candidates. But I do understand how it can happen if one lies, or simply couldn't relearn.
  11. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell

    Adding on to Big Don's post. Then they give you a driving test. Fresh out of school, drive around the block test. If you can't do the gears or hit something, they send you home. It doesn't matter what school you went to, or what kind of truck you learned on. If you can't drive their truck around the block, they send you home. It actually feels like a slaughterhouse.

    One of the things I noticed about the new rookies that made the cut were completely unprepared to go to work. Listen up gang...if you are going to a bottom feeder orientation, be prepared to be away from the house for at least TWO MONTHS. That's orientation and riding in the trainers truck. You'd better have your mind set on being away and not being home. Do not be one of those people that show up to orientation, then have to go back home. You're hurting yourself. Get it over with....be done with orientation AND the training. Then and only then can you start making enough money to send to the house.
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