Phone interview with recruiter...weird

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by WakeUpTheEchoes, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. WakeUpTheEchoes

    WakeUpTheEchoes Light Load Member

    Jan 17, 2020
    Irving, TX
    Today I spoke with a recruiter from Wilson Logistics. I did a short form app online over the weekend and go the call this morning. At the moment, I am trying to secure pre-hire letters. I have a school that has approved me for enrollment. I am paying for the school through WIOA. The person at the school with whom I have spoken and interviewed (not sure of her title) told me to try to get at least one pre-hire letter.
    Fast forward again to this morning. Speaking with the recruiter, she asked me if I have any driving experience. I told her no, that I trying to obtain a pre-hire letter before attending a trucking school. She said Wilson Logistics doesn’t do pre-hire letters but they do have a school of their own. I told her that I am not interested in SIGNING a commitment to one specific company for an extended length of time. Her response is that Driver’s fist starting in the industry should stay with one company 3-5 years and that in the future I probably should not say that I am not willing to commit long-term. Now, she twisted my words because I said SIGN a commitment. A whole world of difference from verbally committing oneself. When a recruiter asks about my interest in a school that the company has or offers a company-paid training option, how do I turn that down without sounding like I am cutting at the first opportunity? My reason for not wanting to go the route of company-paid training is because greater than 50% of first-year truck drivers do not last past the first few months. Life happens, and I don’t want unforeseen or uncontrollable circumstances to end up leading me to owe a trucking company $7000 that I can’t afford. So, feedback on how to answer that question is appreciated.
  2. Scooter Jones

    Scooter Jones Road Train Member

    Apr 19, 2011
    "Thanks for the offer, I'll take that into consideration and let you know if I decide to go that route.,"

    See how easy that was?
  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Wilson Logistics doesn't hire new cdl school grads, except from their own cdl school.
    If you graduate from a school other than Wilson Logistics, you must get 18 mos or 24 mos experience before Wilson Logistics will hire you.
    Same with Millis Transfer; must have 12 mos experience if you didn't graduate from their in-house cdl school. Millis hires felons.
    Millis Transfer trains in Burleson, Texas. Classes are held Monday through Friday with a maximum of six students per class.
    Millis Transfer
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2020
  4. WakeUpTheEchoes

    WakeUpTheEchoes Light Load Member

    Jan 17, 2020
    Irving, TX
    Well, that makes a ton of sense.
    Chinatown Thanks this.
  5. WakeUpTheEchoes

    WakeUpTheEchoes Light Load Member

    Jan 17, 2020
    Irving, TX
    Awesome. Much appreciated.
  6. Heather406

    Heather406 Bobtail Member

    Oct 11, 2019
    Wilson does hire qualified recent graduates. They need to have graduated within 60 days however and not driven for another company since graduating. For drivers with experience they require only 12 months experience.
  7. Vic Firth

    Vic Firth Road Train Member

    Jan 19, 2016
    I believe RE West trains and doesn’t require a commitment.

    I’m sure the school you’re considering has companies that hire from them one of them should give you a prehire letter. The letter doesn’t mean you have to work for them.
  8. Accidental Trucker

    Accidental Trucker Road Train Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Here’s what will help you decipher a recruiter’s statement:

    Recruiter = commissioned salesperson.

    They get paid if they put meat in the seat.
    x1Heavy and Aamcotrans Thank this.
  9. flybynight12

    flybynight12 Medium Load Member

    Jan 10, 2015
    Stop looking for pre hire letters and dont care what anyone thinks these people will sell you a dream to get you into the seat and they dont care how you feel when you get bent over the recruiter got mad cause they couldn't trick you into going to their school
  10. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    Recruiters will slap you into the drivers seat and move on to the next 10 sheeple she or he has lined up panting at gold nuggets every mile.

    Recruiter = Devil. Or something equally bad.
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