What questions to ask on a job interview

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by SAS, Jun 27, 2022.

  1. SAS

    SAS Bobtail Member

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    Hello I have been speaking to several companies the past few days since I received my CLP. In the initial interviews with the "gate keepers" I have compiled a list of questions that I ask such as pay etc. What are some quesitons I should ask on the interview besides what the pay rate is and what the benefits are? Do companies pay hourly for sitting and waiting for loads, fueling, and weather? I asked this question a few times and I either got a no or IDK answer. Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    It's ok to ask a few questions, but don't turn it into an interrogation of the recruiter.
     
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  4. DRTDEVL

    DRTDEVL Heavy Load Member

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    Why not?

    I prefer when a prospect has a lot of questions, as I know a couple things up front: One, he's serious about applying, and two, if he fills out an application, I know he thinks he'll be a good fit with us and will likely stick with us for a long time.

    Those that only ask a couple questions generally are a bit more shaky in their fit.
     
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    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Does the truck have an Auxillary Power Unit (combination electrical generators and air-conditioning when truck engine is turned off)
    Do trucks have built-in refrigerator
    Who decides when and where to fuel
    Lookup the company CSA score (enter DOT number into FMCSA web site) SAFER Web - Company Snapshot compare company score to the industry averages.
    When does detention pay start (x hours after appointment time, at appointment time, is there a cap, do all customers pay detention)
    What are layover pay details
    What are breakdown pay details
    Will my time off be just the 34 hour reset.
    How much do health benefits cost for your situation.
    Do you have driver-facing cameras
    Do your trucks have the automatic braking/collision mitigation system
     
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  6. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Road Train Member

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    The more questions you ask a recruiter??????
    …The more answers you get told he knows you want to hear….
    Wanna get those inside questions you need to know before stepping on with a company?
    Track down about six drivers and them. Compile and average their responses. You’ll be close.

    recruiter is a paid liar and advocate for the company.

    Sorry if that’s offensive, but it’s true. There are a few truly honest recruiters out there, but they are far and few between, they get paid and are hired to bring you on board.
     
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    DRTDEVL Heavy Load Member

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    And that is why I have seen several applicants with 0 months at a new company before they walked off the job during orientation, told lies by the recruiters for the big companies. Makes no sense to me, as that's just making more work for themselves.
     
  8. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Most trucking companies have Facebook where you can chat with current drivers.
     
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    DRTDEVL Heavy Load Member

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    Sort of... Therein lies the crux. Since changing business pages to the Meta platform, there really is no way to chat with other drivers on the FB page. In addition, how would a driver look if he were to engage with outside drivers and badmouth the company on their FB page? He would most likely embellish in order to try and get the referral bonus.

    Find a company. Research it. Ask the questions. Then ask any drivers you may see from that company when you run into them on the road. If the driver's response matches the recruiting office and the website, its legit. Most drivers, when caught off-guard, will be pretty blunt about the pros and cons of their company.
     
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  10. Chinatown

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    Most important question for me is "Where are the freight lanes?"
    If the lanes are local or regional, then that ends the interview.
    If the lanes aren't coast-to-coast & border-to-border, then I'm not interested.
    CPM isn't important to me, but accessorial pays are; detention pay, layover pay, etc.
    As far as where I can fuel the truck; I don't care, it's not my truck.
     
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