When hiring truck drivers, employers generally seek candidates who will fit well into their work environment. To get success in any interview, one needs to have a good knowledge regarding the prospective company’s norms. We do not suggest fabricating your answers as per what you think are company’s preferences, but knowing a bit about their expectations and giving genuine answers in light of same is what wins you an interview.
A truck driver might be asked a variety of questions during interview. These might relate to driving skills, knowledge of traffic rules, customer care delivery skills or knowhow regarding loading and unloading procedures.
Mostly every interview has at least one situational question, aimed at gauging the candidates analytical and decision making skills. When faced with a situational question, whatever you answer, make sure you don’t take too much time in answering since that would reflect poor decision making skills. On the other hand an impulsive reply might also damage your candidacy.
It is good to go through some situational truck driving questions and reflect on answers beforehand.
What experience do you have as a delivery truck driver?
I have worked as a truck driver with Hackle Co for the past three years.
What do you think are the main duties of a truck driver?
The major duties of a truck driver include; drive different kinds of trucks on different routes, perform pickup and delivery assignments, assist in loading and unloading, obtain route clearance, maintain delivery inventories, coordinate with management regarding route clearance, and vehicle safety and maintenance.
What is your objective as a truck driver?
To deliver goods timely, safely, efficiently and free from damage and help achieving the employer’s mission by providing outstanding customer service.
Did any customer ever file a complaint against you?
Being a people’s person and a careful driver, I have had no complaints filed against me till date.
What is the longest haul you have managed in your career?
The longest I have been on the road is 15,000 miles over a span of three weeks.
The trucking business is all about meeting deadlines, especially where deliveries are concerned. How do you make sure that you meet deadlines?
I am very particular about deadlines. I start earlier than my schedule dictates so that any delays brought about by any unforeseen circumstances is covered. I also make sure that the time-out which I take is of a reasonable amount.
What are your views about driving safety?
Safety is the most important aspect of truck driving . One must make sure that seat belts are secured and speed limit is adhered to. One also needs to drive very slowly in inclement weather like rain and snow.
What do you know about the paperwork involved in the trucking business?
I am familiar with invoices that are the responsibility of a truck driver when delivering goods. I always make sure that loaded goods conform to the inventory document provided to me and that receipts are signed at the delivery point.
How would you describe your driving record?
Clean. I have not violated the law even once in past ten years.
Do you think there is any importance of team work in this profession?
I believe the profession calls for team work even more so because the drivers usually accompanied by helpers on long routes. Moreover, if a colleague driver face some mechanical problems, I would always offer help if my schedule allows.
What would you do if one of your co-worker is misusing the company’s truck?
Without involving myself in any personal discussion regarding the matter with the colleague, I will confidentially inform the company manager of the unauthorized/unusual activity.
What would you do if a customer asks you a delivery favor? Suppose they ask you to deliver a package somewhere on your way, what would you do?
I’d excuse from the task and would politely inform them that it is not the company’s policy to deliver packages therefore I am not at liberty to do so. I will also inform the manager regarding situation.
Can you perform manual labor tasks?
Yes, I am able to perform all kinds of manual tasks such as heavy weight lifting, loading and unloading freight
What is your availability for this position?
I am willing to start right away.