Let’s face it – job interviews can be a strange and unnatural interaction. Especially if you’re interviewing for a more technical position, like truck driver, you may not know what to expect in terms of interview questions or why they should even matter – after all, you have the credentials. But there’s a lot more that goes into hiring mangers being confident in their drivers beyond safety records and licenses. Be prepared for your truck driver interview by being ready to answer these seven questions that you’ll most likely be asked:

  1. What challenges have you faced and overcome?

Hiring managers want to know: if you’re truly prepared for the ups and downs of a trucking career. Provide specific examples so they know without a doubt you know what you’re in for, and have strategies for handling the challenges.

  1. What are your plans for your career path?

Hiring managers want to know: how committed you are to the industry. Your answer also demonstrates key personality traits, like work ethic, ambition, and enthusiasm.

  1. What made you want to become a truck driver?

Hiring managers want to know: if you’re pursuing truck driving for the right reasons. If you’re in it for just the money, you’re more likely to burn out. Show that you have true interest and realistic expectations.

  1. How do you handle stress?

Hiring managers want to know: that you can stay cool under pressure. Be honest and give past examples of stressful situations, and how you deal with stress effectively.

  1. How have you handled unexpected instances (such as mechanical breakdowns)?

Hiring managers want to know: that you’re self-sufficient. Provide specific instances (if applicable) of how you’ve dealt with the unexpected on the road, or a plan of how you would.

  1. How do you stay motivated?

Hiring managers want to know: how engaged you are in the job. Discuss how you are self-motivated, rather than needing to be motivated by an external source (like a paycheck or fear of discipline).

  1. What are your strengths?

Hiring managers want to know: if you have the types of nontechnical traits required for success. For the transportation industry, important strengths include communication (since you’ll need to effectively relay information from a distance) and ability to learn new things (especially technology advancements).

Get your foot in the door for your next truck driving opportunity with Contracted Driver Services. As a staffing firm specializing in transportation, we have served over 500 clients across the United States since our founding in 2001. Our mission is to connect trucking candidates with the jobs that are the best match. Search our listing of available jobs to get started with CDS.