Questions To Ask In An Interview
Choosing the right trucking company for you is an important step in developing your career as a professional driver. Asking the right questions during the interview is a good way to learn more about the company, and if it is the best job for you.
There are certain questions that you want to make sure that you ask a trucking company, regardless of whether you are looking for a driving job or have just started your on-the-job training. Below are some of the most important questions:
What are the prerequisites that I need to complete before my training?
The prerequisites needed to start a training program can vary greatly. Some companies simply require a driver’s license and a high school diploma, but others have stricter requirements, including a Class A CDL and experience. You want to make sure that you have completed all of your prerequisites before you start your training. The trucking company might reserve the right to terminate your training if you have not met their requirements.
Do I have to pay for my training?
While most companies will train for free, some require drivers to pay. That is why you want to make sure you ask whether or not you have to pay for your training. You certainly do not want to see a bill in the mail when you thought that your training was free.
How long will the training last?
The amount of time that you spend in training can vary greatly. Because this training may require that you spend weeks away from your family, you certainly want to know the exact amount of time that it will last.
Do I have to provide my own meals?
Many companies include meals as a part of the training program. However, if you have to provide your own meals, you certainly want to know about that prior to your training. Driving on an empty stomach is quite difficult.
How many miles will I need to drive per day?
The amount of miles you drive per day can fluctuate. You want to know how many miles you are driving beforehand. This will allow you to get a good estimate of the number of hours that you will be on the road per day.
What are some of the company benefits?
Health insurance, vacation pay and retirement plans are usually included in the company benefits. If a particular company does not offer those benefits, you may want to consider choosing another one.
Will I get paid for my training?
Most truck drivers get paid for their training. However, you should ask before you make any assumption. You also want to make sure that you ask about the expected pay after you complete your training.