Interview Tips for CDL Truck Drivers

Once you're scheduled for a truck driver job interview, it's critical to make sure you're prepared.  Successful interviewing comes down to being prepared, knowing your skills, and knowing the company you are interviewing for and what their needs are.  Too often candidates think about what they want out of a job, not what the company wants and needs out of a new employee.  The tips offered here will help you stand out from other candidates and increase your chances of landing the job.  

  • Arrive on time - It shows responsibility and gives your potential employer the impression that you are organized and responsible. If you're going to be late, or need to reschedule, be sure to call ahead of time to let the interviewer know. Never fail to show up for an interview without calling, even if you decide you're no longer interested - it could burn a bridge and reflect negatively on your character.
  • Dress appropriately - It shows that you respect yourself and the company you want to work for.
  • Come well-prepared - be sure to bring your CDL, your Medical Certificate, your social security card or birth certificate, and a complete, organized list of your work history for the past 10 years (names, dates, contact info, etc.). This simple suggestion can really score points and separate you from other candidates because you will make the background verification process much easier - trust me, that's important!
  • Extend your hand for a professional handshake as soon as possible. Keep it firm and confident.
  • Smile - it shows confidence and likeability. And make eye contact, but don't stare. Look the interviewer in the eyes when you answer their question.
  • Your body language shows a lot about your energy and eagerness. Sit up straight and lean forward slightly in your chair - it shows an interviewer you are listening to what they have to say. Nod and inject enthusiasm. It shows you are ready to take on the challenges of the job.
  • Be respectful of past employers and never badmouth them or former colleagues.
  • Demonstrate that your safe and courteous driving reduces costs (of repairs, time, etc.) and increases the company's bottom line (their product gets where it needs to and customers are happy).
  • Be ready to answer questions about your qualifications and other commercial-license extras; your good safety and driving record; specialization in a particular type of equipment and knowledge of state and federal regulations.
  • If you have experience outside of the job that can add value to the company, be sure to bring it up - such as computer skills and background in customer service. Added specialties can help you stand out from other candidates.
  • When it comes time at the end of the interview for you to ask questions, keep them focused on the job and company - not benefits and perks. There is a time for those discussions when the job offer is made. Keeping the focus on the job and company shows you are a team player.
  • Demonstrate how much you want the job by asking for it. At the end of the interview reiterate how you want to work for the company and the team.

Interviewing is about preparation and staying calm.  By taking the time to think about potential questions the interviewer is going to ask, and following these easy tips, you'll be ready for the interview process.

Good luck!