It’s an exciting time when you finally receive the call you’ve been waiting for––a trucking company wants to interview you. After working hard to earn your CDL, this is exactly what you need. But while you are excited to start the potential job, you need to make sure that it is the right fit for you. You can do this by asking some of the following questions during your interview so you know you are on the right path.
While you know you will be spending a lot of time on the road, you don’t want that to take up your entire time. This is especially true if you have a family to take care of. You will want to be home to see them when you are off work which, hopefully, won’t be a short time. Talk with your potential employer to see how much time they will need you to work and make sure they are supporters of balancing work and home life.
If you discover that the company looking to hire you offers terrible benefits (or none at all) walk away immediately. While you can purchase insurance on your own, it will be more expensive. Plus, you need a company that shows they really respect you as a person by providing benefits that take care of you and your family. If they cannot offer this, it’s not the company you need to work for.
A lot of trucking companies have specific routes they want their drivers to take. It would be wise to go ahead and see what those routes are before accepting the job so you can decide if you are comfortable with such routes or not. You may discover that you will run into areas that have a lot of traffic or paths that go through areas you are not confident with. Don’t put yourself in a situation you are not 100% sure about.
Many feel that this question should be off the table when going into an interview when in reality, it’s a very important one. Believe it or not, it is okay to ask your potential employer what pay you will be making. Usually they are listed with the job posting, but if they are not, feel free to ask them so you know if the money is good enough to support you.
After years of working for the same company, you don’t want to be making the same salary as when you first started. That is why it’s important to make sure your potential employer offers bonuses throughout your career. You also may not want to be in the same position either. If you are ambitious and want a chance to grow within the company, make sure the employer is on the same page.
When you earn your CDL at United Trucking Driving School, you don’t have to worry about waiting around for a company to hire you. With our Job Placement Assistance, we will help match you with the right company that fits your lifestyle. Get in touch with us today to learn more!