Truck Driver Interview Test! Trivia Quiz

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  • 1. 

    Turnover in the trucking industry traditionally is just above 100%.  The best and simplest way to determine if a driver is likely to leave your company is to...

    • A.

      Ask him if he will commit to staying with your company for a minimum period of time. If he says no, then you have your answer.

    • B.

      Tell him turnover is a real problem for trucking companies and simply to not bother applying if he is planning on staying for less than one year.

    • C.

      Ask him if he has other jobs he does on the side.

    • D.

      Review with him his past work history on his application.

    • E.

      Gauge his reaction once you review the compensation package.

    Correct Answer
    D. Review with him his past work history on his application.
    Explanation
    Though all of the above methodologies have some relationship to driver turnover, review an applicant's work history is the best place to start. This will show how much job jumping he has in his past. Remember that "past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior."

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  • 2. 

    Most interviewers say they can tell a lot about job applicants just by looking at them.  When interviewing job applicants, the most important physical aspect to look for is...

    • A.

      Their hygiene. If he smells and his clothes are dirty it speaks volumes about his work ethic.

    • B.

      Their tattoos. Often by taking a quick look at a tattoo, one can learn about the (aggressive) nature of the individual.

    • C.

      Their piercings. Research confirms that individuals with multiple body piercings tend to be less emotionally stable and make rash decisions.

    • D.

      Their scars. Noticing knife scars is a good indicator that this individual has a suspect past that needs to be questioned.

    • E.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    E. None of the above.
    Explanation
    Most interviewers subconsciously make their evaluation of an applicant based on his/her physical attributes. Though we all have our biases regarding hygiene, tattoos, piercings, scars, facial hair, etc., it is too easy to misinterpret their true meaning. Therefore, unless there is a company policy banning these, they are too unreliable to be used to determine an applicant’s fit for a job.

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  • 3. 

    This is a picture of Bruce Mendenhall, a long haul truck driver.  Look at his picture and choose which statement is most likely correct.

    • A.

      Bruce in his spare time enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and helps build homes.

    • B.

      Bruce has been pulled over numerous time for DUI.

    • C.

      Bruce is very intelligent and was crucial in helping his company increase its on time delivery times by 45% over a 6 month period.

    • D.

      Bruce is an accused American serial killer.

    • E.

      Bruce has not missed a day of work in the last 9 years.

    Correct Answer
    D. Bruce is an accused American serial killer.
    Explanation
    Though Bruce is an accused serial killer, there is no way to know this by simply looking at his face. Therefore if you got this correct, it was a good guess or you’ve heard about Bruce in the news. You should not simply use your intuition as the guide in evaluating driver applicants.

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  • 4. 

      Recent studies on Trucking accidents confirm that 19% of the drivers are involved in 81% of the accidents.  This reaffirms that certain drivers are much more likely to be involved in an accident than others.  The best way to determine if a driver applicant is in the higher risk group is to...

    • A.

      Ask him to provide you details of the last accident he was involved in.

    • B.

      explain that most all drivers eventually have an accident. Ask him for the number of accidents he has been involved in the last 10 years.

    • C.

      Tell him your company does thorough background checks, so he needs to be honest and tell about his accident history because you will find out anyway.

    • D.

      Simply ask him to discuss his DMV report relative to accidents.

    • E.

      Not bother asking about his accident history, but rather just run a DMV report on him.

    Correct Answer
    B. explain that most all drivers eventually have an accident. Ask him for the number of accidents he has been involved in the last 10 years.
    Explanation
    Not all accidents will appear on a DMV report. A fender bender, dealt with by your vehicle insurance company, with no property or civil damage to another will often not be seen on the report. Therefore it is best to disarm the candidate by letting them know that accidents do eventually happen to just about everyone who drives for a living. By taking this approach the applicant will be relatively less defensive than the other more direct approaches listed and be more willing to open up and talk. Key is to not put the candidate on the defensive.

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  • 5. 

     Frederico Capponi...what nationality is that?

    • A.

      This is an ACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.

    • B.

      This is an UNACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.

    Correct Answer
    B. This is an UNACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.
    Explanation
    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits asking job candidates questions related to their nationality. Equally important is the fact that a person's nationality is not a job relevant question.

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  • 6. 

    Debbie, I noticed you are wearing an insulin pump. My husband is a diabetic and has one too.  Are there any accommodations we might need to make to help you perform the duties of this job?

    • A.

      This is an ACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.

    • B.

      This is an UNACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.

    Correct Answer
    B. This is an UNACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.
    Explanation
    It is unacceptable to ask questions related to a job candidates health status. The candidate has to be the one to volunteer this information. What is acceptable is stating the job requirements and asking if the applicant might need any assistance in performing these duties. The assumption is the assistance is needed due to a disability covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. You may be surprised to see the breadth judges may allow the definition of a “disability” to cover (e.g., Obesity-HIV-Alcholoism-Drug Use…).

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  • 7. 

    Mr. Higgins, we appreciate you taking the time to come to our offices for the pre-employment test. I will need to see a government issued photo ID before we start; will that be a problem?

    • A.

      This is an ACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.

    • B.

      This is an UNACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.

    Correct Answer
    A. This is an ACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.
    Explanation
    This is an ACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview because asking for a government issued photo ID is a common practice in many workplaces to verify the identity of the candidate and ensure they are legally eligible for employment. It is a reasonable request to establish trust and maintain the integrity of the hiring process.

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  • 8. 

    Micheal, part of the time you will be required to load heavy carpet rolls on our trucks using a forklift. Are you taking any medications that may interfere with driving our forklifts?

    • A.

      This is an ACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.

    • B.

      This is an UNACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.

    Correct Answer
    B. This is an UNACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.
    Explanation
    It is unacceptable to ask questions related to a job candidates health status, including current or past medications. What is acceptable is stating the job requirements and asking if the applicant might need any assistance in performing these duties. The assumption is if assistance is needed, this is due to a disability covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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  • 9. 

      Steve, all our employee must take pre-employment drug tests. Have you ever been treated for drug or alcohol abuse?

    • A.

      This is an ACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.

    • B.

      This is an UNACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.

    Correct Answer
    B. This is an UNACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.
    Explanation
    This question relates to a candidates past health history which is protected under the ADA and other Federal legislation including HIPPA. See www.hhs.gov. A better way to ask this question is to simply state that employees are required to participate in random drug test. Then ask, "Can you comply with this job requirement?"

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  • 10. 

    You mentioned that you were injured last month.  Has your physician given you the okay to work again? 

    • A.

      This is an ACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.

    • B.

      This is an UNACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.

    Correct Answer
    A. This is an ACCEPTABLE question to ask in an interview.
    Explanation
    Perfectly acceptable. You are not asking about the disability but rather the ability to work.

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