What does Prime check before approving you for orientation?

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Rachav B.'s Comment
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MVR , Criminal, Employment, Addresses, Nothing?

I've heard some say they only check employment and some say they also check your MVR?

**This is in reference to incoming students, not experienced drivers.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Great Answer!
Is there any chance at all that I show up in Springfield and the safety department disagrees with my recruiter and sends me home?

Quite honestly, yes, there is that chance. But don't sweat it. You can only do what you can do. You've disclosed everything, you'll jump through the hoops they require, and hopefully it will work out with Prime. If not, don't sweat it. There are a ton of great companies out there. You'll get your chance.

Almost everyone that's new to the industry believes that their choice of company is an incredibly big deal. In reality it's not a big deal at all. You can be very happy and successful at any of the major companies, which are the ones that do most of the hiring of new drivers. They all have piles of money behind them, excellent equipment, tons of freight, and all sorts of opportunities for you down the line once you've gotten a little experience.

Here's how I chose my first company. I went to school in 1993. We graduated on a Friday and had a graduation ceremony, complete with pizza and wings, on Saturday morning. About an hour into the ceremony a recruiter from Gainey, a company a few miles up the road from the school, came by and asked one of the instructors who the top three drivers were in the class. I was one of them. He gathered the three of us together and said, "You guys were the top three in the class and you all have jobs waiting for you with us. If you follow me to the terminal we'll get your drug tests and paperwork out the way this afternoon and by the end of next week you should all be on the road with a trainer. "

We all looked at each other, shrugged our shoulders, and said, "Sounds good. Lead the way." And that was that. We all did our physicals, drug screens, and paperwork that day and within a few days we were all on the road with our trainers. Simple as that.

People spend months sometimes researching companies and to be honest I feel a little bad for em because they're mostly wasting their time. You can evaluate every possible detail about every company on the planet but in the end you're going to get the miles, home time, equipment, freight, and treatment you deserve based upon your performance. If you're a great performer you'll do great anywhere you go. If you're a lousy performer you'll get terrible miles and be miserable anywhere you go.

So don't sweat it. If it works with Prime, great. If not, great anyhow. No big deal.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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They check everything in this industry. All of the companies do - employment, criminal, and driving records. Some may check your credit. Some may browse social media to see what you're doing. They'll look for anything and everything they can find that might give them more insights into who you are and whether or not you seem like a good candidate for trucking.

Did you get those unpaid tickets paid?

No Record Of Unpaid Tickets

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tractor Man's Comment
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Most Trucking Companies will do a thorough background check on ALL applicants, either prior to or once at orientation. do not try to hide anything. They can and WILL find anything and everything about you!

Tractor Man's Comment
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Most Trucking Companies will do a thorough background check on ALL applicants, either prior to or once at orientation. do not try to hide anything. They can and WILL find anything and everything about you!

JUST LIKE BRETT DID!!!

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Tweak's Comment
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I actually had a question on this topic. I had a minor accident last month, but there was no police report filed. Would that still show up in a background check? I ask because it already cost me a job at Jim Palmer because I openly put it on the application, thinking it would be no biggie. Apparently, they won't hire someone with even a minor rear-end collision in the past year.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I actually had a question on this topic. I had a minor accident last month, but there was no police report filed. Would that still show up in a background check? I ask because it already cost me a job at Jim Palmer because I openly put it on the application, thinking it would be no biggie. Apparently, they won't hire someone with even a minor rear-end collision in the past year.

If there was no police report and nothing was reported to any insurance companies then it won't show up anywhere.

Tweak's Comment
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I actually had a question on this topic. I had a minor accident last month, but there was no police report filed. Would that still show up in a background check? I ask because it already cost me a job at Jim Palmer because I openly put it on the application, thinking it would be no biggie. Apparently, they won't hire someone with even a minor rear-end collision in the past year.

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If there was no police report and nothing was reported to any insurance companies then it won't show up anywhere.

Damn. Insurance did get involved. Crap, I hope this doesn't mean I can't get a trucking job for a year...

Brett Aquila's Comment
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One incident like that isn't going to stop you from getting a job. A few companies will turn you down but most won't. It's not a deal breaker.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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BEFORE orientation they do check everything . But it isn't as thorough as the check they do once you get there and pass the physical and agility etc. They pay big $$$ for background checks to be very very thorough.

Bringing you in for an interview also gives tbem a chance to question any blemishes or decide on a case by case basis. We had a guy at my class who had a DUI where he was arrested and pled guilty but it was supposed to be expunged after his sentence. They didn't find it before he got there... but... they found it. Even expunged they sent him home. Of course sometimes I think they want to see your reaction too and he was a hot head who started screaming and threatening, he threw a chair across the room. Gone.

A month before I had a background check come up completely blank for another job. Prime brought me in. When I got there they found an incident from years before where my schizophrenic sister claimed I tried to kill her and chased her with three guns. In court she attacked me and was attested. My case was not only dropped but expunged. My sis had been dead almost 5 years by the time I went to prime.

Prime saw it as an arrest but I was never arrested... never read my rights nor fingerprinted. Never mugshot. Never arraigned. She and I had been in family court for 3 years over similar inicdents. She told the judge I come through her electrical wires in Her house.

In the interview they claimed I lied to them and didn't tell them. I honestly didn't think about it nor did I see it as a big deal.

Then I calmed down aND said "the paper asked about CONVICTIONS not arrests. So even if the state of NJ claimed this was an arrest, which i never knew, I was never convicted. Therefore I didn't lie or omit. I also asked how I could get copies of that arrest file since I know I was never arrested.

Turned out that in NJ guns are so evil that because they issued a search warrant for the guns... which I never owned one.. NJ put it as an arrest on ONE file...but not on my main record. Who knows how these things work.

Anyway .. be honest they will find whatever it is. They will give you a chance to explain.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Rachav B.'s Comment
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BEFORE orientation they do check everything . But it isn't as thorough as the check they do once you get there and pass the physical and agility etc. They pay big $$$ for background checks to be very very thorough.

Bringing you in for an interview also gives tbem a chance to question any blemishes or decide on a case by case basis. We had a guy at my class who had a DUI where he was arrested and pled guilty but it was supposed to be expunged after his sentence. They didn't find it before he got there... but... they found it. Even expunged they sent him home. Of course sometimes I think they want to see your reaction too and he was a hot head who started screaming and threatening, he threw a chair across the room. Gone.

A month before I had a background check come up completely blank for another job. Prime brought me in. When I got there they found an incident from years before where my schizophrenic sister claimed I tried to kill her and chased her with three guns. In court she attacked me and was attested. My case was not only dropped but expunged. My sis had been dead almost 5 years by the time I went to prime.

Prime saw it as an arrest but I was never arrested... never read my rights nor fingerprinted. Never mugshot. Never arraigned. She and I had been in family court for 3 years over similar inicdents. She told the judge I come through her electrical wires in Her house.

In the interview they claimed I lied to them and didn't tell them. I honestly didn't think about it nor did I see it as a big deal.

Then I calmed down aND said "the paper asked about CONVICTIONS not arrests. So even if the state of NJ claimed this was an arrest, which i never knew, I was never convicted. Therefore I didn't lie or omit. I also asked how I could get copies of that arrest file since I know I was never arrested.

Turned out that in NJ guns are so evil that because they issued a search warrant for the guns... which I never owned one.. NJ put it as an arrest on ONE file...but not on my main record. Who knows how these things work.

Anyway .. be honest they will find whatever it is. They will give you a chance to explain.

Thanks. I have no doubt they'll find what's on my record. I just want to know if they bother to check before inviting you half way across the country.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

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