List Of Questions To Ask A Recruiter

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Scott O.'s Comment
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You should ask them if the BBQ is good in the area.. Can't show up to train if the BBQ is bad.... Remember that one guy on here that got butt hurt about a company sponsored program cuz the BBQ sause sucked lol... Don't end up like him... Just ask questions that you think you need to know the answers about... Equipment, pay, home time, how much money you need while in training, can you drive your car stuff like that...

Errol V.'s Comment
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Scott remembers the good times:

Remember that one guy on here that got butt hurt about a company sponsored program cuz the BBQ sause sucked lol..

That guy's in my Hall of Whining Fame.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Remember that one guy on here that got butt hurt about a company sponsored program cuz the BBQ sauce sucked lol..

That was a great one. rofl-3.gif

Daniel B.'s Comment
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That BBQ sauce guy is legend. I remember calling Old School on the phone right after reading it and we were cracking up for like 30 minutes straight! He's definitely the #1 in my book.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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That BBQ sauce guy is legend. I remember calling Old School on the phone right after reading it and we were cracking up for like 30 minutes straight! He's definitely the #1 in my book.

Need to try and find the post about the BBQ guy and post a link to it so we can reread it.

William K.'s Comment
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Hey im originaly from delco pa. now im in no mans land tucson az now . i printed that out . thanks a bunch. now i have to find a good company to start at. im going to a local truck driving school.

That was me with the list. Brett has a lot of information on the site as well, but I will post my list again for your pleasure. lol

Questions for Trucking Company Recruiters

Company Name:

Recruiter Name:

Phone Number:

Email:

1. Where is your orientation?

2. Is the orientation a controlled curriculum for subject matter and teaching points? Mileage? Time?

3. Do the trainers get graded by the students after completion or is there a feedback loop to make the training better? Team driving during training?

4. What is the pay during orientation and training?

5. What is the pay after training completion? List for each division please: tanker, dry van , reefer , etc. Please list if it is for ALL miles, or is a progressive (“tiered”) pay scale.

6. Any bonuses post completion? 6 months? 1 year?

7. Is there a 401k and how is it structured? Cap limits? How much does the company match?

8. During orientation are lodging and meals paid for by the company?

9. If the trainer takes home time does the newbie keep driving?

10. What electronics does your company furnish to make a more safe and efficient driver?

11. Where are the main hubs?

12. Does the company have any dedicated contracts? Divisions? Is the newbie eligible for them?

13. What medical and dental plans are offered? Details and pricing of each plan to include time with company?

14. Can you switch trainers if it doesn't work between the two of you for whatever reason?

15. Idling policy?

16. Inverter installation policy? APU in trucks?

17. Is per diem built into the pay?

18. Breakdown and layover pay? Detention pay?

19. Are they no touch or is unloading involved? Pay for unloading?

20. How many miles do they usually put on a truck before they pull it from the fleet?

21. How does the pay period work? Do they use TRANSFLO and does it cost you? Do bills have to be sent in by a certain day to get paid during a week?

22. General home-time policy and where they want the truck when you go home?

23. Slip seating or assigned trucks?

24. What speed are trucks governed at?

25. Vacation policy?

26. What miles are paid miles and what miles are not?

27. When am I working and not getting paid?

28. If weather, driver (sick) or road conditions are such that I feel it is unsafe to continue driving, will I be penalized for parking until it is safe?

29. What are the reasons I could be disciplined and or fired for?

30. What can I expect my first year earnings to be? 2nd year?

31. How many miles per week does a newbie average?

32. Is there a tuition reimbursement program? Explain how it works please.

33. How many of their recruits as a percentage remain past 90 days?

34. What is the number 1 reason new recruits quit or their biggest complaint when they're terminated?

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Rob T.'s Comment
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That BBQ sauce guy is legend. I remember calling Old School on the phone right after reading it and we were cracking up for like 30 minutes straight! He's definitely the #1 in my book.

It didnt happen to be Patrick that posted it, was it? sorry.gif

Errol V.'s Comment
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I think this is it. BBQ sauce is criticized twice. After reading this again, I think it's the Moby Deck* of whines - it's FOUR posts long (due to the size limit of posts) plus a few more.

And, without further ado:
My Time At Dart by SVTDriver97

* Auto censor does not like American Classic literature.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Scott O.'s Comment
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I think this is it. BBQ sauce is criticized twice. After reading this again, I think it's the Moby Deck* of whines - it's FOUR posts long (due to the size limit of posts) plus a few more.

And, without further ado:
My Time At Dart by SVTDriver97

* Auto censor does not like American Classic literature.

Yeah that's it lmfao what a tool

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Everyone that reads this. Please do not go in to your cdl school or company expecting anything other then your cdl and or a job but even then you can't count on it cuz it all depends on how hard you work for it.....

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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