ODFL Interview Process?

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DoctorWho_214's Comment
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Hey guys. Just wanted to update you guys on the situation. I just got a phone call earlier today to schedule an interview for linehaul driver. It seems to be looking good. Anyone knows how the process goes and what the timeline is? Will there be any on the spot tests done during this phase, like knowing which hazmat placards to use and such?

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hey guys. Just wanted to update you guys on the situation. I just got a phone call earlier today to schedule an interview for linehaul driver. It seems to be looking good. Anyone knows how the process goes and what the timeline is? Will there be any on the spot tests done during this phase, like knowing which hazmat placards to use and such?

Congrats! What an awesome call!!!!!

If you are 'up' due to excitement...dunno who might answer tonight, but you sure could always look up posts from Bobcat Bob, Banks, and Daniel B...and Auggie69 shares too! I'm missing PLENTY, but you could ALSO search by tags.. I'll link that, too!

Pretty sure you'll know how to do that, but .. easy link to the 5th tab down:

Here's a link: Comments by Members

The 4th tab down, same screen: All Topics by Tag

You can type in LTL , OD, etc . . . !!

Hope it helps a tad bit!

My dude did FX/LH many moons ago; and doesn't recall . . . sorry there!

~ Anne ~

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

DoctorWho_214's Comment
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Thanks for the links! Reading up on everyone's experiences is putting me at ease a little bit. I'm really excited about the opportunity at OD. Not that I'm putting all my eggs in one basket here but I'm all in for this. I've read in other posts that there are multiple interviews needed too so I'm wondering if they would work with me as far as needing to ask for time off from OTR , since I have to ask time off at least a week ahead.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I only remember 1 interview then going for a driving test then a drug screen. The whole process took a month, we have a new system now and it is supposed to be faster. Bird One was going through until he got derailed, he might be able to answer with more recent information.

Bird-One's Comment
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I just interviewed with them a couple weeks ago. It’s probably going to vary by terminal. The terminal closes to me was having a job fair. I showed up and got taken right to the hiring manager. But it also helped I knew Bobcat bob who im sure will chime in. We spoke maybe for a half hour. I than came back two days later for the road test. Just hoped in a rig already hooked up to sets and did maybe 45 minutes of driving. Started my background the next day probably. All in all the process can take up to a month but they are trying to shorten that. All depends all quick the background company takes.

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.

DoctorWho_214's Comment
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Gotcha. I always thought they did the background check before even calling to set up an interview? The job posting has been up for a while so I'm wondering how many linehaul drivers they are hiring.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Bird-One's Comment
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Not quite. Background checks cost money and take time. They are going to want to make sure they want to hire you first. They may be continuously hiring. They terminal I applied at is.

Gotcha. I always thought they did the background check before even calling to set up an interview? The job posting has been up for a while so I'm wondering how many linehaul drivers they are hiring.

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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
DoctorWho_214's Comment
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I appreciate the info. So if you get to the background check phase, then it's a pretty good chance you'll get an offer?

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I'd say decent chance unless something comes up. After back ground they send you for drug screen.

DoctorWho_214's Comment
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I appreciate the replies guys! I'll definitely keep you guys posted. My interview is in the first week on Sept do I'm pretty excited to get a job closer to home.

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