Interview With Con-Way, Hot Dang!

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mountain girl's Comment
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This company ties for first with my tanker company I and gotta' tell ya, I am so stoked because like all of you have said, ya never know, it may turn out to be the best thing after all.

I still took all your advice to heart. I stayed super positive and sounded good on the phone and this isn't tanker, so the tanker company issues that came up at the end of school are a complete non-issue, anyway. He asked, "Am I still interested?" I said, "Yes, very much." He said he was setting up some interviews for tomorrow and the next day and when would I like to come in? I told him, "Whatever time works for you. You name a time. I'll be there." Naturally, God, having a sense of humor, the man said, "Alright, how's 8:30 in the morning?" I said, "I'll be there, no problem." Always a test. It's always a test. He told me to bring my CDL (like, oh sure, that thing goes under my pillow when I sleep at night. I don't even walk to the other end of the house, without it) and... my social security card ..."Just in case they need that." He said. Hey, that's for signing W-2's and stuff. Good sign, huh?!

Anyway, I cannot tell you how stoked I am because this is a good company and they have local routes here! I am SO stoked!

Should I be prepared for just about anything? Pre-trip inspection? Road test? Backing, alley docks, etc?"

And OMG. What do I wear? LOL. ... ... I'm actually serious about this question. My usual? Steel-toed Keens, clean-cut look, jeans/pants and clean long-sleeve t-shirt so I look ready to drive/work? Is that cool?

-mountain girl

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.
WA's Comment
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Best of luck with your job search and interviews. Food for thought with Conway. Make sure you ask if you will be required to work the dock, and if you will be on any sort of extraboard or on call for work. Not every LTL company has extraboards where you're not guaranteed work or have to be on call, but some do. If you just want to drive, make sure dock work isn't part of the gig. Good to know the questions to ask so you're not surprised, better to know up front.

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
mountain girl's Comment
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Great questions. Thank you so much. I will be sure to ask. I "did my time" on the dock at UPS for several months, one year. Great workout but I'd rather just drive.

What's "extraboard" mean?

Thanks!

-mountain girl

WA's Comment
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When you're on the extraboard you lack seniority and typically are on call. you are a fill in. you are also the first to be laid off. some LTL companies like YRC (the new Yellow) use an extraboard and you have to be near your phone to get the call to work, anytime. once you gain seniority you can bid on different schedules etc. it's different for each company. some drivers are on the extraboard for a year or more. not sure how Conway operates with an extraboard, the truckload part of Conway is different and I don't think uses an extraboard.

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
mountain girl's Comment
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K. Thanks. This is all good stuff to know. Thanks so much!

-mountain girl

WA's Comment
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Are you applying for a LTL gig or a truckload position? two different animals. wish you the best.

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
David's Comment
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Mountain Girl,

I did some Google searching, and What i found is they wear collard shirts (may be uniform, in which case Conway may provide to you). Not sure if that's true for your area but wouldn't hurt, as for pants, I've always worn ****ie's or slacks.

Looks about the same on them. ****ie's or slacks and a blue collard shirt. I've always been told dress in the companies colors, shows your ready to wear their uniform. Never hurts to be ready I guess..

two Con-way drivers in uniform by their truck

Good luck to you.

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