Regional Flatbed Driver

Are these shoes grey or pink?





09.09.2020



When there's shoes to fill, driver hires aren't always what they crack up to be. Check out our list of the top 5 most common driver hiring misrepresentations...and to find out the answer to this darn shoe debate!





Don't get walked on because you hired the wrong guy or gal. Here are our list of the top 5 most common misrepresentations used in the industry (by both truck drivers AND trucking companies) when it comes to the hiring process:


1. Having a "clean record" or "no past major violations".

A "clean record" or "no past major violations" can both serve as intentionally vague terms that a driver might preemptively offer to the interviewer to circumvent a more explicit line of questioning later on in the interview process. If you're an employer, to counter that you should make sure to always dig into this answer and to use explicit language in the interview process, referencing MVR records and clarifying what constitutes your definition of "clean record" or "major violation". You should also make sure this is time bounded, as in, "within the past x years". This will typically be driven by insurance requirements.



2. Left previous employer due to intolerable safety issues.

Now, it's true there are a ton of bad eggs out there--and even slightly moldy eggs just trying to get by. This claim may very well be a valid claim, but it also often happens to be a very convenient claim as well: Driver candidate comes out looking like an altruistic champ and the mean horrible employer is left sitting in the dust with good reason after having spent 4 months investing in this driver. How does one snuff out the bull in this shit? Listen to their story: Are they dealing with hazmat? If so, what specific violations were taking place? Also, look at their entire story: is it blame after blame for why he or she parted from each job?


This approach of "getting into the weeds" applies to not just claims of safety issues, but any reason for departure that sounds improbable, out of line with the person's character, or unlikely based on the frequency of similar instances popping up in their storyline.



3. No Sir! I don't mind working like a slave for almost 7 days a week!

In desperate times, lots of people will tell you just about whatever you want to hear in order to get in with that sweet hiring bonus and comfortable base pay. However, it's important to realize that certain trucking jobs are NOT for everyone. If you've got a driver with strictly local hauling experience, make sure they know what they're getting into as a line haul trucker: the lifestyle changes, the work-life balance, the waiting in line for smelly showers at the flying J. Same goes for driver candidates who have just undergone major personal life moments. Though it's un-PC to ask questions about marital status, children, etc... it's completely legal (though maybe still un-PC) to do a bit of social media stalking to determine if this person will likely suffer from any extended time away from home. In our experience, whether it's over the road trucking or simply any "tough" job, drivers with military backgrounds are generally speaking great candidates, as they often have the level of discipline needed to handle the most difficult of circumstances.



Now, we'd be remiss if we didn't pay our respects to the reverse side of the table.


4. Home every weekend.

On the flip side to point number 3, Regional and OTR Motor Carriers love to tell their applicants they'll "basically" be home every weekend. Drivers, don't just fall for this and take them at their word! Your career is in question. Dive deeper into what the role entails (ask as many questions as you can) to determine if the math adds up. Also, see if you can get a hold of other drivers in the company to get their feedback as well. If you sense you've got some leverage on this employer (lots of thirsty MC's out there, folks) you can tell them straight up you're interested in the role and want to learn more about the day to day by talking to one of their current drivers. If the motor carrier can't produce a driver for you to talk to, that might mean all their drivers are too disgruntled to chat...or that they only hire deaf people. Either way, not a good look.



5. We pay you for all the work you do.

One of the most common complaints among drivers is that their former (or current) employer either didn't pay them for extra work or services performed, or they simply stopped paying the driver altogether. Now, if you're a motor carrier and reading this--I'd like to believe you would never be the latter scenario. But the former scenario--well that's simply an area that all to common was never addressed up front and thus the driver gets pissed when he keeps having to tarp, make pickups, stay overnight, etc, etc. With that said, it's important that you (the motor carrier) or your recruiter (hopefully us) make it very clear to the client what is and is not required of the driver, and for the driver to realize that his net pay is inclusive of those activities as a requirement of his job.



And finally, the answer you've all been waiting for: What color is this darn shoe???


It might surprise you to learn that the actual shoe pink and white under normal lighting. So-- if you had no doubt it was pink from the beginning and are now thinking we are complete idiots for even asking, share our pic with a few of your colleagues and see what they come back with. *cue Chris Angel smoke bomb ending*