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Why You Should Ask These Questions During a Truck Driving Interview  

Woof! I’m Fred, Osborn’s trusty pal. I’m here to help you get the most out of your next interview because a truck-driving job interview is a two-way street. Over at Osborn, we encourage our drivers to come prepared with questions to ask in their interviews. 

We won’t shy away from any questions, especially when it comes to what the job gives you. Here are some we hope you ask at your next opportunity.  

What can I expect in the truck driver benefits package?  

When you ask about the driver benefits package you show us that: 

  • You are interested in the overall compensation package, and not just the salary.  
  • You want a better understanding of the company’s commitment to its employees. 
  • You desire overall job satisfaction and financial well-being. 

Fred says at Osborn, drivers enjoy access to full benefits, including health insurance, 401K contribution, and paid time off, and the great news is – you don’t have to wait long for them to kick in!  

If you have your CDL-A license and you’re ready to indicate your lane change, we have orientations every two weeks on Wednesdays.  

As lovely as the views are from the cab of a Osborn truck, we want to make sure you also have weekly at-home time. So, you can go throw the ball for your furry friend or make it to a family dinner.  

How would you describe the company culture?  

Asking about the company culture is a good question to ask in an interview because:  

  • It shows that you are interested in understanding the values, beliefs, and behaviors that drive the organization.  
  • You’re interested in career growth and overall success within the company. 
  • It can also help you determine whether or not the company is a good fit for you. 

Osborn is a driver-focused culture. That means we’re going to put your needs first. You’ll see it in the driver support and compensation, and you’ll see it in our well-designed trucks. Treating our drivers like family means keeping them safe like a family. You can rest assured your truck and trailer is efficient, as we focus on fuel efficiency as an organization and on the driver level.

We believe in top performance and quality service. We keep the equipment in top shape to look good for you, so you’ll look good for us.  

How are drivers compensated?    

Understanding how drivers are compensated can help you determine: 

  • If the position is financially viable for you. 
  • If the company’s compensation package is competitive with other employers in the industry. 
  • The structure of the compensation package, including the base pay, bonuses, and other benefits.  

You can also ask about the payment frequency, any potential salary increases, and the expected working hours per week. 

At Osborn, we don’t want you being on the line about driving for us. That’s why our compensation is 37 percent higher than the industry average.  

We also make it easy to earn more, with a guaranteed minimum page and additional $0.72 per mile over 2400 miles for OTR drivers.

What happens if I don’t make my miles?  

This is one of the most important questions to ask in any truck driving job interview. It can provide insight into the expectations of the job and: 

  • How the company handles potential challenges that drivers may face. 
  • Set realistic expectations for the job and determine whether the position is a good fit for you. 
  • You can also demonstrate that you are proactive and want to ensure that you are meeting the requirements of the job.  

Which is why Osborn has guaranteed pay. Guaranteed pay means that even if you only drive 2,000 miles instead of the 2,400-mile goal you still make the minimum weekly pay, up to $1650. Delays happen, weather, a breakdown, or an unusually long wait at a shipper, and you shouldn’t be penalized for them.  

Have a good week and drive 3,000 miles? You make $0.72 per mile for 600 miles + guaranteed minimum pay. That’s $2,082 for your week’s drive.  

Hit the road with Osborn!  

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