Got an upcoming interview with a Heavy Haul company...Any Tips?

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  1. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LAST

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    brother I READ your first posting and ALL your postings.

    sure the ticket DID NOT come up in the interview. BUT I'LL BET IT DID come up in the DMV check....

    are you that naive to think that no background check is done either before or after any interview?

    many times BEFORE an interview, a "quickie" background check is done, then an EXTENSIVE ONE IS DONE LATER......

    there is not ONE PERSON here on this site, that knows i am wrong with what i said about that ticket showing up.
     
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  2. truckinus

    truckinus Former YRC Dallas 511

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    Hey, you may be right? Not very hard to find. In my experience they don't do any of that until you are hired, but they usually ask for d/l number and have you sign a release to release information like that.
     
  3. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    They are required to look ten years back into your background. What weight they would give an old speeding ticket would vary from employer to employer.
     
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  4. truckinus

    truckinus Former YRC Dallas 511

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    https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/background-checks-faq.html
    Does an employer need my consent for a background check?
    It depends on the information the employer wants and who is going to gather it. An employer must have your written consent to check your credit report. Written consent is also required if an employer will hire an outside agency (such as a criminal background check firm or private investigator) to check you out. And, your written consent may be required before an employer can get other information, such as your school transcripts or detailed information on your military service.

    Even though this leaves some information an employer can gather on its own, smart employers always ask applicants for permission before conducting a background check. This prevents later claims that the employer violated applicant privacy; it also saves the employer time by letting applicants take themselves out of the running right away if there are things in their past they want to keep private.

    So the answer is NO, they didn't check my background or driving record.
     
  5. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LAST

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    i think (but could be wrong) that when you sign for a background check, it includes your credit report as well. but for the ordinary background checks, like a criminal history or DMV and even former employers, that is usually "public records".

    what i would do is, type up a short letter of explanation regarding that ticket, to the point of.... time, date, vehicle driven, the driver's license you possessed at the time (operator or CDL), and take it with you at ANY job interview you have, when ever ask, "any tickets, accident,s,etc"..

    then if asked either IN PERSON or online, when you go submit the online application, THEN you attach that letter to it.

    never assume anymore that NO DMV check is never done just because you were not asked at any interview, but also DO NOT volunteer as well.

    which actually becomes a catch 22.....

    and here is why:

    if they don't ask for a ticket or accident, and you don't volunteer that information, then THEY DO a search, and they will, and find it, then they can say you falsified an application......by leaving it out in the "notes" section of the application usually near or at the bottom of many applications.
     
  6. Cerberus_Kelpie

    Cerberus_Kelpie Wings Over the World!

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    Howdy truckinus,

    (1) They DID RESPOND within "two weeks".

    Not every applicant for every gig gets accepted and, if you're in a "right to work" state, these many employers are not required to give a "denial reason" because of the "You or the Employer can quit your (application or) employment for ANY or NO reason".
    Some companies go back 3-5-7 years on Driving Records, some go back 10 years (Driving AND Criminal), some go back to age 18 (for Criminal like a D.W.I./D.U.I./O.U.I., other), so go figure.
    I've had numerous apps discontinued as well I've discontinued a couple this year.

    I had a " 15 over speeding ticket" early 2008 (which was later dropped to Insufficient/Inoperable Equipment/Speedometer) and one driving company I applied to stated "You're not an acceptable applicant" over the phone (as they went by the CHARGE, not conviction), so if I were charged with murder and charge was reduced or dropped, they would still see me as a murderer, so go figure.

    I have a D.W.I. conviction on my State Driving Record from August 1991 (when I had a Class C License) and Schneider stated in 2008 "That conviction would not pass our Insurance Company" AFTER filling out a application (I asked "SAFETY" and they stated, before applying, such would not be a problem), so go figure. - - I figured since the "speeding ticket" wasn't resolved by that time, they were referencing it yet chose the insignificant 1991 conviction - -.

    "big city", to some in Texas, could be Waco while others might claim San Antonio or El Paso. To me, any "City" less than Los Angeles, Calipornia is a "small city".
    How "Big" is the "City" you're referencing??
    Dallas, TX?
    (2) If so, there may well be EXPERIENCED and available Heavy Haul Drivers yet possibly UNQUALIFIED for various reasons.

    What Company are you with currently?
    No possibility of upward mobility (like some advancement in responsibility/ties?)?
    Is the "learning curve" a straight line?
    Questionable Equipment?
    WHY are you seeking CHANGE??
    Another "there you go" (sometimes soon) becomes another "here you are...again".

    CHEERS!!
     
  7. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LAST

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    as far as any DMV record, if they pay for it, they can order up a lifetime report
     
  8. Cerberus_Kelpie

    Cerberus_Kelpie Wings Over the World!

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    Potential employers can as well order up a Criminal Record Check back to age 18 (for whatever info is not on some derelict/misplaced file), like the Feds do for a Haz-Mat Endorsement.

    There's also the DAC/HireRight access, for one of MANY information gathering sources in Trucking, that supply current and (sometimes) irrelevant information because these systems do not correct OLD/OUTDATED information without REQUESTS (with valid I.D.) for such alteration(s)/elimination(s), then it's up to the reporting companies to comply or refuse.

    Maybe (hindsight being 20/20) you should have taken better care of the Citation since it does reflect upon your CDL.
    Some Drivers have claimed "I could not at the time afford Counsel, so I just accepted the results of the Court" which is (usually) what a lazy whiner (growing population of Truck Drivers) have stated.

    Happy Trails and maybe Heavy Haul (or any other Truck Driving) is not in your future apart from your current (or previous) Employer.
     

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