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Revamp the Job Interview Questions You Use at Your Truckstop

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Human Resources

/// Guest post by contributor Maryellen Adams, CareerCo 

Go Beyond the Basics
If you’re using the same tired questions at every job interview, it may be time to mix it up a bit – and find out more than you ever thought possible about a potential applicant!

Add these to your job interview template:

  • Why have you had x number of jobs in y number of years?
  • Tell me about a recent project or problem that you made better, faster, smarter, more efficient, or less expensive.
  • What are the top three things you are looking for in your next job?
  • Have you ever had this experience?
  • You worked hard on something, only to be told to change priorities and do it some other way. How did you handle that?
  • Which supervisors have you found easiest to work with? Most difficult? Why?
  • What questions do you have for me?

Essential Legal Questions
These three questions are essential:

  • Are you able to perform all of the essential functions of this job, including the days and hours required, with or without an accommodation? (Show the candidate the job description.)
  • How many absences did you have during the last two years at your last job (other than absences for PTO, medical leave, funeral leave, etc.)?
  • Explain the __ month/year gap(s) in your employment history.

Customize Your Q&A
You wouldn’t talk to your Restaurant Manager about your Auto Center would you? So why are your interview questions all the same? Customize interview questions by a candidate’s potential role. Download a complete list of questions by potential role here.

// CareerCo is offering a NATSO member only webinar September 8, 2016 at 11:00 am EDT on Attracting, Hiring and Retaining Truckstop and Travel Plaza Talent. Learn more and register here.


CareerCo. A NATSO endorsed service provider, CareerCo is a network of pay-for-performance job sites that reaches more than 5 million job seekers monthly. Employers can save time and money in their recruitment by setting the job requirements and only paying for candidates that meet them. All NATSO members receive a 10% discount. Discount will be applied to your monthly invoice. To qualify, be sure to identify your company as a NATSO member. Learn more about CareerCo.

The opinions and advice given by guest post contributors are not necessarily those of NATSO Inc. The posts should not be considered legal advice. Qualified professionals should be sought regarding advice and questions specific to your circumstances.

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About the Author

Maryellen Adams

Maryellen Adams

As Director of Association Partnerships at Career Co, Maryellen develops and manages the company's relationships with trade and industry association partners on both the state and national levels.

As a trusted association partner, Maryellen offers her expertise in employee recruitment strategy to associations in all industries; providing their members, both small and enterprise level businesses, an array of staffing and recruitment solutions.  

Maryellen is a frequent guest speaker at industry association trade shows and conventions. She has presented educational workshops and webinars on topics including; Performance-Based Recruitment,  Best Practices in Attracting, Hiring and Retaining Talent, Recruiting Next Generation Talent To Drive Future Success, Motivating and Managing “Millennials” in the Multi-Generational Workplace ;Adjusting Your Culture to Improve Job Satisfaction and Employee Retention.

Maryellen holds a Bachelors Degree in Finance from Fairfield University in Connecticut.  She is based in New York and can be reached at