Having a great team behind your freight transportation company is what certainly makes you stand out from the crowd – in this business, high-quality service delivery is what really puts you out there. But recruiting is not something just anyone can do. If you have tried different avenues of finding and recruiting truck drivers, you should know that the process can be tedious and how will you ever know for sure that the candidate you have hired is the best fit for your company?
In this article, we will take you through the process of how to find and hire a great truck driver that will fit well with your team, and how you can use certain tools to your advantage while doing so. It’s never necessary to reinvent the wheel – just learning the tricks will make your hiring process run a little more smoothly.
1. Use Technology to Reach the Best Truck Drivers
A lot of people nowadays simply surf the web to find the latest job listings and apply online. This is a great way for you to get your job ad out there and be seen by those truck drivers who are serious about getting a job. There are multiple ways you can advertise jobs on the internet. Let’s take a quick look at what they are.
If you don’t have a website, perhaps now is a great time to invest in one. Not only is this great for getting theword out to prospective clients, but you are also able to reach professional truck drivers this way. Simply create a dedicated careers page and add new job openings on a regular basis. Keeping the site updated is important, so be sure to have content that is fresh and industry-related published here often.
A lot of companies look to connecting with their employees and prospective employees via social media channels such as LinkedIn or Facebook. Why not get on the bandwagon and create a profile for your freight transportation company? This also adds value to getting people, clients,and prospective truck drivers, back to your site.
Job listing and recruiting sites
There are tons of recruitment sites out there that is dedicated to the truck driving and freight transportation industry. You are able to create and setup a profile for the company, and send details of the latest job openings you have. The platform will take care of the rest. Usually, these sites have built-in application processes which allow drivers to complete an application form and you are able to review it at leisure.
You are able to use tools such as Google AdWords to get the word out of your site or even your specific job offering available. This ensures that your ad and content is seen by a relevant audience, and increases chances of reaching the best truck drivers out there.
2. Offer Great Benefits
A professional and experienced truck driver is more than likely going to look at the freight company’s history and background as well as how they treat their current employees before applying. Be sure that you have stellar reviews on work environment and tools used as this may be a make or break decision for the best in the trade. The salary should be fitting, and if you do not yet, consider offering employees benefits such as health insurance, bonuses, or even extra time off. Treating your employees with love and respect will pave the way for when you need to hire new truck drivers.
3. Reviewing Applications
Once you have your jobs listed on the net (and even in the newspaper), you will probably be bombarded by a huge number of resumes and applications from a wide variety of sources. Which means you need to go through each application carefully and ascertain which ones are possible candidates and which ones don’t make the cut. Typical things to keep an eye out for is level of the truck driver’s experience, years’ experience, qualification,and presentation of the information. The latter is a great indication of the applicant’s personality. It is advised to leave a bit of leeway, just to broaden the pool a bit. Once you have a good couple of applications that stand out from the rest, you are ready to continue to the next step.
4. Calling Applicants and Setting Up Interviews
With all the prospective truck driver’s applications at hand, start calling them and getting a feel for who they are and how they conduct themselves. You can even do a typical telephonic interview before deciding whether or not you should hire them. Ask questions based on the information provided in their application. You should get a good feel of whether or not you would like to put them through to the next round of face-to-face interviews.
5. Interviewing and Hiring
Now that you are ready to meet the candidates, you should start drafting some ideas on what questions you would like to ask. Interviews are a stressful environment, and this should be taken into account before hiring. You will, however, be able to tell when the truck driver applicant is lying, and the information he/she provides on the questions you ask should give you more than enough guidance on making your final decision. Always keep in mind that a person with a flawless resume and a lot of experience is not necessarily the perfect fit for your company, you also have to take into account whether the person will be able to adapt and integrate with your current team easily.
As a last step of the process, consider asking permission from your interviewees to do a background check and see whether they have any records against them. Phone their references and ask about how the previous employer experienced working with the candidate.
However tedious the recruitment and hiring process may be, you should be halfway on your way to getting theword out and reaching the best OTR and CDL truck drivers in the industry and offering them great opportunities by joining your team. We hope our tips have helped you in making this process less of a burden. If you would like more information on keeping your current truck drivers happy, read this article on how to retain truck drivers. Happy hunting!