How To Hire A Truck Driver
A truck driver is responsible for transporting products and goods of all kinds from one place to another, locally or across the country. Truck drivers can work independently or for trucking companies, and travel to many different locations over land to pick up and drop off their cargo.
The lifestyle of a truck driver is not suited for everyone as many truck drivers live on the road, especially when travelling long distances. A truck driver must also know how to operate and drive large vehicles, and be willing to spend long hours driving and completing repetitive tasks.
Day-to-day tasks of this role:
- Helping to pack cargo into the truck and ensuring it is secure and can be safely transported.
- Driving the truck from one location to another.
- Regularly checking on cargo to ensure it is still secure.
- Keeping in contact with the sender and receiver to provide frequent updates.
- Safely unloading cargo once arriving at the destination.
UNDERSTAND THE ROLE
Skills profile for a Truck Driver
A truck driver will need to obtain an unrestricted and heavy vehicle licence to be able to operate a truck. There are different types of heavy vehicle licences depending on the type of truck the candidate will be required to operate. Some organizations may also require employees to have completed a Certificate III in Driving Operations through a tertiary institution. There are some common skills required for this position.
It is essential that a truck driver has excellent safety and mechanical knowledge and skills. They must have a strong understanding of the mechanics of a truck and comply with all truck regulation rules. They must also perform safety checks before each day, and prioritise safety in all of their duties including unloading cargo, packing cargo, and driving.
A truck driver must also be extremely adaptable. They must be able to react quickly to changing conditions in the roads and weather conditions, and remain calm under stress on and off the road. They must also be able to think quickly on their feet and overcome any challenges that may occur.
It is also important that a truck driver has strong attention to detail skills. They must pay careful attention to detail when on and off the road, and stay highly focused when driving and be constantly on the lookout for hazards. They must also demonstrate attention to detail when loading the truck, with packages and orders, as well as with addresses.
Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position.
Truck Driver Job Description
- Why is this role being filled?
- How does this role fit into the organization and the team?
- What makes your company unique?
- What would it be like to work for you?
- What technical skills are needed for this role?
- Which soft skills are applicable?
- What are the nice-to-have experiences of your ideal candidate?
- Include availability preferences in this section
- What are the key deliverables for this role?
- What does the day-to-day of this role look like?
- Compensation & bonuses
- Employee benefits & perks
- Ongoing training benefits
PRO TIP #1
As truck drivers may be required to drive to all different locations and transport different cargo depending on the business, candidates may need to acquire certain licences. For example, some organizations may require their truck drivers to have a heavy rigid licence whereas others may require drivers to have a multi combination licence. Some companies may also only require truck drivers to travel locally for deliveries, whilst others may require their truck drivers to travel around the state or around the country, therefore taking days to reach their destination. Be sure to outline all the licences and demands of the role in the job description to ensure you hire the perfect candidate.
PRO TIP #2
Ensure that the entire recruitment process from job description to assessment to interview reiterates your company vision and values. This will help you identify the right people for the role, and applicants will know whether your company is the right fit for them.
Sample skills assessment
Safety and Mechanical
Question Type: Doc
What checks do you perform prior to a shift? Please outline this in a list in the document below.
Question Type: Text
Describe a time where you have had to quickly adapt to changing conditions during a shift.
Attention to Detail
Question Type: Video
Have you ever made a mistake on a delivery? What was the situation and how did you rectify?
Interview guide for a Truck Driver
Once your Vervoe skills assessment has surfaced the most qualified people for your open role, you can focus on interviewing these candidates. The PDF interview guide contains structured questions against each of the competencies for this role.
This interview guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the Vervoe skills assessment. Where a candidate has scored Low – Medium on a skill, focus on asking more questions from that skill to gain deeper insight into their level of competency.
PDF INTERVIEW GUIDE
Get your copy of the interview guide to complete the hiring process. Includes questions against each of the skill competencies for the role.