I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at First Student in October 2013.
Interview Details – Hire process was short. Interview with staff went well
Interview Question – Why do I want to be school bus driver? View Answer
Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation
I applied in-person and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at First Student in October 2013.
Interview Details – saw they were hiring on internet,submitted application,they called at home ,told me to come for interview was told to bring h6 took the training was hired after 8 weeks of training
Interview Question – can you deal with disabled or wheelchair kids View Answer
Negotiation Details – n/a
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at First Student.
Interview Details – The interview process was pretty easy.
Interview Question – There was nothing difficult or unexpected. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied through other source - interviewed at First Student in July 2013.
Interview Details – First Student bought out our prior school district bus contract
Negotiation Details – no union no negotiation
Very Easy Interview
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at First Student in October 2012.
Interview Details – A little too easy. I filled out an application in person. The manager checked my driving record. I had a background check. Next I went to two weeks of unpaid classroom training and another few days of on the road. Once I passed the road test I went to work immediately.
Interview Question – No hard questions. Manager was kind, he got to the point wit background questions and let me know what the hiring process was. He was also clear about the ups and downs of driving for First Student. ( for example, it is PART TIME SEASONAL, with no paid time off.) Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negitiations, it was all strait forward
I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at First Student in July 2012.
Interview Details –
It takes a coupple of weeks to go through the hiring phase of being a School Bus Driver. You have to study and then go to the DMV and take 3 different Tests Just to obtain your
Class B Drivers Lic. Then there is 2 weeks of classroom traning, after this there is the actual driving training on the different Bus's.
Interview Question – Why Do you want to drive a bus. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negoriation It is a Union Position.
I applied in-person and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at First Student in March 2012.
Interview Details – Started with the group interview, what to expect. Face to face with the LSM (Safety manager). Detailed DOT backround investigation. During this time, you start training. The trainers are skilled to "interview" you as the training goes on. They can and will stop your training if your not FS material. Class training was 4.5 weeks. CPR and First Aid class. You have to take a DOT physical and drug test.Then you have to take a CHP written exam,100 questions.If you pass that you go onto the DMV. You must learn bus inspections, Class C, air brakes, Commercial and passanger skills. The DMV exams for the previous list. You get 3 chances, if you fail any 1 of the 5, you fail and have to take the failed exams again. Which count as a try. Then If you pass that, you can start behind the wheel training. You learn everything you need to know. After driving aprox. 35 hours behind the wheel with a deligated trainer and learning the "pre trip" inspection you take a "behind the wheel" driving test with a CHP officer. He is fair but firm! He listens, watches and test you on EVERYTHING! You have 4 parts to this test. Office exam, simple. Pre-trip, you can miss 3 things during this part. Brake test, which is where most fail. And the actual driving exam with him on the bus directing and questioning you. When you pass all this, you are given your license. Then you go in and your hired with the company. (thats the easy part)
Negotiation Details – Negotiations don't exist. You are offered a job. You can accept or decline. If you go threw all the training and dont take the job, you will most likely never be hired by FS in the future. Its a lot to learn, but FS training is respected by all states. You can transfer to ANY FS yard in the country.
Very Easy Interview
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at First Student in November 2011.
Interview Details – Radio, newspaper and job fair advertisements prompted me to telephone the regional office which resulted in a 1:1 interview the next day. They seemed very eager to offer driver training, as they are always short of drivers. My background as a mechanic was welcomed, as it assists them to diagnose mechanical problems arise with the bus while on the route. Driver classroom training began 4 days later at the first opportunity to join a class. The instructors were experienced and knowledgeable, but certainly taught the examination questions rather than the textbook comprehensively. The "on the road" training was also very good with specific training in what the government examiner would be looking for. Upon successful completion of the training and government road test, I was given a large selection of routes to choose from and my first choice was agreed to, as it had been serviced by a temporary driver for some time and they were glad to have a full-time regular driver on that route.
Interview Question – No unexpected questions; all were pertinant to the job. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation; they have a set salary negotiated by the union.
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