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Updated Jun 28, 2014
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School Bus Driver
Belleville, IL

I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at First Student in July 2010.

Interview Details – One on one interview with one of the members of management, once they accept you for employment, you must obtain permits from the secretary of state to obtain the permits for driving a school bus, then you must pass a drug screening and physical to complete the hiring process.

Interview Question – When do you practice safety?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – None


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School Bus Driver
Oakdale, MN

I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at First Student.

Interview Details – The interview was very straight forward. Questions ranged from my availability, to physical ability (as related to the job), driving record, and so-on. I was informed that I would need to pass a drug screening and background check to receive an offer. I was notified quickly when both of those were passed, and received an offer to begin training.

Interview Question – I do not recall any difficult questions. The majority of it seemed to be an evaluation of qualifications, a background check, and drug screening.   Answer Question


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School Bus Driver Interview

School Bus Driver

I applied in-person and the process took 2 months - interviewed at First Student in January 2010.

Interview Details – show up fill out an application if they feel like giving you one that day

Interview Question – none all are normal questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – show up for unpaid training pass your road test and go to work


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School Bus Driver
Twentynine Palms, CA

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at First Student in June 2010.

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


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School Bus Driver
Fresno, CA

I applied in-person and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at First Student in June 2009.

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


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School Bus Driver

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


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School Bus Driver Interview

School Bus Driver
Sandwich, MA

I applied through other source - interviewed at First Student in January 2009.

Interview Details – First Student bought out our prior school district bus contract

Negotiation Details – no union no negotiation


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School Bus Driver
Burnsville, MN

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at First Student in July 2008.

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


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School Bus Driver

I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at First Student in June 2011.

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.


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School Bus Driver Interview

School Bus Driver

I applied in-person and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at First Student in January 2010.

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)

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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.

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