I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Schneider National in May 2012.
Interview Details – Complete background check of employers, any accidents or incidents, DAC (HireRight) check and PSP. Drug test includes hair check.
Interview Question – Review of application and confirmation of it. View Answer
Negotiation Details – No. Pay is comparable to job required.
The process took a day - interviewed at Schneider National in January 2011.
Interview Details – Schneider has a rather long and drawn out interview process. It started with 2 Phone Interview. After not hearing anything for several weeks, Asked to do a follow up in person interview with a Human resources rep. Then several weeks later another final interview with a manger.
Negotiation Details – None
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Schneider National in October 2010.
Interview Details – Phone interview wasn't bad and I was offered the chance for a face-to-face interview right away. The next interview was with a panel. The panel consisted of other experienced employees that work in the same or similar role (You do not know this right away but you can tell by some of the questions that they ask and the responses that they give). One nice thing about their interview process is that they allow you to do a 30 min sit-in with an employee that is currently in the role that you are applying for (If your interview went well). I thought this was an extremely bright idea because it gives the interviewer the opportunity to see what the role is about first hand.
Interview Question – Tell us about a time where you had a discrepancy between you and another employee? How did you handle it? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Not really much room for negotiation unless you know that they need to fill the role quickly. Decent positions are usually promoted from within so if you have the opportunity to receive an offer your almost forced to take it because management knows that there is someone else that is more than willing to take the position/offer for the same or usually even less.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Schneider National in March 2010.
Interview Details – I had a phone interview with a recruiter. Then, I had a phone interview with the hiring manager. Then, I went to Green Bay for in person interviews.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time you were criticized. View Answer
Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate increased vacation and base pay.
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Schneider National in January 2011.
Interview Details – I received a phone interview.
Interview Question – Please tell me about a time you had to make a difficult decision. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Schneider National in August 2011.
Interview Details – Went to HG to talk to recruiter, then had to apply online at home. Phone interveiw and setup for Drug Test ( urine and hair folicle) and DOT Phyisical (waived due to having it done just 2 months prior). Called back with Test ID numbers and was emailed the next avaible orientation dates, time, hotel information.
Go to Green Bay, WI and stay at hotel (Ramada Plaza) which had horrid Key Cards that require at least 1 recharge per day. Consiere service driver drives the van like he's a stunt car driver (AVOID HOTEL TRANSPORT). Room is free for 1 week orientation time; must be able to wake up by 6am to get on Schneider's Bus which is driven by the training teacher.
1 Week training in classroom and Road. They will expect you to do old school trip planning even though they use the Qualcom system which has a GPS. The lunch provided at the training building is mediocore, but better than the rationed breakfast they serve at the hotel at 5:00am.
After 1 week Oreintation, they will tell you who your road trainer will be, or if one hasn't been found.. call you with their name. Recruiter told me you get a week off after the week orientation before going road training. My trainer called me the same day wanted me out in Janesville, WI to meet him Sunday night at 10pm.
You'll be expected to skip up to 3 gears when accellerating or decellerating as your driving; My trainer has the Qualcom GPS and his own (non-truck) GPS in the truck which made directions confusing for me. You'll drive up too 500 miles radius from where you where picked up and be the runner for the trainer to open doors, strap loads, and interact with the customers. You'll have to bring money for your own meals and other monetary items. My trainer only ate at resturants on the road. Bring a pillow for sleeping ( I didn't and used my backpack i brought with my things as a pillow). They'll expect you to bring everything (and it's ALOT) from the Green Bay facility with you.
Total you could spent back to back up to 4 weeks away from home training. You only get 450$ per week during training from the 1 week at Green Bay, WI til your hired on. You can only be hired on if the training driver okay's you for road service.
Reason for Declining – I was accepted thru training up to the final day of my week training on the road. But I couldn't get the hang of the "bump n run" shifting ( the required Schneider Shifting method of skipping 3 or more gears as you down or up shift). The training driver agreed and after a talk with the Driver Support Manager, I was told either I could stay in the truck another week with the trainer, go back to Green Bay, WI, or opt out for now.
I chose to opt out because I didn't have the money to stay another week, nor to go back to Green Bay, WI for another week. The shifting style they use is very demanding and how they teach it adds alot of stress and confusion to your already full plate while operating the truck. Most of the time I was told to watch the mph... then the tachometer. Shortly after I was told not to and to just listen to what the truck sounds like. All very counter-intuitive from what I learned in my driving course in Sun Prairie, WI.
They are a great company to go to if your fully versed in their shifting techniques or are very good at multitasking while driving. You may also have a good time at training, They require roomates in the hotel rooms; so you might get a nice roommate ( i didn't...) and both laugh at the instructor who sounds like arnold shwartzaneger.
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Schneider National in April 2011.
Interview Details – I applied through a virtual career fair, and was called for an interview a week later. I was asked a few questions and scheduled a more detailed phone interview for the following week. The recruiter called me and they were pretty standard behavioral questions about experience, resume and so on. My phone interview was about 1.5 hours which was longer normal but that was a good sign supposedly. A few days later, I was scheduled for the group/panel interview which was conducted through the webcam. There were three managers in different roles that interviewed me: one in customer service; one in operations; and one in finance. Again the interview lasted almost about 1.5 hours if not more which was a good sign. The interview was tough especially because it was on the webcam through LiveMeeting and there was a lag in the expressions of the people interviewing me so it was hard to guage their reactions. Some questions were very industry specific and ethics oriented...difficult questions that not only tested your character but also your ability to analyze on your feet and how to deal with customers. Overall, good experience. I received the offer on that day itself and accepted it at the end of the week.
Interview Question – What are some of the obstacles facing the transportation industry currently which impact the industry's growth? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No, there was't any negotiating nor much room to do so.
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Schneider National in October 2010.
Interview Details – Applied online on company website. Received a phone call 3 days later to arrange a phone interview, which took place the following week. Phone interview lasted about 30 minutes. Asked very basic questions about resume, nothing difficult or unexpected. Received an email several days informing me that I would not be invited for an in-person interview.
Interview Question – Describe a time you experienced a conflict with a co-worker. How was this conflict resolved? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Schneider National in July 2010.
Interview Details – It was first a phone interview, 2 weeks later a phone call to schedule an interview, 2 days later went for a 2 hour and 15 minute interview. 1st was another phone interview with someone a headquarters, 2nd was with the GM and the last was with the OM at the facility.
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Schneider National.
Interview Details – Hiring process was started by a headhunter, who secured the initial phone interview with the individual who I didn't know was to be my leader as well as another leader with technical skills. The pair approached the initial phone interview in a soft skill question then technical skill question and back process. The duo kept up the cadence for 20 or so minutes before the technical interviewer went into a quick staccato barrage of probing questions about my technical expertise in several different technologies. I am of the belief that the change in rhythm was to throw off an interviewee and see how well the person responds in a fast-pace and stressful environment.
Interview Question – The most unexpected question was a soft skills question. "What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?" or some variant thereof. Get used to it, this question will come up for all internal advancement opportunities as well, must be part of the leader manual.
This came after the usual "Tell us about yourself, etc" passage, and was a bit of a mental disjoint with how the question was inserted into the interview. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiation phase was very limited, the hiring manager will have a fairly firm number in mind before they get to this phase.
I would recommend doing research ahead of time on what your potential role usually commands for salary and work the process accordingly.
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