A city bus, blue and gray color. We can see SCS Transport label on the top of the bus. Bus driver does not belong to the most popular career choices.

For some people, however, those who find their passion in driving the large vehicle, it is a dream occupation and they would not change it for anyt other one (perhaps a truck driver would do sometimes :)).

If you are currently trying to get this job, you should prepare for an interview consisting of two parts. First part will consist in interview questions, and the second one will be a psychometry test.

If you are a normal person, you’ll do alright in the test. Do not think too much about the right answers to the test questions. Tell the truth, follow your instinct, listen to your heart–and that’s it.
If you’re suitable to drive a vehicle with forty people on board, you’ll pass the test. No need to stress about it.

For the other part of the interview – the questions they will ask you,  you will need to prepare much better. Let’s have a look at the questions you can expect:

 

Interview questions and answers for a bus driver

Do you have a driving license for a bus? How long have you had the license?

The answer is obvious. You can not apply for this job without having a driving license. On the other hand, it is okay if you got your license just a month ago. Everyone needs to start their career one day. The key is to simply tell them the truth, and ensure them that you feel ready to drive the bus.

 

Young man is interviewed for a bus driver position, by a likeable woman. They sit at a table together and talk.How long have you been driving a bus?

Try to focus on your positive experience with driving. Do not hesitate to mention that you have never had an accident, and that the passengers were always satisfied with the way you drove them to their destination. If it is your first experience, your first job application, you should stay honest. On the other hand, it is a good idea to say that the driving school inspector was happy with your performance, and that you believe you can drive safely.

 

Would you mind working at night?

Buses ride most of the time. If you apply for this job, you should count with a possibility of driving at night–unless you apply for a specific service, or with a company that runs daytime buses only. In any other case, you should mention that you are aware of the night shifts, and would not mind working at night. Again, you can emphasize that you did it before, that you do not feel sleepy, and can perform your job equally well during the day and during the night.

 

Why do you want to get this job?

It is easy to make a mistake at this point, and say something like: “Well, I have a driving license, and I need a job.” Even though it may be truth, you should come up with a better answer.

You should say that you apply for the job because it is exactly what you want to do in your life, at least for the next few years. Show them your motivation, show them that you want the job–and not only need one.

 

Imagine you had an accident, hitting a car. What would you do in such a case?

Two men have a discussion in an interview. Do not panic. Show the interviewers that you count with the possibility of having an accident–after all, not every accident is our mistake.

Then you should talk about the steps you would take in the case of an accident. A good start would be checking if anybody is injured (both inside and outside the vehicle), and calling an emergency–in a case they are injured. Then you should try to help the people (the best you can), and call the police (if they are not on their way already).

Next step will be informing your employer about an accident, so they can organize the transport of the passengers (sending another bus to the place etc), and asking them what you should do next.

The key is to show the interviewers that you know what you would do, in an unlikely case of an accident.

 

Other typical questions

  • What are your strengths? (Talk about things that make you a good candidate for a bus driver position, such as patience, focus, great driving skills, good communication skills, etc. Show some confidence in your answer.)
  • What are your weaknesses? (Pick something that is not central for the job. For example, you can say that you lack management or leadership skills, or that your computer skills can be better. Anything that doesn’t really matter for a job is a good choice, and a bus driver does not need to be a good manager.)
  • What motivates you? (You can talk about meaningful purpose of a job, about your passion for driving, or anything else that drives you forward. Try to speak about money though.)
  • Do you consider it important to reach the stops on time? Why do you think it is important? (Show some understanding for the role, for the goal of it–to help people get where they want to go, and when they want to get there. Ensure the interviewers that you do not take the schedule lightly, and will do your best to follow it.)
  • Why should we hire you for this job?

 

You can find a brief analysis and sample answers to all these questions, and to many other common interview questions, in our viral article that deals with the topic of most common questions in the United States.

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