The job of a fleet manager can be complicated. It only becomes more challenging when the responsibility of fleet staffing, or hiring new employees – like drivers – is included.
If this is the case for you, it means that interviews will be in your future. You’ll have to sit down with any number of prospective candidates, and decide which ones are the right fit for your fleet and which ones are not.
Don’t worry if that sounds complicated. Here are four questions to ask during the interview to help ensure your hiring process is beneficial to your fleet:
1. What attracted you to the position?
One of the first questions on your list should be: “What attracted you to the position?” This will shed some light on the candidate’s thought process and what they think of the role itself. According to Inc. Magazine, you want to hire employees who care about their work – and your fleet. Asking this question is a good start toward figuring that all out.
2. How would you solve this problem?
Inc. Magazine also explained that this question is a fantastic way to determine if you have a candidate on your hands who is a proactive problem-solver or not. How employees overcome and approach day-to-day challenges is key, and you don’t want to hire anyone with a bad attitude in this regard. Ask this question at the interview stage to prevent that from happening.
3. What would your former boss say about your weaknesses?
As explained by Monster, asking what a candidate’s previous supervisor would share regarding the person’s weaknesses is a smart trick to learn some valuable information. It can get the interviewee to open up about his or her shortcomings, and it can help you receive a little bit of honesty with the “former supervisor” looming.
“I love this question because it’s the one that actually garners an honest response from the candidate,” career coach Lauren Milligan of Illinois-based career-counseling firm ResuMayday, told Monster.
4. Where do you want to be in five years?
While this question may feel a bit tired, it is still valuable to potential employers. Monster noted that asking this will help you learn if you are sitting across from an ambitious person or a person who simply wants that regular paycheck. Look for the excitement in the idea of the future, to hire only employees who want to work hard for what’s to come.