Many students assume that if they got a “pre-hire offer” it means that they are guaranteed a job with that truck carrier. In some senses, students are misunderstanding what that intent-to-hire even means. So what does that pre-hire offer really mean?
The Carrier WANTS to Hire You:
If you get a pre-hire offer, you have likely spoken to the carrier privately about becoming employed by their company. You can get all the “good vibes” in the world, but remember, their pre-hire is a sign they WANT to hire. They don’t HAVE to hire you if you don’t meet the federal requirements as well as any company requirements.
You also need to complete your CDL training and get your license before you can begin your driving work for that carrier. Remember, a pre-hire offer does not exempt you from meeting the federal requirements before you take the road.
Requirements to Become a Truck Driver:
Federal law requires professional truck drivers to meet certain criteria. The company that wishes to hire you has to ensure that you meet all of these criteria. If you don’t meet the requirements, they can’t hire you even if they gave you a pre-hire offer.
The following are the requirements you must meet before being legally allowed to drive a truck on the roads of the US:
- Obtain the CDL required to drive the type of vehicle you will operate
- Attend a truck driving school
- Have a clean driving record
- Maintain a solid work history (up to company standards)
- Be at least 21 years of age (18-year-olds in some situations with guidelines may be eligible.)
- Pass a drug test
- Undergo and pass a physical
Drivers who do not meet these requirements will not be able to start their driving until these requirements are met.
You Can Get Multiple Pre-Hire Offers:
There is nothing stopping you from getting more than one pre-hire offer. If you don’t like an offer from one carrier or want to do better, you can “shop around” to find the best option for your trucking career. Keep an open mind and choose the best carrier for you.
In the end, you want to find what works for you and take the offer that fits your needs.
In the end, pre-hire offers are not a guarantee for employment. It’s a statement that a company is interested in hiring you once you get your CDL and meet all requirements.
For further assistance with any pre-hire offers you get, contact us here at CDS Tractor Trailer Training. We are happy to help!