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The American Truck Dealers (ATD) named the Kenworth T880 Vocational Truck with PACCAR MX-13 Engine as the 2015 Truck of the Year. The award was announced at the ATD Convention & Expo in San Francisco CA. Other finalists included the International WorkStar 7600 and the Peterbilt Model 567. This year’s competition focused on the vocational and heavy haul/severe duty truck category. During the competition, a panel of judges conducted test drives and evaluated each truck entry in key categories, which included innovation, design, safety, driver ergonomics, and comfort. “The Kenworth T880 establishes a new standard of excellence and builds upon Kenworth’s heritage of quality, innovation and technology to produce industry-leading, rugged and reliable vocational trucks,” said Preston Feight, Kenworth general manager. “This 2015 ATD Truck of the Year award reflects the many positive comments we have received from our customers about the T880’s outstanding performance, driver comfort and quiet cab.”

 

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Thursday
Jun272013

Review Sheet: 10 Important Interview Prep Steps

In school, you probably had a “cheat sheet” of sorts to review before your exams – just to refresh your brain on the little things. Treat your interviews the same way. Here are 10 important interview prep steps to review before the big day:

1. Research The Employer

Find out what they are doing. What are their issues? Google them, read business press, niche publications, local papers – everything you can find. As you’re reading this stuff, be thinking only one thing: How can I help them?

2. Research The Interviewer And The Hiring Manager

Google them, read their bios on LinkedIn, Spoke, wherever. Do they write a blog? Did they post a comment somewhere? Take notes, and figure out what it is about this person you will like.

3. Dress One Level Up From The Interviewer

Jeans environment? Wear khakis. Business casual? Wear a sport coat and tie. Guys, iron your shirt. Girls, you are on your own here. I think you know.

4. Make A Memorable Appearance

Be extra sharp. Tie your tie perfectly. Shine your shoes.

5. Don’t Overdo The Cologne (Or Perfume)

Guys. This is a big one. I know you love your cologne. Trust me, the days of slathering yourself up with “Polo, OMG I Stink Good” are over (since the Senior Prom, in fact).

6. Lose The Gum

I don’t care if you think no one can tell you are chewing it. They can.

7. Leave Your Phone Turned Off (Better Yet, In The Car)

Don’t even think you can sneak one more text in before you get called in.

8. Practice Smiling

Seriously. Everyone looks better when they smile. Hey, if you are a humorless dolt and look like it, I am not hiring you. No matter what.

9. Shake Hands Correctly

Look people in the eye. Take notes. Look engaged in life and in the job interview. Be “cool” somewhere else.

10. Be Ready For The Common Interview Questions

And explain why and how you can help me. (BTW, practicing the answers to these questions in front of the mirror is a legal activity.)

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Reader Comments (1)

This is a nice sheet to look over before your next interview. Being in the profession, it is amazing how many people forget these simple steps and how important they are. Thanks for the post!
September 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLawler Group

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