CSX Conductor/Freight Interview Questions

Updated Jun 16, 2015
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Freight Conductor Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in North Charleston, SC
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at CSX (North Charleston, SC) in April 2015.

Interview

The application process was fill out the application online take a few assessment tests online got a response 2 days later inviting me to an orientation and face to face interview. Orientation was a lot of focus on safety but a lot of information was given the face to face interview was one on one it was not a stressful interview. Remember the order you arrive is the order you interview and if you are a minute late you will be turned away. Next I got a call from 2 of the heads from Charleston yard a week later to interview on the phone. Easy interview the next day I got the call with the offer contingent upon background check physical drug screen and physical capabilities test. The physical drug screen and background was all standard but it is a hair follicle test. The physical capabilities test was interesting but not really hard but I had to drive to Florence which is 2 hours away on my dime. All in all pretty long process but I think it's worth it.

Interview Questions

  • Describe a time where you saw someone committing an unsafe act what did you do.   1 Answer

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    Freight Conductor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at CSX in December 2014.

    Interview

    Interview was based on general work experience. Interviewers talmed alot about safety and how would you react in certain situations. Interviewers also asked about being on a 2 hour recall.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you react to a supervisor asking you to perform an unsafe act?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Salary was predetermined

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    Freight Conductor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at CSX.

    Interview

    Got a phone called stating I was qualified. Now I'm waiting. I hv been reading other comments and reviews and it all seems pretty consistent. Idk what my next step is because they left a message so I have to return call back tomorro. Process took about 2 weeks only from the time I applied to receiving a phone call.

    Negotiation

    If I get an offer I may or may not accept it. My kids are still small.

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    Freight Conductor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at CSX (Franklin, TN).

    Interview

    I submitted an application online, it took approximately 3 1/2 weeks to hear back from them. They contacted me via email with the hiring session details. They then sent a second email identical to the first and then changed the online submission status to "2nd attempt to schedule". This concerned me as there was no way for me to confirm that I was going to attend. I contacted customer service and they assured me that this was just part of their process. It was. The session took nearly the entire day. The "Brief" that was given about the company lasted a total of 2 hours. The individual giving the "speech" repeated the same things over and over again.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a safety violation you witnessed and tell me how you addressed the issue?   Answer Question
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    Freight Conductor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at CSX (Savannah, GA).

    Interview

    If you are going into this job the only advice I can give you is think "safety." You might think you know safety, these guys breath it. To put it into perceptive, they practiced fire drills in a hotel before the interview. I showed up about 20 minutes to the interview where I was asked to put a number next to my name. There were people there who has shown up an hour before I did. Turns out, this number was the order in which we were to be interviewed. I sat down and to make it short, they hold a presentation that takes about two hours to finish; but it is informative. They try everything they can to discourage people from joining during this process. Stuff like, this is an exhausting job, this is a job that can kill you, this is a job that might not pay well in the short term, you will be required to take a 6 week course where you must score 85% on tests and 100% on a signal exam. After the presentation, three guys interview you at once. The questions I was asked was mainly on safety. "Where did you practice safety on your previous job," "was there ever a time you caught someone breaking safety rules." Prepare accordingly. In the End, you will get an email either saying go take a physical exam and a drug test, you did not get the job, or your resume will be in our system. Needless to say, I got the one that did not give me the job.

    Interview Questions

    • The most difficult question is not even that hard, " was there ever a time you caught someone breaking a safety rule, what did you do?"   Answer Question
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    Freight Conductor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Newark, DE
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at CSX (Newark, DE) in June 2014.

    Interview

    3 person panel, they want to make sure you will work safe and that your are reliable. Another important topic is you have to prove you can pay attention to detail, the rail road is a lot of repetition, however the small details beening overlooked can cause massive problems. You must be professional and willing to be a good team player.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you ever been disciplined for commiting a safety violation at your previous employer   1 Answer
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    Freight Conductor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Newark, DE
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at CSX (Newark, DE) in December 2013.

    Interview

    email, presentation, then interview

    Reasons for Declining

    Still researching company

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    Freight Conductor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New Castle, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at CSX (New Castle, PA) in November 2013.

    Interview

    Applied online and was contacted about month later to attend an interview at the Radisson. I showed up 1 hour early and I was the 8th person so take a book because your arrival determines your interview time. Recruiter showed us a video about the company and then a couple of yard masters operations managers came up and gave us their "tough guy spiel" about all the difficult things about the job and if anyone derails a train in their yard they would be canned. This all changed at the interview. The interviews were done by the two yard masters (were the positions needed to be filled) and by the recruiter conducting his own. You def want the yard masters they spent more time w the interviewees. They cover pay very quickly and it is grey area. About 20 ppl attended overall for 4 positions.

    Interview Questions

    • Name a time where you witnessed a safety violation?....Name a time where you have violated a safety policy?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Negotiation was non existant. Start out 624 a week salary.

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    Freight Conductor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at CSX.

    Interview

    The hiring process takes a while. Expect to be at the interview for at least a couple hours. You will be required to take a basic mechanical test. Once everyone is done they will let you know who should stay. You then will have a face to face interview with a recruiter and the local train master. once that is done you are free to go they will send you a email letting you know one way or the other. If you get the job it will a n email with the next steps which is an urinalysis and physical. After you pass that you will get an email explaining to you when your school will start. A recruiter will be calling you to let you know what to expect.

    Interview Questions

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    Conductor/Freight Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Erwin, TN
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at CSX (Erwin, TN).

    Interview

    need to apply on csx website-if called for interview you will be given series of test-psychological and a background check. if you pass you have to attend a 6to 8 week training coarse in atlanta georgia. this you will have to pay for....2 to 4 thousand dollars. When you complete the course and pass you will then be put on a waiting list for next available postion to come open.

    Interview Questions

    • the interview is basicly a behavoirly interview. Like if the engineer disagrees with you on what should be done what would you do?   Answer Question
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