Canadian National Railway Interview Questions

Updated Jun 9, 2015
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    Carman Apprentice Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Gladstone, MI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway (Gladstone, MI) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online during February of 2015, the process was surprisingly fast. I flew out to Michigan and because of my previous training I was told that I would be months ahead of any other applicant they would normally interview. They asked me question about the Airbrake Test and the common Gages Carman use daily. They seemed to enjoy the answers I gave them and I'm hoping to hear back.

    Interview Questions

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    Diesel Locomotive Electrician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Homewood, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway (Homewood, IL) in January 2015.

    Interview

    This was my second time interviewing for this position in a 3 month time window. First interview I wasn't selected....but because of my persistence i'm guessing this was why I was selected this time around. I accepted the offer, and currently awaiting my background and drug test results to clear.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your definition of safety?   1 Answer
    • If we were to contact your former employer, what 3 things would they say about you?   Answer Question
    • Describe a time when you had to be resourceful.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Union position, wages weren't negotiable.

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    Train Conductor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway.

    Interview

    orientation and that weeds out the nobodys. Then they interview and you wait. You take a basic test at the interview regarding switching operation and the movements you would do to make a train. Very simple but you have to do better than a 90% to move on in the process.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions regarding the train operation and rules. 150 questions and have to know ALL signals   Answer Question
    • Please try to be as detailed as possible regarding the technical question, business case, etc.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    N/A

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    Junior Railroader- Co-op Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway (Chicago, IL) in March 2013.

    Interview

    Had to fill out the required paperwork and documentation. Got a phone interview. They asked simple behavioural questions and about my resume. Nothing technical or hard, fairly simple and straight forward.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiating available for co-ops

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    Transportation Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway in June 2011.

    Interview

    To time consuming and not well explained. The job was not reslly explain as in having to be gone from home most of the time and you'd know your crew better than you know your family.

    Interview Questions

    • Is it ok to steal from an employer?   1 Answer
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    Assistant Track Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway.

    Interview

    Tell us about yourself. Tell us about a time when you used your leadership skills. Tell us about a time when you used your communication skills. Tell us about a time when you used your problem solving skills

    Interview Questions

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    Customer Service Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway in January 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online, received a link for a personality and a pre-employment math and English test. After I submitted the tests, CN contacted me a few days later for an interview. When I arrived at the facility I filled out a background check and they took a copy of my ID and SIN number. Two days after the interview I was offered the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Interview was pretty straightforward, very formal though. Asked me how my educational path was inline with a future career and why they should hire me.   Answer Question
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    Accounting Receivable Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    interview was done in 2 steps. conversational interview, nothing too complex. interview was done in 2 steps. conversational interview, nothing too complex. interview was done in 2 steps. conversational interview, nothing too complex. interview was done in 2 steps. conversational interview, nothing too complex.

    Interview Questions

  10. Helpful (5)  

    Applications Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway (Montreal, QC (Canada)).

    Interview

    One in-person interview with HR. One in-person interview with hiring manager. All questions were generic and common interview questions. Nothing out of ordinary. No problem solving question at all.

    Interview Questions

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    Railroad Conductor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway.

    Interview

    1. Apply for job, 2. Online testing, 3. Group presentation from management and HR, afterwards if you are successful with the skills testing you move onto a face to face interview, 4. Medical testing and drug testing, 5. Job offer.

    Interview Questions

    • What did you do when you found a co-worker doing something unsafe in the workplace?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There is no negotiation. All trainees start at the same salary, once fully trained you move onto an hourly rate (if in the yard) and a per mile rate (if on the road)

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