Network Rail Interview Questions

Updated Sep 2, 2014
Updated Sep 2, 2014
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    Network Rail Advance Apprenticeship Scheme, Signilling Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    3 stage process,
    First stage, Online application- simple application but take your time and make sure all your answers are relevant and within the work count.

    Second stage, Online competency Question, I process took around 20/25 minutes, each section having a strict time limit. Questions are based on numeracy, Reading and understanding and Analytical. Would be advised to get some practice of online competency before attempting the actual exam.

    Final stage- Group/Face to Face interview. Mine was based in Manchester square one with 7 other potential applicants. The day is sub divided into;
    Presentation, 20/25 minutes about the company and the scheme.
    Administration, All your paper work and colour test.
    Group activity, it will be timed, Mine was in a group of five and to plan and built a bridge that could hold a paper train on for 30 seconds. Make sure you listen to every ones ideas and keep a track on the time, Show your leadership skills without drowning anyone else.
    Face to face interview with 2 senior Signalling engineers, about 4/5 competency questions and getting to know you questions. important to practice these before hand and be prepared to ask questions in the end.

    Interview Questions
    • Online competency questions and how fast the time runs out. Practice!   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Not enough pay and better opportunity popped up somewhere else.

    Declined Offer
  2.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Network Rail.

    Interview Details

    Online application followed by an online skills test which tested for verbal reasoning and maths skills. After this came a 1:1 interview.

    Interview Questions
    • I was mostly asked questions about what I knew about the company. There seemed to be limited focus on me and my past experience.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Network Rail Apprentice/Signaling Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Network Rail in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    the first process is the online application form. there is a facebook site that gives very good hints and tips, use them. i answered the 3 questions online and 2 weeks later i was asked to complete a situational Judgement test. the test are pretty easy once you practice.

    after that stage i was asked to complete a basic numerical test, then a mechanical comprehension (just a test on mechanical principles based on pictures and diagrams). after this stage i went through to the diagrammatic online test (which was the hardest art of the stage in my opinion)

    i was then invited to attend the assessment center. a very relaxed environment. i had to produce my exam certificates and ID. then i went on to do a one to one interview, where they asked me to give examples of different situations and show how competent i would be for my role. then a group exercise. there was 3 other people in my group, all applying for different roles in different areas. then i completed a paper test, they called it a technical understanding test. it was more of a verbal reasoning test. you are given a chapter to read and you answer the questions relating to the chapter. very easy

    two weeks later i had a phone call saying i was accepted.

    Interview Questions
    • most difficult part was the online assessment period. i had to wait a week to see if i had made it through to the next stage. and the test were unexpectedly easy. i did not finish some and did not answer all of them correctly, but i still made it through. the last online test which is the diagrammatic test, was difficult to me as the shapes confused me somewhat, but i still managed to pass surprisingly.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    a phone call telling me they would like to accept me on to their scheme. it was a conditional off, so as long as i meet the medical requirements.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Graduate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Coventry, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Coventry, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Network Rail in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my online application in December 2012, which was followed by online situational judgement test and then numerical and verbal reasoning tests. Following this, I was invited to the Graduate Assessment Centre as Westwood training Centre. This was an overnight stay, on the first night there was dinner anda preseentation. The second day consisted of a business case, 2:1 interview and group exercise. It was actually a really pleasant stay and I was made to feel very comfortable.

    Interview Questions
    • Business Case - not that difficult, but be prepared to think and have a good justification to your proposal   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No - fixed Graduate salary for the Graduate scheme
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Scheme Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 7+ monthsinterviewed at Network Rail in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    In my view interviews are according to set procedure but the selection is based on non standard basis, which hiring manager can play with. Because if anybody asks feedback, always funny reply will come always.

    Interview Questions
    • Standard Questions depends which function position belongs to.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Network Rail in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. Then there were a series of online tests. After completing them I went for an assessment centre.
    The assessment centre had a technical interview, a personal interview, a writing exercise and a group exercise. It took about 6 hours all in.
    They didn't offer to pay expenses for the interview which I thought was cheap. Some people came a long way and must have spent £100s to get there.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing difficult really. The group exercise was challenging because some of the people seemed unlikely to get the job and weren't the easiest to work with.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Crap, they wouldn't budge on salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Band II Manager Role Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Network Rail in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    All Network Rail interviews are strictly competency based. You will be asked for the following:
    1) Brief overview of CV and how your experience / desires fit the role
    2) Clear examples of how you have demonstrated some of the company leadership capabilities (normally 6). These are the standard corporate style capabilities... e..g. communicating; influencing; innovating; delivering; building teams; analysing; information searching
    3) A small number of technical questions relating to the specific role

    Interview Questions
    • The technical questions obviously can be least expected but not if thought through carefully in advance - look at the role description

      Competency questions now are from a pick list so each competency will have a few possible questions that address certain aspects of that competency. Come prepared with examples of how you meet the overall competency and then be prepared to adapt them at interview

      Points are generally scored for using different and recent examples
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Internal candidate so very little opportunity to negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Graduate Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Network Rail in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    "During my Application and interview process there were four key stages.
    Application Form
    Online SHL test
    Telephone Interview & Assessment Day

    I suggest to do plenty of SHL practice exercises and there are plenty of books available on such. Read through your application form thoroughly and ensure all spelling grammar and every detail is checked. Effort put into an application can easily be visible. If you are fortunate and skilled to get as far as the assessment day, It all rests on your performance on this day. A jam packed day starts with a 40 minute interview, followed by a group task. It is then finished off with a data/fact finding exercise and presentation with a paper SHL test squeezed in between. Not in that particular order. Be confident and be yourself and show what you are made of. Get noticed without showing off and you will be successful."

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about when you lead a team and what was your contribution.What could I have done better if give the opportunity again.   Answer Question
    • What do you know about this company?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Scheme Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in City of London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in City of London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Network Rail in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Job application, followed by acknowledgement, Call to attend an interview. Interview conducted as per Network Rail's interview process ( mostly personality based/ scenario based questions)
    Selection and then job offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Run us through your experience   View Answer
    • Tell us a situation (project based) how did you manage/lead/controlled budget/people/programme etc   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate, i had certain expectations about my salary and i stated the same. it wasn't offered fully but it was close to my expectations including some travel benefits
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Network Rail in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    My interview was cancelled three times. the 3rd time the interview was held , i was interviewed by a senior manager and another junior project manager.
    the questions were what i had anticipated mainly focussing on project management techniques in general. as the interview progressed , i ws asked questions about network rail's PM techniques.
    i was also asked questions about the railway industry in general and also in regards to railway project management challenges in specific.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you resolve a major construction issue on site without jeopardising the time cost and qulity?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    the negotiation process was a breeze. i detailed what i had with my previous company and was offered 20% more.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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