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Union Pacific Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2014

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Train Crew Interview

Train Crew
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Union Pacific in June 2014.

Interview Details – Application process went quite quickly. I applied online. I think the next day I took the reading comprehension test. About a week later, I got an email inviting me to attend an interview session that was scheduled about 2-3 weeks away.

I attended the interview session and had my interview. The HR person said that we would know by the end of the night if we were offered the job or not. I thought the interview went very well. Answered the questions correctly. It was a very nice, calm atmosphere that even included some light humor. I really don't understand why I didn't get the job quite honestly, but I do understand that everything happens for a reason.

I will say that they need some work on their online site. I was confused as to whether I got an offer or not because my status online didn't change, but my application did not go to "No longer considered" either.

Interview Question – How can you fulfill the duties of this position?   Answer Question

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Operations Manager Interview

Operations Manager
Austin, TX

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Union Pacific in February 2014.

Interview Details – The interviewer was not very organized and the interview itself did not have a format like most companies have. I was essentially a description of the job and asked me if I had any questions. The interview was quick but it was mainly me asking questions to keep the interview going. After the interview was done, the interviewer was very hard to get in touch with and did not do what he said he was going to do. We scheduled meeting days and the interviewer would not show up and would not answer emails or phone calls. Overall a disappointing experience.

Interview Question – Why do you want to work for Union Pacific? Will you be willing to relocate?   Answer Question

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Railroad Conductor Interview

Railroad Conductor
West Colton, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Union Pacific in June 2010.

Interview Details – you have take a test the a phsescly then an interve the brakmen train then conductor train class room and filed training that takes 17 weeks.thenyou make up and you are never hom

Interview Question – know when to plug the train   Answer Question

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Operations Management Trainee Interview

Operations Management Trainee

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Union Pacific in April 2014.

Interview Details – Interviewed in April 2014. Only one HR person from UP was present. She spoke for around an hour about UP and saying the job was hard, hours were long, etc. Presented a training schedule (almost a year) with travel to various UP facilities during the training cycle. Test was a general "see if your brain is connected" exam. Lasted around 3-4 hours for testing. After the written test there was a one-on-one interview. Interview seemed almost too informal. There were only seven people testing so most of us were out of there by mid-day. The HR rep said they were testing for eight slots in their training class for the entire "West" region of UP. Around one week later, I received a text from the HR person letting me know I passed the test. However, I later discovered I was not selected for a second interview. I discovered this when logging into my UP jobs page. In retrospect, I probably would have turned down a second interview based on their described work hours. A 5-12 hour schedule working days or nights, lot's of travel involved. Probably not for the family-minded individual.

Interview Question – I can't remember the specifics of the questions, but the majority revolve around safety, how you address safety issues, etc.   Answer Question

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Transportation Operations Manager Trainee Interview

Transportation Operations Manager Trainee
San Antonio, TX

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Union Pacific.

Interview Details – Applied on line and was offered initial interview within a couple of weeks. Interview session consisted of overview of Transportation Manager training pipeline and career path, and several management tests. There were about 8 people there, some UP employees, some external applicants. Strong emphasis on moving frequently for the benefit of the company and your career. Tests were more difficult than I expected. (They said they were moving the testing online soon.) One-on-one interview was 20-30 minutes, consisted of standard, off the shelf questions (describe a time when you managed safety critical operations, describe how you managed cross-functional teams, etc...).

Interview Question – Will you be able to work side-by-side with management trainee peers who are recent college grads? (   View Answer

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Engineering Intern Interview

Engineering Intern
Omaha, NE

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Union Pacific.

Interview Details – Applied through collage

Interview Question – Describe a time when used a safety   Answer Question

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Transportation Manager - Operations Management Training Program Interview

Transportation Manager - Operations Management Training Program

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Union Pacific.

Interview Details – applied online, got one interview but they chose someone else

Interview Question – How did you plan your college experience to become Transportation Manager ?   Answer Question

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Operations Manager Interview

Operations Manager
Roseville, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Union Pacific in March 2014.

Interview Details – Process:
- Apply at career fair with handing in a resume'
- Attend information night to solidify interest
- 1:1 interview with HR manager of local office (STAR method required, all "tell me about a time when...")
- Management test, 4 hours, easy
- 2nd interview (not had yet)
- projected offer

Interview Question – How did you gain approval from a team you were a part of?
What was your biggest mistake?
Define Leadership.
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Mechanical Manager Interview

Mechanical Manager

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Union Pacific.

Interview Details – They used our online, university-based recruiting and set-up a first round interview.

Interview Question – I was uncomfortable filling out their psych evaluation tests before the first round interview. This took me out of the running.   Answer Question

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Diesel Locomotive Electrician Interview

Diesel Locomotive Electrician
Little Rock, AR

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Union Pacific in March 2014.

Interview Details – So far I have complied with the online application and then I was asked to take the skilled battery test and in less than a week I was invited to the interview/hiring process if I pass the skilled battery test

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