Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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Helpful (7)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 9+ months. I interviewed at BNSF Railway.
The interview process was fairly fast. Dress professional, not necessarily a suit, but a button up shirt and tie is fine. The process is very lengthy and can take a long time. Just be patient and don't give notice until you get your final offer.
- What have you done to improve safety in your past or current workplaces? Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at BNSF Railway (Fort Worth, TX).
Just tell them you are willing to move and work overtime. They are looking for people who will stay a long time and prefer single mobile people since you will have to uproot your family many times.
- Describe a difficult situation with people and how you you were able to work it out. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at BNSF Railway (Saint Paul, MN).
Online application, mass interview that broke down to a one on one. The whole process took approximately 3 months. There was an online questionnaire, involving quite a lot of physics, this was administered after filling out the online application. There was also a drug test involving a hair sample and a physical capabilities test.
- Is there anytime that breaking the safety rules is ok? 1 Answer
There was none for this position.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at BNSF Railway (Memphis, TN) in July 2015.
Fast and easy....watching the yard whilst I waited and realized it's steady and busy all the time...employees said it's long work hours and good benefits...just what I need..everybody seemed consistent and always working....just ready to strap on my boots and ready to start working with new people
- Why do you want to work for the company 1 Answer
Are you sure you can withstand working in the Memphis weather...lol
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at BNSF Railway (Fort Worth, TX) in July 2015.
Panel interview with 4 employees, each employee took turns asking question that were on a prepared document. Did not cover any in depth questions about the position, and glossed over requirements for the job. Asked about irrelevant topics. Evaded candidate questions.
- Very scripted interview with scripted questions and not active dialog. Not time for candidate questions. Appear to be vaguely interested in candidate Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at BNSF Railway (Fort Worth, TX) in June 2015.
Initial online application followed by a phone interview and then a face to face meeting/interview in the Fort Worth, TX. Overall time from the online application to phone interview followed by a personal interview was about 60 days.
- Questions related to project management, planning, scheduling, costing, tracking, regulatory, project financial, staff and vendor management. I was also asked about specific projects where costs were reduced, profits were increased etc. because of the decisions I made. Questions on potential to relocate, etc. I was asked for specific examples of how I think my experience, education and skills would help me with my role at BNSF if I was hired. 4 Answers
Helpful (2)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at BNSF Railway (Fort Worth, TX).
Applied online, was asked to do an online questionnaire, was then immediately contacted to do a phone interview. Waited 3 weeks and then was contacted to attend a hiring event in Fort Worth, TX. Attended the event, the employees all seemed pretty nice. First day of event was general information, 2nd day was the interview. Personally, I don't think it was enough time to really get to know us and how we would work with the team/individually (especially considering the person we would be working for was unable to attend the event). Waited almost a month before the reject letter came (they said we would hear back in 2 weeks, which clearly was not the case). The entire process was slow (took almost 3 months from start to finish). It sounded like a great company to work for. Made a few new friendships from the hiring event though, so I guess that is a plus. It was still a great experience and I learned a lot. They really push not saying much about their interview process to others, so I want to respect that as much as possible. You may find more specific interview information from other reviews on here though.
- They ask not to share interview information, so I want to be respectful of that and not say anything specific. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at BNSF Railway.
Very saftey oriented interview. Be prepared to answer behavioral questions and demonstrate your ability to be a safe employee. There will be a human resource representative and a hiring manager in the interview usually. Also the hiring process usually takes place in a convention room of the holiday inn. There are usually 50 or more candidates that you will be competing with. The good thing is that they usually hire 10 or so at a time.
- Tell me about a time that you recognized a saftey hazard on the job? What did you do to remove the hazard? Answer Question
There is no negotiations for this position. It is written in stone by the collective bargaining agreement.
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at BNSF Railway.
Was interviewed over the phone then asked to attend a hiring event in ft worth. we took a personality test and did a drug screening. The next day I was interviewed by a group of bnsf employees.
- Tell us about a time you were in charge of a project. Answer Question
Helpful (3)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at BNSF Railway (Onalaska, WI) in April 2015.
The morning started out with an overview of the position, to include specific job tasks, expectations, opportunities for advancement, etc. Lasted about 1-2 hours and was very informative. After the overview, all applicants were lined up to give a hair sample for a drug screen. This is where I ran into problems. WARNING: IF YOU ARE BALD, YOU BETTER HAVE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF "BODY" HAIR TO PROVIDE. I am a swimmer and a gym rat... I do not like looking like a bear. I offered eyebrow hair, chest hair, arm hair but was turned away because it would not provide enough for their test requirement. I was turned away because I shave my head and "man-scape". I explained to the HR staff on site, that I am career active duty military and get drug tested regularly... made no difference. So if you go to a BNSF interview... better have some hair to give. They use a scissors to get a required 50mg sample. I am putting this out there for all others because there were no specifics about any of this prior to my arrival at the interview. The only guidance given was "be prepared to give a hair sample".
- Can you provide a hair sample for drug screening? 1 Answer
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