Network Rail Interview Questions

Updated Aug 25, 2015
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    Assistant Systems Modeling Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Network Rail (Milton Keynes, England (UK)).

    Interview

    After applying or the position, I was invited to complete an online assessment test within a month after I applied. Further 3 more weeks I was invited to a job interview. I have received my offer a month later after the interview and started after another 1.5 months. Overall, it took me 5 months until I started. But it's great working for Network Rail.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time that you demonstrated the ability to be an effective team member. Overcome problems (difficult situation). Tell us about a time you successfully promoted an idea on behalf of yourself or others.   Answer Question
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    Technician - Civils Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Network Rail (Manchester, England (UK)) in August 2015.

    Interview

    Excellent interview experience by the senior design engineer and a design engineer colleague with a professional but relaxed approach. They introduced me to examples of the range of work they deliver before asking me general questions on why I want to work for the company, what interests me about the role, followed by competency based questions and a technical based question. They explained the benefits of the company towards the end of the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work for network rail What interests you about the role Describe a situation on where you worked well under pressure What competences do you think are important for the role   Answer Question
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    Data Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Network Rail (Milton Keynes, England (UK)) in August 2015.

    Interview

    I applied through the Network Rail website and was sent an email about three weeks later asking me to attend a panel interview at the Milton Keynes head office. I asked HR if they could tell me about the interview process via email but I got no reply so I accepted that and just went along to the interview having done my preparation as best as I could

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you worked in a team and what your role was in it? Describe a time when you met a deadline?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    I didnt decline the offer as I write this the outcome is pending so time will tell

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    Graduate Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Network Rail (Birmingham, England (UK)) in February 2015.

    Interview

    1 hour interview in Birmingham, I was invited to interview after the assessment centre. The assessment centre was fairly easy, with group task, presentation, in tray exercise etc. The interview had two people, one scheme project manager and on HR person. Both asked questions but put me at ease.

    Interview Questions

    • Competency based, questions asked on PM, projects I have led, my understanding of PM etc   Answer Question
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Network Rail.

    Interview

    Application, online tests, online interview, assessment centre. A pleasant experience all round, look forward to working in the company as a result. The assessment centre was the most challenging of these stages. I believe that the online interview is a new stage require for some applicants this year( 2014/2015).

    Interview Questions

    • Some questions require you to make sweeping assumptions   Answer Question
  7. Helpful (1)  

    Declined Offer

    Interview

    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.

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Network Rail (Milton Keynes, England (UK)).

    Interview

    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
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    Management Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Network Rail (London, England (UK)) in September 2013.

    Interview

    Initial interview then present a project to panel recommending a course of action. Had to discuss a in front of a room of accountants with the other candidates how we would go aboue whittling down which scenario we would go for and why, Then had to present individually to a group of the hiring managers

    Interview Questions

    • If you had 3 mins alone in a lift with the CEO what would you say?   1 Answer
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    Network Rail Apprentice/Signaling Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Network Rail (London, England (UK)) in April 2013.

    Interview

    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

    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.

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    Graduate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Coventry, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Network Rail (Coventry, England (UK)) in February 2013.

    Interview

    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

    No - fixed Graduate salary for the Graduate scheme

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