Network Rail Interview Questions

Updated Sep 2, 2014
Updated Sep 2, 2014
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Initially applied in December, the application form was pretty bog standard

    In January I undertook a work preferences test, was tasked with picking one statement out of four that described me the best. This test was very different to most of the SHL tests I have done before, it was pretty easy but there weren't any obvious answers.

    didn't hear anything until march when I was invited to an assessment centre with two days notice.

    Interview Questions
    • Come up with a solution to a problem network rail faces, how viable is it?   Answer Question
    No Offer
  2.  

    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
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    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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    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
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Network Rail in December 2009.

    Interview Details

    Know your background and read your CV. The decision is political and if you are kept waiting for weeks and months, wait!

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Project Management MSC Interview

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

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Network Rail in April 2009.

    Interview Details

    1: Online assessment and competency questions as well as psychometric tests.
    2: Phone interview.
    3: Face to face interview with university and company staff where presentation by myself was also given.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Graduate Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Network Rail in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    The first process is to fill the form online after which progresses to an online situational judgement test. The next stage is the assessment center consisting of numeric and verbal reasoning, 1:1 competency based interview, group exercise and business case study presentation. The business case consists of series of emails from online manager concerning two projects that the company intends to undertake.You will be expected to analysis the project and come up with the best project to undertake stating your reasons why.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you ensure that you maintain good working relationships with your senior colleagues?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Communication before the interview took place by e-mail.
    The interview itself was a 2 on 1 Panel format, consisting of the Project Manager and their assistant.
    Qs: Tell me about yourself, then 3 behavioural & 3 technical questions related to the role.
    Follow-up after the interview was slow.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a challenging project you worked on and how your contribution brought about success?   Answer Question
    No 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
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    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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