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Network Rail Interview Questions

Updated Sep 2, 2014
Updated Sep 2, 2014
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Human Resources Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Network Rail.

    Interview Details

    I applied for a role in May 2014, and my application was acknowledged very quickly which I found impressive. I had a telephone interview within a week, and a face to face interview was set up promptly for 3 weeks later. All going well. I attended my interview and was advised that at the end of the interview that the panel wanted to 'move quickly' and would come back to me soon. Excellent :)

    However, it went downhill from there.
    4 weeks after my interview I had heard nothing and despite several chasers, silence remained. Its now over three months since the interview and I have since heard through the grapevine the position has been filled. It would have been nice to have either been notified myself that I had been unsuccessful, or received feedback at the very least! My online application still shows 'interview arranged', it hasnt been moved forwards and closed off.

    Poor, really poor and I would avoid applying there again and would advocate not applying to friends and colleagues.

    Interview Questions
    • What are the next steps (asked to the panel!) Seemed impossible to get a straight answer..   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    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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    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Graduate 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 February 2014.

    Interview Details

    during the assessment day there was a challenge given to us, in which we had to come up with inventive ways of dealing with a certain problem, i.e. fly tipping on the tracks, we then had to make our best ideas into a presentation, which lasted for 5 mins. there was also a group exercise to do with how to allocate money appropriately.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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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