Network Rail Interview Questions

Updated Jul 15, 2015
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    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
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    Graduate Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Network Rail (Milton Keynes, England (UK)) in February 2014.

    Interview

    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

  3.  

    Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online – 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 Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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 Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed 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 Interview Candidate in Coventry, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – 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

  8.  

    Scheme Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 7+ monthsinterviewed at Network Rail (London, England (UK)) in January 2013.

    Interview

    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
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    Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Network Rail (Milton Keynes, England (UK)) in October 2012.

    Interview

    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

    Crap, they wouldn't budge on salary.

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    Band II Manager Role Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Network Rail (London, England (UK)) in March 2012.

    Interview

    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

    Internal candidate so very little opportunity to negotiate

  11.  

    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Network Rail in October 2011.

    Interview

    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

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