Network Rail Interview Questions

Updated Jun 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)  

    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

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    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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    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

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    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

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    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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    Graduate Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Network Rail (London, England (UK)) in March 2011.

    Interview

    "During my Application and interview process there were four key stages.
    Application Form
    Online SHL test
    Telephone Interview & Assessment Day

    I suggest to do plenty of SHL practice exercises and there are plenty of books available on such. Read through your application form thoroughly and ensure all spelling grammar and every detail is checked. Effort put into an application can easily be visible. If you are fortunate and skilled to get as far as the assessment day, It all rests on your performance on this day. A jam packed day starts with a 40 minute interview, followed by a group task. It is then finished off with a data/fact finding exercise and presentation with a paper SHL test squeezed in between. Not in that particular order. Be confident and be yourself and show what you are made of. Get noticed without showing off and you will be successful."

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about when you lead a team and what was your contribution.What could I have done better if give the opportunity again.   Answer Question
    • What do you know about this company?   Answer Question
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    Graduate Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Network Rail in January 2011.

    Interview

    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

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