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Canadian National Railway Interview Questions

Updated Nov 6, 2017
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    Freight Conductor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fond du Lac, WI
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway (Fond du Lac, WI).

    Interview

    Failed the switch test by one. Will try again in 6 months. Make sure you are well rested and alert. Test takes a lot of thought. Don't overthink it and you will be fine.


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    Conductor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Green Bay, WI
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway (Green Bay, WI).

    Interview

    Online assessment, invitation to hiring session. Switch test and face to face interview. If you've previously worked as a class 1 conductor for another railroad don't bother. They will not hire you.

    Interview Questions

  3. Helpful (22)  

    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Pueblo, CO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway (Pueblo, CO) in October 2016.

    Interview

    After applying through the CN site, a HR representative called to set up an interview. The interview was web based through Webex. In attendance were the HR representative I spoke with on the phone, the senior manager of the group, a former manager of the group, and a team leader of a similar group.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you ever changed the minds of your colleagues after they were initially opposed to an idea you had presented?   Answer Question

  4. Helpful (4)  

    Carman Apprentice Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Gladstone, MI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway (Gladstone, MI) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online during February of 2015, the process was surprisingly fast. I flew out to Michigan and because of my previous training I was told that I would be months ahead of any other applicant they would normally interview. They asked me question about the Airbrake Test and the common Gages Carman use daily. They seemed to enjoy the answers I gave them and I'm hoping to hear back.

    Interview Questions


  5. Helpful (2)  

    Diesel Locomotive Electrician Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Homewood, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway (Homewood, IL) in January 2015.

    Interview

    This was my second time interviewing for this position in a 3 month time window. First interview I wasn't selected....but because of my persistence i'm guessing this was why I was selected this time around. I accepted the offer, and currently awaiting my background and drug test results to clear.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your definition of safety?   1 Answer
    • If we were to contact your former employer, what 3 things would they say about you?   Answer Question
    • Describe a time when you had to be resourceful.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Union position, wages weren't negotiable.


  6. Helpful (10)  

    Train Conductor Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway.

    Interview

    orientation and that weeds out the nobodys. Then they interview and you wait. You take a basic test at the interview regarding switching operation and the movements you would do to make a train. Very simple but you have to do better than a 90% to move on in the process.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions regarding the train operation and rules. 150 questions and have to know ALL signals   1 Answer
    • Please try to be as detailed as possible regarding the technical question, business case, etc.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    N/A


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    Freight Conductor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway (Memphis, TN) in May 2014.

    Interview

    Apply online, receive email with online assessment, two hours to complete, then invited for interview. Mass interview with about 25 other applicants, complete a "switching" test and then oral board interview with give me an example type questions. Very informal.

    Interview Questions

    • Give me a time when you had to work with others and it did not turn out well.   Answer Question
  8.  

    Junior Railroader- Co-op Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway (Chicago, IL) in March 2013.

    Interview

    Had to fill out the required paperwork and documentation. Got a phone interview. They asked simple behavioural questions and about my resume. Nothing technical or hard, fairly simple and straight forward.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiating available for co-ops


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    Signal Maintainer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MS
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway (Jackson, MS) in January 2012.

    Interview

    Face to face with supervisor who was very easy to talk to very laid back and asked questions that pertained to job as long as you have skills that job requires the interview is very easy

    Interview Questions


  10. Helpful (1)  

    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Canadian National Railway (Chicago, IL) in September 2011.

    Interview

    Was good face-to-face interview, not tough...but that depends on interview of course. Was screen first by recruiting firm over a month, then had one phone interview, then face-to-face interview. Once negotiated salary took over month to go through security and drug checks/tests. I think the interview process varies greatly in this corporation.

    Negotiation

    Asked for more and it was a challenge to even get 2.5% increase. That said taking the job was a big pay increase.


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