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Describe a difficult situation and how you handled it. What could you have done better?
For railroad operations interviews, talk up your safety record, your flexibility, your understanding of job demands and be humble. Railroads are very conservative and generally don’t like people who will challenge their processes. Very similar to the military. There’s a lot of camaraderie amongst railroaders and the pay is okay, but the lifestyle is extremely tough in operations and not really worth it if you're educated, reform oriented and a go-getter. I've found smaller Class III railroads to be the best in that area. Trainmasters are run an interesting line between corporate policy and the union labor on the ground. They're typically hated by their subordinates. The best ones I had were fair, great listeners, always available and human beings with a strong moral character. Unfortunately, corporate typically wants you to treat your workers like chattel for the benefit of Wall Street. In my opinion, CSX is the most underwhelming of all the big Class I carriers: lots of pointless corporate jargon, poor performance and a lack of vision.
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