A career as a signaller

MC0096

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Dont want to dash anyones hopes the benchmark pass doesnt guarantee an interview. The better you do the better chance you have of getting an interview. The tests by SHL are a tool to whittle down the applications to a level that HR and the hiring manager can deal with.

Basically every post advertised will be decided on the talent of that process.

So if that process only attracts applicants that are academically average. One will get a job. Same said if the next process attracts very clever applicants. One will get the job.

Mr Average and Mrs V Clever could be in the same intake at York.

Doing well in the online tests is essential. Doing well in the interviews and selling yourself will get you the job.

Signaller jobs are now desirable and that means many applications for each post. Competition is high and NR can pick and choose who they want.

But dont think it's just about the pay. You'll be paid well for the responsibility you will have to take for running trains safely and minimising delays.

Thanks mate, that’s good to know. I’m fairly certain I’ve done well on the tests, so I suppose I’ll just have to wait it out.

Let’s just hope there wasn’t too many academics applying for the same position as me!
 
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Midlands_lad

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Could anyone please tell me if there are multiple signaller school locations or is it just the school at York. I am West Midlands location and heard there was a school at Coventry and Manchester, anyone confirm this please?
 

Peterperfect

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Could anyone please tell me if there are multiple signaller school locations or is it just the school at York. I am West Midlands location and heard there was a school at Coventry and Manchester, anyone confirm this please?

Yes other venues can run courses but it does not mean your LOM will wait for a space on a local course. Add in being away allows you to avoid home life distractions to concentrate on the coursework and access the college for sim practice.
 

Mart1n888

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Very true, I'm not sure how high the benchmark is for passing, but due to the sheer number applying its still going to be difficult to get an interview I Suspect.

fingers crossed for you all however!
Cheers
 

9tfrizzco

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Is there actually any proof that they select 'the highest test scores' for interview like I keep on hearing? I would imagine once the benchmark is passed CV and questionnaire become far more important
 
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Mi&Li

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Is there actually any proof that they select 'the highest test scores' for interview like I keep on hearing? I would imagine once the benchmark is passed CV and questionnaire become far more important
I’ve not got it in writing but I have been told so by a LOM. I find it hard to believe though
 

9tfrizzco

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For a couple of applications (one in london and one in Kent) I have initially received the typical 'I am pleased to inform you have met the required benchmark....' e-mail only later to receive e-mails saying

'Thank you for completing the selection testing for the above position. Unfortunately on this
occasion you did not meet the required benchmark for this role therefore we will not be
progressing your application.'

Quite baffling as I felt I did quite well in the tests and I've already had one interview.
 
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Spidercat

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Hi, does anyone know whats happened with the Monks Sidings positions? My application has changed to unsuccessful however I didn't hear anything (i have contacted HR for feedback). this week the role was re-advertised but when i tried to apply it said position unavailable? I still have an app in for the various North West Grade 2 positions that was advertised before Christmas and heard today they will be shortlisting for interviews at the start of Feb so fingers crossed!
 

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Yes other venues can run courses but it does not mean your LOM will wait for a space on a local course. Add in being away allows you to avoid home life distractions to concentrate on the coursework and access the college for sim practice.
Unless the distractions are in the school or after the course has finished for the day.
 

Radarman

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Good Evening good people!

Haven't been posting on this forum for a while!

Tried again recently for a signalling vacancy at Pontrilas SB, looks like i've passed the test and waiting to hear if i've got an interview or not!

In the meantime, could anybody tell me how is Pontrilas in terms of workload and generally as a box? is it nice to work in?

Thanks in advance for your time!

Ago
 

Llanigraham

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Good Evening good people!

Haven't been posting on this forum for a while!

Tried again recently for a signalling vacancy at Pontrilas SB, looks like i've passed the test and waiting to hear if i've got an interview or not!

In the meantime, could anybody tell me how is Pontrilas in terms of workload and generally as a box? is it nice to work in?

Thanks in advance for your time!
Ago

Friend was one of the reliefs there and always said it was quite nice.
https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1...nAhXLTsAKHdOJByEQ7Al6BAgKEDM&biw=1366&bih=663
https://www.roscalen.com/signals/Pontrilas/index.htm
12 hour shifts like most of the Boxes on the Marches.
 

NeilNX

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I see york ROC are doing an open day in may for future vacancies. What would these entail, would it be dressed smart ie suit or casual smart? Will the jobs be advertised as normal or would you be applying there and then as there seems to be a lot of vacancies coming up. TIA
Interesting may book a visit, read as if their doing a morning 10am and a afternoon one at 2pm if im reading it right. That correct?
 

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Can anyone tell me if we have to do the tests again as an internal applicant

If you are a signaller grade at the moment then no. (And if you are and you've been sent them give HR a ring who will sort it out)

If you are internal to Network Rail, but not in a signaller grade, then yes you will.
 

leomc1627

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If you are a signaller grade at the moment then no. (And if you are and you've been sent them give HR a ring who will sort it out)

If you are internal to Network Rail, but not in a signaller grade, then yes you will.

Thanks for that as i tried to apply for a new position while on nights and the computers in the signal boxes arnt the greatest but i was asked to do the tests and obviously there timed and the computer was awfully slow im getting turned down for grade two roles due to this my Lom did say i shouldnt have had to resit them ill call HR and ask whats going on.!
 

MOM67

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For a couple of applications (one in london and one in Kent) I have initially received the typical 'I am pleased to inform you have met the required benchmark....' e-mail only later to receive e-mails saying

'Thank you for completing the selection testing for the above position. Unfortunately on this
occasion you did not meet the required benchmark for this role therefore we will not be
progressing your application.'

Quite baffling as I felt I did quite well in the tests and I've already had one interview.

You may have done well in the tests, but not as well as others. Every vacancy has many applicants so HR will sift out until the Hiring Manager is left with a certain number of interviews (eg 5-8). Unfortunately it would appear that your scores have reached the benchmark to pass the tests but are not high enough to get you into the list of candidates selected for interview.

Just keep trying, Good Luck!
 

9tfrizzco

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You may have done well in the tests, but not as well as others. Every vacancy has many applicants so HR will sift out until the Hiring Manager is left with a certain number of interviews (eg 5-8). Unfortunately it would appear that your scores have reached the benchmark to pass the tests but are not high enough to get you into the list of candidates selected for interview.

Just keep trying, Good Luck!
Yeah I just found it unusual because before I've only had the 'more suitable candidate identified' e-mails after the test success emails. This to me sounded like the e-mail they would send to people who didn't pass the benchmarks initially.
 

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Are internal job interviews (e.g. current signaller moving to another signaller role) similar to external ones, i.e. heavy focus on 8 NTS?

Or will they be more signalling/area specific?
 

JB1234

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Yes other venues can run courses but it does not mean your LOM will wait for a space on a local course. Add in being away allows you to avoid home life distractions to concentrate on the coursework and access the college for sim practice.
I can vouch for that! I live in York but start Signal school on Monday in Preston. Very nervous but excited too.
 

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Are internal job interviews (e.g. current signaller moving to another signaller role) similar to external ones, i.e. heavy focus on 8 NTS?

Or will they be more signalling/area specific?

Still a focus on the 8 Non-Technical Skills but you may find the questions are more signaller scenario based. You can also be asked some technical questions.
 

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Are internal job interviews (e.g. current signaller moving to another signaller role) similar to external ones, i.e. heavy focus on 8 NTS?

Or will they be more signalling/area specific?

Still a focus on the 8 Non-Technical Skills but you may find the questions are more signaller scenario based. You can also be asked some technical questions.
There are 4 question sets 2 scenario based and 2 generic. The generic questions are for external candidates but you can use either the generic or the scenario based questions for internals. The scenarios are all signalling based. We are not looking for rule book perfect answers in these but we are scoring non-technical skills indicators in your answer. There is one question for each of the non-technical skills. There also can be up to 2 technical (rules) which you will need to get right as per the rule book and 2 location specific questions at the end. The technical and location questions are not mandatory but you will usually be asked at least 1. There will always be a safety question too.
 

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