A career as a signaller

ILoveLamp

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I'd be very grateful if LOM or any others in the know can shed any light on this. My status has changed from test completed to application under review. My understanding is that means I am not one of the top 6 candidates chosen for interview. Does this mean I am unlikely to get an interview or can the hiring manager pick who they like? And how likely is this(I know, this is a how long is a piece of string question) Thanks
Network Rail HR do things differently to the rest of the world it seems... You can be one of the ones not chosen to be interviewed, and where any decent company would then just send you an ‘unsuccessful’ email so you know where you stand, you end up at either Test Complete, Application Under Consideration, Application Under Consideration for Assessment 2...or similar for months on end. I sent an email querying one of mine and within a couple of hours I received the ‘Unsuccessful’ email. So unless they decided there and then, then they just select the ones they want to see at interview and leave the rest to sit at home wondering if they will ever hear anything! Also, if the traffic on the forum is anything to go by, they seem to be prioritising the Future Opportunities applications rather than those Vacancies for an individual box, where someone has spent ages filling out 69 question answers...
 
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Rockhopper

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I know of many other people that’s happened to. Nothing heard for months then an hour after you enquire it turns to unsuccessful.
 

Rover77

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I know of many other people that’s happened to. Nothing heard for months then an hour after you enquire it turns to unsuccessful.
In that case I wont be calling them then. Just wondering if there is still a hope of interview or not? Not looking to hopeful.
 

ILoveLamp

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In that case I wont be calling them then. Just wondering if there is still a hope of interview or not? Not looking to hopeful.
You’ll probably find the interviews are all done and you are just sat in a holding pen waiting for someone to press the button when they clearing the pens out... give them an email and you will see where you stand at least! I’ve got one from April that says Under consideration for Assessment 2... even with Covid, obviously been left holding...
 

High Dyke

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Network Rail HR do things differently to the rest of the world it seems...
It's no different on the inside. I'm trying to deal with a re-org of signallers in my area. The affected staff were given letters by HR stating they were displaced under the re-org and given choices of available jobs. They made their choices, but have heard nothing since. They haven't even had an acknowledgement that their selection form had been received.
 

MrsP2010

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You’ll probably find the interviews are all done and you are just sat in a holding pen waiting for someone to press the button when they clearing the pens out... give them an email and you will see where you stand at least! I’ve got one from April that says Under consideration for Assessment 2... even with Covid, obviously been left holding...
 
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Deltic75

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Hi,
New member here. I've applied for a signaller job, external.

What are the downsides of the job?

I've seen the word "skulduggery" a couple of pages back. Also read there is high sickness. Is this correct? If so, why?

Is it a secure job? Are jobs being
centralised?

Thanks in advance.
 

ILoveLamp

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Probably not the best idea to make negative comments on here, you’d be shocked how far eyes spread.

Speaking from experience, I have stab wounds in my back to prove it.
And they would know who I am how? Negativity based on experience of their processes and it seems I’m not the only one to notice this. Feedback for them if ‘they’ are watching.
 

danners430

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Hey everyone.

I’ve just had an email from NR saying they cannot progress my application due to me not completing the online tests. I had the email inviting me to test on the 7th, completed them on the 10th.

NR advised me to contact SHL who confirmed I have indeed completed the 3 tests, and they gave me a reference number so NR can view them.

NR have said that once they have viewed them I’ll be accepted back into the vacancy.

Has anyone else had this trouble before? I’m just really worried about it and just wondering how long this will take?

Thanks
Happened to me on my first application - phoned them there and then, and within an hour they'd reactivated my application having received confirmation from SHL that I had completed my tests well within the time window.
 

Tom Quinne

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Hi,
New member here. I've applied for a signaller job, external.

What are the downsides of the job?

I've seen the word "skulduggery" a couple of pages back. Also read there is high sickness. Is this correct? If so, why?

Is it a secure job? Are jobs being
centralised?

Thanks in advance.

Sickness: I’ll be honest SOME people use sick as additional leave. No it’s not right, but it happens. It’s a fact that sealed AC offices like ROCs are heaven for gems, and those who work there do pick up bugs very frequently.

Job security: Very, the centralisation is more or less dead, the age profile is such that those who want to stay on after their remote location closes can, if they are prepared to move.

Downsides: There are a few, but they’ll be different depending on the person you ask.
 

Deltic75

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Sickness: I’ll be honest SOME people use sick as additional leave. No it’s not right, but it happens. It’s a fact that sealed AC offices like ROCs are heaven for gems, and those who work there do pick up bugs very frequently.

Job security: Very, the centralisation is more or less dead, the age profile is such that those who want to stay on after their remote location closes can, if they are prepared to move.

Downsides: There are a few, but they’ll be different depending on the person you ask.
Thanks for the swift reply.
 

HaylStonee

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Happened to me on my first application - phoned them there and then, and within an hour they'd reactivated my application having received confirmation from SHL that I had completed my tests well within the time window.

Did they really? I haven’t heard anything just yet. I might give them a call just to check they’ve received it. Thank you
 

BigRob21

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Got notification that my IST starts on the 9th Nov @ Basingstoke. Anyone else on here starting that day?
Great news, I'm just waiting for a date to be confirmed so I will let you know if I end up at Basingstoke. If you dont mind me asking, where will you be working?

Cheers
 

Rockhopper

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And they would know who I am how? Negativity based on experience of their processes and it seems I’m not the only one to notice this. Feedback for them if ‘they’ are watching.

Its remarkably easy to get an idea of who someone is by looking at their posts - I've not hunted back but you've presumably said which position you've applied for and what your current status is and so on. They'll narrow it down (and Tom is correct, this board is very well known about and many rail professionals inhabit it)
As regards feedback - I doubt they could care less - its a buyers market as far as NR are concerned with numbers applying for each post exceeding two hundred.
 

NoEyeDeer

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Interview done, thought it went okay, at the end the LOC asked if I would be interested in any positions near the area if they came up in future, which I thought was a odd question and left me in a bit of doubt, I did what I could though can only wait and see now
 

headshot119

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Interview done, thought it went okay, at the end the LOC asked if I would be interested in any positions near the area if they came up in future, which I thought was a odd question and left me in a bit of doubt, I did what I could though can only wait and see now

Not always necessarily a bad thing, it might be a simple case that they have another position vacant that's closer to where you live, or a myriad of other things.
 

Tom Quinne

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Interview done, thought it went okay, at the end the LOC asked if I would be interested in any positions near the area if they came up in future, which I thought was a odd question and left me in a bit of doubt, I did what I could though can only wait and see now

The more flexible you can be (within limits of practicable life) the quicker you’ll get a job, there COULD be another person who is earmarked for the job, so their looking to fill another job which isn’t strictly open at this time.

Like @headshot119 has said there are a 1001 things, you’ve done your best sit back with a puzzle or game of computer chess and chill.
 

olilee2

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Start with NR next week, the 24th, @ Feltham
Just been told that all my checks and medical etc have gone through for Feltham this morning so I’m just waiting for a start date. From them requesting you availability to start how long did it take before you knew?
 

_Odo_

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Just been told that all my checks and medical etc have gone through for Feltham this morning so I’m just waiting for a start date. From them requesting you availability to start how long did it take before you knew?
Can I ask how long after your medical did it take before HR told you it had all gone through? I had my medical yesterday and am now anxiously waiting to hear if it was all okay.
 

olilee2

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Can I ask how long after your medical did it take before HR told you it had all gone through? I had my medical yesterday and am now anxiously waiting to hear if it was all okay.
Well I had mine last Wednesday and I got the email about a start date so roughly a working week
 

Welshtechie

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Hello all
First time caller, long time listener.
Just a quick question. I didn't finish the numerical reasoning test in the time as I thought it was more important to be right than guess. I've had my 'Application Withdrawn', with a letter saying 'On this occasion, we are unable to process your application further because you have not completed the required selection tests within the allotted time'
Does this mean I can apply again and complete the test or is that me done?
Thanks in advance.
 

Rockhopper

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That means they think you didn’t complete them within the five days. See further back in this thread. Ring them on the number I also posted.
 

NewBoots

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My emails with the test links arrived today. Exciting times, so it's a few more days of practice then a full tilt run at them on Saturday.


Eeek.
 

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