A career as a signaller

Allaboard78

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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 I've had my 'Application Withdrawn', with a letter saying 'On this occasion, we are unable to process your application further because you have not completed the required selection tests within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.

It happens all the time. Just get in touch. Which job did you apply for?
 
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HaylStonee

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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 I've had my 'Application Withdrawn', with a letter saying 'On this occasion, we are unable to process your application further because you have not completed the required selection tests within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.

A few posts up from you I wrote exactly the same thing. I finished all of my tests within the timescale of 5 days and I had exactly the same email. I had to ring SHL to get a reference number to pass onto NR for them to view my test scores. I’m just waiting for them to get back to me! So definitely contact them.
 

Welshtechie

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Pontrilas and Tram Inn SB. It's only 25 mins from my home which is perfect. Took a drive up their yesterday.
I'll give them a call tomorrow and hopefully, I can make the next stage.
Thanks for the info
Just to update, Called NRHR, they asked me to call SHL, they agreed I'd completed the tests and pushed the results on, called NRHR and confirmed they had my results and re-submitted my applications.

Thanks for all your help on this.
 

Tom Quinne

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Quick C19 related question:

If you have to self isolate, but have RDW do you lose the day?

NB. I do not have symptoms just asking in case.
 

Saracen_83

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I didn’t lose the rdw when I isolated a mo th or so back. Was paid all rdw and my Sunday.
Weather that is box/LOM dependant I’m not sure!
 

bouff34

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Quick C19 related question:

If you have to self isolate, but have RDW do you lose the day?

NB. I do not have symptoms just asking in case.
Pretty sure right at the beginning of lockdown something was put out that you would not lose any overtime if already planned due to having to self-isolate...

Found it I think - from the Coronavirus Hub on Connect:

If an employee needs to self-isolate (symptom free) but cannot work from home, then this should be recorded a paid special leave. A case must be created with HR Direct. Pay will include any planned base roster payments.
 
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headshot119

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Quick C19 related question:

If you have to self isolate, but have RDW do you lose the day?

NB. I do not have symptoms just asking in case.

Not sure what your route has agreed, we've definitely been told Sundays , RDW, FP etc will all be honored during isolation.
 

NoEyeDeer

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How does the grades get decided? Is it due to the amount of trains that pass per day or other factors? Anyone know grade of Stonehaven’s box ?
 

T-Karmel

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How does the grades get decided? Is it due to the amount of trains that pass per day or other factors? Anyone know grade of Stonehaven’s box ?
Since you have applied for this position, why don't you check job advert? It usually states in there both grade and salary. You do get access to the job advert even if it is not advertised anymore, check in jobs you applies for after logging in to the website.
 

NoEyeDeer

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Since you have applied for this position, why don't you check job advert? It usually states in there both grade and salary. You do get access to the job advert even if it is not advertised anymore, check in jobs you applies for after logging in to the website.
Wasn’t a job I applied for...
 

Pancakes84

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Completed my scenario test and deductive reasoning for the future opportunities! Wow, it was tough!
Actually quite enjoyed the scenario test, although very strange talking to yourself and it was quite lengthy!

Deductive reasoning was very difficult and so different to any practice test I did. Fingers crossed it was enough, just got to prepare for my interview now!
 

jossh78

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Completed my scenario test and deductive reasoning for the future opportunities! Wow, it was tough!
Actually quite enjoyed the scenario test, although very strange talking to yourself and it was quite lengthy!

Deductive reasoning was very difficult and so different to any practice test I did. Fingers crossed it was enough, just got to prepare for my interview now!
Good Luck
 

bruebunny

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Is there any likely timeframe for updates? I completed a video interview (just to camera, not to a person) for a signaller at willesden junction at the start of August and have been sat in "application under consideration" limbo since.
 

High Dyke

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How does the grades get decided? Is it due to the amount of trains that pass per day or other factors? Anyone know grade of Stonehaven’s box ?
Can't help about the grade for Stonehaven. However, in the broader sense signal box gradings aren't just based on the amount of traffic. It gets a complicated thing to work out. The main factors are traffic levels, type of signalling, amount of level crossings, geographical coverage of the location, type of infrastructure the location has and the amount of interaction it has with station staff, depot/yard staff. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but gives you an idea of factors that contribute in determining the particular grade of a signalling location.
 

SiggysigAah

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Is that move on because they will reply whenever they get around to it, or move on because if they haven't contacted me by now I haven't gotten to the next stage?
The former, you will hear when a decision is made. The timescales for that decision being made vary considerably. So if another vacancy is advertised and you are interested apply for that and any others that you see in the meantime.
 

Rockhopper

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It can be both - as i said earlier I know of many people who have rung up to query an application then an hour later its changed to unsuccessful.
Best plan is to apply then forget about it. If you make it to the next stage then they will let you know.
 

NoEyeDeer

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Can't help about the grade for Stonehaven. However, in the broader sense signal box gradings aren't just based on the amount of traffic. It gets a complicated thing to work out. The main factors are traffic levels, type of signalling, amount of level crossings, geographical coverage of the location, type of infrastructure the location has and the amount of interaction it has with station staff, depot/yard staff. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but gives you an idea of factors that contribute in determining the particular grade of a signalling location.
Thanks for that
 

NewBoots

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Completed my scenario test and deductive reasoning for the future opportunities! Wow, it was tough!
Actually quite enjoyed the scenario test, although very strange talking to yourself and it was quite lengthy!

Deductive reasoning was very difficult and so different to any practice test I did. Fingers crossed it was enough, just got to prepare for my interview now!

I've just done the deductive reasoning and I'll agree with that. Very different to all the practice tests that were available and definitely difficult, far more so than the tests IMO. Well, it's done so I'll find out how I did later.
 

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