NR new added question on application.

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Ladder23

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hey all,

I noticed for the operative role a new question has been recently added, which is

"what does the role of a Operative mean to you"

Which way would you take this? I can see two sides.. one being what would this mean to me, as in the benefits such as having a secure job with great benefits, great pay etc, or the personal side of it where I am in a career I have long lasted for and I can enjoy my work?

which way would I go to answer this, it isnt as simple to me as it may be to you so want your advice.

thanks.
 
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Give a full and complete answer. If you see it as both sides then that's your answer. Give them both.

Weirdly I saw a 3rd option. "What does the role of an Operative mean.." as in what is the job description, what their duties are and what would be expected whilst carrying out the role.
 

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Give a full and complete answer. If you see it as both sides then that's your answer. Give them both.

Weirdly I saw a 3rd option. "What does the role of an Operative mean.." as in what is the job description, what their duties are and what would be expected whilst carrying out the role.

after being told numerously by NR staff who I keep in touch with at my local depot, they say to keep everything short and precise, makes this question had to answer though with that in mind?

thanks for pointing that out though, makes sense to me also!
 

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Or like ComUtor says. Explain what you think the job description is. I would never have thought of your two options. I see it as asking you what you think the job involves not what it means for your life or your career. But it would do no harm, and in thinking about it not a bad idea to include your interpretation in your answer.

But I would also include NR values into your answer, helping customers etc,
 
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they say to keep everything short and precise, makes this question had to answer though with that in mind?

You can, and sometimes should keep the answers short and sweet. That is a skill that should be used in interviews and I 100% agree with it. However; an interview going good or going great can make or break an applicant getting the role. You need to be able to adapt to the interview as it goes and give a relevant answer each time. If that means a more in depth answer then that's what you need to be giving, obviously without being too verbose.

I recently sat a MMI style interview and it was based on 3 questions they asked about 15 minutes beforehand. What then happens is that they will take each question and pull your answer apart. They go more into depth about your answer and are looking for some more specific detail and are looking to see it it matches various criteria. They are looking how you respond, your language and communication skill and whether or not the question requirements were specifically met. Having pre canned answers, like this forum seems to love, can often fail here because the candidate feels their answer was complete and didn't look deeper or even really think about the why's and wherefores of their answers. It's why I always say give an answer that is relevant to yourself and how your experience dictated your actions etc. Prepare, but don't pre-can an answer.

Think very much along what Tom has posted. If you do not know what he is on about then DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. We can tell you but it really wouldn't help you in the long term.
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I would relate your answer to the 8 NTS.

Seven....
 

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Network Rail 8
Conscientiousness
Communications
Working with Others
Planning and Decision Making


Willingness & Ability to Learn
Multi Task Capacity
Controlled Under Pressure
Attention Management

RSSB 7
Conscientiousness
Communications
Cooperation and working with others
Decision Making and Action


Workload Management
Self Management
Situational Awareness

Isn't our industry great !

Cheers mresh and apologies Tom

To throw a weird curve ball. NR are doing our NTS courses.
 
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