Signaller assessment

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  1. eriks

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    I think that they were seeing how you react to the thought that signalling school needs effort and isn't 9/12 weeks holiday in a hotel! Although probably not officially part of the interview its good showing people around to be able to see how people react to others, and how they will behave in the workplace. Sounds like it went well - what you have to remember if you are not successful, is that it doesn't mean that you were rubbish. It means that someone presented better on the day. So while its fresh - think about if you could have improved any answers and store that information for the future. Hopefully its not required - just call it insurance!
     
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    I eventually called HR to find out if they had any updates on my application and they said I was successful at the interview and that they will send an offer letter to me very soon, I'm taking that "very soon" with a pinch of salt, it's probably going to take a couple of months to get a start date for signalling school anyways! I shall keep you all posted
     
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    Congratulations mate! Very pleased for you. I'm due to start school in March....maybe we will be on the same course :)
     
  4. Sabs5296

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    Thanks tryles87, Maybe I'll see you there :)
     
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    Long post alert :-x So I got my formal letter of offer yesterday, and I got a call today to book an appointment for my medical, things are kicking off thank God. I started my current job in December just a few weeks before my interview at Network Rail and I've been working here for just 2 months, so when I got the email from Network Rail asking for my references, I spoke to my my supervisor about it and asked if I could use her as a referee, a really nice lady, we get along just fine, she seemed genuinely happy for me and told me she always wanted to work for Network rail, congratulations etc, and told me to speak to my Line manager about it because she thought the line manager would be a better referee than a supervisor, so I did, and he didn't like it one bit, he told me I was still literally a trainee, and I was not yet productive since I was still training etc, and I'm putting the company in an awkward position, and I said I trained for just 3 weeks and I've been actively doing my duties since then, and I've learnt a lot and would like to continue putting my training to good use, and it would still be another couple of months before I start my employment with Network rail cos they still have to do DBS and other pre employment checks and I promise to put in my 4 weeks notice when the time comes, he said no problem and I should continue doing my best. At the close of work today, the CEO calls me to his office and told me they were letting me go, that I was not "suitable" for the job and I can always call them if I need a reference blah blah, I wouldn't say I was surprised, largely due to the way my line manager reacted when I told him, but I'm very upset about it, do they have the right to terminate my employment just like that?
     
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    Probably as I suspect you are "under probation"
     
  7. OneTrackMind

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    Since you have been let go there and then on the spot I would expect you to get payment in lieu of notice in your final pay packet.

    This is usually 1 weeks pay during your probation period but best to check your contract to find out.
     
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    Ok, I'll check that, but how will it look like when Network Rail calls them for a reference and they're told I don't work there anymore and I was let go because I was not suitable for the job, won't that raise a red flag with Network Rail, that is actually my mail concern
     
  9. MylesHSG

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    Just be upfront about it. When HR did my employment checks I sent the email with the details off at 9:30am and had the "all checks complete, welcome aboard" email before lunch, I don't think they are exactly through and comprehensive.

    Also if you have a 4 week notice period then should you not get 4 weeks pay? Especially as it's not like they've sacked you for gross misconduct or anything like that. Also f**k that line manager and CEO.
     
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  10. Sabs5296

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    Well said MylesHSG, well said!!!
     
  11. Sabs5296

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    My medical came out ok, and the DBS check is completed, I called HR for an update and was informed that they were waiting to hear back from immigration, will this process ever end? I have a spouse visa, so I'm guessing they're probably trying to confirm the authenticity of the visa, should I be worried that the visa is expiring on the 20th of may? I can't renew it till 28 days before expiry which will be on the 22nd of April. I'm just concerned what effect this will have on my application, I'm not concerned about the visa renewal, I'll probably do the 24 hours express service. Is there anyone here that is on a spouse visa, or any type of visa? I have a friend that was told at the interview that he did really well but won't be offered the job because his visa was expiring soon, although his was HSMP (highly skilled migration program) and renewals for those types of visas are not always guaranteed. My husband thinks I'm over thinking the whole thing, easy for him to say as his career is moving steadily and mine seems to be on hold.
     
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    My friends interview was not for a signalling position and it was not with Network Rail either.
     
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