Train Drivers Safe Personality Questionnaire

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  1. toxyboy

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    Hi all, does anyone know if failing the Train Drivers Safe Personality Questionnaire will count as a fail in the train driver assessment process?

    Thanks in advance any replies :D
     
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  3. E&W Lucas

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    Not to the best of my knowledge, but if you've failed it, maybe there's a message there? :lol:

    Perhaps anyone that fails it, would be more suited to working for some minicab outfits that I could think of!
     
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    I was told that the questionnaire is not a pass or fail but will give your employer a good idea about your suitability for the job.
     
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    I believe it's similar to the DSI questionnaire that Northern and London Midland use. Mostly written by some psychologist who has never seen a train.
     
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    No they don't count as a fail if you pass all the other standard assessments but they will be used by the company who has commissioned the test to help determine your suitability for the role for their company.

    There's nothing wrong with a test being devised by psychologist's in consultation with a TOC. Psychology is a science with applied methods and procedures just like any other science and to be accredited a psychologist will have undergone more months of training than a train driver. As one who has passed the tests and the SPQ I can confirm that all of the questions were relevant to the role of driver. I would be reassured to know that drivers have been scrutinised in this way as it offers a further dimension to establish a candidates suitability for the role.
     
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    Luckily despite trying 26 times I've never had to sit a Personality Questionaire. I'm glad I havent as well. I would think I'd just try to put the answer that seems "right" for the role rather than thinking which answer is "right" for my real personality.
     
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    You can't cheat on these questionnaires and putting down what you think they want to hear will only serve to highlight your unsuitability for the role.
     
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    It's a lot easier to be honest, because you could easily give an impression you were trying to avoid. These tests are not as simple as they might seem.
     
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    The only way you can see if this test really is relevant to the role is to test it on a number of drivers. If they all don't pass, then it needs to go!
     
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    How to test for certain personality traits is clearly understood by psychologists. As is how to allow for people who try and second guess the process.

    Just because you don't like something, doesn't mean that the people behind it are incompetent. Yet again, you post something that suggests that you have a problem with discipline/ authority. Not a good trait, in a job where you have to follow instructions precisely, but unsupervised.
     
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    Stating that the questionnaire needs to go is not the same as failing to follow instruction. Two completely different things.
    If I did not follow instruction, the sets off Blackpool would not go off in the right formation, trains may have an extra unit added on the back that shouldn't be there, trains would move off the Fueller with pipes still attached, among other things. None have happened.
     
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    Any personality etc tests can be slightly complicated according to the job requirements - various people have come a cropper - a Southern Region General Manager failed a carriage cleaners apptitude test (unsurprisingly) - and the TV "personality" of old, Clive James applied to be an LT guard in the 1960's and was told he did not have the ability to be watchfully vigilant - yet carrying out a repetive and boring (but safety critical) job.
     
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