Network Rail Apprenticeship Interview Tips

Applying for Network Rail apprenticeships? See how the whole interview process works, with top tips for the telephone interview and the assessment centre.

Network Rail apprenticeships for 2017 close on the 31st October, so get applying!

About the Network Rail advanced apprenticeships What are they: Network Rail are now offering advanced apprenticeships specialising in Electrification and Plant, Signalling, Telecoms, Track and Off Track. To apply, you’ll need to be aged 18 by 1st April 2017. You’ll also need at least four passing GCSEs or their equivalents including English, Maths and Science or Engineering. You can apply even while you’re sitting your exams, so long as you get your results before the start of the apprenticeship!

Apprentices share their stories: What do graduated Network Rail apprentices think of their experience? Ex-apprentice Emma Taylor said “by the time you’ve completed the programme and started the role full-time, you are fully prepared for the challenges ahead.” Read up on her amazing story (she flies in helicopters to take photos of the land below). You’ll see just how you can get your career kick-started with an apprenticeship with Network Rail.

About the Network Rail apprenticeships interview process Network Rail make sure their apprenticeship scheme is a good fit for you as well as ensuring you are a great match for them too. Their online test and telephone interview are a chance for you to do your best and show them you’re keen about a career in transport.

Once you’ve completed the online application form and match-me quiz, there are three stages to the interview process. Here are some top-tips from network rail themselves:

Stage 1: Online test What is it: Once you’ve applied for a Network Rail apprenticeship, you’ll be asked to complete an online Maths and English assessment. These skills are important because they’ll help you advance through the apprenticeship. The test will allow you to show that you are suitable for the scheme.

Why do it: This is a good chance to show you have the skills to start your apprenticeship! It’s also a good opportunity to show that you can handle different situations you might face while working for Network Rail.

Stage 2: Telephone interview What is it: Once you’ve passed the online assessment, you’ll be invited to a 10-15 minute telephone interview. During the telephone interview, Network Rail want to find out what motivates you to join their apprenticeship programme.

Why do it: This is your opportunity to show why you want to work for Network Rail in particular, as well as showing what motivates you to go for a career in transport. They want to find out more about you! It’s always good to prep for the telephone interview by researching the rail industry and knowing about the apprenticeships being offered.

Top tip: If you’re using a LAN line, make sure your mobile is switched off. If you’re using your mobile, make sure it is charged! It’s also a good idea to smile during the interview. It will make you feel more relaxed, and will help you sound more confident and assertive.

Stage 3: Assessment centre What is it: Once you’ve passed all the assessments so far, you’ll be invited to go and meet the team at Network Rail. You’ll take part in some practical challenges at the assessment centre, as well as an interview.

Why do it: This is your time to shine! They’ll be looking for keen problem solvers who have a real interest in a career in the rail industry. When you apply for a Network Rail apprenticeship, you won’t be applying for a specific scheme. The assessment centre is your chance to discuss with the team what career paths are available to you and which one you would be best suited to.

Top Tip: Be yourself! You have already passed two stages of the interview so this is your opportunity to learn what apprenticeship schemes are available to you as well as show off your skills learnt during education and other activities. Don’t forget to bring your original exam certificates too.

Before you attend: Read assessment centres - what are they and how do they work?

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