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Responsibility:
3.3/5
 
Work Life Balance:
4.1/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.9/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.6/5
 
Company Culture:
3.7/5
 
Career Progression:
4/5
 
Colleagues:
4.1/5
 
Training:
3.8/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.9/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.8/5
 

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Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Engineering Graduate Trainee

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Industry: Transport, Logistics and Distribution, Transport Management Department: Network Operations Job Title: Graduate Manager

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Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Engineering Graduate Trainee Department: Rail Job Title: Graduate Engineer

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Industry: Engineering and Manufacturing, Electrical Engineer Department: Electrification Design Job Title: Assistant Electrical Design Engineer

Industry: IT Support & Telecoms, IT Project Management Department: Information Management Job Title: Graduate Scheme

Industry: Banking and Finance, Company Accounts & Finance Management Job Title: Graduate Scheme (Finance)

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Application Advice:

Be honest, stick to answering the questions, practice the online tests before carrying out the NR ones.

Interview Advice:

Understand what a project is and the different stages of a project. Be aware that you are joining a large infrastructure / engineering company and do appropriate research in that sector. Understand why you want to join the business and industry and how that fits with your overarching career aspirations.

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Application Advice:

Be prepared to travel for training throughout the scheme! You will have a contracted location, however, the first 6 months require the candidate to be proactive in finding smaller placements in different areas of the company. Then the candidate will have 6 month placements.

Interview Advice:

Gain an understanding of the railway; the industry, the customers (TOCs, FOCs...). What made you interested in the industry to apply for the role?
Explain how you are a team player: everything in the railway relies upon colleagues.
Basic knowledge on electronic circuitry (for electronic/electrical engineering scheme).

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Application Advice:

Be yourself as you want to work for a company that fits you. Do a lot of research.

Interview Advice:

Do lots of research on the company and job role.

Graduate National Supply Chain, Route Services – Contracts and Procurement at Network Rail
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Interview Advice:

Have a basic knowledge of the railway.

Scheme Sponsor, HS2 at Network Rail
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Be mindful of group working and effective skills to help the group achieve a common goal.

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Safety is critical, during the application process always have this in the back of your mind.

Interview Advice:

Safety is critical, during the application process always have this in the back of your mind.

Track Engineering Graduate, Track at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the company and know what you want.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared and do your research.

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Application Advice:

Network Rail is keen to hire many new candidates currently, with many roles available. Safety is not just a process for Network Rail, it is a way of life. It would be useful for candidates to keep this in the forefront of their minds when applying for a role.

Interview Advice:

Be honest, admit when you don't know something and want to learn. Think about safety issues in your previous work experience.

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Show an interest for the railway and for safety on the railway. Network Rail are big on safety. Demonstrate how you can be adaptable and enjoy a challenge.

Interview Advice:

- What does safety mean to you at Network Rail?
- Demonstrate a time when you took a leadership role.

Human Resources Graduate, Human Resources at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be passionate about the role you are applying for.

Interview Advice:

Be positive, relax and make the interview a conversation about your competence.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Graduate Scheme – Net Ops at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research about Network Rail and the Rail Industry before applying.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to justify the reason you chose an option in the business case analysis, justify both your choice and reasoning.

Graduate Engineer, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Make sure you do your homework and understand the railway industry as much as possible before you apply as there is a lot going on right now. Understand the changes that are coming to the network and why they are needed (lack of capacity!). Spend time on the Network Rail website as well as associated contractors and read up on some of the big engineering projects around the railway network....there are loads!
On your initial applications present as much varied experiences as you can and highlight your team credentials. Also, write about your social skills and what you do outside of university. Network Rail want motivated, intelligent and hard working people but more importantly is the ability to work with and get on with a wide range of people.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared! Do your homework on the rail industry, what's happening right now in Network Rail and what's to come in CP6. Have a range of answers prepared and don't just talk about 'that project' from your final year again and again. If you've done any travelling or had a gap year then speak about that as well. Be relaxed and speak confidently. Smile and be personable with the interviewers and have some questions prepared for them at the end.

Assistant Design Engineer, Building and Civil Design Group at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be honest, be passionate.

Interview Advice:

Don't lie.

Graduate Engineer, Safety Technical and Engineering at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be prepared to move around the country.

Interview Advice:

Focus on Network Rail's safety policy. Learn life saving rules.

Graduate Engineer, Track at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do your homework!
- Research about the company.
- TALK (not text) to as many people as you can, which can tell you anything about the company (Google & LinkedIn are excellent platforms, and people will listen to you). Arrange telephone calls or meetings. Don't be afraid to communicate with people. It'll make you stand out ;)
Once you think you know enough about the company, then tailor your answers to the skills you possess against the ones they are looking for.

Interview Advice:

Do your homework!
- Research about the company,
- TALK (not text) to as many people as you can, which can tell you anything about the company (Google & LinkedIn are excellent platforms, and people will listen to you). Arrange telephone calls or meetings. Don't be afraid to communicate with people. It'll make you stand out ;)
- Rehearse answers to questions that are likely to come up in any interview (tell me about yourself, how do your skills match the role, etc...)
- REHEARSE!! I can't stress this enough. Practice answering questions in front of a mirror, with a family member or a friend. The more you practice, the more you will be prepared. This comes back to being able to speak with other people.
- Relax. (if you have done your homework, there is no reason you should be stressed out).

Electrical and Electronic Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be as proactive as possible and join groups or societies where you can nurture all your key skills, i.e. communication, negotiations, e.t.c.

Interview Advice:

Learn about the company and relate it to your previous experiences. Think of examples where you have succeeded in projects, work, managed people, talked to people and use them to your advantage. Most of all, prepare for all possible questions, do not assume that you will know the answer.

Electrification & Plant Graduate Engineer, Safety, Technical & Engineering at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Learn about the company via the website, careers fairs and try and speak to current employees to really understand the organisation structure. Knowing how such a big Government organisation works will help a lot in the application. Learn about the wider rail industry i.e. who else is involved such as the ORR, DfT, Local Authorities, external contractors and consultants etc. Practice a few aptitude tests and build your confidence to do video based interviews and face to face interviews. Practice time management for assessment centre presentations.

Interview Advice:

Learn about the company and make sure you have good technical knowledge in your subject area. Try and learn about the interfaces in the rail sector i.e. how do electrical engineers interface with track engineers or structures engineers.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Structures at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Pretty standard application. Try and differentiate yourself as the number of applications is really large. Link your answers to safety.

Interview Advice:

What factors affect train stopping distance? Link your answers to safety.

Graduate Engineer, Maintenance at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Try and make yourself look as rounded as possible.
Make sure you're a team player and have good communication skills (verbally and written). Check your application before you send it off.

Interview Advice:

Be as relaxed and natural as possible.
Research the company before you apply in case you are asked questions about them - there must be some reason you've applied!

Graduate Civil Engineer, Asset Management at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Show what you would like to do at Network Rail.

Graduate, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Make sure you understand the true role of Network Rail and how that facilitates the running of the railway. Take some time to identify the key issues the British rail network is facing and what Network Rail is trying to do about it.

Interview Advice:

There was a couple of rail specific technical questions that I had little to no idea about, it transpired they don't expect you to know the answer so don't get too hung up on them. They're more interested in how you apply basic engineering fundamentals to try and work to an answer even if it's some way from the answer.

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be honest, try and highlight as much previous work experience as possible. Using your experience to express what you have learnt and how you have changed.

Interview Advice:

Try and remember the shared themes across the wider industry i.e. railway industry is safety critical.

Project Sponsor, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Take time with your application and ensure that your answers show your skills as best they can.

Interview Advice:

Think of the STAR method when responding to questions - Situation Task Action Result. All of your answers should follow this format.
Be calm and be yourself.
Dress smartly.
Keep eye contact.
Don't rush.

Route Support Manager, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be interested in the industry, not just the scheme.

Interview Advice:

Be genuinely enthusiastic about the industry.

Project Management Graduate, Track Renewals at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the company before. Be yourself in the interview - they look for people who are team players and natural, not people who are pushy or who talk over others.

Interview Advice:

'Talk about a time when'... you've worked in a team/met deadlines/led a team/changed your mind/received feedback etc.

Shift Station Manager, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Understand the importance of the safety culture within NR.

Finance Graduate, Finance at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Understand and appreciate safety in rail, through construction, management, performance, etc.

Interview Advice:

- Why rail industry? Why Network Rail?
- Generic competency questions.
- Asked to look at a picture of a grassy area and discuss what I would need to consider at the beginning middle and end of a project to build a railway bridge across it.
- Asked to

Graduate Civil Engineer, Rail at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Personal relationships with colleagues and managers are absolutely key.

Interview Advice:

Being able to cite experience in other areas of industry is a plus.

National Support Controller, National Operations Centre at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, prepare well for the aptitude tests and video interview.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, prepare well for the interview. Know the company's values, targets and current challenges.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do your research about the company. They have a YouTube channel available online with videos about themselves.

Interview Advice:

Read up on the type of works that they have done.

Graduate Railway Civil Engineer, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Make sure you have a good understanding of what the company does. The company does not construct or design their projects, they'll mainly act as asset managers and project engineers.

Interview Advice:

Be confident because confidence is key. Make sure you know a few facts about the rail industry

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be enthusiastic, do your research about what Network Rail do (i.e. maintenance and renewals - not operating passenger trains).
Use Network Rail's website to help you - look at core values i.e. safety and tailor your answers to hit these key areas.
Ask lots of questions when you get to assessment days/interviews!

Interview Advice:

Ask questions at the end of your interview.
Take your time to answer, and use the STAR model (Situation, Task, Action Result)

Planning Specialist, Supply Chain Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

-Apply early. Scheme normally opens November/ December time every year.
-Practice psychometric tests that are available online for free.

Interview Advice:

-Do your research about the company and the industry, which will take you far into the interview/assessment stages.
-Be confident and courteous.

Graduate Engineer, Satety Technical and Engineering at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the company ethics, project management lifecycle and how Network Rail manages their projects.

Interview Advice:

Teamwork, handling projects, when I've had to consider health and safety.

Graduate Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Expect a variety of different engineering opportunities & challenges.

Interview Advice:

Prepare the competency based questions & read up on the company's website.

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Safety, Technical & Engineering at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do some modest research, think about the type of company and culture and be able to express your best qualities in all interactions.

Interview Advice:

Relax, try and be involved. It's as much about who you are as what you know, if not more.

Assistant Project Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and understand your strengths and weaknesses and how you will overcome them, but always be yourself.

Interview Advice:

Be honest and admit when you don't know.

Customer Manager (Wessex), Customer Relationship Executive at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the company especially the lifesaving rules and the culture of safety within the company. Also, show your ability to work with others and encourage others during group work to participate and allow everyone to express themselves.

Interview Advice:

Technical questions into what should be considered when carrying out site work and safety issues that may arise.

Graduate Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

If you're interested, apply. Many of my fellow graduates arrived via diverse routes: BEng/MEng, directly from uni or having worked for a year or so, as young 20-somethings or 'mature students' and a wide variety of universities and degree awards.

Interview Advice:

I actually arrived at the role by an unconventional route and never actually attended an interview.

Graduate Engineer, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Take safety seriously.

Scheme Project Manager, Project Management at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

- Do your research on safety culture at Network Rail (e.g. close call process and life saving rules)
- Ensure you are familiar with how Network Rail gets its money and its key stakeholders

Interview Advice:

- Ensure you come across as passionate to work for company and role
- Try to use specific examples when doing competency questions

HR Graduate, HR at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do your research.

Project Management Grad, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Stick with the application process as there are lots of stages. When you get called to the assessment centre stage be sure to read up on the company and make sure it is culturally the right fit for you.

Interview Advice:

Don't just focus on technical skills but also have examples prepared of soft skills - when you have worked well in a team etc.

Surveyor (Anglia), Property at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be yourself.

Interview Advice:

Have examples of times where you have been safety conscious.

Graduate, Projects & Programme Services at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Show confidence and rely more on your skills and not on your degrees.

Interview Advice:

Be energetic and quite talkative.

, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Candidates should show they are actually wanting to work in the rail industry. The rail industry operates incredibly different than the normal construction industry and as such, candidates should ensure they can show an understanding of this.

Interview Advice:

Understand the interview is not designed to trip you up it is designed to allow you to impress. Ensure your answers are well rounded and not lacking in depth!

Graduate Track Engineer, Route Asset Management at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Speak passionately about how you can help drive the company forward with fresh ideas to overcome long-standing challenges.

Interview Advice:

Understand the industry and current challenges facing the company.

, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Just be yourself and let your knowledge and personality do the talking. There are a wide variety of people and Network Rail is happy to accept them all.

Interview Advice:

Some technical questions so you need to know your stuff. A few on leadership and how you can use your skills and knowledge in a real life situation.

Assistant Project Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Practice video interview questions. Get comfortable in front of the webcam and make sure you wear smart clothes. Test out the microphone. Make eye contact with the webcam - many fail to do this.
Practice all the numerical and other cognitive tests available.

Interview Advice:

As simple as it sounds - you have to do your research. Be keen and make sure you are up to date with the latest industry news. Use the STAR technique when answering all questions. Attend industry events with ICE, IMECHE and IET etc. Very important to ace and practice the 'tell me a time' questions.

Graduate Project Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Revise project management competencies and focus on safety culture.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you have a few examples of when you have helped in a situation/managed a situation/improved the safety of a situation.
Be as calm and relaxed as you can be and try to build a bit of rapport throughout the interview.

Graduate Project Manager, Civils at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

You need to have a good sense of flexibility and desire to learn. You will get out of this scheme what you are willing to put in - ensure to really push how much you want to develop yourself as a person and as an employee!

Interview Advice:

It sounds cliché - but be yourself! NR aren't looking for a particular type of person, but instead someone who can challenge themselves and others and have a desire to develop themselves and those around them.

Mobile Operations Manager, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Interview Advice:

Showing an awareness of the company's priorities - e.g. safety

, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Learn about Network Rail and the UK rail industry, and be sure to demonstrate this knowledge when making your application. Tailor your CV to suit. Make sure you talk about your extra-curricular experience and anything that sets you apart from other candidates.

Interview Advice:

Learn about the company and the industry, you may be asked what you know and it's good to have some familiarity with what you're applying to! When going to the assessment centre, make sure you have answers to the usual "describe a time when..." questions. Network Rail is very focused on safety, so make sure you can describe a time or times when you have contributed to improving safety, or have been responsible for safety. Make the most of your experience. Relax and feel free to ask questions!

Graduate, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be genuine, show your best personal attributes, be interested in the industry and be enthusiastic.

Interview Advice:

Do your homework and prepare, try and convert your stress into excitement. If you don't know something just say so, you will have your full career in front of you for learning new things, just be eager to do so.

Graduate Traction and Rolling Stock Engineer, Safety Technical and Engineering at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

If you are a Civil Engineer and still unsure what path you would like to take, Network Rail is great since you can get such varied work within the graduate scheme. Myself I have already had placements with Structures Asset Management and Geo-technical Asset Management, and currently I am on a secondment with our contractor ATKINS. So there are many opportunities available.

Interview Advice:

Be calm, do your research. Prove you know the company and our values. Learn the STAR approach when answering questions, and practice at home with a friend etc. Be yourself and have faith in your abilities.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the company well, familiarise yourself with the company's vision and understand the importance of safety in the organisation.

Interview Advice:

Asked a question on safety. How I have worked in times of adversity. Examples of when I have lead a team. Keep eye contact, make a good first impression, smile!

Human Resources Graduate, HR at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

The contacts you make are as important as the things you learn. Take opportunities to move around and get to know different disciplines.

Interview Advice:

Large focus on safety at NR so you will be asked about that.
Be confident.
Try to relate your answers to things you've achieved outside of university.

Graduate Engineer, Engineering at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do your research. Lots of people get Network Rail confused with National Rail. It is important to understand Network Rail's exact role within the rail industry.

Interview Advice:

Use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) technique to answer interview questions and use examples from all aspects of your life. It's important to show what makes you different.

IT and Business Services Graduate, IT and Business Services at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Learn as much as possible about Network Rail before applying.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared and practice presentation and idea-generating skills.

Graduate Manager Network Operations, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, and make sure you have researched what Network Rail is and how they operate.

Interview Advice:

Have an example of a time you were conscious of safety.

Graduate, IT & Business Services at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

- Have a basic understanding of why the railway network is important.
- Safety is of the highest priority and it's important that you can show you understand that.
- Be prepared to show that you want to be challenged and continuously improving.

Interview Advice:

- Online application was relatively quick to complete (compared to other companies).
- Video interview is relatively short with a few questions about why the company and competency-based questions.
- Assessment centre has a standard set-up of group dis

Project Management Graduate, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do a little research on the railway industry - nothing too extensive but just so you know and understand the growing needs of the industry.
Do practice on the psychometric tests - if you try and do them on your first attempt you're not going to do well no matter how smart you may be.

Interview Advice:

If you manage to reach an assessment centre - get involved! There is a group activity in which you need to be proactive and open.
The actual interview is fairly relaxed, nothing too technical or specific but have an understanding of the restrictions and possibilities in bridge construction for example (maybe when constructing over a river - what has to be thought of?).

Graduate Engineer (Assistant Project Engineer), Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Make sure you do your research before progressing with your application. There is plenty of information out there, on the Network Rail website alone. Don't labour over facts and figures but gain an understanding of our key messages and aims, which more than anything should get you excited for the potential this role offers you!

Interview Advice:

Most of the questions I was asked in my interview were competence based, so think of some examples where you met the key competencies for a finance graduate that you can draw on when asked. Also, prepare for questions such as 'why network rail?' or 'why finance?'. Reasonably standard graduate interview questions essentially. Above all relax - I know that's much easier to say this side of the process, but you will interview much better when you're calm!

Finance Graduate, Finance at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

During the video, interview section speak clearly and answer the question asked without waffling.

Interview Advice:

Research Network Rail; what they do, what they are responsible for and how they fit into the wider rail industry. Think about how new innovations can be used to make the railway safer.

IT Graduate, Route Services at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Put in your best during the application and interviews.

Interview Advice:

Do research on your discipline and how that applies to the railway.

Graduate Engineer, High Output Track Renewal at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Read up on the Railway!

Interview Advice:

Asked railway specific questions, always think about safety when answering-this is paramount.

Graduate Engineer, Track at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Read up on the industry structure, keep up to date with the latest news.

Senior Development Manager, Strategy and Capacity Planning at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Practice for your video interview as it does feel unnatural presenting yourself to a camera. Be prepared to learn and read up about the company. Being able to talk about current issues and problems being faced shows a commitment to the job.

Interview Advice:

Take time to think about your answers before beginning. Try to follow a Situation, Task, Action, Result format or similar. Read up on your theory before the interview especially that which could be related to the job although don't worry if you get asked a question to which you don't know the answer.

Graduate Engineer, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research. Lots of stages. Takes a long time.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, take ownership, know your strengths and show you can engage other people.

, Performance at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be a genuine individual, research about the company and the role of a PM.

Interview Advice:

Same as above.

Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be prepared for a long interview process. It takes a while to get through the number of applicants. The assessment centres are condensed but are less intense than others. They are not designed to make people fail.

Interview Advice:

Know your basics and be prepared to think on your feet. There will be railway based questions on topics you are most likely to not know unless you studied railway engineering. Think through the logic of what you are being asked and work it out. They aren't questions you should know the answers to beforehand.

Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Safety Technical Engineering at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Read about the company and what they do, main challenges, stakeholder... The application process is very well described on the company's website. Don't be afraid to ask questions on the Facebook page.

Scheme Project Manager, IP Signalling at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Keep in mind the company's objectives and competencies. Ensure you have a good knowledge of the industry, the company's recent and future projects and how the role supports the objectives of the firm.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you're aware of issues affecting the company and the strategies the firm is using to mitigate against them. Be aware of recent projects and how these relate to the firm's objectives and strategy - There is plenty online!

Procurement, Route Services at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Get your research right and learn about the company. Make sure that you understand the work and, to a certain extent, what the scheme offers. This is a two-way process in which the company assesses your performance and adaptability and you assess the company as the place that can give you the opportunity to grow and develop.

Interview Advice:

Relax. The interviewers are also nervous, so speak to them in the way you would to an adult in a formal setting; for instance, the way you would speak to a Professor or Doctor at University when you are having a 1 to 1 session. Engage with them; I believe an interview to be a discussion forum between two or three people, so tell them about your experiences and, of course, answer the question they make, but try to engage with them in a discussion.

Graduate Engineer, Safety, Technical & Engineering at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research Network Rail and demonstrate how your skills and competencies would support the company in achieving their objectives.

Interview Advice:

During the interview I was told I was going to do a presentation and had 20 minutes.

Finance Graduate, Finance at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Remember that safety is the most crucial element in this sector.

Interview Advice:

Be passionate about your discipline (e.g. civil, electrical, mechanical etc.) and be aware of how to apply it to the railway industry.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Prepare well for the various stages of the application process. When I applied this included stages such as psychometric tests, a video interview and an assessment centre. This culminated in an interview face to face.

Interview Advice:

The interview involved questions about myself and my background including why I was attracted to the company and the industry. It also included a technical section where engineering knowledge and judgement is put to the test.

Graduate Engineer, Asset Management at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

I would say read up on our culture, our lifesaving rules and our close call process. If you are invited to an assessment centre you are likely to have to do a group exercise, so don't be afraid to have general chats with friends, and have someone marking you in terms of interpersonal skills and creativity etc. during the discussion.

Interview Advice:

I would say don't underestimate how important safety is to the company. Think about times in your career where you have implemented a procedure which has made the environment safer.

HR Graduate, HR at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Apply as soon as possible and research the company thoroughly.

Interview Advice:

Have a knowledge of the value of the company.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Network Operation at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Actually spend time to prepare. Learn about the company and their core beliefs. Be confident and dress to impress.

Graduate Engineer, Command, Control & Signalling at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Make sure you are prepared to move around the UK and are flexible, otherwise it will be difficult to be on the graduate scheme. Also, the company is very safety and sustainability conscious, and so it would be good to demonstrate this. Also, good problem solving is valued.

Interview Advice:

Asked about sustainability, safety, and leadership skills. Very important to develop your answers, they value that, and also make it clear you are flexible to live across the UK.

Scheme Project Manager, Project Management at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be yourself as the selection process seemed to be weighted towards getting people that will work well with others rather than technical ability.

Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and learn a bit about the railway before the interview. Also, try and get some relevant work experience during university before applying as this will make you stand out.

Interview Advice:

Mainly questions about myself but also some simple technical questions regarding basic electronic equipment.

Graduate Engineer, Infastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

The company will provide you with lots of opportunities. It's up to you to seize these.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you understand the safety culture here at Network Rail. Follow the STAR technique when answering situational based questions. Have a few examples In your head from different events which could be used.

Graduate Business Analyst, Projects and Programmes Services at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Make sure you research the company as much as you can - there is so much more to being a Network Rail finance graduate than the numbers.

Interview Advice:

How can finance influence safety?
Give an example of something that you have done to make yourself more employable.

Finance Graduate, Finance at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the company and the projects they are currently undertaking. Read up on the core competencies of Network Rail as they will use that to determine whether or not you are a good fit for the role.

Interview Advice:

Questions are predominately competency based with a few simple technical questions such as "what factors affect the breaking distance of a train?".

Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Engineering at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

In the application focus on some areas of your life outside of work or education, such as hobbies etc.

Interview Advice:

There were some basic technical questions about railway engineering, so it helps to do a little research beforehand.

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the industry, company and the future of the railway, (Look at ETCS). Whilst applying for the Graduate programme, there isn't a requirement to know a lot of detail about the company or the works however sufficient detail to show you are interested in the organisation is a positive. Make sure you understand how to do the online tests prior to applying to the programme and understand what the company has to offer.

Interview Advice:

Understand your USP. This may be your technical knowledge; your degree may match the role description. It may be your character and your ability to communicate and work as a team. The interview stage isn't designed to mislead the candidate; it is a session to find out whether you are fit for the company. Conversely, it gives the candidate to ask questions to get an opportunity to understand what the company can offer them. The questions are the standard questions you may find in most interview situations.

Scheme Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

I would say try, as best you can, to relax and be yourself. The interviewers are more interested in establishing the type of person you are than your ability to out perform those in your group. Network Rail is by its nature built on collaboration, and team work is valued highly. Having examples of where you've implemented change through working together in a team is invaluable.

Interview Advice:

There were questions establishing whether or not you are actually interested in the job you're applying for. You don't need to be a train spotter, but having an appreciation of the impact your work can have will not go amiss. Applying as a Project Manager you'll be joining the Infrastructure Projects (IP) team, so researching some of the projects that have been done recently, like Thameslink (including London Bridge) or the Greater West Programme will go down well.

Graduate Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

A unique application might make note of the unique public-interest objectives associated with working for Network Rail, which should be an appealing motivator for a well-suited applicant.

Interview Advice:

Be aware of the safety-critical culture of Network Rail, while being familiar with Land/Landlord and Tenant Law is helpful for the technical interview (though knowledge is not necessarily expected). Simply relax and try to make the interview somewhat conversational where possible.

Graduate Surveyor, Property at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Show that you are an effective communicator and a team player, it seems to be one of the most highly regarded competencies.

Interview Advice:

Engineering principles such as working out stopping distances for trains.

Assistant Asset Engineer, Route Asset Management at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and ensure you understand what Network Rail delivers. It would also be good to have an understanding of all current developments in this sector as well as recent reports.

Interview Advice:

It is a generic interview, to begin with so ensure you have a general overview of the company to be best positioned as well as what the NR supply chain delivers.

Assistant Procurement Manager, Procurement at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Wear your heart on your sleeve. The company requires passion because you're joining a massive family, not just a company. You have to live and breathe your job because you deal with so many people, so many different challenges and most importantly, so many opportunities. More often than not, you'll end up in a job you love, and your job will seem less of a job and more of a hobby because you like it so much.

Interview Advice:

Be honest and try pushing yourself, because when you get into a job, regardless of where it is, you're going to have to get used to being out of your comfort zone. For some people that's daunting, that's why preparation comes a joint first in my recommendations. Prior prep prevents poor performance, it's a fact of life, and if you really want to get the job, you need to equip your arsenal as best as possible.

Engineering Graduate, Signalling at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

They look for someone who fits in with their inclusive working environment and is focused on safety.

Interview Advice:

Draw on experiences from university group work and where you worked well as a team. I wasn't asked anything too technical in my interview; it was mainly questions on where I had taken on responsibilities or where I had addressed a problem and how I solved it.
The only technical question I was asked was, describe and explain possible methods that are used to examine bridges.

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Understand your motivations for working at the company to ensure you are suited to the job. Ensure to portray a range of positive qualities in the application.

Interview Advice:

Give an example of a time when... (usual competency based questions).
Why do you want to work for the company?
Why do you want to be on the graduate scheme?
What do you know about Network Rail?
How much distance would a train cover if it immediately began to brake at a constant rate of -Xms^-2 from a speed of Ym/s?

Assistant Track Engineer, Track Maintenance at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

To be enthusiastic and demonstrate the range of experiences.

Interview Advice:

Being enthusiastic, prepared to change and prepared to take a series of opportunities.

Project Operations Interface Specialist, Western Route at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Got to do something to stand out without being to brash and bold, this will only have a negative affect.

Interview Advice:

Competency questions are crucial at video and final interview stage.

General Management Graduate, Performance at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

The assessment centre is intense as the time for it has been halved. Do not dominate the group sessions, make sure that everyone gets a chance to speak. Be the person who brings the quieter people, into the discussion.
Be prepared to justify your ideas. Even if they are good, if you cant justify them when you are questioned, you will not do well.

Interview Advice:

Know your basic physics principles and equations of motion. The interview is about knowing the basics and being an enjoyable person to talk to. No question was asked about Network Rail in general, only questions about the railway. Find information about track layout before you find out how many people work for network rail.

Graduate Engineer, Safety Techinical Engineering at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Learn about the company, safety initiatives, how the company operates and the links with the ORR, DfT etc.

Interview Advice:

Brainstorming exercise, group exercise and presentation.

Graduate Maintenance Engineer, Electrification at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Read up on the company and be sure that a job in the railway is something that you want because rail is very different to other kinds of engineering.
If you want to be a structural design engineer, the scheme may not be the best for you. Instead apply to the Civil's design group within the company.

Interview Advice:

Technical questions at the end of interview so prepare for that; revise structures and their defects and construction processes.
Be relaxed, they're not trying to catch you out. Be prepared.

Graduate Civil Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Take your time and think of a clear answer.

Interview Advice:

For an electrical role be familiar with formulas such as Ohms Law and laws such as KVL and KCL.

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do plenty of research before the interview and learn as much about how the railway runs prior to the assessment day.

Graduate Manager Network Operations, Sussex Route at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

If you are an able communicator and an effective team-worker you will succeed in the application.

Interview Advice:

Prepare for group tasks, presentations and recap your technical knowledge. Have a think how what you studied at university could be applied to the railway and it should be fairly easy to predict a few of the technical questions.
i.e. (for a civil engineer you may be asked something about building bridges and tunnels).

Electrification and Plant Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Know what you want further into the future than just that one job. Do your research.

Interview Advice:

Have plenty of examples of "Examples when" type questions and be yourself. Blagging tends to go badly.

Graduate Engineer, LNE Signalling at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Focus on your personal qualities and skills and less on your experience.

Interview Advice:

Try to be happy, energetic and confident.

Engineer, Milton Keynes at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be honest and don't worry too much about overselling yourself (within reason). Also make sure you know information about the company and really think about why you want to apply for that job. What about the company attracts you.

Interview Advice:

Think about safety and why it is important and when you get asked about your knowledge, try to talk about it in the context of your experience and why that is important.

Graduate Surveyor, Retail at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Read up on the scheme.
Prepare some examples of things you have done.

Interview Advice:

Mostly common sense.
Basic engineering principles. e.g. what affects train braking distance?

Graduate Engineer, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Show that you have researched the company and more importantly, the industry in which it operates. The best applications will convey a genuine interest in the industry (not just a list of obscure facts you found on the internet!) and will clearly explain why the candidate would be suitable for the role. Having your own "unique selling point(s)" for any application is important; you must be able to set yourself apart from the rest of the crowd with ever-increasing applications for graduate positions.

Interview Advice:

At this stage, the assessment is more based on character than technical ability (although this will also be important). Relax and be yourself - the more comfortable you are, the more comfortable you will make the assessor feel. If you ever feel under pressure, take your time and show that you are composed and in control of the situation before delivering a response.

Finance Graduate, Various at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do plenty of research around the company as it is very diverse. Try and show your personality in your application/ interview.

Interview Advice:

Even if you don't have an engineering or project management related degree, think about other examples you could use to show your interest or where you might have managed projects in other work (e.g. in your degree).

Graduate Project Manager, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Make sure that you focus on your communication skills.

Interview Advice:

- Why do I want to work in the rail industry?
- What do I know about the industry?
- Technical Questions relating to the insertion of a new bridge (what information would we need to know and what engineering challenges might we face....?)

Graduate Civil Engineer, Route Asset Management at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Make sure you:

Research the industry, company, future of the railway.

They don't expect you to know a lot but being able to talk about the above in some level of detail will show you're interested in the organisation.

Safety and performance go hand in hand it is a key mantra of the company! Try to work safety into your application.

Interview Advice:

You will get asked motivational questions, a few competency questions and a technical related question. Prepare as well as you can with examples for your competencies which reflect you in the best manner.

Scheme Project Manager, Network Rail Telecoms at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be honest and be yourself. Those who are confident and can demonstrate their skills will be good candidates.

Interview Advice:

Research the company values and behaviours - imbed these into your answers.

Research your role.

Have an understanding of some projects currently going on.

Project Management Assistant, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be enthusiastic about working for Network Rail. It is a great company with great people. Also make sure you prepare thoroughly.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, answer questions truthfully. They asked me questions about my professional and personal experiences so be prepared for that. Don't be afraid to take a minute to think about your answer.

NB. If applying for the project management scheme make sure you do a bit of preparation on what that discipline entails etc.

Project Management Assistant, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Get yourself out there as there are so many opportunities and when you find them - don't be scared to take them up even if you're unsure how to do it. Other employees are always willing to help and there's no better feeling than completing a challenge, pushing your boundaries, and developing as a person.

Interview Advice:

Show that you are always willing to learn and adapt to the situation, demonstrate that you could be customer focused and have the capability to work within an inter-disciplinary team.

Graduate ATME, Cardiff Route at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do your research on Network Rail. Understand the difference between Network rail, National Rail, Train operating companies (TOCs) and ROSCOs, Rolling stock operating companies and why you want to work for this company. In terms of engineering, Network Rail is primarily made of three functions: Network Operations, Infrastructure Projects and Safety, Technical and Engineering. I suggest that candidates become clear with what each function does and whether it interests them before applying. The Network Rail graduates Facebook Page has a lot of posts detailing what Graduates have been up to so far.

Interview Advice:

In general, just be yourself and stay positive. Network Rail is primarily looking for the right type of person for the job i.e. eager to learn, has an interest in the rail, has a good potential for leadership (e.g. Presentation and communication skills) and works well in a team.

Most questions are competency based with a couple of easy technical questions:
Why Network rail?
Why this graduate programme?
Tell me of a time you worked in a team? etc.

Technical questions are about stopping distance of a train and things that affect stopping distance.

Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research a bit about the industry. Have answers as to why you want to work in the industry. Try to be outgoing and enthusiastic.

Interview Advice:

Mainly competency based questions at the final interview stage.

Project Management Graduate, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

- Understand Safety Vision and importance of safety to our work.
- Understand current external environment e.g. Hendy Review, Shaw report and Bowe Report.

, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Practise the numerical testing beforehand.

Interview Advice:

Research the organisation and show your enthusiasm.

Finance Graduate, Finance at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Working for Network Rail is totally different to any company I have worked for in the past and this is mainly due to it being in the public sector. The focus is not on profits but on providing a SAFE and RELIABLE train network to the citizens of this nation and for that reason you need to ensure that your goals are aligned with the organisation's. If not, then maybe working for Network Rail isn't for you.

Interview Advice:

There is a small technical section so make sure you have swotted up on your finance knowledge (in my case), however, if you have done a finance related degree then this shouldn't be an issue.
Ensure you have researched Network Rail thoroughly as there will be many questions that link to the organisation.

Finance Graduate, Rotational throughout whole of finance at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Have a good understanding of why you want to work for the company - be passionate about it.

, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

This company is very interested in past work experience more than academic qualifications.

Be yourself and research on the internet before interview.

Graduate, Group Business Services at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Make sure you establish where you will potentially be based, e.g. team/area/route (You are likely wanting to be more route based as you will get better exposure).

Interview Advice:

Use the STAR technique.

, WM&C performance team at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be a team player, show a genuine interest for the company.

Interview Advice:

Standard competency questions.

General Management, Business Planning at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Learn what the company actually does; spend some time reading around the website.

Interview Advice:

Prepare good examples of demonstrating competencies.

Scheme Project Manager, CAPEX Delivery at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Think about what they are asking you. Make sure you fully understand the question and think about what they want to hear from you from that question. Adding extra information may seem like you are helping padding out your answers, but make sure that extra information is relevant and doesn't take away from what they want. For written answers, I'd recommend highlighting the key words in the question before hand to help this.

Interview Advice:

If you're not sure what they mean when they ask something - ask! You'll not only stop yourself from blagging an answer which could be completely off the point, but it'll also demonstrate your willingness to ask questions which is more essential in real life than you might think.

Relax. I know it's easier said than done, but you'll be able to think clearer and you'll come across more like your true self if you're nervous or stiff. They are people, so ask how they are, give them a smile and they will respond in the same way. They don't want you to panic either.

General Management Graduate, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do your research on the projects and company, come prepared with project management knowledge, most of all be yourself. They look for possible talent not for you to be completely ready for a leaders role!

Interview Advice:

Prepare project management knowledge and make sure you have a basic understanding of things such as GRIP.

Project Management assistant, East Midlands at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be honest and express location flexibility and a willing to learn.

Interview Advice:

Know what project management is and the generic life cycle of a project.
Recognise that the railway is an established industry and research into topical projects.

Graduate Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Understand more about the railway industry (type of companies, ongoing projects etc.) and the different subsystems of railway (signalling, track, overhead line wires etc.).

Interview Advice:

Interview questions includes technical & non-technical questions.
Examples of technical questions include explaining braking distance of train based on Newton's laws of motion and listing the factors that affect the type of rails material used.

Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Safety, Technical & Engineering at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Apply your work experience to back up any statements you make about skills that you have.
Research the company and the job role.
Practice psychometric tests online first.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.
Make sure you relate your answers back to your career goals and the company goals.
Be professional.
Dress smart.
Practice interview questions before hand and have answers that you could use ready.

Graduate Manager, LNW North RIM at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and be enthusiastic about the role.

Project management graduate, London at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Read up on the railway projects occurring but ensure you place within a solid understanding of the socioeconomic necessity of the infrastructure; what businesses we enable, what relationships we allow and the regeneration we can bring.

Particularly if you note the locally specific changes to your interview panel and any recommendations you might have.

Interview Advice:

Importantly, note your key competencies and skills so that you can showcase examples of when you were a team player, leader, researcher etc.

Be human and make no assumptions. Most people in the business have been here longer than we were alive, working their way from frontline to the top - respect that.

Graduate General Manager, London North Western at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the company and its core values/behaviours. Understand what challenges the business has and keep these at the forefront of your mind when applying.

Interview Advice:

Relax, be open and honest and show how much you know the company.

Graduate, Project Management at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Make sure you tailor your application to the specific role you are applying for, as well as demonstrating the skills you think the employer for that particular role is looking for.

Interview Advice:

Research the company.
Research the particular business area you are applying for.
Think of examples of where you have showcased your capabilities and demonstrated skills that will help you in the role you are applying for.
Prepare questions to ask the interviewers.

Business and Technology Graduate, Group Business Services at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Use your work experience and the skills gained from it to answer the questions. Research the company.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you relate answers back to the company goals. Relate answers to your own career goals. Use real life work examples. Practice in advance and have examples ready. Be yourself. Keep calm. Dress smart and be professional. Know the company!

graduate general manager, LNW North RIM Team at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the company; investigate current innovations in the railway.

Interview Advice:

Again, research current issues/advances in the railway industry.

General Management Graduate, Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do some serious research into what companies offer. There is nothing worse than an unstructured scheme.

Interview Advice:

The questions are all about you and what you have done in certain positions, therefore make sure you have some job experience or even voluntary experience in order to have something to talk about.

General Management Graduate, RIMM at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Leave no stone unturned.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Do research. Be honest.

HR Graduate, Talent and Organisational Design at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Safety, initiative and hard-working.

Interview Advice:

Talk about safety.

General management graduate, Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Safety is very important for Network Rail, so that is a good focus for research. Also research current projects Network Rail is undertaking to talk about.

Think of why you want to work in the rail industry and specifically Network Rail and how to show this in an answer.

Interview Advice:

Use the STAR technique and always try and relate any interview answers to a specific event that you were a part of. Make sure your examples are relevant and try and think outside the box slightly.

At the assessment day make sure you show that you are taking other opinions into account, don't just focus on your own answers.

Make sure you are able to show your passion to work for Network Rail and within the Rail industry.

General Management Graduate, West Midlands and Chiltern Performance Team at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be willing to move around the country for the job.
Be capable of thinking and acting in a flexible way to manage the variety of types of work and projects you could be involved in.

Interview Advice:

Base all of your questions on the STAR method (Situation - Task - Action - Review) and ensure you remain highly focused on the question asked. Points are awarded for answering the question specifically, not for providing supplementary information you may think is relevant.

Assistant Commercial Scheme Sponsor, Commercial at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be confident, and remember basic scientific and mathematic principles.
Don't mix Network Rail with National Rail.
You don't need to love trains or know a lot about them.

Interview Advice:

Prepare your experiences to show varied qualities like leadership and teamwork and problem solving.

Graduate Engineer, Safety Technical Engineering at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Learn the background of the wider company not just the IT areas
Have clear communication developed through preparation pre-interview
Learn the Companies Values

Interview Advice:

Ensure that you give input without over speaking or taking entire control of a situation
Prepare answers for questions about choosing the company

Graduate Infrastructure Analyst, Infrastructure Management at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do your homework on the industry, make sure you know the basic facts. Don't try and impress too much in the assessment centre, just be yourself. They're looking at how you act within a group situation not how you stand out as an individual.

Interview Advice:

Know your previous experiences well so you are able to answer the competency based questions.
Prepare well.
Be confident.

General Management, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Keep an open mind, present simple and effective responses/solutions to questions or tasks. Numerical and practical thinking is required but in the end it's all about having the personality to get things done and being able to communicate with people (peers and managers, we're all the same). No stress required.

Interview Advice:

Stay simple and calm. No one will ask you to build a power plant, just use simple examples of your everyday life and common sense with engineering knowledge that has been widely covered at university. Treat your interviewers like normal people and don't be intimidated, they will probably want you to smile and not to tremble..

Graduate civil engineer, Safety, Technical and Engineering at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

As with any application ensure a thorough knowldge of the organisation, its main concerns and core values.

Scheme Project Manager, IP ECML at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be keen, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Don't worry too much about knowing the industry. NR look for intelligent, logical people with ambition and drive that want to do well. Being collaborative, accommodating and adaptable are much better qualities than competitive.

Sponsor, Capital Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Make sure you read up on some of the projects and programmes network rail is involved in. Other then that, the company really hires you if your academically able and have good people skills; and the will and enthusiasm to continue learning and developing.

Interview Advice:

First and foremost be yourself. Like most interviews, be confident but not arrogant, and relaxed but not laid back. The interviewer will realise you're under a lot of pressure in the assessment centre, but he is not trying to test you but rather get to know your character.

Track Graduate Engineer, Wessex Route at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Take into account the NWR behaviours and the mission and vision of the company. Be honest and open and show excitement.

Interview Advice:

Bring all your experience together to encompass your ability to work alone and in a team.

Scheme Project Manager, Works Delivery (Projects) at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Showcase the best of you, that is what Network Rail is looking for, it is how you will fit into the organisation and you as a person that is more important than anything else.

Interview Advice:

Tips be yourself and answer truthfully and honestly. You don't have to go to the top universities to join the graduate scheme, I was not even in the top 100 universities when I joined. However I know people from Oxford and Cambridge who have joined the scheme, it is a very diverse company.

General Management Graduate, Wessex/South East at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Know what is involved in day to day project management before applying.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and have an understanding of project management processes e.g. apm

Project Management Assistant, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Have a 5 year career plan.

Interview Advice:

Competency Based Questions.
Have you ever worked in a Team?
Have you ever led a team of people?
Explain a Railway Track Circuit?
When have you ever had to deal with a challenging colleague?

Graduate Engineer, Signalling at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Don't worry if trains 'aren't your thing'; they soon will be!

Network Rail does so much, and as part of the General Management Scheme you could easily occupy your year twice over without needing to know spec / timetables of trains.

Interview Advice:

Know and believe in our values: Collaborative, Accountable, Customer Focused, Challenging. Remember - safety is at the heart of everything!

Graduate Manager, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Take time to ensure application questions are consistently answered with focus and honesty.

Interview Advice:

Don't feel that you have to provide examples of railway-specific work/voluntary experiences, just ensure you can explain how working through tasks/challenges you have faced through your studies/employment/volunteering make you a desirable employee.

General Management Graduate, Maintenance at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

There are a fair few steps on the process which has different people looking at the application at each level, so if you received certain questions at one stage of the interview, be prepared that a variation may be asked at later stages.

The video interview isn't directly with an individual, which surprised some. Don't be prepared for something akin to a Skype interview.

Interview Advice:

Questions vary but try and prepare a variety of examples. Coming with one thing you have done and using it over and over is perhaps not the best idea. The interview tends to be split into sections, depending on the interviewer these sections may be mentioned. Focusing on things such as drive, technical skills (don't require huge depth if you haven't studied a relevant degree, but still require some knowledge), experience about the company etc.
Look into the company before applying, anyone who shows a desire to work for Network Rail as a company rather than just anywhere immediately jumps to the forefront of assessors minds.

Finance Graduate, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the company and values.

Interview Advice:

Be confident about your knowledge but be honest and open to learning.

General Management graduate, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Whilst at the assessment center, make sure you relax by taking deep breaths.

To prepare for the assessment center, put yourself in situations where you are under pressure and have to deliver results.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you read up on what it is Network Rail do (who their customers are, etc). then tie in your experience and how you've built up the skills so that if you were hired by Network Rail, you would make a positive contribution.

Graduate Civil Engineer, ST&E/ Milton Keynes at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Whilst it sounds simple, genuinely be yourself. NR are looking for a really diverse array of individuals to employ from all walks of life and experiences.

Make sure you answer the application questions fully and honestly.

Don't forget that all experiences are valuable from being a university sports member to working in your local supermarket!

Do your research into the industry as a whole and how NR fits in to it. Understand the importance of our Control Periods (this is what we work to) and the digital railway and how this may change rail for the future!

Interview Advice:

Be prepared, be confident, dress right and above all answer as many questions as possible. It's a great chance to speak to people and understand more about what it's like to work at NR and the role you're going for.

Remember, the assessors are looking at you throughout the day, so if you get one thing wrong don't worry about it... just focus on getting everything else right!

Graduate Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

We are about infrastructure. Not trains.

Interview Advice:

Remember basic physics. SUVAT equations etc..

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Just do your best and look around the Network rail website for the problems that they have with the current system and actually what the company does. If you are right for the company just being yourself will show through and get you the chance at the interviews and assessment centres.

Interview Advice:

Again I would say try and be personable. In the end as an engineer you can not do everything yourself and will need to be able to relate to different people within the company and have an understanding of where they are all coming from. Try and give as many answers, or different variations on the questions you are asked and don't under sell yourself. You are at the interview, they want to have you, just show them they are making the right decision.

Graduate Engineer, Civil Engineering at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

The application is simple and straight forward but apply as early as possible.

Interview Advice:

Be relaxed and show your knowledge about the company.

GraduateTrack Engineer, Infrastructure project at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

None don't work for this company, I lasted less than 2 years it was horrible.

Graduate, Thames Valley at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, be enthusiastic and think big. Networking is key too.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you're clued up on general technical knowledge from your degree and think about what you've done in the past to be competent for the job you're applying for.

Graduate Track Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Follow the STAR technique.

, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

My first advice would be to apply! Research the company and the different job opportunities there are. It may not be for everyone so having a good idea before you apply is essential.
For those who are engineering graduates, or soon to be, then definitely look at what we do and the challenges that are coming. The company is expanding and engineers are highly sought after.

Interview Advice:

The best advice I can give for interviews is to prepare well, be relaxed, be confident but not arrogant and smile! One of the best things to do is to draw on a variety of experiences from your life when answering questions. It's not all about the project you did at univerisity. If you can get work and/or travelling experiences in there that will go a long way to improving your answers. This also demonstrates that you can work in teams and with people...and that's what it is all about!

Graduate Civil Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

You don't have to know a great deal about trains, just show a varied background and a willingness to learn.

Interview Advice:

If you don't know something, say you don't know but seek the answer from the interviewer. It shows you have an interest in the company.

Graduate Maintenance Engineer, Stockport Maintenance at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

I would suggest that for any industry, but especially the railway, one should express why the industry is personally and specifically important/interesting.

The application process is similar to most other graduate schemes.

Interview Advice:

Railway knowledge is not specifically required. Ensure you know what you're applying for and why you're an ideal candidate.

Finance Graduate, Finance at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

You need to be proactive in making contacts and self motivated.

Interview Advice:

Highlight many of your experiences (work social environment) and suggest how you can bring use of them to the company.

Graduate Manager (General), Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Read up on the industry. Try to understand how it is structured and understand that Network Rail don't run the trains!

Interview Advice:

Relax and be yourself

Graduate General Manager, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Show your soft skills especially quick adaptation and learning.

Interview Advice:

Focus on soft skills rather than technical knowledge

, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Think about which location you want to be in. Moving away from home will help you develop and learn to assume more responsibility as an adult.
It is also worth considering that most of the investment tends be in the London area.

Other than that...
GO FOR IT!

Interview Advice:

The interview was competency based. So questions about how in your life you managed confrontation; how you have resolved inappropriate behaviour from someone; a time when you delivered results etc.

So have good examples to mind.

Graduate Manager, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Get your application in early well in advance of the application closing date. Perhaps practice on less desired jobs that you would like to apply to for practice.

Interview Advice:

Think of multiple good quality examples to be used for competency based questions and get your head around the basics of the railway industry as it's very complicated!!

Graduate Engineer, OLE Western Route at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

-Be yourself; there's no point pretending to be a certain type of person and being hired for a role that isn't right for you because of it.

Interview Advice:

Questions are mainly competency based so ensure you have a wide pool of example experiences prepared to aid your answers.

Graduate Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Don't worry too much if you do not have any railway experience - you're not expected to!

Interview Advice:

Use the breaks in the assessment day to chat to the managers and give them an idea of the type of person you are, if you sit quietly waiting for your next session, it may make you appear reserved.
Make friends with the other graduates
Have plenty of clear and concise examples of where you have demonstrated specific skills and qualities - practice and rehearse them.

Safety Health & Environment Graduate, Safety, Health & Environment at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Read up on railway engineering principles, safety is critical and be prepared to show you can think quickly under pressure.

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the company and industry to get a feel of what is going on.
Show enthusiasm for the role.
Don't lie!

Interview Advice:

As above.

Assistant Project Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

I'd say be yourself, try to research the company before hand so you can demonstrate your enthusiasm in wanting to join the organisation. Speak and contribute in the assessment centre. Research Network Rails 'core values' and try to gain an overview of CP5.

Interview Advice:

Use the STAR technique (Google it) to breakdown your interview answers. Use different experiences from your life, i.e. uni, teams, projects, charity work, part time jobs, placements etc.

General Management Graduate, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be enthusiastic and pro-active but you don't have to like or be interested in trains.

Interview Advice:

Keep calm and don't be too dominant or too quiet.

Graduate Signalling Engineer, Signalling at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the company and understand what they actually do. I found it helpful to research some current projects and also long term projects. Make sure the grammar and spelling on the application is correct. When answering application questions, focus on one experience in detail rather than loads of experiences in brief.

Interview Advice:

Dress smart and be polite. Don't recite loads of facts and figures from the website but talk about things that are unique and no one else will talk about.

Assistant Construction Manager, Structures at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be honest, Network Rail look for graduates who aren't afraid to challenge the process.

HSE graduate, Health, Safety and Environment at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Think about what they are actually asking

Interview Advice:

Be an all round person, i.e. be able to work as a team effectively but also as an indivdual

Graduate Track Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Complete research about a company and enter this into application.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and dont lie. Ask for a bit longer if you are unsure on how to answer a question.

Risk and assurance manager, Corporate Services at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

be innovative

Graduate S&T Engineer, Signalling at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Focus more on your personality and skills than your qualifications. Network Rail are definitely hiring the person behind the qualifications and will train you up accordingly. The key to any interview is put your personality forward.

Interview Advice:

Think things through logically and you will be ok. There are no trick questions but they do require some thought. Take a deep breath and break the problems down and you will be fine.

Scheme Project Manager, Track Renewals S&C at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Great company to apply to if you are looking for a career change and if you want to grow and develop quickly. Don't be put off applying if you are a mature student or have worked in other professions beforehand.

Interview Advice:

Be very clued up on project structures and key roles and relationships. Read up on APM book of knowledge.

Scheme Project Manager, Waterloo Station at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Read up on Network Rail, Current projects, how they are funding, who they operate to/for etc.

Interview Advice:

Brush up on team work, communication and problem solving competency questions and also be prepared to answer some scenario related questions.

Network Operations Graduate Manager, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do it - it's fantastic

Interview Advice:

Research landlord and tenant law

Surveyor, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

The rail industry is in serious need of all abilities including project managers, engineers, analysts, technicians and support staff. For engineering roles a practical and logical application of general principles is required.

Interview Advice:

Expect a range of questions exploring your knowledge and aptitude but above all your ability to apply sound understanding of general principles to real life safety critical issues.

Engineer, Technical Services at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

#1 DO NOT CONFUSE NETWORK RAIL WITH NATIONAL RAIL (The former is the UK Rail Infrastructure owner & maintainer; the latter is the UK ticketing agency). Your application will be binned immediately if you make this mistake, no matter how good it is.
- Another common mistake: NR are not responsible for the running of the trains (apart from signalling and track quality), however we do have a fleet of maintenance trains and rail vehicles.

#2 Take care when completing your application. The first 20% of applications to be rejected are those with 5+ grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.

#3 Think carefully about your answers in the situation judgement test.

#4 Above all, show an honest enthusiasm for the rail industry and your professional development

Interview Advice:

#1 Turn up suited-and-booted and at least 30 mins before the scheduled arrival time. Behave professionally at all times - even in breaks - as you will be assessed throughout the day, and not just when you're sat in the interview seat.

#2 Show an honest enthusiasm for the rail industry and your professional development

#3 If you get asked a tricky question, try your best to answer; it's better than saying nothing

#4 Keep cognisance of point #1 of Application Advice!

#5 Be creative! You may be asked to come up with an innovative plan or design; don't be afraid to push the boundaries of our current methods and technology, but at the same time remember to keep your ideas somewhere close to solid ground!

#6 In teamworking exercises:
Do: Listen to others; discuss yours and other candidates opinions amicably and professionally; contribute effectively to the task; be prepared to accept that someone else may have a better idea and, if it is the best option, work with it rather than against it;
Don't: Talk over or ignore others or assume taking paternal control over the task will land you the job; have a passive involvement in the group task - doing nothing will get you nothing!; insist your idea is best just because you want to be the one who came up with the solution - this won't win you any 'points' with the Interviewers.

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Use experience you have developed. Give examples and use the STAR format to answering longer questions. You do not need to be a train-spotter for this role! Being a well rounded engineer is more important than detailed railway knowledge.

Interview Advice:

Network Rail uses a competency based interview process. Give lots of examples relevant to the question where you resolved an issue.

Graduate Engineer, Thameslink Programme at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Read up on NR's core behaviours: Accountable; Customer-Driven; Collaborative; Challenging and think about how they might apply to what Network Rail do e.g. who are our customers, who are we accountable to.
Read up on Mark Carne's safety vision, the Life-Saving Rules and where safety sits among Network Rail's priorities.
Try to keep abreast of recent developments in the rail industry e.g. infrastructure development projects, Train Operator franchise renewals, major causes of delay, success stories etc.

Interview Advice:

There is a big focus on innovation and change within the industry. Try to research key challenges that Network Rail face and develop new ideas to solve these issues.
One-on-one interviews are primarily competency-based so research the usual competencies that are asked about (leadership, teamwork, analysis etc.) and think of scenarios where you demonstrated these.

General Management Graduate, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be honest

Interview Advice:

Know the company inside out, and talk about safety!

Graduate Project Manager, Project Management at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do your research on the railway industry and how it works. Look at major projects being delivered.

Interview Advice:

Competency questions are key- look up the Network Rail Behaviours and how you relate to them. Consider the importance of safety to the company.

Scheme Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects Development at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Take time to go through the application and don't be afraid to state your weaknesses as this will only help to identify future training needs.

Interview Advice:

Think carefully about the answer to each question to make you stand out from other interviewees.

ST&E Graduate, South East Route at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the Company.

Commercial Sponsor, Level Crossings at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

In my application I was honest, and just tried to point out all my experience to how it would be relevant to working in the rail industry.

Interview Advice:

Network Rail are very keen on non-technical skills, make sure you are aware of what they are and what experience you have that is relevant to the different skills.

General Managegment Graduate, Network Operations – East Midlands at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Keep a good diary and plan of your achievements and activities to relate back to.

Interview Advice:

Keep calm. Activities are group work, a presentation and an interview. Keep an eye on time and presentation skills.

Graduate Engineer, S&T at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be a team player and show use of common sense and contributing to groups. Communication skils and confidence are necessary.

Interview Advice:

General knowledge of what network rail does and the kind of company it is.
Know why you want this role.
Have a plan for the near future of what you want to be doing/where.

Graduate Project Manager, IP Signalling at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Have an appreciation and understanding of the industry and the upcoming challenges that the transport industry faces in the coming months and years.

General Management Graduate, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do your research. It doesn't take long to go on a company's website and read a few of their documents - it'll help you to no end whilst applying. Don't make the mistake of thinking that Network Rail run trains; Network Rail is an infrastructure owner and maintainer.

Interview Advice:

Answer the questions and be willing to think outside the box. You will not be expected to know everything but it will be your train of thought that matters. Perhaps suggest technologies from other industries you are more familiar with and how they could improve the railways but above all, Network Rail is a safety focused company and you will not get a job unless you prove you are safety conscious and willing to put the safety of our workforce and the traveling public above all else.

Seasons Delivery Specialist, Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the company and make reference to how your experience can fit into the business. Take your time with the application and put in as much detail as possible.

Interview Advice:

Research the company and the history. Have a look at the wide range of job positions that exist, you'll be surprised. Really prepare for the interview.

Graduate Manager, Station Management at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the company well and understand the future challenges as well as some of the current projects being undertaken
dont make silly mistakes, such as writing national rail or british rail instead of Network Rail

Interview Advice:

Interview questions were a mix of competency based as well as technical questions
competency based questions consisted of communication, problem solving skills etc as well as the usual why do you want to work for us
technical questions covered basic principles of electrical theory

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

It is important to demonstrate a broad understanding of the industry and how all the different components interface as its structure is complicated. An appreciation of the obligations associated with a publicly funded organisation would be good.

Overall, you should aim to demonstrate excellent communication skills and collaborative rather than competitive behaviours as well as demonstrating that you can both follow a defined process and think outside the box.

General Management Graduate, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

You don't have to be an engineer or know a lot about the railway as there are plenty of different opportunities available.

Make sure you have the name of the company correct! (Network Rail, not National Rail)

Interview Advice:

Be friendly and personable, as this really isn't a cut-throat environment. Also, learn a bit about the major projects that Network Rail is currently working on and things specifically related to your scheme and be able to talk confidently about them.

Graduate, Group Strategy, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do your research and know where you want to be.

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Technical Services at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Good communication skills are essential.

Assistant Engineer, Rail Plant at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Everyone I have met is incredibly genuine, kind and friendly and it makes the company a really lovely place to work

Interview Advice:

Know what the company does, the plans for the future through CP5 and CP6 and what the major projects going on across the country are. Keep up to date with outside influences to the decisions that are required to be made, understand who our stakeholders are and who we are accountable to. Most importantly, know what the job role actually does.

General Management Graduate, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

They are keen for good engineers so some solid examples of the required competencies from previous work experience should get you a long way.

Interview Advice:

I had a fairly relaxed interview with some simple electrical questions about an example circuit and questions about fail safe mechanisms.

Graduate Engineer, Graduate Scheme at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the company well, practice presentation skills.

, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Think about the experiences you have had already and apply these to the application, these do not need to be in a work environment. Liking railways is not necessarily what the business is looking for, a head for business and delivering on targets will get you much further than knowing huge amounts about trains and railways!

Interview Advice:

Be friendly and approachable, a competitive attitude at the assessment centre will make group work very difficult. Ask questions, you need to make sure Network Rail are right for you, not just you being right for us.

Research the business and industry, but don't be overwhelmed by it, the rail industry is massive and you are not expected to know all about it at interview.

Safety Improvement Specialist, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Get up to speed on sustainability and environmental issues for the railway and general construction industry.

Environment Specialist, Environment at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do your research. Network, network, network. Find people who are doing the same role you want to do then network with them to find out more.

Interview Advice:

Do your research. The programmes are challenging to get on to so make sure you are better than everyone else. Most people will do a small amount of research but you can shine if you really know your stuff.

Network Operations General Management Graduate, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Look at the Network Rail website for the core competencies and remember these throughout the application.
Try to tailor your application to fit in with the theme of the recruitment campaign. Thinking outside the box is fine and encouraged but don't get too far removed from what will actually work.

Interview Advice:

Prepare for interview questions based around the core competencies. These are usually the 'can you give an example of....' questions.

Graduate Management Scheme, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Find out what project management is - p'raps read the APM's 'Starting Out in Project Management' (that may not be the exact title). Find out a little about the rail industry, but there's no need to try to come across as a total anorak - in fact, it could be a disadvantage.

Interview Advice:

Questions you may be asked:
'Why do you want to work for Network Rail?'
'What interests you about project management?'
'What appeals to you about Network Rail's Project Management graduate scheme?'
+ a number of competency-based questions: example of time you've shown teamwork/leaderhsip skills etc.
One which stumped me: 'What tools does a project manager use?' I was thinking along the lines of planning software packages (since joining NR I've discovered that actually there will normally be a dedicated planner who does this), but the answer they were actually looking for (or one of them) was 'risk management'.

Graduate (Project Management), Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be sure to research and understand Network Rail and have a good understanding of their business, and role within the UK rail sector.

Interview Advice:

Try to go to your interview with some current news relating to Network Rail. Being able to relate some of your answers to current issues will be really positive.

Graduate – Project Management, Infrastructure Projects: Track High Output at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and don't worry about knowing everything, but do some research.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and express your personality

Route Freight Manager, Wales, freight at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

be yourself, do not lie on applications! give as many examples of using competencies whether this has been at university or outside .. both are important! try and join a society committee ... shows responsibility!

Interview Advice:

always remeber to read up about the company before hand .. info on their site, and what big things are happening in the company at the moment. try and remember who their senior executives are i.e CEO/ Cheif Exec. Don't stress about the interview, be calm and speak slowly ... ask for water if needed

Graduate Project Manager, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Emphasise why you are interested in a career in this sector as well as what makes you right for the role.

Graduate (Project Manager), Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the company.

Schem Project Manager, Network Operations Programmes at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

The company like real world experience outside of university. If you have done a gap year or a year in industry mention it and prove that you can do what you claim by giving examples

Interview Advice:

Don't use technical words.

The company are after your personality rather than your knowledge, speak up , be confident and show your interpersonal skills.

Graduate track engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Understand what Network Rail do.

Assistant Asset Engineer, Asset Management at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

The application process is long and tedious but you shouldn't lose faith with it, there are huge numbers of people applying and only a small team to deal with the applications so it takes time. Be enthusiastic and do your research on the difficulties facing the rail industry currently as this will impress any potential assessors and interviewers. Take your time over the answers on the online application and make sure to give as good an impression of yourself as possible.

Interview Advice:

Interview largely competency based and judged on many areas such as communication and customer focus as well as a large technical section with scenario type questions.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Graduate Scheme at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

I would say that working for Network Rail may not be everyone's cup of tea but if you're looking for a challenging and rewarding role with a company that will offer you great development opportunities and exposure to some of the UK's best infrastructure then this is the company for you. Have a look at the company's values and behaviours, which can be found on the Network Rail website, before deciding if this is the right place for you.

Interview Advice:

On application, ensure you take your time when filling in the forms and make sure you do your research - the interviewers are particularly good at probing you on your knowledge! Prepare well for the assessment centre stage of the application process as this can be very challenging and a tiring (but very enjoyable) day.

Scheme Project Manager, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Follow the STAR techniques as it is a competency based application. Don't worry if they don't get back to you for several months. The application process is very slow.

Interview Advice:

Show enthusiasm for the railway. Learn a little about some of the major projects. There are lots of candidates that are very competent, so it will be your motivational fit that could give you the advantage.

Scheme Project Manager, Crossrail Signalling at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Network Rail is a safety critical company. Learn the company values and current projects that are going on.

For Project Management, learn basics of project management, stakeholder management, good team-working skills, leadership.

Interview Advice:

You don't need to know everything about the Railway. Network rail is much more than just trains. Show a dedication to learn. Learn about the company and its values.

Graduate Project Manager, Project Management at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

You need enthusiasm and confidence. You also need to show that you are motivated and organised - and a proper reason as to why you are interested in the railways is always good.

Interview Advice:

On the assessment day I was asked to do a case study on a problem affecting the railway, listing all the things I would do to solve the problem. Then there was a group study where we had to build a strategy around a railway event - in that just make sure you keep an eye on the time and always make sure you are respectful of other's opinions. Then we had to present an individual idea relating to the railway problem we listed solutions for earlier and answer questions about it to an examiner.

Graduate Manager, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be honest, try to find something unique about yourself, have a genuine interest in engineering and an ability to move around geographically.

Interview Advice:

Be honest, open, don't be afraid to say "I don't know", think outside the box.

Graduate Engineer, Woking at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

The application is not difficult. Just make it clear and get it in early.

Interview Advice:

Do your research and show enthusiasm!

Business Technology Graduate, Business Technology at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Learn about the company.

Understand why you want to work for the company.

Develop and be able to give examples of your own key skills.

Interview Advice:

Why do you want to work for Network Rail?

Graduate Manager, Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be prepared for a lot of uncertainty and a continual barrage of 'cost-saving' initiatives across the company that put your colleagues and your potential future positions in jeopardy. Don't be afraid to look beyond the area of the business that your grad scheme is based within; there are more opportunities for better-rounded people.

Interview Advice:

Standard competency-based things. It helps to have an idea of the challenges facing the rail industry in general. GBS in particular looks for an appreciation of how technology can overcome these challenges.

Graduate, Group Business Services at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

You must show that you are proactive about improving yourself.

Interview Advice:

Questions asked of me:
"Provide an example of when you have lead a team"
"When have you developed someone else"

General Management Graduate, General Management at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be honest about experience!

Interview Advice:

Be relaxed and comfortable, they look for people who will work well in teams as much as technical knowledge.

Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Technical Services at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Enjoy the recruitment process. If/when you get to assessment centres and interviews, try to be yourself.

Mobile Operations Manager, Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Look into the railway and see how things are changing rapidly. If you are excited by the scale of the organisation and the challenges ahead then this is definitely the job for you - and make sure you show this in your application.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Prepare some good questions - perhaps based on recent news.

Finance Graduate, Finance at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

I would definitely advise you apply for it. The basic thing Network Rail is looking is motivation.

Interview Advice:

I was asked why I wanted to join Network Rail, competency based interview was a core part of the interview as well. in terms of technical interviews if you know your basic ohms law you will be fine (electrical engineer)

Graduate Engineer, Asset Management Services at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Technical ability is essential but you also need strong communication, leadership and management skills. Genuine passion for what you are doing goes a long way.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and don't be cocky.

Fleet Engineer, On Track Machines at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do some research and show your passion for wanting to work for Network Rail and in the railway industry.

Interview Advice:

Think of the railway as a system including the train/freight operators and passengers and not to focus on a single discipline.

Graduate Civil Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

If you like a range of work, like to question current ways of doing things, enjoy management and technical applications of engineering then apply. When applying, the assessment process is not designed to catch you out so be yourself and demonstrate your enthusiasm for engineering. Contrary to popular belief you do not need to worship trains; just have a passion for engineering challenges and finding solutions to complex problems very much in the public's eye.

Interview Advice:

Standard competency questions:
"explain a time when...".
Engineering questions:
"*image of a bridge* describe the load paths and forces, if there is a defect at a certain location what would you do?";
"what would you consider when installing a new railway line across a river an environmentally protected land?";

Assessment centres and interviews are designed to show your thinking processes and ability to communicate your ideas clearly.

Graduate Engineer, Thameslink / London Bridge at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be prepared to travel a lot and be prepared to move if required.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

Health, Safety and Environmental Management Graduate, Safety at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the company and the role that you are applying for. Additionally, speaking to people within the company (and ideally your preferred role) will give you a vast amount of knowledge that will set you apart from other graduates. It would be worth contacting the company for work experience and opportunities in advance of applications.

Interview Advice:

I would strongly recommend researching the company’s internal processes as well any guidelines and requirements that it needs to follow. This will set you apart from other graduates that have just looking at website and memorised facts.

Scheme Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects East Midlands at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate good leadership/people skills - people interaction is a huge part of the job and being able to demonstrate previous experience of interacting with different groups of people really helps.

Interview Advice:

Prepare for questions specifically on Project Management - e.g. the project management life cycle etc.

Scheme Project Manager, Project Management at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and be honest.

Graduate Engineer, Plant, Traction and Rolling Stock at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Teamwork is key, communication is one of the most important skills an engineer has. If the career is something you're interested in, let your excitement show through.

Interview Advice:

Background of the company and engineering fundamentals are important to research. Treat everyone with respect and communicate as clearly as possible. It's more important for the interviewers to see HOW you solve a problem than purely technical skills.

Assistant Project Engineer, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Any degree is accepted- you don't have to be an engineer to work in rail industry (I did Biological sciences!)

Interview Advice:

Answer the question they ask. Don't waffle on about irrelevant things.

Project management assistant, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

General advice: research the company, read some corporate documents, set up a news alert for any stories about NR (there are a lot!), just to show you're keen because thousands of people will be applying for the same role.

Interview Advice:

Prepare for typical "Tell me about a time when" questions.
Research the company values.
Give creative, forward-thinking, out of the box examples.
Emphasise that safety comes first!

, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Research the industry to have a base knowledge of how the industry is structured

Network Operations / General Management Graduate, at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be open to moving around and don't take on this role if you don't want to move. The oppotunities come through moving.

Interview Advice:

Be open and know your stuff. Research the company and the role you are going for. You don't have to be a train geek to get this job you just have to have ambition and a willingness to learn.

Graduate Project Manager, Project Management at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Do not be intimidated by the fact that you may have limited understanding of the railway or an engineering background. The way the graduate programme is structured, it will develop the graduate specifically tailored to their needs.

Interview Advice:

Ensure you have a diverse range of competency scenarios. It is very important to be yourself and confident that you can be successful in this role. Try to imagine the perfect candidate for this role and practise with friends and family an interview session. Finally, make sure you learn about the company and its objectives.

Project Manager, Development IP Southern at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be prepared for the assessment centres - don't shy away in the group exercises but equally don't try and be the centre of attention and speak too much.

Interview Advice:

Lots of situational based questions such as 'tell me about a time you have lead a project, worked in a team, dealt with something stressful, planned something etc...' One question about the railway and how you would deal with an incident. Other questions about where you see yourself in 5 years.

Graduate Manager, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and do your research. The railway is a vast industry but knowing some stuff before you apply will definitely put you in a strong position.

Interview Advice:

Preare and ask questions - you need to find out if the company is right for you as well as whether you are right for the company.

Shift Station Manager, at Network Rail
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Best:

Good pay
plenty of holiday
comprehensive benefits package

Worst:

processes that vary across the organisation and can cause confusion
poor and department focussed information management makes it hard to ensure you are using the right information at the right time.

Scheme Project Manager, Project Development at Network Rail
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Best:

Lots of opportunities to move within the company to different departments.

Commercial Scheme Sponsor, Route Enhancements at Network Rail
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Best:

Such a large company with the option to move/progress onto other roles, both within engineering and others.

Worst:

Lack of funding for particular areas. Many departments argue about which budget certain work comes out of.

Graduate Engineer (Signalling), Rotation placements at Network Rail
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Best:

Friendly staff
Vast opportunities
Welcoming community
Helpful staff
Work environment is friendly
Flexibility in working hours

Graduate National Supply Chain, Route Services – Contracts and Procurement at Network Rail
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Best:

Good company to work for, with good job security. Endless opportunities.

Worst:

It's a public company, so don't get the luxuries of a private company.

Scheme Sponsor, HS2 at Network Rail
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Best:

The large size of the company means that there is a lot of different functions within Network Rail and this allows for a range of job roles to move into once the graduate scheme is complete.

Worst:

The IT system can be a nightmare sometimes.

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail
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Best:

Ethos

Worst:

Inefficiencies (although these are inherent and unavoidable in a lot of cases)

Track Engineering Graduate, Track at Network Rail
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Best:

Work life balance.

Worst:

Lack of responsibility.

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail
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Best:

Progression opportunity

Worst:

Entropy

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail
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Best:

The continual improvement, always trying to make improvements in dafety, performance and customer service.

Worst:

Sometimes the company is too keen to make changes for changes sake and it is not alway planned thoughly.

Graduate Engineer, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Best:

Career progression and work/life balance.

Worst:

Can be too slow to implement change. We also don't promote our successes well enough.

Assistant Design Engineer, Building and Civil Design Group at Network Rail
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Best:

Culture and environment

Worst:

Size of the company makes communication quite hard sometimes

Graduate Engineer, Safety Technical and Engineering at Network Rail
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Best:

Work Life balance

Worst:

Sometimes working away from home.

Graduate Engineer, Track at Network Rail
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Best:

Lots of support

Worst:

n/a

Electrical and Electronic Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail
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Best:

How big it is and how many different opportunities there are to progress.

Worst:

As a publicly owned company, when things go wrong, we get pointed the finger at very rapidly.

Electrification & Plant Graduate Engineer, Safety, Technical & Engineering at Network Rail
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Best:

Flexibility i.e. short work hours, a lot of annual leave, opportunities to work night shifts to learn practical skills etc.

Worst:

They currently do not have a team of structural engineers dedicated to maintaining their large station buildings and doing any form of complex analysis.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Structures at Network Rail
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Best:

job for life, if you want it.

Worst:

Office locations.

Graduate Engineer, Maintenance at Network Rail
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Best:

Ethics and approachability of all staff

Worst:

Public company

Graduate Civil Engineer, Asset Management at Network Rail
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Best:

Look after the staff.

Worst:

Unjustified negative reputation.

Graduate, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Best:

Size and opportunities

Worst:

Scale of the business can often slow things down, this can be slowed down by some dated railway processes.

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail
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Best:

The size and influence it has on society. It also supports a good work life balance and company benefits, pension, travel subsidy etc.

Worst:

Could be much better use of technologies within the office environments for day to day activities.

Project Sponsor, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Best:

Variable - always something new happening.
Always learning something new.
Very focussed on developing staff.
So many different types of roles that you can move into.

Worst:

Unbalance % of male and female at the moment - this is being addressed and getting better.

Route Support Manager, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Best:

Trains again

Worst:

Working 5 days a week in the same office, although irregular, is an absolute killer, and it can be quite sedentary

Project Management Graduate, Track Renewals at Network Rail
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Best:

People are genuine. Good benefits considering it's essentially public sector

Shift Station Manager, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Best:

Flexibility

Worst:

communication between departments

Graduate Civil Engineer, Rail at Network Rail
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Best:

Very supportive organisation that wants to progress its staff and get the most out of them.

Worst:

The constant re-organisations mean that job security is non-existent.

National Support Controller, National Operations Centre at Network Rail
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Best:

Work life balance

Worst:

Night shift can be quite an adjustment.

Graduate Railway Civil Engineer, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Best:

The work life balance and ethos of the company. NR is really supportive if you have any problems, and there's always someone who will help you.

Worst:

When you tell people you work for Network Rail they start moaning to you about trains being unreliable and running late - I cant fix everything!

Planning Specialist, Supply Chain Operations at Network Rail
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Best:

Offices across the England, Wales and Scotland. Opportunities are available across the areas/ routes.
Good work/ life balances.

Worst:

As this is a big company, some aspects are a bit dis-jointed.
Difficult to change process/ procedures as it needs to go through several teams/ hierarchy.

Graduate Engineer, Satety Technical and Engineering at Network Rail
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Best:

Benefits, ethics.

Worst:

Not currently a very diverse cohort of employees. Some employees have a bad attitude towards graduates.

Graduate Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Best:

culture and commitment to safety

Worst:

Bad press

Assistant Project Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Best:

Mix of people, great environment, diverse job role and company, great pay and benefits.

Worst:

Old IT systems.

Customer Manager (Wessex), Customer Relationship Executive at Network Rail
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Best:

Looks after employees

Worst:

N/a

Mobile Operations Manager, Operations at Network Rail
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Best:

Covers all aspects of rail in the country and is in a unique place in terms of running the railway

Worst:

Bad reputation with public for delays sometimes and not informing them of the issues

Graduate Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Best:

A nationwide employer, who seem supportive of their staff moving around within the organisation (between geographical locations, or changing discipline entirely). Clear pay bands were recently introduced to try and ensure that employees doing the same job were paid similar and fair wages.

Worst:

As an engineer on an engineering graduate scheme, I've done and witnessed very little actual engineering in 18 months. The structure of the rail industry in this country means very little R&D actually goes on and Network Rail's role is rather more management-heavy. I wouldn't recommend the industry as a whole to anyone who wants to be at the cutting edge of anything.

Graduate Engineer, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Best:

Lots of different opportunities

Worst:

Public sector, so limited about of benefits and pay increases

Scheme Project Manager, Project Management at Network Rail
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Best:

- Big name
- Great training scheme
- Everyone gets mentor (normally from functional leadership team)
- Great culture and work-life balance

Worst:

- It takes 5 years of working at Network Rail to get onto Final Salary pension scheme

HR Graduate, HR at Network Rail
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Best:

Looks after its employees well

Asset Manager, Commercial Estate at Network Rail
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Best:

The company culture

Worst:

The Bureaucracy

Surveyor (Anglia), Property at Network Rail
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Best:

The corporate culture
The exposure / opportunities for development
The work life balance
Social aspects

Worst:

Departments can be guilty of silo working
There is a lot of red tape

Graduate, Projects & Programme Services at Network Rail
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Best:

A huge variety of projects and career paths.

Worst:

The big size of the company has a great impact on the effectiveness of your work.

, at Network Rail
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Best:

The pay is excellent especially in your first year when the welcome bonus is included.
The company has no competitors and is public owned meaning it is not a wholly financially motivated company, safety is our main priority which is refreshing.

Worst:

Generally there is a lack of SCE's which is a bit of a pain for going towards chartership.

Graduate Track Engineer, Route Asset Management at Network Rail
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Best:

Flexible working hours, Allows you to do your job and have a life outside of work.
Furthers your education and working learning.

Worst:

The chop and change of the grad scheme to start with means you get into a team then have to change and do something else.

Assistant Project Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Best:

Graduate Progression
Benefits
Pay
Training
Responsibility

Worst:

Nothing too major

Graduate Project Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Best:

very supportive with training and progression

Worst:

Can be a little unorganised at times, lack of communication during the graduate recruitment process

Graduate Project Manager, Civils at Network Rail
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Best:

The amount of opportunities available to you is endless - they will work with you as much as they can to give you the chance to branch into a number of different areas.

Worst:

There is currently a bit of a clash between operations and commercial values within different areas of the business. Because of our nature of being a government body, money has to be spent well. But safety must always go ahead of performance which can often have a commercial impact.

Mobile Operations Manager, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Best:

Large company with lots of opportunities for progression, at locations throughout the UK. Good benefits and remuneration. Excellent work-life balance.

Worst:

Disconnection between HQ and central teams, and the teams in local offices around the country. Different departments don't always communicate with each other effectively.

Graduate, at Network Rail
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Best:

Good Ethics and great geographical variability and career progression

Worst:

Tends to reorganise often.

Graduate Civil Engineer, at Network Rail
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Best:

Culture within the company, support for everyone, effective diversity and inclusion campaigns. Vast technical expertise and experience throughout the company, ability to move and gain experience in any field that you are interested in.

Worst:

Due to the size of the the company the detachment between certain departments can be quite large and thus impacts effective communication within the company. This can result in slower project work pace at times.

Graduate Traction and Rolling Stock Engineer, Safety Technical and Engineering at Network Rail
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Best:

Great opportunities to develop within the company and such a wide range of jobs on offer.

Worst:

Some processes within the graduate scheme could have been done better, and better line management interaction.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Best:

You feel protected at this company, they have your best interests at heart and make you feel very welcome.

Worst:

There is a large population of men who work for NR, it would be better if there was an equal balance of men to women.

Human Resources Graduate, HR at Network Rail
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Best:

The flexibility and variety in the worst available.
Work/ life balance.
Pay.
Training schemes.

Graduate Engineer, Engineering at Network Rail
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Best:

There's an excellent work/life balance ethos around the company.

Worst:

The bad press that we often get.

IT and Business Services Graduate, IT and Business Services at Network Rail
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Best:

Providing a public service and very supportive environment.

Worst:

Can sometimes be a little bureaucratic but only occasionally.

Graduate Manager Network Operations, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Best:

The opportunities and the people culture fostered.

Worst:

Policy and the time it takes to get things done.

Graduate, IT & Business Services at Network Rail
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Best:

Huge number of different departments, different types of jobs, different projects, locations are nationwide - good variety.

Worst:

No international travel opportunities.

Project Management Graduate, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Best:

Large company with the opportunity to move around. Very pro-graduate.

Worst:

Some people are set in their ways (i.e. people have been in the industry for a very long time).

Graduate Engineer (Assistant Project Engineer), Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Best:

The job security and benefits.

Worst:

Lack of money available to Network Rail makes it a frustrating working environment in every aspect.

Project Management Assistant, Project Management at Network Rail
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Best:

The size of the company is definitely a great thing about Network Rail. There is constantly so much going on, we make front page of the newspapers and there is always a problem to be solved.

Worst:

The media negativity we sometimes receive can be a motivational hit, but we have an intranet, and when necessary our CEO sends out a motivational communication to counter any bad publicity we have received. It's definitely easier to see what's going on in the company from inside it, and eventually, you find yourself arguing with the news anyway since you know more about the matter in hand!

Finance Graduate, Finance at Network Rail
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Best:

We deliver large infrastructure projects; these are exciting to be a part of and seeing the difference they make is amazing.

Worst:

Network Rail is a very process driven company, this can be frustrating sometimes as work can be held up by bureaucracy.

IT Graduate, Route Services at Network Rail
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Best:

It is an accountable and result-oriented company.

Worst:

Frequent commuting.

Graduate Engineer, High Output Track Renewal at Network Rail
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Best:

I answered this on the previous page

Worst:

answered on previous page

Graduate Engineer, Track at Network Rail
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Best:

Career progression.

Worst:

Local working conditions.

Senior Development Manager, Strategy and Capacity Planning at Network Rail
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Best:

The best thing for me is the sheer volume of challenges being faced - we have to maintain, renew and upgrade infrastructure some of which has been unchanged since the Victorian era.

Worst:

It is easy to find yourself being side-lined in the early months as you do not have the required railway specific knowledge yet. It is normally considered your responsibility to make sure you are doing work which also benefits yourself.

Graduate Engineer, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Best:

Striving to help people, cares about its employees.

Worst:

Bad press.

, Performance at Network Rail
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Best:

Making a positive impact to the general public.

Worst:

Has to spend a lot of money on projects due to the limited number of rail contractors available.

Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Best:

It's a very large company with varied work all over the country.

Worst:

The way we are portrayed in the public.

Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Safety Technical Engineering at Network Rail
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Best:

Very friendly and helpful staff, good work life balance, opportunities to develop.

Worst:

Different disciplines often don't integrate enough. Some IT systems are out of date. People change roles frequently.

Scheme Project Manager, IP Signalling at Network Rail
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Best:

Career prospects, variety of work and potential to gain experiences from various business areas.

Procurement, Route Services at Network Rail
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Best:

Its importance within the UK and its influence on the financial stability of the country. This offers its employees a wide range of challenges and opportunities to learn and contribute, to maintain an efficient service.

Worst:

The re-structuring that tends to happen every time there is a new head of department. Teams are then shuffled around until things settle down, but this disturbs the work and could have a negative impact on the delivery of projects and other activities.

Graduate Engineer, Safety, Technical & Engineering at Network Rail
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Best:

The opportunities available (responsibility and training), the support given, competitive salary, work/life balance.

Worst:

Heavily unionised which makes change more complicated and slow.

Finance Graduate, Finance at Network Rail
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Best:

A lot of support and training provided.

Worst:

The company is so big that sometimes it is hard to find relevant contacts in other departments.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Best:

Big company, well run, involved in huge projects, responsible for an important service, brings a variety of challenges.

Worst:

Limited by budget, possible stigma attached to rail.

Graduate Engineer, Asset Management at Network Rail
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Best:

The best things are the career progression, the people I work with, the pension schemes that are offered and the training you are provided with.

Worst:

Difficult to think of a worst - it can be a bit of a bureaucratic organisation so sometimes making a decision has to go through a few hoops.

HR Graduate, HR at Network Rail
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Best:

Very structured graduate scheme and a lot of support from the company.

Worst:

First six months are a bit too long to familiarise the company.

Graduate Civil Engineer, Network Operation at Network Rail
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Best:

Very large company.

Worst:

Very large company.

Graduate Engineer, Command, Control & Signalling at Network Rail
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Best:

They value developing people and want to keep people in the company.

Worst:

Can take a long time to progress, people spend a long time in a particular role.

Scheme Project Manager, Project Management at Network Rail
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Best:

It's a massive organisation so there are always opportunities to see new and exciting things.

Worst:

It can take a while to figure out who is the best person to contact about an issue or an enquiry.

Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Best:

Huge growth means there is a wealth of opportunities for different projects to get involved in.

Worst:

A large company means it can be difficult to find the right person to talk to about specific things. However, most people are very accommodating and helpful.

Graduate Engineer, Infastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Best:

Large amount of opportunity to grow and develop.

Worst:

Location of central business function roles is in Milton Keynes.

Graduate Business Analyst, Projects and Programmes Services at Network Rail
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Best:

There is a great sense of 'belonging' between people in the NR finance community.

Worst:

Some of the 'old-school' employees who have been with the company for a number of years are sometimes resistant to change.

Finance Graduate, Finance at Network Rail
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Best:

Good working atmosphere.

Worst:

Poor communication between other sectors and teams which is common for such a large company.

Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Engineering at Network Rail
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Best:

It's a huge and diverse company which covers a number of disciplines, from track maintenance to finance, and there are opportunities to get involved in all of these areas. There is also such a strong safety culture.

Worst:

It can take a long time for things to get processed.

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Network Operations at Network Rail
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Best:

- Decent salary package for a Graduate.
- Good progression opportunity.
- Depending on management, you can be very proactive in your role.
- Good management.

Worst:

Process Driven - Sometimes the processes don't make sense for the work however they must be followed. Due to the size of the company, can be very difficult to change anything internally.

Scheme Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Best:

Network Rail has some big budgets but needs to justify every pound you spend. When you're working on a programme, your incremental improvements can have significant savings over the lifetime of a project.

Worst:

Information flow is not always great. I spend a significant amount of my time chasing answers because things have not been documented and saved in the correct format. It sounds a bit OCD, but information chasing takes up a lot of time.

Graduate Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail
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Best:

The company has a good culture in terms of welcoming newcomers, and in terms of recognition. Lots of experienced people are around and are approachable and willing to help. For a commercial enterprise (in the Property division) the atmosphere is relatively not 'corporate' - there is no real feeling of hierarchy, and even the most senior individuals are approachable, friendly and informal. (This could be seen as a bad thing if you let yourself get too used to this in the longer term!)

Worst:

Perhaps the culture is more laid-back than a private enterprise would be, as I have occasionally been told. However I have not yet experienced a private company, and there are still commercial targets here as there would be for any enterprise with commercial goals.

Graduate Surveyor, Property at Network Rail
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Best:

Huge flexibility and degree of freedom. You can have as much or as little support as you like and are given the independence to tailor your career how you like it.

Worst:

There are around 100 graduates hired each year which means the same teams constantly have a flow of graduates coming in and out every six months. I think this can create an air of resentment and managers can be reluctant to invest time and energy into your development when they will gain nothing from it when you leave.

Assistant Asset Engineer, Route Asset Management at Network Rail
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Best:

I would say the opportunities and support given to pursue said opportunities available. As the people who work there are so great, they're willing to sacrifice their time to help you out which is massive perk.

Worst:

Can't think of anything.

Engineering Graduate, Signalling at Network Rail
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Best:

- Very inclusive.
- Always looking to develop and train their workforce.
- Very safety conscious and want to get everyone home safe every day.
- Modern offices around the country.

Worst:

- Such a big company you can become just another employee unless you're really self-motivated.

Graduate Engineer, at Network Rail
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