I was interviewed by two ladies. Both within the industry, but not specific within the role I was applying for.
Questions about me and what I've done (great opportunity to fill in some points about how your skills match up to skills relevant/needed for the role)
Usual competency based questions were included - example of team work, time you demonstrated leadership, How do you manage your time well?
General questions about role - Why Network Rail, What interests you about the project management scheme, how will you cope with the University course in the first year?
Interview lasted around 40 minutes.
Very comfortable interview. The questions didn't try and catch you out - they tried to make you feel comfortable and if you looked stuck on a question/didn't answer question fully, they asked a follow up question to get the points out.
Most difficult question
Industry based questions - can't remember them all - I checked after and they were general Project management jobs - such as describing risk management. Put me on the spot as I wasn't expecting that at all.
Be prepared. Prepare knowledge of what challenges the company may be facing, on the projects they are currently working on.
For assessment day - read the finance section of a finance section on an a-level revision website (basic understanding will help you)
Fell confident during it - it isn't as intense and scary as it may seem, everyone is very friendly. You also get a great lunch at the staff canteen!
Experiences at the assessment centre
Assessment centre was based in Warwick.
It consisted of:
one to one interview
Presentation exercise - I would recommend brushing up on knowledge of break even/ revenue/ profit/ loss - as you will need to work out lots of data and compare.
- It is a fun exercise - important to read through all documents first, to ensure you get an overall understanding of all the information (this will make more sense once you're there)
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