Network Rail - Project Management Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Project Management

    4.0/5 | Interview date: September 2017 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Public Sector

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    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.

    Interview tips

    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
    group exercise
    presentation exercise

    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)

    Interview steps


    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video


    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric


    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

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