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July 12, 2017 at 10:24 pm in reply to: Various Qualified Train Drivers Vacancies with FirstGroup (First Careers) #1087
They’re still recruiting for drivers for Central Region, East Region, Exeter and Penzance for anyone interested.
There’s some here: Train Driver Practice Tests Resource [Free Downloads]
If I remember correctly, their last recruitment drive, which was for Great Northern, ended at the beginning of March. Which isn’t long ago for them to be potentially recruiting again soon. It’s quite possible that they might recruit for all of their franchises in the coming months.
Welcome to the forum DannyTee
The Group Bourdon is used by nearly all the toc’s and is pretty uniform across all of them. The Group Bourdon test involves:
5 sheets of dots (sometimes letters)
Each sheet contains boxes with multiple dots in each box
Each box with 4 dots in it should be circled
You get 2 minutes per sheet
Hi Ralph, from what I can gather, they aren’t accepting new applications at the moment but they have got a sign up where you can be emailed once recruitment opens again.
They’ll definitely want someone who can show they can follow procedures and rules and that can stay calm and focus in stressful/emergency situations.
Yeah mate, for the structured you get a form to fill in where you can show from experience how you’ve handled a situation and they’ll ask you to elaborate on them during the interview.
MMI is typically more geared towards finding out your motivations for becoming a train driver, what you know about the role, what you know about the TOC, why you want to join that particular TOC.
This is the interview that you need to make sure you’ve really brushed up on the TOC and show that you know everything about them.
Hi mate, if you’re still looking for advice on what to prepare for heres a few that might help.
What skills do you have that will be an asset to our team?
How many people work for this toc?
Why do you want to work for our company?
That last one is great for letting them know that you’ve really looked into them. You could mention any positive press they’ve received as well as if they have any future plans coming up.
No problem 😄 The TEA-OCC test with SWT is paper based.
Glad it was helpful.
They are all the tests you’d expect to take.
Admin – might be worth creating a tests page with links to all of the practice tests as a resource?
I saw SWT were recruiting for rail operators, congrats on getting through the application stage.
Hi Ralph, welcome.
Are you referring to this test: goo.gl/yFKz33
‘For this test, you will be required to search for fictional phone directories and relevant symbols. You will be given an area code to find which needs to match a particular symbol. Searching the data, you must count how many items have both that symbol and area code. For example, if you are asked to find all the bars with the area code (01947); you must only count the items with the symbol for bars and that area code.’
This is a free download for it which will provide you some practice 😄
It’s not exactly the same but it helped me 😄 I found it useful to play tones in the background from YouTube to count while I practiced these. You’ll probably have to do tone counting too.
Also, which TOC are you applying to?