For anyone who wants to become a Train Driver the road is a long and difficult one. The selection process is extremely tough and, coupled with the fact that there are approximately 400 applicants for every job, the vast majority of people who do apply, fail.
Having said that, there are a number of quick fire strategies that you can implement in order to achieve your aim of obtaining this much sought after career. To begin with, it is certainly worth while considering an alternative position with a Train Operating Company. Many people who successfully become Train Drivers have come from within the company. They are sometimes conductors, administrative staff or platform staff. There is a very good reason why a Train Operating Company will choose these people over an external applicant; the internal candidate is well know to the company and is therefore more likely to be a competent train driver.
So, consider applying for different roles with a Train Operating Company in order to build your CV and become well known to them. If you do apply, consider the following tips. When completing your Train Driver application form, make sure you match the assessable qualities as closely as possible. Obtain a copy of the job description and person specification, look for the qualities within these documents and then go all out to match them.
It is also very important that you try as hard as possible to provide examples of where you already met the qualities. For example, one of the assessable qualities for becoming a train driver is that of concentration. On your application form make sure you provide a recent example of where you have had to concentrate for long periods of time whilst performing a monotonous task or role.
If you make it past the initial application form stage you will then be invited to attend an assessment centre. During the assessment you will be required to take a number of different tests, such as, group bourdon/concentration tests, mechanical comprehension tests, trainability for rules and procedures tests and a fast reaction/co-ordination test. There are many good books and testing materials available on line, and it is certainly worthwhile investing in these as they will improve your ability in this area.
Finally, you will be required to sit two interviews; the structured interview and the manager’s interview. When preparing for these it is crucial that you once again provide solid examples of where you can meet the assessable qualities.