On this webpage we have provided you with some advanced tips and techniques for passing the train driver criteria-based interview and the manager’s interview. Once you have read and absorbed the information provided we recommend that you obtain a copy of my Train Driver Interview Questions and Answers downloadable resource which you find at the bottom of this page.

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Basically there are two different types of interview questions that you could be asked. We will now explain each of them and what they mean:


Generic questions can be in any format. There is no particular structure to this type of question but they are generally far easier to respond to.

Examples of generic questions would include:

  • Why do you want to become a Train Driver?
  • What has attracted you to this TOC in particular?
  • What have you learnt about the role of a Train Driver?
  • Why should we choose you against the other applicants?


This type of question is more common during the structured interview and includes questions that are based around the job description/person specification. Examples of role related questions include:

  • Being able to work under pressure.
  • Providing a high level of customer care and service.
  • Working as part of a team to achieve a task.
  • Communicating a message to a group of people.
  • Working with people from different backgrounds.
  • Dealing with difficult and aggressive people.


Here are a few examples of structured interview questions:

Q. Provide an example of when you have worked as part of a team. Within your response please explain what you did and how you contributed towards the team.

Q. Provide an example of when you have had to communicate an important message to a group of people.

Q. Provide details of where you have carried out a safety-critical task.

Q. Provide an example of when you have delivered high-quality customer service.

Q. Provide details of a situation where you had to concentrate for long periods of time whilst working on a difficult task.

Q. Provide details of when you have learnt a large amount of job-related information.

The above sample structured interview questions all require you to provide a specific example of where you carried out a task or took a particular course of action. You will notice that the sample questions are all within the realms of the role of a train driver; therefore, it is perfectly acceptable for the interviewing panel to want to see EVIDENCE of where you meet each particular area being assessed.

  • You will notice that I have capitalised the word EVIDENCE; this is because it is vitally important that you provide specific details of where you have already carried out the task or action in question in a previous or current role.
  • Anybody can say at interview what they would do in a given situation, but actually providing details and EVIDENCE of what they have done in a similar situation is a far harder task.


As you can imagine, many people worry that they do not have the life experiences to answer these types of questions. The simple answer is that they need to go out there and get the experience necessary.
  • The simple fact is this: you are applying for a position that carries a huge amount of responsibility and as such, it is vital that you have the knowledge, skills and experiences to do the job safely and competently.
  • If you don’t currently have the experiences to answer the questions then you need to find ways of gaining the required level of experience.

1. There is nothing to stop you from embarking on a Health and Safety course in order to gain the skills and experiences required to answer the following two questions:

Q. Provide an example of when you have followed rules and procedures to complete a specific task.

Q. Provide details of where you have carried out a safety-critical task.

2. There is also nothing to stop you from asking your boss at work if you can deliver a presentation to your co-workers on an interesting subject that relates to your work.

By doing this you will be able to answer the following question:

Q. Provide an example of when you have had to communicate an important message to a group of people.

3. If you are struggling to think of a situation where you have learnt a large amount of work-related information then why not embark on an evening class or learn a musical instrument?

Just think outside of the box a little!

The important factor to remember of that at no point should you be dishonest during the interview. People have asked me during my 1-day train driver course if it is wise for them to ‘make up’ fictitious scenarios so that they can answer the questions; my response is a resounding NO! There is absolutely no way that I want a train driver driving a train that I am a passenger on if he or she has lied at the interview; would you?


The role of a train driver is one that is called in the industry ‘safety-critical’.
  • The criteria for what makes a job safety-critical will depend upon the regulatory environment and/or the safety standards applied to the role. The general consensus is that a job is safety-critical if it may lead to harm being caused (or not being prevented) to users, bystanders, other stakeholders, or the environment, although the range of causes and harm considered can vary.
  • Basically, in a nutshell, the role of train driver is a highly responsible one which requires an ability to carry out the role safely, competently and professionally. If the job is not carried out in line with rules and safety procedures then harm may be caused.

During your preparation for both sets of interviews I recommend that you have the word safety at the forefront of your mind at all times.

In the following video Richard McMunn gives you a series of Train Driver Interview Questions and Answers to help you pass first time:

Train Driver Interview Questions and Answers Download


  • Contains actual interview questions that you will get asked;
  • Provides sample responses that you can use during your interview;
  • Teaches you how you will be assessed at interview;
  • Sample questions for both managers and criteria based interviews;
  • Written by rail industry recruitment experts;
  • Guaranteed to give you the EDGE over the competition.


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