train driver interview

During the Train Driver selection process you will be required to undergo two interviews. The first interview is called a Structured Interview whilst the second one is called a Managers Interview.

During the first interview you will be required to provide details and evidence of where you meet the core responsibilities for becoming a train driver. Read on to find out more about how to pass the interviews for becoming a train driver.

The Essential Train Driver Interview Checklist
  • How to answer strength and weakness train driver questions;
  • The key skills (keywords) you need to say in your interviews;
  • Use this checklist to ensure you pass the structured interview and the managers interview!

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The Structured Interview

  • This is an interview conducted according to laid down guidelines to maintain fairness and non-discrimination and will probably be given by two people from the Personnel Department.
  • This type of interview is common place during selection processes and there is a skill to passing them. The key to answering the questions is to provide ‘specific’ responses to ‘situational’ questions.

For example, during the structured interview you are asked the question –

“Can you provide an example of when you have worked effectively whilst under pressure”.

The most effective way to answer the question is to provide an actual ‘specific’ recent example of when you have done this.

A great way to structure your response is to use the STAR method:

  • Situation – explain what the situation was and who was involved.
  • Task – what had to be done and by whom?
  • Action – who took what action and why?
  • Result – what was the end result? Try to make the outcome positive!

Before the Train Driver interview starts you will be given a form to complete which will ask you to write a brief description of some experiences you have had. For example:

  • Describe a time when you had to cope in an emergency.
  • Give an example of when you have worked as part of a team.
  • When have you had to use procedures?
  • How did you use the procedures?
  • Where did you learn these procedures?
  • Have you been in an emergency situation before?
  • What did you do?
  • Have you ever done a training course that lasted more than two weeks and what was it?
  • What was your biggest achievement on that course?
  • Why do you think this was your biggest achievement?
  • Have you ever had to deal with a big problem?
  • How did you solve it?
  • Have you ever had to work for long periods of time on your own?
  • How long at a time?

After about twenty-five minutes the interviewer will take this form and, during the interview, ask you to expand on your brief descriptions.

  • A lot of supplementary questions will be along the lines of “How did you feel about this?”
  • This interview will last about an hour.
  • The questions may be extremely detailed & probing, so make sure you use examples of things which you don’t mind discussing and can be honest about.

the manager’s interview

This is a conventional job interview, probably with an operations manager and a drivers’ depot manager and will last for a maximum of 1 hour.

They will ask you why you want to join the company, why you think you would be good at the job you are applying for and how you think you would fit in. Make sure you have done your homework about the Train Operating Company, its activities, geographical range, depot structure, parent company etc.

They may also ask you questions such as:

  • What have you done in your current job that has involved using co-ordination?
  • If I asked your employer what they think of you, what would they say?
  • If I asked your mother what she thought of you, what would she say?
  • Would you be able to cope if someone decide to jump in front of the train you were driving?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Whether you are yet to apply, or you already have a date for your train driver interview, this online training module will give you instant access, 365 days a year, to the most comprehensive training available. We have a success rate of 93% which means that 9 out of 10 students who use this module go on to pass the train driver interview!

This intensive online training course is ideal for anyone who wants to ensure that they are fully prepared for the train driver interviews.

  • The course itself consists of a 63-minute coaching session that can be viewed from your computer screen.
  • The module is very easy to follow and will provide you with an in-depth tutorial on how to pass both the structured interview and the manager’s interview.

course tutor comments

This online training course is perfect for anyone who has aspirations of becoming a trainee train driver. Whether you have yet to apply or you already have a date for your structured/manager’s interview, this course will prepare you fully for the challenges that face you.

Having already been through the selection process myself, I have a tremendous amount of experience in helping people like you to achieve their goals. I have specifically developed this course to put you head and shoulders above the competition when you attend the train driver interviews.

Richard McMunn – online Train Driver Interview Course tutor


This covers the following key areas:

  • In-depth explanation as to how you will be assessed during both sets of interviews.
  • You will learn about the Assessable Qualities and how the interview panel will assess you during both the structured interview and the manager’s interview.
  • You will learn how to match each of the assessable areas during each stage of the interview.
  • During the structured interview you will be required to complete a written form prior to the actual interview. Your course tutor will explain how the form works and what you need to do in order to increase your chances of success.
  • Insider tips and advice on how to prepare for the structured interview.
  • Provide you with sample interview questions and sample responses to assist you during your preparation.
  • During the structured interview you will be required to provide the panel with specific examples of where you have gained experiences in life so far that match the job description and role.
  • Once you have successfully passed the structured interview, you will be invited along to sit the manager’s interview.
  • During this interview you will be assessed against your motivations for becoming a train driver, what you know about the role, what you know about the Train Operating Company (TOC), why you want to join that particular TOC, and also questions that relate to your suitability.
  • During this section of your online course, your tutor will explain how you will be assessed, and also provide you with sample questions and responses to assist you.
  • The train driver assessing staff will expect you to have learnt a tremendous amount of information that relates to the role and the Train Operating Company you are applying for.
  • During the entire 63-minute coaching course your tutor will literally bombard you with insider tips and advice on how you can score very high marks during both interviews.

This exclusive online train driver interview training course will give you unlimited access to the most comprehensive training package available.

You will have access to the course for 365 days a year so that you can re-visit each module time and time again until you are fully confident and ready for the train driver structured and manager interviews.




In order to view the training course, all you require is an internet connection, Windows Media Player or QuickTime. The vast majority of computers will already have Windows Media Player installed. However, if you do not have it installed, you can download it for free. Details of how to do this will be sent to you as soon as you have purchased your course.

You do not need any prior experience or qualifications to access the course. You will be able to view the course 365 days a year and you can come back to it as many times as you wish.

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