I like to work alone and actually even drivers are not really alone because they have frequent contact with signallers, technical advisers when the train fails and various other staff as well as the public. Working alone physically allows me to concentrate fully without potential distraction. I find I am perfectly happy in my own company and do not need people around me to stop feeling "lonely". I like the feeling of being trusted to do my job without someone looking over my shoulder. Having said that, there are often assessments to be done with a competency manager but it is best to approach this as a learning experience and opportunity to hone your skills. Any suggestions made by an assessor are therefore welcome and I do not see them as criticism. After all the person doing the assessment knows much more than I do about the job since he/she will have done it for years themselves so I am keen to listen to what they have to say. Seeing the job as a vocation rather than just a means of earning money helps to see the role in a professional context and if I ever thought I knew it all, I would be in serious trouble.
to be able to deal with any situation safely and calmly following correct procedure at all times. Safe working is not an add-on to the job it is the very core of it and needs to be a mind-set in that it informs everything you do. The ability to be always punctual in time to prepare and do train checks. Follow procedures when submitting reports and train defect sheets. Being able to remain calm at all times. Having techniques in place to avoid going through danger signals or stop boards. Ability to regulate my life so I am fully fit for duty with enough sleep. Following implicitly the policy for alcohol or drugs - prescribed or otherwise. I am teetotal but do take prescribed medications for hypertension so there is a reporting and consequent checking procedure. Any adjustment in these must be reported immediately, by phone if not on duty so checks can be made before the next duty. Wearing uniform correctly may seem irrelevant to driving a train but I don't agree. The public need to feel confident they are in safe hands and a driver who looks dishevelled will not inspire confidence. In an emergency situation a driver needs to be not only fully conversant with procedure but also needs to carry this out EXACTLY in the right order and also to make passengers confident that they can follow your instructions. The main purpose of a driver is to operate a train safely and in such a way as not to cause risks to your train or any other trains or personnel on the railway. This is a multi-faceted task and involves rigorous adherence to a set procedure. Following this properly will always lead to the best possible outcome in any emergency situation. Once you have used these procedures, which I have needed to do when working on the platforms, you become aware of the wisdom and well thought out nature of these procedures. They are not there to tick the appropriate boxes, they are there to potentially save lives.
Have you had to deal with an emergency situation Have you had to work under pressure Have you ever had to break the rules Have you ever had to carry out customer service duties Would you work beyond your hours of duty Would you be a good team player
Answered to all of them with the best of my knowledge on my part, be calm and think of an answer, prepare yourself before hand, write down possible questions they might give you and think of two or three possible answers!