The job of a train driver is probably one of the most interesting jobs ever. But the process of becoming one isn’t all that easy. However, with the proper step by step method one may succeed in making a career out of train driving.
One of the most important first steps is to fill in the train driver application form correctly. This is highly crucial as it is on the basis of the application form that the whole selection procedure begins. The train driver candidates must provide precise and suitable answers to progress to the next level. This is followed by a number of tests, the most essential of which are the Psychometric tests. Then there are the Train Driver Mechanical Comprehension tests, Trainability for Rules and Regulations, Group Bourdon, Fast Reaction and Coordination tests. All these assessments are core to the selection methods and each candidate must prepare for each separately and completely. The easiest way to deal with these tests is to practice sample papers especially of the psychosomatic tests.
The interviews can be dealt with much the same way. A potential train driver must have adequate preparations with mock interviews, learn to assess sample questions, prepare appropriate responses. Handling the pressure during the interview procedure goes a long way to show the mental and emotional stability of the candidate. Train drivers need to be very aware and alert of their surroundings.
Candidates are often sent for one day intensive training course before they apply for the selection process where they are made to understand the role of the train driver. This understanding is required to be applied to the selection process. The importance of high quality customer service is relayed along with the test of handling pressure at critical times. The work and salary of the train driver is also explained. This one day course improves the prospect of success of the candidates seeking to join the Train Operating Company. The salary in this job per year is around 30,000 pounds.
If you are applying for the position of a train driver you will have to keep in mind that this position comes with great responsibility. As I have mentioned earlier, a train driver needs to keep cool even at times of great danger and needs to do his job with diligence and commitment. Handling a train is very different from handling a car so one should be aware of the difference and work accordingly. The training that is provided is very important for the candidate and this training should be done with a lot of meticulousness and maturity.