WMT driver pool 2021

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"Good afternoon,

We hope this email finds you safe and well.

We appreciate that some time has passed since we contacted you to advise that your application for Trainee Driver had been received and following completion of the initial selection process we would be in contact in due course. Apologies if you have contacted us since asking for an update but not had a response, due to the volume of queries we receive we are unable to respond to each individual query and try to keep all candidates at this stage of the process updated at least every 8 weeks.

We are currently reviewing our vacancy requirements against the number of applications and at present we have progressed our highest scoring candidates from the online assessment onto the next stages, based on our Trainee Driver requirements for a 2021 start.

We believe that due to the high volume and high quality of applications we received we are currently unlikely to need to progress any additional candidates further through the selection process for a start in 2021. We have therefore been liaising frequently with our senior management team to advise on this and have been seeking clarity for some time on whether they wish us to retain your details on record for campaigns for a start in 2022 and beyond. However no decision has been currently made by the business, and some of these delays have inevitably been due to the national pandemic and the significant level of change that the railway sector is currently going through.

We appreciate this may be frustrating to hear but hope you understand that as soon as senior management have confirmed we will be in a position to update you individually with your application. Should your situation have changed in the meantime or you no longer wish to be considered for the position please advise us."

Yep. Doesn't make much sense. Think the whole things a bit of a mess if i'm honest. So getting to a Video Interview was based on the online assesment and not the applications? So depending on the wim of the senior management, we may have to apply again for a future recruitment drive in 2022, when they still haven't reviewed our current applications. Although this has been conducted during an unprecedented pandemic, it makes you think whether WMT are actually that professional.
 
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Yep. Doesn't make much sense. Think the whole things a bit of a mess if i'm honest. So getting to a Video Interview was based on the online assesment and not the applications? So depending on the wim of the senior management, we may have to apply again for a future recruitment drive in 2022, when they still haven't reviewed our current applications. Although this has been conducted during an unprecedented pandemic, it makes you think whether WMT are actually that professional.
That correspondence looks reasonable given the fact that nobody really knows what's happening with the industry as a whole for the foreseeable future. I understand it's frustrating, but could it be any clearer?

It's the norm to progress candidates based on their scoring on the initial online assessments, be that to progress to the psychometric assessments or interviews (different companies do things different ways).
 

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Yep. Doesn't make much sense. Think the whole things a bit of a mess if i'm honest. So getting to a Video Interview was based on the online assesment and not the applications? So depending on the wim of the senior management, we may have to apply again for a future recruitment drive in 2022, when they still haven't reviewed our current applications. Although this has been conducted during an unprecedented pandemic, it makes you think whether WMT are actually that professional.

I recall an application I made for a non-driving job and my experience echoed your view that WMT didn't seem that professional or well organised. I acknowledge that they've likely had more applications than expected, even for a sought after job like Driving, and they've struggled working through them with the current COVID situation, but it does seem they have approached the process somewhat inconsistently.

While it was a very polite and informative response for a "No", I read this part (my emphasis), "We have therefore been liaising frequently with our senior management team to advise on this and have been seeking clarity for some time on whether they wish us to retain your details.." as a not so subtle dig by (an apparently frustrated) recruitment team towards those they look to for leadership. While it is a candid insight to the reasons why they've not progressed some applications I'm not sure that admission is a particularly professional thing to include in a public email.
 

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Hi everyone, I now have an interview booked in for Tuesday 9th Feb via Video Call. Hoping this time I'm successful!
 

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Has anyone done any assessments yet?
Yeah done them 21st December, passed them all except for the 2 hand test, can try again in 6 months just for that one test, frustrating as that’s probably one of the easier tests.
Anyone who wants help with assessments let me know
 

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Yeah done them 21st December, passed them all except for the 2 hand test, can try again in 6 months just for that one test, frustrating as that’s probably one of the easier tests.
Anyone who wants help with assessments let me know
Okay cool, oh that’s a shame on the 2 hand test better luck next time. Yeah any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
 

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Yeah done them 21st December, passed them all except for the 2 hand test, can try again in 6 months just for that one test, frustrating as that’s probably one of the easier tests.
Anyone who wants help with assessments let me know
Sorry to hear that, at least you know what to expect next time! :)

Wish I'd have booked the 21st Dec now, I opted for the 22nd and it ended up getting cancelled aarrgghh!
 

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Hi everyone, I now have an interview booked in for Tuesday 9th Feb via Video Call. Hoping this time I'm
Sorry to hear that, at least you know what to expect next time! :)

Wish I'd have booked the 21st Dec now, I opted for the 22nd and it ended up getting cancelled aarrgghh!
Yeah I know the nerves you go through and eager just to get it done. Only advice I can give is to revise loads from the materials they give you, it makes it so much easier!
 

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Yeah done them 21st December, passed them all except for the 2 hand test, can try again in 6 months just for that one test, frustrating as that’s probably one of the easier tests.
Anyone who wants help with assessments let me know
Oh no that’s a pain. Sorry mate to hear that. What went wrong on that test for you? Had you been practicing the bop it the like beforehand?

Also if you don’t mind how did you find the trp1? Was it the GLOP?
 

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Hi everyone, I now have an interview booked in for Tuesday 9th Feb via Video Call. Hoping this time I'm successful!
Oh no that’s a pain. Sorry mate to hear that. What went wrong on that test for you? Had you been practicing the bop it the like beforehand?

Also if you don’t mind how did you find the trp1? Was it the GLOP?
Yeah it’s painful, especially as it was the last test! It wasn’t the bop one, it was the 2 joysticks controlling a ball on a track, I went for accuracy over speed but took too long.

yeah it was a passage about GLOP. I found it fairly straight forward and just made a note of the facts, I.e colour of switches and speeds etc
 

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Well I completed the interview today. The people who did the interview were nice enough, just don't think I did that great though in all honesty. I don't seem to fair too well in Interviews oh well, find out in a week or so I guess.
 

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Well I completed the interview today. The people who did the interview were nice enough, just don't think I did that great though in all honesty. I don't seem to fair too well in Interviews oh well, find out in a week or so I guess.
Dmi ?
 

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Well I completed the interview today. The people who did the interview were nice enough, just don't think I did that great though in all honesty. I don't seem to fair too well in Interviews oh well, find out in a week or so I guess.
Everything crossed for you! :)
 

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I was doubting myself after mine but got the good news a few days after, if its a yes then amazing if not learn from it for the next one
That's great to hear, well done to you! How long ago did you have your interview?
 

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Awesome, when are they?

I've just had an email to say I've got the job! Absolutely buzzing! Just need to pass medical
Oh wow, absolutely amazing news! Congratulations!

Booked for the 22nd Feb (in Birmingham). If we pass those tests it sounds like the computer tests/MMI in Watford next :)
 

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Oh wow, absolutely amazing news! Congratulations!

Booked for the 22nd Feb (in Birmingham). If we pass those tests it sounds like the computer tests/MMI in Watford next :)
Thanks buddy. Best of luck to you!

All I can say is just do plenty practice on the tests. On the Group Bourdon one there's an app I downloaded on the desktop to practice that one. Also they don't expect you to complete each test so don't panic about that. Just work accurately as quick as you can.
 

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Awesome, when are they?

I've just had an email to say I've got the job! Absolutely buzzing! Just need to pass medical
Nice one bud, I new you’d be alright. I’ll be able to pinch a lift to work once your up and running lol.
 

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