WMT driver pool 2021

BAZ7369

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Hi guys, new to the forum.

I like many of you applied at the start of Jan last year, passed the application/ initial online tests etc but then because of covid everything went quiet. I then randomly receive the email to say I had a video interview early August. I completed the video interview on the 31st.. but other than an email to say my interview has been received and it is being received, I haven’t heard anything else. It’s been 3 weeks today and now I’m getting a little worried as I am so eager to find out!

people who did the video interview.. how long was it till you found out if you had passed.. or not?
Hi Baggies, I submitted my interview late June and the next correspondence was beginning of September. Now waiting again for details of the next stage…….
 
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baggies93

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Hi Baggies, I submitted my interview late June and the next correspondence was beginning of September. Now waiting again for details of the next stage…….
Oh okay that’s promising.. I’ve also been advised by my friend who works there that some people who did the interview found out within a few days they’d been unsuccessful.. hopefully that means the longer the wait the more chance of being successful! Good luck with your next stage.. hopefully I’ll be joining you!
 
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Oh okay that’s promising.. I’ve also been advised by my friend who works there that some people who did the interview found out within a few days they’d been unsuccessful.. hopefully that means the longer the wait the more chance of being successful! Good luck with your next stage.. hopefully I’ll be joining you!
Fingers crossed. I can see that logic, maybe they're trying to build up a group for the psychometric test day before arranging it, so anyone who didn't pass can be told quite quickly

Which depot are you applying to?
 

baggies93

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Fingers crossed. I can see that logic, maybe they're trying to build up a group for the psychometric test day before arranging it, so anyone who didn't pass can be told quite quickly

Which depot are you applying to?
I certainly hope that’s the reason.. just gotta keep fingers crossed and be patient I suppose.

I’ve applied for New Street/Snow Hill.. yourself?
 

BAZ7369

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Has anyone had recent notification of the OPC testing, and if so how long between notification and testing?
 

Wfc365

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I thought this had gone dead after hearing nothing for so long and then received an email last week saying it’s still progressing. No indication of assessment dates thou mind.
I have since passed within another TOC to enhanced should I advise them of this or would they naturally pick it up when viewing my application?
 

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I thought this had gone dead after hearing nothing for so long and then received an email last week saying it’s still progressing. No indication of assessment dates thou mind.
I have since passed within another TOC to enhanced should I advise them of this or would they naturally pick it up when viewing my application?
They’ll pick it up if you’re successful in passing the initial application mate.
 

Wfc365

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They’ll pick it up if you’re successful in passing the initial application mate.
Yer I passed the initial sift and did a few “online” tests (ages ago during lockdown) , got a congratulations you’ll hear from us soon then nothing for ages. Lol.
Thanks for the feedback
 

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I thought this had gone dead after hearing nothing for so long and then received an email last week saying it’s still progressing. No indication of assessment dates thou mind.
I have since passed within another TOC to enhanced should I advise them of this or would they naturally pick it up when viewing my application?
Make them aware. Send an email just to state you have now passed assessments. You won't be the only 1 in the pile who only needs a DM interview and it's cheaper for WMT to then not send you to testing.
 

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They’ll pick it up if you’re successful in passing the initial application mate.
In my case WMT didn't know that I had passed assesments and booked me in at Watford, I booked a hotel and only after I managed to contact them by email did they confirm that I didn't need to go!
Unfortunately I didnt need the room so wasted fifty quid so I'd advise you to get in touch and get confirmation that they have acknowledged your prior assesments.
 

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Thanks for the coms all.
makes sense I’ve sent an email but haven’t received any acknowledgement so see what happens next.
 

BAZ7369

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So, in preparation for the assessments stage 1, I’m practicing the group bourdon test. Does anyone have an idea what is considered a suitable pass mark? How many correct/incorrect answers are acceptable?
 

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So, in preparation for the assessments stage 1, I’m practicing the group bourdon test. Does anyone have an idea what is considered a suitable pass mark? How many correct/incorrect answers are acceptable?
In short mate no one knows but their is anther thread with plenty of info on DOTs
 

Birmingham36

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Hi guys I'm interested in becoming a train driver, just wanted to ask who looks at the applications once they've been received and when will West Midlands Trains be recruiting for trainee drivers? Also how many trainees do they take on for the depots advertised?

Kind Regards.
 
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LCC106

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I MAY be wrong but think there might be an initial computer sift, then it’s the recruitment team. Our driver managers certainly don’t sit looking at applications all day.

I don’t work for WMT but best to check their website every day. Due to the number of people applying, which can be hundreds if not thousands per post, adverts can be pulled before the deadline. (There were almost 1000 applicants per post when I got through a few years ago. Many more since the pandemic). Number of posts available per intake varies depending on the needs of the depot.
 

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I MAY be wrong but think there might be an initial computer sift, then it’s the recruitment team. Our driver managers certainly don’t sit looking at applications all day.

I don’t work for WMT but best to check their website every day. Due to the number of people applying, which can be hundreds if not thousands per post, adverts can be pulled before the deadline. (There were almost 1000 applicants per post when I got through a few years ago. Many more since the pandemic). Number of posts available per intake varies depending on the needs of the depot.
What is an initial computer sift?
 

LCC106

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I may be wrong but some systems will sift applications searching for keywords. If they aren’t there, you won’t get past the sift. With such a high volume of applicants this saves someone having to look through, say, 1000 applications. Some may get rejected for spelling mistakes, which shows lack of attention to detail. Not sure if that is at electronic sift level or human being level. Does this even make sense? :D
 

Birmingham36

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I may be wrong but some systems will sift applications searching for keywords. If they aren’t there, you won’t get past the sift. With such a high volume of applicants this saves someone having to look through, say, 1000 applications. Some may get rejected for spelling mistakes, which shows lack of attention to detail. Not sure if that is at electronic sift level or human being level. Does this even make sense? :D
Ah now I understand, thank you
 

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Hi all just a quick question regarding the assessment day part 1 for those that have already completed it,

Were you asked for your examples to the MMI questions in preparation for day 2 if you are successful ?

Also any nasty surprises that are not in line with the expected tests ?
 

Kingy2152

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Hi all just a quick question regarding the assessment day part 1 for those that have already completed it,

Were you asked for your examples to the MMI questions in preparation for day 2 if you are successful ?

Also any nasty surprises that are not in line with the expected tests ?
I'm in the same boat, Ive got my 1st assessment day next week although they have only booked me in for a half day.
 

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