Bypassing the Conductor's Exam?

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Bypassing the Conductor's Exam?

Postby Hudson2640 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:15 pm

On the week of Thanksgiving I was contacted by Amtrak to take the online assessment text. I've taken it numerous times in the past, but this time the test was more involved. Besides the standard personality section there was a timed reading comprehension section (2 minutes per question) and a math section. This past Monday I was invited to take the conductor's exam via email, but the next day I was contacted directly by an HR rep and told to skip the exam and go strait to the physical. I have that set up for this week. Has this ever happened to anyone before or is this something new that Amtrak is trying?
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Re: Bypassing the Conductor's Exam?

Postby Acela150 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:16 pm

I believe that Amtrak has now switched testing to online. Which is a better option. Saves Amtrak time. HR can look at the test results and see if someone has passed or failed. Much easier then inviting dozens or hundreds of people to take the test and wait for the results. If they're asking for you to take a physical they must want to hire you. Tip.. Get that Physical done ASAP. That's how Amtrak establishes seniority.

I've received several online tests recently. I took one for the R&I Clerk and have an interview this week. While I'd prefer a T&E job, it's a foot in the door. That's all I want.
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Re: Bypassing the Conductor's Exam?

Postby tundraboomer » Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:51 pm

I had taken the CFA test just last month, but got a message to retake it during the Thanksgiving holiday. As the OP described, it was just like the first one but with additional reading comprehension and math questions added on. Much more comprehensive than the first one. Still, I got called in to interview, but this was for a engineer trainee position, not a conductor position.

I would imagine the hiring policies differ somewhat from location to location. You have received a gift from heaven OP. Take advantage of it while you can!
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Re: Bypassing the Conductor's Exam?

Postby Hudson2640 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:38 pm

Thanks guys, and best of luck to you both.

I'm taking my physical tomorrow, orientation on Thursday, and Interview on Friday. Busy week for me.
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Re: Bypassing the Conductor's Exam?

Postby Acela150 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:53 pm

Hudson2640 wrote:Thanks guys, and best of luck to you both.

I'm taking my physical tomorrow, orientation on Thursday, and Interview on Friday. Busy week for me.


To me this just seems backwards.. Why give you a physical and then interview you??
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Re: Bypassing the Conductor's Exam?

Postby Hudson2640 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:16 pm

Got the phone call on the other day and was given the conditional offer. The HR rep told me that I'll have good seniority in my class. Not bad considering I've been applying for a railroad job for over 2 years now. If all goes well with my background check and drug test (I don't expect any problems) I'll be in Delaware by the end of January.
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Re: Bypassing the Conductor's Exam?

Postby tundraboomer » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:21 pm

Congrats man. I've been trying for over 2 years now. Glad to hear someone has "pierced the veil".
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Re: Bypassing the Conductor's Exam?

Postby Acela150 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:53 pm

Hudson2640 wrote:Got the phone call on the other day and was given the conditional offer. The HR rep told me that I'll have good seniority in my class. Not bad considering I've been applying for a railroad job for over 2 years now. If all goes well with my background check and drug test (I don't expect any problems) I'll be in Delaware by the end of January.


Congrats! I start working in the Reservation Center on January 15th. Where will you be working out of??
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Re: Bypassing the Conductor's Exam?

Postby DURR5017116 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:57 pm

Judging by your location I'm guessing you were in the recent crop of interviewees in Rensselaer?.....I was and the experience sounds very similar.....
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Re: Bypassing the Conductor's Exam?

Postby Hudson2640 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:03 pm

Thanks guys. Yes this was for Rensselaer.
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Re: Bypassing the Conductor's Exam?

Postby MrAdvice » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:05 pm

Congrats! Jan 22nd is quickly approaching so please be sure to stay on top of your e-mails in case you're contacted for any follow-up info :)
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