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VIA Rail Canada Interview

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Question 1 of 30
At VIA Rail Canada we strive to be the best transit agency in the world. How will you contribute to this goal?
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The hiring authority wants to know that you understand and respect their goals as a company while bringing the enthusiasm required to succeed in your role. When everyone works towards one common goal, extraordinary things can happen! Discuss what you know they do best, and how you will contribute.

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Question 2 of 30
Do you have experience in dispatch or radio communications of any kind?
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Depending on the role to which you are applying, it may be a significant asset to have dispatch or radio communication experience. Public transit, to operate smoothly, has many moving parts behind the scenes. These moving parts include dispatch so that everyone knows their place, where they should be, and when!

If you do have dispatch experience, outline the type of equipment you have used and the volume that you can handle. If you do not have dispatch experience, discuss any experience with radio communication equipment. If you are new to your career, this question may not apply, but you should always show an eagerness and willingness to learn.

Question 3 of 30
What do you know about public transit rules, regulations, and safety compliance?
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Rules and regulation surrounding safety and public transit use will change depending on the region in which you are interviewing. The hiring authority would like to know that you have at least a basic understanding of the industry before being hired. If you are new to the public transit industry, it is entirely acceptable for your knowledge to be limited. In this case, it is more important that you show a willingness to learn more about the industry.

Question 4 of 30
VIA Rail Canada oversees transit operations by use of computer-generated displays, and voice communications. Do you have experience in these areas? If not, do you consider yourself technically savvy?
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In most roles with VIA Rail Canada you will be asked to communicate with your teammates and complete your duties, using a variety of tech and equipment. In the public transit industry, routes are computerized, everything is timed, and many tasks are automated. Be prepared to discuss your ability to learn these systems quickly.

Question 5 of 30
What do you know about VIA Rail Canada and the people we serve every day?
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It is imperative to the interviewer that you show excitement for the job. Part of this excitement is engagement in the interview process. Essentially; that means coming well-prepared and well-researched. Imagine going on a first date, and they know nothing about you? That's how offended an interviewer would be if you knew nothing about their company before attending an interview. Perform research on VIA Rail Canada through a search engine and their website. Check out any awards they may have received, any news surrounding growth and infrastructure development, and of course, check out employee and customer reviews. You should know around how many people they serve every day, how long they have been in business and other key talking notes.

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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.

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