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Careers at Unipart Rail - FAQ's
1. How do I apply for a job?
Our application process is standard for all candidates to ensure consistency in our process.
Candidates can apply for a role on our Current Vacancies page by selecting Apply next to the relevant position. When uploading your details, make sure you’ve included all of the relevant information, check the right version of your CV has been uploaded and that your contact details are correct.
Also, remember to spell check your documents!
2. How do I search for a job?
Go to our current vacancies page to see the open positions that we have across all of our Rail Sites.
3. There aren’t any suitable roles at the moment. Can I apply speculatively?
Yes. You can register for a job alert here, which allows you to apply for roles that you might be interested in based on different criteria. If a role becomes available, we will email you to let you know about it.
4. How will I know how my application is progressing?
We will contact you by email to advise you whether your application has been successful and to advise you of the next stages of our recruitment process. As we progress through the process, the HR recruiter may contact you by telephone to discuss your application. Make sure you keep an eye on your emails (and remember to check your junk folder).
5. If I am unsuccessful, will you keep my CV on file for other suitable positions?
If you register for job alerts, you will be advised of any new roles that you may be suitable for. If you have reached the final stages of a recruitment process, we may consider you for other roles, should they become available and will on these occasions, with your permission, keep your application on file for a period of 12 months.
6. I don’t have a work permit, can I still apply?
You must have a valid work permit to apply for a role. The Human Resources team will ask to see evidence of this before you are offered employment. This is in line with current Home Office requirements.
Further information is available from the UK Border Agency's website.
7. Do you provide visa sponsorships for overseas applicants?
Unfortunately we don't provide visa sponsorship for individuals.
8. Do you provide work experience or university placements?
Depending on business need we may at times offer work experience or university/student placements. When these are available they will be advertised on our careers page.
9. Do you currently run an Apprentice or Graduate Scheme?
We do have Apprentice Schemes which run on a number of our sites. Specific details on our Manufacturing Apprentice Programme can be found here and any apprentice vacancies can be found here.
We have a Rail Divisional graduate programme (more information can be obtained here) and we also welcome applications from recent graduates to any of the roles advertised on our website.
10. Do I have to pass a medical test?
Yes. All roles are offered subject to passing a medical and drugs and alcohol test. Jobs within the business which are deemed to be safety-critical require a pre-employment medical to the Network Rail Standard which is a more in-depth medical.
11. I have a disability. Can you accommodate my needs during the application and assessment process?
We are committed to making the recruitment process accessible and every effort will be made to accommodate your particular requirements. If you require additional support please advise our Recruitment team during the selection process.
12. When should I expect to hear from you?
We’ll always try to get back to you as soon as possible, but you should expect to hear from us within 7 days of your application.
13. What can I expect to happen at the interview?
If you are invited for interview at one of our sites, the hiring manager will use a competency based interview where you will have the chance to show us why you would be the best person for the position.
We’ll want you to briefly describe the situation, what actions you took, and the positive result or outcome. The more detailed and specific you can be, the better, because it’ll help your interviewer understand what you did.
Depending on the role you’ve applied for, you may also be asked to undertake other assessments designed to assess your skills and abilities, which will help us determine your suitability for the role. Examples of these tests include numerical and verbal tests, personality questionnaires, group exercises and presentations.
As part of the recruitment process, we will let you know if you need to complete these and will be given plenty of time to prepare and complete practice tests. If you require any additional support to complete these, we would ask that you make us aware of this during the recruitment process.
14. What should I bring with me to the interview?
The recruiter will advise you of anything specific you need to bring, but you will need to remember your documents for proof of eligibility to work in the UK (such as passport, birth certificate), which will be checked at the first stage interview. We’ll send you an email confirming your interview and this will tell you exactly which documents you will need to bring with you.
15. How should I prepare for a telephone or web conferencing interview?
For some roles our first stage interview may be conducted over the phone or web conferencing (e.g. SKYPE). Make sure you’re in a quiet place and if you’re going to be on your mobile make sure your signal is good and strong. If you require any reasonable adjustment to your telephone interview or any stage of the recruitment process, please contact us.
16. How do I get directions to your sites?
You will be advised of the location of the interview via an email invitation from the recruiter, which should contain the address, directions to the site and where you can park. Please note that we have a reverse parking policy in place at all of our sites. Directions and contact details of our sites can be found here.
17. What should I do if I can’t attend the interview?
Please let the recruitment team know as soon as possible. We’ll do our best to rearrange the interview
18. What rewards and benefits do you offer?
More information about what you can expect if you are successful in your application can be found here.
19. Will I receive feedback if I am unsuccessful?
Unfortunately, we don’t give feedback at the shortlisting stage, however, we will provide feedback, if requested, after interview if you were unsuccessful.
20. Do you accept CV’s from agencies?
For some roles, we do engage with specialist recruitment agencies, however, only recruitment agencies on our preferred supplier list (PSL) are invited to submit candidates for job vacancies. We will not accept unsolicited candidate details from any supplier that is not on our PSL. At the moment we are not looking to engage with any further agencies. No direct approaches by agencies should be made to recruiting managers. All queries should be directed to our resourcing team
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