CN Conductor interview (US) is a free online Railroad Discussion Forum and Railroad Photo Gallery for railroaders, railfans, model railroaders and anyone else who is interested in railroads. We cover a wide variety of topics, including freight trains, passenger and commuter railroads, rail news and information, tourist railroads, railway museums and railroad history.


New Member
Im laid off from another Class 1 railroad. I put in a application for CN about 4 days after layoff. Took the online test. Then I received an email update stating I passed the test and someone would contact me.

I looked at my online portal for CN. It got updated to "Invited to interview".

Ive interviewed for CN a few years ago. Different railroad trade but I had the interview a month after I submitted the app.

Ive been going stir crazy sitting at home waiting for a phone call. Its been almost 3 weeks since that was updated.

Does anyone know the time frame it usually takes? Do they do a group hiring session? or is it a more personal 2 on 1 interview now?


Tennessee Pass Groupie
Can't tell ya about CN but with the UPRR there is a ton of nail biting and waiting then there's an automated phone call a week or less before the interview date telling you to show up. The eventual interview is one on one but first there is a group presentation of the job then a reading comprehension test followed by the interview.

Usually you can expect to spend most or all of the day there. Don't be surprised if there are 30 or 40 other people there when you show up.

I see you've worked for another class 1 so you should already know that safety is #1 first and foremost and you love working all shifts at odd hours with little to no notice. ;)

Good luck and keep us posted!


New Member
30 or 40 guys. That would be the smallest hiring session Ive ever been too. I could only hope.

Ill probably get called back to work before CN calls me. Thanks for your input. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

Affiliate Disclosure: We may receive a commision from some of the links and ads shown on this website (Learn More Here)