BP Interview Questions

Updated Sep 13, 2014
Updated Sep 13, 2014
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    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    There are 2 rounds: HR and Technical ones. HR will ask several questions about your personal life and interest. Direct hire mgr will ask questions to understand your experiences. They might go to universities for interns.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Geologist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at BP.

    Interview Details

    Many offers are given at college interviews or at the end of an internship. They will only talk to top 10% and Masters+ students. Hiring goals constantly change hence some offers get rescinded. Focus answers around actual achievements, being a team player, and passion for the business and learning. Research and a thesis that are industry related is major plus.

    Interview Questions
    • You will be asked to give examples of something you proposed where you made a difference. It could be a better flow around tables in a restaurant, just something that shows action. There are proposed questions for an interviewer but it's up to him/her as to what to ask. Most ask how you handled a difficult boss or someone you worked with. BP doesn't like conflict and wants folk who can resolve issues not create them.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    You have the most leverage when accepting a new job, after that it's a statistical play. Be reasonable but if it's really important then ask. They might say OK.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Best way to land a job in BP, as with other big oil companies is to complete an internship. Historically there's an over 50% chance that interns will be offered a full time job after completing a summer internship. The recruiting process typically comprises behavioral interviews/experience based interviews as well as technical interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you felt the most energized being an employee?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at BP in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    This started with me applyting on line and getting a call back from teh recruiter.. then I was parts of a Panel Interview, then met with the hiring manager as a final.

    Interview Questions
    • What areas do I feel I hae an opportunity to work on.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They had asked what my expectations woudl be.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 months - interviewed at BP in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process was straightforward, but the interview was not. A BP recruiter contacted me about the position, I filled out a detailed application online, then the recruiter organized the on-site interview.

    The interview started with a one-on-one with the department manager. He spent about 30 minutes detailing the size and complexity of the site and highlighted how he was so understaffed.

    Then I had a series of three panel interviews, each one consisting of 3-4 people asking a variety of technical and behavioral questions. The technical questions were quite difficult and are not ones easily answered in the time allotted. The behavioral questions must all be answered in the STAR format: Situation, Task, Action, and Result. I felt the questions got progressively harder and more nebulous until I was unable to answer. The occasional shaking of heads and grimacing at each other only made me more nervous. Then that was the end of each panel.

    I came away from the experience feeling very inadequate and really doubting my abilities as an engineer. I know I provided some excellent answers, some of which could only be obtained through years of experience and not from a book.

    LESSON LEARNED: it appeared that each interview panel was not as concerned about the accuracy of my technical or behavioral answers but HOW I handled the pressure of the situation. I only wish I had known this going in -- I would have been more relaxed.

    Each of the people I met implied how stressful it had been for the previous year, while the plant was commissioning a major capital expansion. A tour of their offices and working facilities showed the same. The folks seemed genuine, although their written remarks did not agree with the intangibles I picked up throughout the day and even over lunch.

    Interview Questions
    • I was given a verbal description of a multicomponent distillation column (probably right from Kister) with partial condenser, thermosiphon reboiler, and several sidedraws. They asked me to sketch the column, including each of the major control loops. Then they asked several what if scenarios such as: reboiler duty spiked sharply, reflux cut back, and the accumulator drum flooded: what do you do to fix it? Add to the previous situation if overhead liquid product is getting lighter? We spent a good bit of time on this stuff.   View Answer
    • Give an example of where you had to disagree with an engineer's or manager's work who was more senior than you.   Answer Question
    • What color was the receptionist wearing?   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    I did not feel we had a mutual fit.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Project Controls Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Wayne, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wayne, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4 days - interviewed at BP in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    EASY PROCESS, NICE MANAGERS, GOOD HIRING PRACTICES AND A LOT OF QUALITY PEOPLE ON HR.
    The interview took about 20 mins, the manager will give you an spreadsheet to see your excel skills.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Strategy Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Warrenville, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Warrenville, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at BP.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process required one phone interview and one face-to-face interview in front of a panel. The face-to-face interview included more than 10 questions, one right after another. The questions were on personal work experience, and the related future role, which in this case was related to strategy. Case studies were used during the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • One question was on how depreciation expense affects the income statement.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was able to increase my signing bonus a little bit by negotiating with the hiring manager.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Reservoir Engineer OR Drilling Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Anchorage, AK
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Anchorage, AK
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 days - interviewed at BP in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    1) Applied for an interview through my company's career development website; I was accepted
    2) I applied on BP's website before my interview, as instructed
    3) I had a 1:1 interview where the interviewer asked me a great deal about the research I was doing for my M.S. thesis. He also asked me some personality-related questions (standard fare: talk about a time you worked in a team, name your strengths, etc.). I also spoke about my previous Oil & Gas internships.
    4) I had other offers, so I asked if they could let me know the results soon. Someone from Anchorage literally contacted me the evening of my first interview requesting I go to Anchorage for 2nd round interviews.
    5) In Anchorage, there were some BP informationals (standard company fare), as well as a dinner for all those there with some ice breakers, etc. Next morning, there were three sets of interviews. I had to give a technical presentation to some senior reservoir engineers in the company (they allowed me to choose the topic; I was given prior warning before coming to Anchorage). Second interview was technical. I was presented with some wellbore dimensions along with fluid data and asked to describe how I would approach getting the most out of this well. Last interview was with a driller who gave me mainly personality-based questions. After interviews, we were given a tour of their Anchorage office. They took us all out for a nice dinner where employees gave their reasons why they thought BP Alaska was the best place to work. They came off as quite genuine. BP Alaska seems to have people who just genuinely love being in Alaska (most had been there for years, and a few had even turned down offers for international locations).
    6) They called me the next morning after I had landed in Seattle (from Anchorage) and gave me a verbal offer. I applied for both Drilling and Reservoir Engineering positions, but they let me talk to employees to decide which one I wanted and then gave me a written offer.

    Interview Questions
    • A well producing with a GOR of X STB/Mscf and X" casing is producing from a reservoir with x perm and y porosity. The reservoir is sandstone. Viscosity of oil is x cP. There was other information as well (but I cannot remember because it has been a few years). How would you maximize the recovery from this well?   View Answers (3)
    Reasons for Declining

    The offer was tempting (not everyone can say they work on the North Slope), but I chose another offer that gave me international experience.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Reliability Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at BP.

    Interview Details

    I hired on as an intern which only involved one interview, mostly of situational questions. Nothing too hard, just asking to describe what you would do in certain situations. They want to hear how you put safety first. This is not the typical approach for interviews and this was the process years ago - I'm sure it has changed.

    Interview Questions
    • They ask to describe how a heat exchanger works. Also know how basic machinery works like a compressor or pump.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiate your signing bonus! I got offered 10%. My friend told me to offer double, so 20%. I was too nervous to push the envelope so I asked for 15% and they gave it to me no problem. Especially if you have previous experience you can play up.
    Accepted Offer
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    Drilling Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Golden, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Golden, CO
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at BP in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    This was a very technical interview process that they have completely gone away from because it did not provide the proper level of assessment of the candidate. The individuals performing the interview were the same people that I ended up working with and were very pleasant to interview with and the interview process did not seem too overwhelming.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Increased base due to mistake in the offering process.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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