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BP Chemical Engineer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Dec 6, 2013
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Chemical Engineer Interview

Chemical Engineer

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

Interview Details – BP has a career fair in my university. I had an on-campus interview for one and half hours. Most of them are behavior questions. After two weeks, I was invited for the on-site interview. May questions were repeated by different interviewers such as challenge, safety, and leadership. They did not ask any case study questions. The presentation is about 45 minutes and people asked about technical questions.

Interview Question – what is your least favorite class   Answer Question

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Chemical Engineer Co-Op Interview

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Dayton, OH

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at BP in October 2013.

Interview Details – BP had an info session at my university where I could learn more about the company. At my university's career fair, I was able to submit my resume. I was called for an interview soon after the career fair. I was interviewed by two nice ladies, they made me feel at ease. Probably the easiest interview I've ever done because my interviewers were so nice. Said they would let me know in 2-3 weeks, offered me the job after 2 weeks and one day.

Interview Question – Describe a time when you had to give someone bad news and how you handled it.
There was also a technical question about an oil pipeline constructed over a mountain range- not too hard just talked my way through it.
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Negotiation Details – No negotiation, salary was way more than I expected.

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BP Chemical Engineering Co-op Interview

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Dayton, OH

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at BP in September 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online and at Campus Career Fair, notified by e-mail that I had been selected for an interview

Interview Question – Describe a time when you had to give someone bad news.   Answer Question

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Chemical Engineer Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Los Angeles, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at BP in October 2012.

Interview Details – Applied through school recruitment website and received an on-campus internview through its pre-selection process. They were also on campus for infosessions and career fairs and I talked on a few about their experience at BP. But they were only hiring for the soon-to-be sold carson refinery.

Interview Question – The technical question about a long pipe with elevation differences. What needed to be consider for building the pipeline. How would temperature affect it? What would its long length (~100 miles) affect it?   Answer Question

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BP Challenger; Chemical Engineering Interview

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Anchorage, AK

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at BP in February 2012.

Interview Details – Applied on the website. Got a call from HR for a phone screening 3 hours after applying online; took 30 minutes. Basically went over my resume and asked what I was interested in. Got an email a week later saying i was accepted for the first interview, which was all behavioral questions. The first interview was with two people (one hiring manager who is a senior engineer and a BP Challenger program coordinator). The first interview lasted an hour and was a phone interview. Got a call the next day saying I was accepted for a second interview which would be all technical related questions and would be flown to Anchorage, AK for it. Two weeks later I flew there. The technical interview was for 45 minutes and then 45 minutes of questions I had for them (basically a discussion). The technical interview was with two people both engineers. They try to make as you as relaxed as possible and are basically looking for your thought process. Overall found the people very friendly, and the work environment was very relaxed.

Interview Question – How would you separate something?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiations needed. They made an offer i could not refuse; although I really considered declining it for personal reasons. Amazing offer.

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Chemical Engineer Interview

Chemical Engineer
Houston, TX

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at BP in September 2010.

Interview Details – Basic interview questions and resume run through. Favorite class, least favorite class, study abroad experience and language abilities. Later, a behavioral run through about working in groups, ethical dilemmas. Finally, a skills-based question about fluid dynamics and building a pipeline to a reservoir at the coast.

The interviewer was very nice at first but then tried to fluster me during the skills interview. Be ready for them to be confrontational.

Interview Question – Take about how to build and design a pipeline from the mountains to the coast in california, including pumps, flow meters, reservoirs, etc.   View Answer

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Houston, TX

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at BP in September 2010.

Interview Details – There were general questions at the beginning, such as "Tell me about yourself?" and it was quite conversational for the first 15 minutes. Then we moved on to behavioral questions and final there was a technical component where I had to analyze a chemical engineering related problem. The whole interview process lasted a while, about an hour and 10 minutes.

Interview Question – Give an example of a time where someone on your team was hard to deal with, and how did you handle the situation?   Answer Question

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Chemical/Process Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and interviewed at BP.

Interview Details – initial screening followed by online tests; HR interview and technical interview. technical interview: a mixture of water, oil and sands; how do you separate it. second question asks about a gas stream with impurities; what are the ways to remove it; if it is to be absorbed by solvents, how do you regenerate the solvents. each methods what are the operational safety and environmental concerns to it?

Interview Question – in the technical interview, if you are stuck and don't know what to answer, the assessor will normally give you hints and just follow them   Answer Question

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Chemical Engineer Interview

Chemical Engineer
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at BP in November 2008.

Interview Details – Completed a long online form with lots of skills based questions, such as "Write about a time when you used such and such a skill"... Then was invited for a day of interviews - one interview was more general about interests and skills, one interview was technical so used my engineering knowledge.

Interview Question – Engineering related technical questions were difficult - I didn't know much about the oil industry.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None - just accepted the position of a summer internship

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Chemical Engineer Intern Interview

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I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at BP.

Interview Details – I guess my process was not out of the usual. I am a student from Puerto Rico and they have many full-time employees from our university so it is easier to get to know them. They picked my resume and we had casual conversation about my studies and I was doing in my current co-op (currently working at Eastman Chemical Co.). After a few day the interview was scheduled and when I got there they were really nice, with snacks and everything. It was a 1:1. The interview consisted of 1 hour, 30 minutes of STAR method questions (behavioral) and 30 minutes of technical questions based on a situation (my was a distillation column process). The asked many times what was it that you would like to do if an offer came up. I got an offer 1/2 based on my requests and 1/2 on my best part of the interview so they keep in mind what are you strong and weak points. Great interview, makes you feel accomplished.

Interview Question – What would you do to condense your distillate if you are in the middle of the dessert (100F) and you have no cooling water (which is the typical case)?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – None, necessary. Their benefits are great.

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