Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at ExxonMobil.
Long interview process. Very scenario based questions. Exxon Mobil likes to pick candidates with high academics and a strong experience background. First there is a phone screen, then an in person interview. Spend a day interviewing with a few different people. They usually take you out to lunch as well. Follow-up with a personal message to your interviewers.
- Leadership based scenario questions Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 1 day – interviewed at ExxonMobil (Houston, TX).
After ExxonMobil flew me into Houston, I was introduced to the head of the skill area. He took me to several decision makers to speak one on one with each of them. I was provided with information on the type of work I would provide and asked if I had any questions.
- What skill do you feel is your best asset. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at ExxonMobil.
Huge interest in safety experience and past safety culture. Industry specific experience is a huge leg up. Military experience also goes a long way. As long as you keep it formal, there is nothing too challenging or structured about the interview. Will interview with several people. You get ask questions as well.
- What ways can you remind people of safety standards without you directly having to tell them? Answer Question
- Declined OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at ExxonMobil (Dallas, TX).
HR mgr described the interview process and schedule, plant tour with process manager (highly informative- guide was well versed, and explained complex processes simply), who stayed with me until delayed managers arrived for team interview. Behavior, skill determination, and situational questions were all used. Ample opportunity to answer my questions. Professionally done. Called me back before the deadline they had set.
- Describe what you want out of a career. Answer Question
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at ExxonMobil (Baytown, TX) in March 2015.
Took the Operations and Mechanical test. Passed. Got called in for first round of interviews. You do a scenario and background interview. During the scenario one they ask a lot of what ifs. This should be common sense if you've worked in an industrial environment. They just sit there and read questions out of a book. The background interview is where they go over education and work history. It's a little more personal, but still scripted. You get called back for a final interview. This one is with the 1st and 2nd line supervisors. This is the make or break. Basically you just sit in an office and talk with them. They are still reading from a packet, but they do ask questions off the cuff. If you get the job, you get a call back. If you don't, they mail you a letter. After you get the call back, you go in for your physical. Pretty standard stuff there.
- You see two guys replacing a car window in the parking lot after work. They are breaking it with a hammer. What do you do? Answer Question
There was no negotiation. The starting salary is set.
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at ExxonMobil.
I first met the recruiting team through a campus networking event. After establishing an initial rapport with the team, I was invited to participate in an on-campus interview. As far as I know, I was the only graduate student to receive an invite. The majority of candidates were undergraduates from the Supply Chain department. The first interview was entirely behavioral based. Lots of questions asking for examples of situations to assess my skills, character, and previous experiences . I found this first interview very straightforward and similar to other screening interviews. A few days later, I received an invitation to interview at the new ExxonMobil campus outside of Houston, TX. A driver picked me up from the airpot and took me to a nice hotel near the ExxonMobil campus. That night the company treated me to a very nice dinner. I was very pleased with the no-pressure conversational tone of the dinner, and I was truly able to enjoy myself. The next morning, I was taken to the new campus where interviews started promptly at 8AM. I met with a variety of employees for 45 minute to 1 hour sessions. These interviews focused primarily on assessing my fit with the company culture. It was clear that my credentials were not in question at this point. The interviews continued until late into the afternoon with a break for lunch. The overall atmosphere was very relaxed, informative, and conversational and unlike any other second round interviews I have ever experienced. I hesitate to characterize the interview process as easy, but compared to the high pressure atmosphere of other interviews, I found the process at ExxonMobil considerably more casual. I was thoroughly impressed with the entire process.
- Tell me what you know about ExxonMobil. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online – interviewed at ExxonMobil (Baton Rouge, LA) in March 2015.
Apprenticeship program. Applied online sometime late 2014 and scheduled a testing date. Took the test in January or early February with at least 100-200 people and a couple weeks after received an email to set up interview date. Interview was 2 parts, each with 2 interviewers in the room. Diverse group of interviewers. There were many interviews going on, & it made me feel like I was auditioning for a tv show or something. The interviewers were kind and surprisingly down to earth, I was very nervous but they made me reasonably comfortable. The first part was mainly "about me" questions: job history, education, and how have I've handled situations in the past. Second part was situational questions with many different scenarios. "How would you handle..." etc type questions. The entire process has been the longest I have waited to start a new job, but well worth it. Still waiting to start at the end of July. Very thankful!
- What is your favorite thing about school? What is your least favorite thing? 1 Answer
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at ExxonMobil (Bethlehem, PA) in February 2015.
Basic behavioral questions. The interviewer was very nice and convinced me to want the job even though it was very far away. I liked how he let me add anything that wasn't covered in the interview that I thought was necessary to add. About 45 minutes overall and felt more like a conversation than a Q&A.
- Greatest Accomplishment? Time you worked on a team? Where do you think you would best fit at Exxon? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferAverage Interview
campus interview was very good 1-on-1. done by former graduates of same university. results really depend on how you hit it off with interviewer. min GPA requirements too.
- what are your weaknesses, where do you see yourself in 5years, why choose exxonmobil and the petrochemical industry???????????? Answer Question
Helpful (5)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at ExxonMobil in December 2014.
Very lengthy and extensive interview process. At my school, only a few students received an on-campus interview. This was a 1:1 behavioral interview. About 7 weeks later, I got a call to schedule a 2nd round phone interview. A week after the 2nd round, I was invited to the 3rd round on-site interview at the refinery. The company flew me out, and the first night was an informal dinner with exxonmobil engineers. This is a time for you to get to know the people you'll possibly be working with. And it's also a time to show them that you'd be a great person to be around. The next day was the real deal - I was onsite at the refinery for about 6 hours, where I went through 3 interviews, a refinery tour, and a lunch with a few other engineers. Of the 3 interviews, 1 was technical, 1 was on soft skills, and the last was behavioral. Although the on-site interview was lengthy, it's important to keep your interview hat on the entire time. A week after my onsite, I was offered a position. Some tips for the application process, know EXACTLY whether you want to work downstream or upstream. And know EXACTLY whether you want to pursue the managerial or technical track. The Exxonmobil reps want to be sure you know exactly what you are interested in, and be sure to stick with it throughout the entire interview process. They don't want someone who's unsure of what they want to do. Also, be personable. Everyone I met throughout my interviews was very smart but also personable. It helps to be very articulate as well, because they like good communicators. And be sure to ask as many questions as you can because it'll show a genuine interest. Ask questions that are intelligent and job specific.
- An ethical situation that you faced? Managerial or technical? What class did you dislike the most? Answer Question
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