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Information Technology Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at ExxonMobil in September 2009.
Interview Details – I had several telephone interviews and once I passed those interviews I was called into their main office. Once at their office I was given a 1-on-1 interview first with an HR person and then with a hiring manager. About a month later I was contacted and I was brought in for a Group/Panel Interview and I was grilled by three different people.
Interview Question – Please describe the functionality of a fiber channel connection in a storage area network and name three SAN vendors that you have developed a business relationship with. Answer Question
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Credit Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at ExxonMobil in January 2010.
Interview Details – 1 interview that lasted for 3 hours. All the questions are behavioral based questions like tell me one time when you had to make a risky decision and how it turned out...
Interview Question – behavioral typed questions.. tell me how you dealt with a difficult co-worker Answer Question
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Chemical Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at ExxonMobil in September 2013.
Interview Details – Dropped my resume off at our campus career fair. Received a call and scheduled an on campus interview with one of their recruiters. Basic behavioral interview that lasted approximately one hour. The majority of the interview was spend discussing my prior internships, extra curricular activities, and research. Received a call about a week later and scheduled an on site interview for the following week. The on site interview included five interviews: two behavioral with supervisors, one technical with a technical expert, one with HR, and one with an executive. The whole day ran from about 7-2 including lunch with new hires and breakfast with a host. Received an offer two days later. The whole process took about 3 weeks from initial interview to offer letter.
Interview Question – Explain periods of unemployment or lack of involvement in organizations. What were you doing during that time? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate because compensation was far superior to competition.
Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at ExxonMobil.
Interview Details – If you interview at campus you get offer to visit and get hosted by relatively new employee. Then you sen he day doing 3-4 interviews. These will typically be by one second line supervisor, a senior technical, department head, and finally business manager. If you do great you can get a spot offer.
Interview Question – During these site visits the managers get to ask whatever they want. Some keep it to conversation and some may choose to do a situational interview. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – As a new hire not sure how much negotiation one will really do.
Administrative Assistant Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at ExxonMobil.
Interview Details – The process is quite intense. You are sent a testing link prior to interviewing. If you do not pass the initial test, you do not go any further in the process. The first interview is with Human Resources and a representative with the department for which you applied. If granted a second interview you will interview with your potential direct supervisor.
Interview Question – The most unexpected question was about accountability. If you make a mistake are you accountable enough to recognize the mistake and correct the mistake. View Answer
Negotiation Details – I was pleased with the initial offer. No negotiations needed.
Network Infrastrue Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at ExxonMobil.
Interview Details – On campus recruiting. We filled out paperwork both on our campus webpage as well as the exxonmobil web page. We were selected for on campus interview. Made it through round one interviews, and continued onto round two. After that, 3 people were selected out of my entire university for an internship. The year I applied there were 58,809 students.
Interview Question – They were basic behavioral questions Answer Question
Procurement Specialist Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at ExxonMobil.
Interview Details – Gave some preliminary tests and had a preliminary interview with recruiting agency.Actual interview with departament manager was long of almost 2 hrs, being asked from the typical questions to the more specific regarding certain situations trying to demonstrate skills and knowledge.Second interview with GM, was shorter and based on previous discussion.
Negotiation Details – Negotations of salary package was held afterwards based on my input on expected pay.
Mechanical Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at ExxonMobil.
Interview Details – Went to our campus career fair and dropped off my resume. Got a call back scheduling an on campus interview. The interview was a pretty standard behavioral interview with an engineer from the company. Basically he read off the sheet about my experiences with teams/making tough decisions/etc. Pretty standard, but at the same time, that made it all the more difficult.
Got a call from them to schedule a second round about a month later. They flew me out to Louisiana for a couple days, the whole "wine and dine" experience. They do it really well! Had a host bring me around for the two days, really nice hotel suite, the works! Furthermore, the interview itself consisted of 5 back-to-back interviews, all with different employees along the food chain. Most questions were personal or about your resume. (With the second round, it's definitely more about getting a feel for who you are and if you'd be a good fit for the company). All in all, I received an offer via phone two weeks later and the offer letter the next day.
For that reason, your first interview is EASILY the most important... Exxon does a huge filtering at this stage and majority of the people who do the second round actually get offers.
Interview Question – What do you think separates ExxonMobil from the other oil companies? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Great offer, no negotiation
R&D Chemical Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at ExxonMobil in November 2012.
Interview Details – Process began at Job Fair at my University. Was contacted for a 1:1 campus interview, which was easy behavioral style questions (Tell me a time when you...). The interviewer only asked two questions and it lasted for 45 mins, he was very respectable and easy to talk to.
A month later I was contacted for a phone screening, also was pretty easy. Consisted mostly of 'fit' questions and harder behavioral style questions. (Tell me what you want to do and how your experience relates to that...)
Shortly after that I was contacted for an on-site interview which was a full day (6 interviews) with people from the department and higher ups. Slightly intimidating, more exhausting than anything. Some interviews were easy, some were difficult, all of the interviewers were very knowledgeable and respectful. The night before consisted on a top-notch dinner with your host, and a stay in a very nice hotel. Your host is simply a mentor, typically younger with less experience. Easy to relate to, mine had gone through the same process I was and would answer any questions you had.
Interview Question – Describe a difficult project you completed, what you learned, and how that relates to what engineering means to you. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They out-offer everyone by 25k. Did not negotiate.
Structural Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at ExxonMobil in November 2012.
Interview Details – 2 rounds of interviews, first on campus, second in Houston office
The on campus interview was very structured and behaviorally based. The interview was almost an hour long. It started off with pretty typical behavior questions like discussing leadership experiences and experiences working in teams. The questions got harder as the interview went on and the last few were pretty specific and challenging.
The second round was a lot easier. Exxon flew me in to Houston and put me up in a very nice hotel. The night before the interview they take you out to a very nice restaurant for a three course meal. To start the interview day, I had to give a technical presentation about a team project I had worked on to an audience of six managers. The presentation was about an hour long including questions from the audience during and after the presentation. After the presentation, I interviewed with each of the six managers for about 45 minutes each. We mostly talked about my background and career plans and about the division of the company I was interviewing for, ExxonMobil Development Company. These interviews were more of conversations. A couple of the managers did ask one or two behavioral questions or questions about my resume. There was a lot less pressure during these interviews than the on campus interview. It was as much for me to see whether the company was a good fit for me as it was for Exxon to see if I would be a good fit.
Interview Question – On campus interview:
Name a specific time when you were working on task on a project and you suddenly got switched to another task. How did you adjust and what were the results? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
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