Imperial Oil
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Imperial Oil Engineer (New Grad) Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Nov 17, 2013
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Engineer New Grad Interview

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I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Imperial Oil.

Interview Details – A 45 minute interview on campus first, and then was asked to come to Calgary for three more 45 minute interviews. All questions were behaviour based - STAR format. The interviewers were very friendly, and I was matched with a "interview buddy" who took me to lunch and showed me around.

Interview Question – Why did you pick your stream of engineering and how do you think it would help you in this position?   Answer Question

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Calgary, AB (Canada)

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Imperial Oil in November 2013.

Interview Details – It was a behavioral interview.
Give an example when you used creativity to solve a problem.
Give an example of when you didn't achieve your objective.
Tell about a time when you had to make an unpopular decision.
Give an example of when you made a mistake or poor decision and how you handled it.

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I applied online - interviewed at Imperial Oil in September 2011.

Interview Details – Applied online and was called for an interview after 2 weeks of deadline date. Interviewed by one person. Really nice and professional.

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New Grad Engineer
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I applied through college or university and interviewed at Imperial Oil.

Interview Details – 3 weeks after submission of the resume, 1st round interview with one engineer from IOL, behavioral based questions, 2nd round interview with 3 people panel interview

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I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Imperial Oil in October 2011.

Interview Details – Standard behavioral questions. Poorly planned though. I applied to several jobs and was never told which job I was actually interviewing for. The interviewer didn't know either and then changed his mind and said it was a general interview for Imperial. He focused all the questions about the department he was from, which wasn't one of the jobs I wanted. No questions related to the jobs i actually wanted. Couldn't build rapport with the interviewer. He would read questions off his sheet, I would answer, and then we would sit in silence until he finished writing his comments. I tried to talk to him during the silence but he didn't respond.

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Engineer (New Grad) Interview

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Calgary, AB (Canada)

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Imperial Oil in October 2011.

Interview Details – The hiring process for the new grads consists of two interview days; the first one on campus and the second on the company office. (if outside the city,they will pay everything to visit the office)
the first interview: Behavioural Questions (45-60min)
-Legal to work in Canada and confirming the education level and specialization.
- What is the best/worth course?
-Tell me about work you are proud of?
- Tell me about time you provided new ideas?
- Tell me about time you gave idea to another person?
- Good experience you are proud of?
- Willing to travel?travelled before?
- Why did you leave the previous job (if any)?
- Time about giving good presentation?
- Team work project.
- Work below and above expectations
-Good and bad experience
- Organized to meet objectives
- Modification about work procedure
-Whats your major strengths?

The interviewer was very friendly and supportive at the end she asked me if I have Q's and if I wana add anything. Also, she asked me to fill out an evaluation and send it to the company. and fill in Background screening form (to be scanned and sent electronically).

If passed this interview, you'll received email asking about second interview day and if there is any travel arrangements needed.

The second interview day (Fixed date) consists of 4 interviews, 1hr each. There is an interview buddy will coordinate the day and go for dinner at the end of the day for informal Q's.

The first interview with Colleague (6hrs experience):
Case study and interactive discussion about the case. The case might be emails to be reorganized. priorities listing,....
It was good, friendly and easy going.

The second with senior engineer (16yrs experience):
It was technical (Pure technical). He asked about case study and how to improve performance of a Unit. and asking about pure equations (PS. Nobody told me that there is technical interview, that's the reason I wasn't selected for the position,I wasn't prepared).
It wasn't professional and the engineer was very happy of his experience and not respecting your young experience.

The third with supervisor (20yrs experience):
It was behavioural and introduction about the company.Very professional and friendly.
He asked about similar questions (situation based). He was looking at resume, transcripts and the questions sheet.

It was good interview and trying to discover you and giving you info you to discover them.

The fourth with manager (25yrs experience):
The interview was just interactive about my resume with an old manager who is aware with the company culture. Open discussion and simple and previous experiences

Then a 10min session about the company, benefits,structure and environment (By Jr engineer who was not interested in that kind of sessions and speaks tooo fast)

Then the interview day buddy took me with another candidate and his buddy to a restaurant for dinner and informal discussion.

How to prepare for this process;
- Career services at your school.
- prepare situations (Make sure to use STAR technique; they like it very much)
- Prepare technical with pure theory, especially they will not consider if you are Grad or Undergrad student.
- Be friendly and prepare your questions.
-Show interest to the company,work and culture.
- They selected top 5% of the graduates/students for their interviews.

I was lucky to reach the final decision minute and I was refused because the other candidate has operations experience instead of Design/Office experience (PS. Experience wasn't required for this position).

Overall, I'm satisfied with the process and with the professional people I mean (except the senior engineer).

Good Luck,

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