National Oilwell Varco Interview Questions

Updated Sep 15, 2014
Updated Sep 15, 2014
68 Interview Reviews

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    Ap Speliast Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at National Oilwell Varco in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Contacted through an agency for a phone interview. The interview was just 15 min. One of the shortest interviews I have ever had.The process was easy, quick and short.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Quite simple
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at National Oilwell Varco in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    This was an overall good experience and actually learned allot about the company going
    through it. The hiring manager was very professional and kept me very informed. Approval from
    senior management may take extra time depending on position interviewing for.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Offer was emailed. I accepted
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at National Oilwell Varco.

    Interview Details

    Resume is reviewed by an HR person and passed on to the Hiring Manager. A 2 step interview process is common. Expect more than 1 person (direct manager and another senior)

    Interview Questions
    • Provide details of projects where you were the lead and had initiated yourself.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiation is possible. Pay is at par with market or about 5% below.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Real Time Drilling Optimization Interview

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

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at National Oilwell Varco in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    easy, friendly and very relax atmosphere, felt like at home. it was more like a "get to know" deal. conversation was more around personality, contacts rather than knowledge and skill sets

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    flexible and very open and friendly
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Mechanical Design Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at National Oilwell Varco in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied for this position through the NOV careers board, and received an interview call two days later. My interview was on-site, with a panel of engineering managers and directors. The interview was straightforward, and I was asked questions pertaining to the job description and my resume. It was informal, yet professional. The work culture seemed quite typical of an engineering company. People were in cubicles in the middle of a large office area, and there were conference rooms, and offices surrounding the cubicles.

    Interview Questions
    • The engineering director asked me questions about my music shows, since I have performed shows in college. It was a friendly question asked towards to end of the interview, and something other hiring, or engineering managers never asked before.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate much since I was happy with the offer. I did request relocation assistance since I was moving to Houston from college.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Systems Administrator Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at National Oilwell Varco.

    Interview Details

    I was hired through a contract house. I had two interviews and both were on the phone. The actual job I was hired to do changed once I starting working there. My perception was that it was a good place to work but not one to move up. I liked that there was an on boarding process which was very helpful.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was quoted $39.00 per hour but that changed to 33.00 per hour once I arrived on the job site.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    CNC Machinist Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at National Oilwell Varco in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    Short one interview then hired, pay was pretty much set with first meeting, so be ready to negotiate at first interview. Pay range for machinist is $16 to $24 hourly. If you have Mazak or Mori Seki machine experience make sure to bring it up. Also Motors runs a staggering array of parts so talk about your thread type knowledge and different family of parts you've run.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing too difficult , except when trying to increase base pay then specifics about what machines and parts you know.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Inside Sales Representative Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at National Oilwell Varco in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    Minimal interview, mostly who you know. There were no real questions, just a brief overview of the operations. There was a factory walkthrough, but that was about it.

    Negotiation Details
    none
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    HSE Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Angelo, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Angelo, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at National Oilwell Varco in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    Interview was very laid-back, but after seeing the plant I had doubts about working there. I only took the job because of what the pay would be, but later found out that was a lie. If I had've known that the only way to make the salary I was promised was to work about 100 hours a week, I wouldn't have accepted the offer. The other thing you have to consider is that the oil business is very unstable ( at least at that location it was) and the company can easily cut your hours down.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Buyer Interview

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

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 days - interviewed at National Oilwell Varco in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    Smooth and easy. The interview started on time and group well presented.

    Interview Questions
    • Have you ever considered a career in purchasing?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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