Occidental Petroleum Interview Questions

Updated Sep 10, 2014
Updated Sep 10, 2014
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    Geoscience Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Occidental Petroleum.

    Interview Details

    I applied and about a month I had an over the phone interview that was fairly straightforward with no trick questions. I was then emailed for an in person panel style interview. The interview questions were behavioral based and were also formulated from my resume. All in all it went smoothly and was very well organized.

    Interview Questions
    • There was nothing unexpected, like I previously stated. They were not trying to trick me or asked complicated questions. They just wanted to get a feel for who I was as a candidate.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    IT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Occidental Petroleum in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    On campus panel interview. Was told would be contacted for an on-site interview if they were interested. Instead receive a phone message to contact HR representative. Returned the call and was made an offer. After I accepted the offer was sent a digital offer letter and told to go online and complete online application. After offer letter was returned was sent a series of steps to complete to start the onboarding process.

    Interview Questions
    • Very relaxed interview. Asked to explain previous projects I worked on.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Chemist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Bakersfield, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bakersfield, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a day - interviewed at Occidental Petroleum in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was retained after subcontracting for 15 years. The interview consisted of presenting me with a benefits package. I could either accept or decline. Acceptance meant I still had a job. If I declined it meant I could no longer work there as a subcontractor

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negottiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Staff Geologist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Bakersfield, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bakersfield, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Occidental Petroleum.

    Interview Details

    Questions were mostly technical. They asked what kinds of skills I had. They asked about my educational background. HR encourages behavior based interviewing, but the technical staff generally want to know work experience and education. The questions consist mostly of questions about past experiences and clarifying the answers given. The interviews are somewhat informal.

    Interview Questions
    • There were not any trick questions or surprises. Just the basics here. What have you worked on, what skills do you have and what are your strengths?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate. I accepted the initial offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Engineering Technician Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Occidental Petroleum in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    It was easy getting an interview because I knew someone (not the case if you don't know anyone, you will be waiting 3 months for an interview, find another job during this time and stay there).

    Negotiation Details
    I got the salary requested but not the vacation time.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Engineering Technician Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Occidental Petroleum.

    Interview Details

    Applied through company website and was asked to take an online assessment about 3 weeks after application. Analytical and excel assessments were not too difficult. Was called about a month after for a panel style interview and took another in house assessment. Notified I had the job about a week later.

    Interview Questions
    • Typical interview questions - why do you want to work here - long/short term goals.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Occidental Petroleum in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    A representative outside of the company will contact you and ask you questions pertaining to the position to make sure you are qualified.

    Interview Questions
    • What's the most challenging thing you experienced as your previous employer   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Revenue Accountant Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Occidental Petroleum.

    Interview Details

    Applied and submitted job application. Great interview with some old Cities services managers.

    Negotiation Details
    Salary rate was better than previous job.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6 days - interviewed at Occidental Petroleum.

    Interview Details

    College recruitment

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    If you have an offer for a location you do not want to go be prepared to either take and and learn to settle there or tell them no and hope for a counter offer. At the time i was not sure i would get another job so i took the first offer and was vaguely promised a move withing a year. Never happened don't settle;e unless you are desperate.
    Accepted Offer
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    Land Negotiator Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Occidental Petroleum in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied on line for a summer internship through the OXY website, was selected for an on campus interview, notified via email. Interviewed with 2 employees, for 30 mins. Basic behavioral job interview questions, they like you answer to be formatter like this [state the problem, the solution then the outcome]. Very laid back. Heard back about a month or two later. Did not try and negotiate offer. Was drug tested shortly before I was supposed to start the job. It was a hair test. Finished 3 month interview and was offered a job. Everybody in my intern class got full time offers.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing too out of the ordinary, just the usual behavioral stuff... Tell me about a time when you failed and how you overcame it, tell me about a time when you had to work in a group, or with a difficult team member.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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