Royal Dutch Shell Interview Questions

Updated Sep 12, 2014
Updated Sep 12, 2014
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    Graduate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Phone Interview with a local HR personnel.
    The process is pretty fast after the few online assessments which is automatically sent out.
    Interview questions are actually predictable if prepared well before hand.

    After the phone interview will be the SRD.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Graduate Program Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I had an initial phone interview. It was supposed to be in person but I was bed ridden after surgery. Basic behavioral questions, except it was about 45 minutes to an hour, so many questions started sounding the same. They also asked why kind of position you would be interested in working in.

    I got an email maybe a week later inviting me to the Shell Recruitment Day. It is a day and a half interview. The first night you get to know the company and have a dinner with the 6 or so other interviewees and current employees. We had to do an assessment that was kind of like answering fake emails. It was really hard to me. Then we had an "interview" that asked us how we handled the assessment. Then we had a group activity to see how we worked in groups. Then another 50 minute interview of behavior questions. Lastly a case study that we did on our own, and they interviewed me asking me how I approached the problem.

    Although I did not get an offer, It was a nice all expense paid experience, and I got to practice my interview skills

    Interview Questions
    • The case studies are no where near as intense as those in capstone classes like say Harvard Business Review cases. I thought I did well, but I think I did really bad on that first assessment. Everyone thought they did bad, and I think they make it hard on purpose to see how you handle it. I just think I did terrible. haha.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The Phone interview was a basic interview. Questions regarding greatest achievement, why do you want to work here, etc.

    Interview Questions
    • Biggest weakness, it is always a difficult questions but job be prepared fore it and you will be fine.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Recent Graduate Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell.

    Interview Details

    I had a phone interview that lasted about 45 minutes. There were a handful of behavioral interview questions as well as questions that were based around topics that Shell Oil deals with. The behavioral questions were all based around teamwork and how well you work in diverse teams.

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time when you implemented a new technology or idea for a team.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Online application on the shell website, followed by a phone interview lasting around 30min. The entire process took about 2 months, involving 2 or 3 successive emails from the HR telling us to wait and that the interview date will be confirmed in due time. Good thing is that you will be informed within 2 working days if you have been rejected after the phone interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing difficult, standard questions regarding your resume and scenario questions, like how you handled certain things. This is then followed by a case study type of question, which has been described many times on this website.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Category Manager - Contracts & Procurement Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New Orleans, LA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New Orleans, LA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was called within 2 weeks for a phone interview, which was fairly informal. It ran between 30 and 45 minutes and I was given the chance to go through my resume and talk about my experiences. I was also given a bit of background about the position by the hiring manager. About a week later, I was called once again and asked to meet for a face to face interview. This involved me being flown out to New Orleans. I was asked to prepare a presentation that would take about 20 minutes to present. During the presentation I was to discuss a project I had worked on previously and the challenges I faced, what I learned, the steps I took to solving the problems I encountered, etc. I was to present to the hiring manager, HR, and a senior level manager. The presentation portion of the interview went very smoothly and everyone made me feel very welcome and comfortable. The interview ended up being very conversational as the interviewers did not wait for me to finish the whole presentation before asking questions. There was also a "standard interview questions" portion, as well as a brief case study.

    Interview Questions
    • The case study is something you cannot really prepare for. A scenario is presented to you and you have to answer a series of questions, based on the background information that is given to you. You are asked to answer these questions as though you are the CEO of the company. I don't remember exactly the question that was asked, but I do remember that there were some questions that tested ethics and others that looked at your strategic/problem solving skills.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  State College, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied online through the New Graduate application. Got an email about 1 week later to set up an interview on campus.

    Interview: Lasted a total of 1.5 hours. They really don't look through the resume nor the transcript. Asking a series of situation based questions and your actions. They will then ask you to choose a situation out of 4 where you are a CEO then they ask a series of questions based on that. It is a long process and none of the questions are easy. I am Civil Engineer and no idea on any of the 4. Thus, I chose a business one but it was very complicated.

    The interviewer was really nice and tried to make things comfortable.

    Interview Questions
    • Pretend you are a CEO of a multi-national company, how do you motivate people?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Communications Creative - Executive Producer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    Much has been documented about Shell's grueliing interview process, and the taste I got seemed to verify everything I'd heard. Submitted an application online through the employee referral system, and received an email within a few weeks with a number of questions, then a follow up email to set up a phone interview. To my surprise, the phone interview was with the hiring manager from overseas (I would have thought there would be a phone screening prior to connecting directly with the hiring manager). The interview was thorough, lasting over 40 minutes, and the interviewer was polite but intense. The process was described to me, and the typical questions (Why do you want to work for Shell? Why should we hire you over the next guy?) were asked. There were also practical and behavioral questions, and questions about how I saw myself fitting in with - or more specifically coping with - the Shell culture in the context of this newly created position. I felt the interview went well, though the interviewer gave no indication one way or the other.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you deal with being in an unpopular position and getting buy-in from Shell business executives who dont see the value of what you are doing?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Geologist Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a day - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    In the 1st round interview the interviewer asked me for a copy of my resume. Throughout the interview they asked me the following questions: Can you tell me about a recent achievement or accomplishment you are proud of? What steps did you take to reach this accomplishment? Tell me about a time when you worked on a project with a team? Did you face a difference of opinions while working with this team?

    Interview Questions
    • Explain a time in which you demonstrated leadership behavior while working with a group of people, and how did the group of people respond to your leadership behaviors?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was offered an interview when shell came to recruit on campus. Half of the interview consisted of behavioral questions. The other half you chose topics such as research and development. You pretended you owned a company and you answered question relating to the topic. I would say they have an amazing management structure since it is less Hierarchal than other companies. Be able to analyze your problem solving skills, communication skills, and leadership skills, based on your experiences.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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