TOTAL
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TOTAL Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 4, 2014
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Average Interview

Management Interview

Management
Houston, TX

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

Interview Details – I applied online and was contacted by HR shortly thereafter. After one phone screen I was brought in to meet with the VP and some colleagues. The next round was with the CEO. The final interview was by video with the department head in Paris. An offer came shortly after. The whole process took less than 2 months from application to start date. That is uncommon. I have seen Total take 6 months to decide on a candidate.

Interview Question – None of the questions were very difficult. They want to see that you have done your research on the company, can do the job, and most importantly, are a fit with the culture since French companies are a bit different than those from the U.S.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They came in over their stated expected range so there was no negotiation

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Accepted Offer

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Average Interview

Research Intern Interview

Research Intern

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at TOTAL.

Interview Details – 2 phone interviews and 1 on site. Based on your resume.

Interview Question – Tricks in C/Fortran coding.   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Technical Advisor Interview

Technical Advisor
Houston, TX

I applied through other source and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at TOTAL.

Interview Details – Phone interview with Manager. Team interview on site. Very relaxed. Profressional. Specific to my job and experience.

Interview Question – What would I do to help/improve/motivate   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Fairly easy. Not much room for negotiation...but fair.

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Consultant Freelance Interview

Consultant Freelance

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at TOTAL.

Interview Details – N/A as I was an independent contractor from another business

Interview Question – N/A as I was an independent contractor from another business   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

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Difficult Interview

Carbonate Sedimentologist Interview

Carbonate Sedimentologist
Paris (France)

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at TOTAL.

Interview Details – Outsourced test and psychological interviews, internal interviews with technical advisors, HR managers and career managers

Interview Question – Are you ready to go anywhere for an expat with your family? (means Nigeria included)
For women, do you project to have children soon,
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Negotiation Details – No negociation

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1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

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Sales Executive Interview

Sales Executive
Lagos (Nigeria)

I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at TOTAL in September 2010.

Interview Details – The hiring process is quite transparent. The first step usually involves an external consultant saddled with the responsibility of carrying out the selection process. At this stage, oral interviews and perhaps written tests (for entry level/fresh graduates) are conducted and successful applicants and pooled for subsequent interviews/screening. On successful completion of this process, the successful applicants are then sent to the company for further interviews. First, is the HR interview, followed by the departmental interview and finally an interview with the Head of the Division for which the applicant is being recruited. Successful applicants are asked to go for a comprehensive medical test prior to being given an offer for employment.

Interview Question – What makes you feel you are the best candidate for this job?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Quite frank; I was able to get an offer a little above my expectation.

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Positive Experience

Average Interview

Human Resources Interview

Human Resources
Lagos (Nigeria)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at TOTAL in September 2010.

Interview Details – I applied for a job as a contractor in the human resource department and I was subsequently called for an interview. The interview went well enough; the company representative was polite and asked relevant questions. I was told I would be contacted by the contracting companies to choose who I wanted to represent me. Therein lay the problem. I received 10 different propositions from different manpower organisations basically in a tussle to handle my contract. I feel the company, Total, should clean this up abit. It just felt really messy and unprofessional.

Interview Question – What motivates you?   View Answer

Reason for Declining – I got another fulltime position with another O&G Coy.

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

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Safety Engineer Interview

Safety Engineer

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at TOTAL.

Interview Details – telephone interview based on my cv, very relaxed

Interview Question – average questions, was very laid back   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Graduate Trainee Interview

Graduate Trainee

Interviewed at TOTAL

Interview Details – very quick. one phone interview directly with people from the team.

Interview Question – none. only questions about my Education, school and and skills.   Answer Question

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Senior Planning Engineer Interview

Senior Planning Engineer
Jakarta (Indonesia)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 months - interviewed at TOTAL.

Interview Details – A collegue asked me to submit my CV for the position. I was called almost 3 months before they called me for an interview. I was called by the end user. The interview was conducted by
three interviewers, they are the end user and his 2 higher managers. No theoritical or technical questions they asked. They just asked me to tell the experiences in handling my work.

Interview Question – I did not find any difficulties.   Answer Question

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