Valero Energy
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Valero Energy Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 3, 2014

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Chemical Engineering Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied through college or university and the process took 7 months - interviewed at Valero Energy.

Interview Details – 45 minute interview, they take a very long time to get back to you

Interview Question – How do you use safety in you every day life   Answer Question

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SAP SD Specialist Interview

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San Antonio, TX

I applied in-person and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at Valero Energy in September 2013.

Interview Details – They are very careful when they select people, it seems the salary they offer is too low, so they have been looking for the right candidate for almost a year. It seems that everything is perfect in this company and no issues or troubles at all, impossible!

Interview Question – It was a pretty technical question regarding VOFM pricing.   View Answer

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Engineer Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Valero Energy in September 2013.

Interview Details – Extremely uncomfortable interview. They were working in short blocks of time and made you feel extremely rushed. The man interviewing seemed completely uninterested in my resume as he began firing off behavior based questions off of a pre made template. The questions bounced around and were completely unrelated to each other. A few of the questions required such specific answers that I am not sure how anyone was able to answer them. The man acted like he did not even want to be there.

Interview Question – Tell me in great detail about a time when you were unclear of the instructions given to you.   View Answer

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Communications Intern Interview

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I applied online and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Valero Energy.

Interview Details – Five women interviewed me one after another and being that I am a male, they were not too interested. The department consisted of all women and they ended up hiring a female, as well. Pretty biased if you ask me. Also, it would be nice if they were actually welcoming.

Interview Question – How would you enjoy working with all women?   Answer Question

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Electrical Engineer Interview

Electrical Engineer
Port Arthur, TX

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Valero Energy in November 2012.

Interview Details – Very laid back refinery electrical engineer crew interviewed me. They were friendly and willing to explain what they do. They relied solely on a power system software called ETAP.

Interview Question – Have you used ETAP at school?   Answer Question

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Associate Electrical Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Three Rivers, TX

I applied online - interviewed at Valero Energy in June 2013.

Interview Details – Prescreening by HR personnel followed by phone interview by hiring manager then invited to the refinery for onsite interview and facility tour. After onsite interview, received email asking to complete three 200 question Hogan assessments. Apparently, I was a strong candidate but took 16 days before I heard I was 'no longer being considered'.

Interview Question – Describe a time that you were working on a team and things didn't go as expected and how did your correct it?   Answer Question

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Process Operator Interview

Process Operator
Wilmington, CA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Valero Energy in April 2013.

Interview Details – Sign up through the website and receive an email for testing. Went and took the test. A month later, got an interview. 3 people interview me.

Interview Question – Name a time when you work with a difficult person?   Answer Question

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Associate Plant Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Fort Dodge, IA

I applied online - interviewed at Valero Energy in March 2012.

Interview Details – I applied online at Valero's website for an associate plant engineering position and heard back within a week asking to schedule a pre-screening phone interview. We set up a phone interview for the following week during the afternoon. The phone interview went alright, just the basic behavioral questions that you would expect. Some examples are: Can you think of a time when you had to submit a project that you felt was not fully completed to the best of your abilities? Can you think of a time when you had to work with another from a different background? And how did you overcome challenges that this created? Etc. I was not asked any engineering questions, but was asked about my relevant experience. The interview was supposed to last about 20 minutes, but went on for about 50 minutes which was fine with me because I felt comfortable answering the questions. At the end of the interview, I was told I may be contacted in the next 2 weeks to set up an onsite interview if they felt I was a good candidate. I was contacted the following day and set up an onsite interview over spring break so that I could make the trip to the site (out of state).

The onsite interview lasted about 4 hours, I first had an introduction and short list of questions from the engineering manager. This lasted about 45 minutes and I was asked mostly behavioral questions and one or two engineering questions. I was than introduced to two additional members of the plant and they asked a number of behavioral questions. Than the plant engineering manager took me on a plant tour and asked me questions pertaining to the process, luckily I had had an internship in the same field so I was easily able to answer the questions. The plant tour lasted about 50 minutes. The plant tour was followed by another interview with two other plants members that I met on the tour. THis lasted about 20 minutes because I tried to keep my answers short and sweet. This portion was supposed to last an hour, but was cut short when they did not have any more questions. The plant engineering manager was conducting a phone interview at the time with another candidate, so the plant manager stuck around and spoke with me for a bit, eventually he left and I had to wait by myself for 30 minutes until the engineering manager came back. This last portion of the interview lasted about an hour and was focused primarily on engineering questions and my own questions. I was given a brief lecture on the company philosophy and operation. At the end of the interview, I was told that I would be contacted in the next month if I was found to be the best candidate. I was also asked to inform the hiring manager if I received any other job offers as soon as possible so that he could speed the process up and move on to the next steps in the process. He mentioned that the next steps would involve a phone interview with the director of engineering and the plant general manager who was not present on that day.

Interview Question – What is the minimum water temperature obtained from cooling tower, and what does a cooling tower look like.   View Answer

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Associate Mechanical Engineer Interview

Associate Mechanical Engineer

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Valero Energy.

Interview Details – Submitted my resume in a career fair, was interviewed by a group of engineers in the refinery.

Interview Question – They asked about 10 questions starting with the phrase: "Tell me about a time when...."   Answer Question

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IT Architect Interview

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San Antonio, TX

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Valero Energy in January 2013.

Interview Details – Used an head hunter so most of the communication was through them.

Interview Question – What makes you good enough for Valero   Answer Question

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