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Getting an Interview
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Mechanical Engineer Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 days – interviewed at BP (Houston, TX) in March 2012.
My year was a bit different in that BP hired directly from the pool of intern candidates. My interview was in March, as the normal fall recruiting hadn't covered the needed number of summer interns. They emailed out in January saying that they would be doing an additional round of interviews, so I responded to express my interest. In the next few weeks, they sent out an invitation to come to Houston to do a site visit and interviews. I drove, but I know some people were flown in from out of state for the site interview Mon/Tues.
I'd assume that the recruiting team was more or less watching the dynamics of the group, who got along with others, what group seemed to be the most interactive, etc. Of the people in the interview process, I got to know a lot of the more outgoing and personable candidates, and I think most of us got hired (if that says something about personality that they look for.)
The actual interview consisted of two separate interviews. The first was technical, the second more of a softskill, tell us about yourself type.
The soft skills interview was pretty typical, tell us about yourself. I think anyone can pass any company's behavioral interview if they can interact well and know the principles of the company (ie, read the mission statement and core values!)
- The technical question was about statics of beam loading (I'm a mechanical engineer), and I had fortunately just had an exam the week before about that. I don't think they expected me to pull out equations (like I said, I just had an exam), but the ability of just looking at a problem and coming up with reasonable expectations of "what is going to happen" and asking the right questions to get more info. 1 Answer
You can't negotiate starting salary. Depending on who you sign with, there may be some flexibility with the signing bonus, but be sure you have a good reason to ask.
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Applied online; process was fairly quick. I first had a telephone interview with HR, pretty standard competency. This was followed by a technical interview in Aberdeen. Asked me about university experience, then onto scenario based questions about wells, drilling and drilling fluids etc. Looked like they had about 5 or 6 scenarios to choose from but only gave 2.
- I wasn't sure what to expect generally over complicated technical aspects when they were actually looking for much simpler answer relating to basic mechanics. Answer Question
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I applied online – interviewed at BP (Baku (Azerbaijan)) in October 2013.
It was consisted of two stages. First behavioral and second technical by the hiring manager.
- What are your goal for the next 5 years and how do yo plan to achieve them? Answer Question
I didnt negotiate
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I applied online. The process took 2 days – interviewed at BP (Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)) in December 2011.
Final round assessment centre consisted of a meal with other applicant and current employees on the first day. Then the second day, we had 5 different exercises. 2 of them were done in groups of 4, 1 individual presentation, 1 role-play exercise done in a pair, and finally an individual exercise which was a self-reflection.
- Exercise 1: Group of 4. We had to decide on new location for drilling, during the time we had the option of buying new information Answer Question
- Exercise 2: split into pairs and had a chance to interview an 'expert' about what type of technologies were appropriate. Then met up with the other pair and decided on the type of rig Answer Question
- Exercise 3: Individual presentation about whether the company should sell some of its refinery, or expand into new area, or just maintain current facility Answer Question
- Exercise 4: Had to decide what to do with some excess natural gas we had. We had news bulletins which affected our choice half way through Answer Question
- Exercise 5: one on one interview about how we felt the day went and how we felt we performed Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took a day – interviewed at BP in March 2011.
The interview was scheduled using an internship posting/application website specific to my university. I was among 25 other scheduled candidates for the internship. The interview itself was conducted by an HR person and an engineer on staff with the company, who presumably would be supervising me should I get the job. The interview consisted of 2 parts, first a standard interview with standard interview questions. What do I consider greatest asset, what is greatest weakness, how do I schedule my time around a busy schedule, etc. All the sort of questions that you would expect a firm hiring straight out of college would ask. The second part consisted of a technical portion. Three engineering scenarios were presented in which a customer was reporting a problem with some apparatus, and I was asked to use my current knowledge of engineering to determine what steps might be taken to diagnose the problem. It was fairly open ended, there were lots of different angles to attack the questions from and the questions themselves were structured so that no one direction would solve the problem 100% (so they were looking for a person who could see the problem from different perspectives no doubt). The interview concluded after these questions were answered by me
- What do you consider to be your weakest asset? 1 Answer
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The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at BP in February 2009.
Interview started with a basic phone interview. The 1:1 interview contained questions from the resume and technical questions. Be ready to answer conceptual questions related to the industry. They are looking for people who work great in Team settings.
- If you had to change a tire how would you do it? Answer Question
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