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I applied online - interviewed at Imperial Oil in September 2011.
Interview Details – Applied online and was called for an interview after 2 weeks of deadline date. Interviewed by one person. Really nice and professional.
Interview Question – Tell me about a small problem you caught before it turned into a huge problem? View Answer
I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Imperial Oil in April 2009.
Interview Details – Applied through and employee. Interviewed by two different panels of experts one from corporate and the other from Project. Decision took one week. Commence work within next two weeks.
Interview Question – Can finishing be completed on ceiling of a new building before the roof is Cast. View Answer
Negotiation Details – no
I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Imperial Oil in October 2012.
Interview Details – Very clear and encouraging... you must from any background they actually want the skills
Interview Question – All were behavioral Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I was outside country
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Imperial Oil in November 2011.
Interview Details – A first-round interview is conducted on campus. Once the decision is made to proceed. There will be a second-round interview. For this position, the second-round interview consists of three 1-hour long interviews with different members of the department (one from management, engineering, and controls). IOL flies you out to the office (Calgary) for the interviews and pays for your travels and board. The questions are behavioral based and can be challenging to offer different scenarios as supporting evidence, especially when you are ask so many questions over the 3-hour period.
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate
The process took a day - interviewed at Imperial Oil in February 2011.
Interview Details – behavioral questions
Interview Question – tell me a little about yourself Answer Question
Negotiation Details – set a range than an actual number when it comes to salary
I applied in-person and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Imperial Oil in June 2011.
Interview Details – Lengthy!
Negotiation Details – To the point!
The process took 1 week - interviewed at Imperial Oil in May 2012.
Interview Details – I was contacted through my University Career Center and asked if I was available for an interview. The interview was scheduled on the same week.
My interviewer was en engineer with 2 years of experience, very laid back and friendly. The interview went as follows.
-Walk through the resume
-Why did I chose my major, and why do I want to work this specific position with Imperial
-10 behavioral questions of the type (describe a time where you...) regarding working under pressure, conflict, teamwork, problem solving etc..
-I started asking questions to my interviewer regarding her experience with imperial and regarding the position..
Interview Question – Describe a time where you failed in one of your job assignments Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Imperial Oil in November 2010.
Interview Details – Imperial interviews using a behavioral question process. This means primarily questions with the format:
Describe a time when X happened to you?
What actions did you take (lets call them Y) when X happened?
What were the results of you doing Y?
They like your answers in the StAR's format: Situation, Action, Result.
The interview process typically follows:
Resume screening - Up to 30 candidates whittled down to between 5-10
Initial Interview - Candidates receive a screening interview with someone not necessarily related to the job they are applying for, this interview is simply to check if you are a good 'company fit'
2nd round interview - Between 2 and 5 candidates are interviewed before final selection. You will travel to the corporate offices and partake in 3 separate interviews with people you will work with if you are selected.
Interview Question – Describe a time when there appeared to be too much work to accomplish with too limited a number of people to accomplish it. What did you do? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Imperial Oil.
Interview Details – First round was on campus, about 45 minutes. ASked about typical situational questions and at the end asked about if there's anything that I would like to add that they didn't mention. Make sure you take a moment and try to add something that will potentially sell you. Answer in the "STAR" format, answers should link your work or school experience with the skills sets that they are looking for.
-How did you resolve a conflict with someone
-how have you managed stress
-how have you dealt with a difficult person
-success story about demonstrating technical skills
-how have you dealt with a situation that was bound to fail
-favourite/least favourite courses
meet with 3 people, first one is a mentor and takes you out for lunch and doesn't actually inerview you. second and third will be managers and format are similar to the first interview, but it will be more conversational. seems like they really want to know your personality (your motivation, ethics, ambition, interpersonal skills etc) so be prepared to talk about your values and beliefs
Interview Question – Has anyone ever asked you or put you into a situation where your ethical decision making is jeopardized? How have you dealt with it? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Imperial Oil in April 2010.
Interview Details – The interview consisted of a 45 minute presentation followed by 4 one-hour interviews with Engineering and Science department heads. It was followed by a short discussion with an HR representative (not actually part of the interview, just talk of benefits, etc). The department heads ask lots of behavioural questions taken from list of standard questions provided by corporate headquarters. A younger employee gives a very brief, quite insufficient tour, and is around to ask questions about Imperial Oil.
Interview Question – What was a situation where you failed to achieve your stated goal? Answer Question
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