Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 5 days – interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell (Houston, TX) in March 2015.
Online personality test and online problem solving test which includes two parts: math and situation/ problem solving in oil and gas industry background. After that, they asked for a phone interview, mostly behavior questions, about one hour. The hiring was quick, they sent an offer next day morning by phone later in an official email. Great expiereience, interviewer was really nice and patient.
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I applied through college or university – interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell (Houston, TX).
SRD is not the best way to find quality candidates. The day consists of case studies that don't apply to the candidate's background and interviews. 100% of my group participating in SRD thought it was a terrible way to recruit (behind closed doors, of course).
- Tell me about a time you displayed leadership Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
- Accepted OfferAccepted Offer
I was brought on by a temp agency. It was a very smooth interview process that was surprisingly quick and easy. I got to meet with the team I would potentially be working with. They were both very relatable, somewhat informal. For a place like Shell I was surprised by the way the interview worked, but I liked it that way because they made me feel very comfortable.
- I wasn't given a typical interview with the same run-of-the-mill interview questions. It was more or less something for us to both get to know each other and see if my personality was a good fit. Answer Question
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell.
One of the best interview & hiring processes I've ever experienced.
It starts of with a phone interview by recruiter, all the usual questions were raised. Second and final stage was the face-to-face interview.
The most striking difference was my application profile has already been populated and the interview began as soon as I arrived. Panel interviews with 2 that performs the technical assessment and 1 HR (in the middle) that fires the questions. Focus heavily on situational questions, assessment appears to be based on how you respond to different situations instead of how impressive your answers are.
- You are the CEO of the company, and your product are used internationally by celebrities and leading figures. A suspected fault in your product happened upon a celebrity, how will you respond? Answer Question
- No OfferNo Offer
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.
- Mostly focusing on the CAR criteria. Answer Question
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I applied online – interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in September 2014.
First finish the online application. After that you will get links for online assessment. The first one is about team-work and decision making. After finishing the first one, you will get another ink about mathematics calculation with time constraint. I was invited to campus interview, 1 to 1 interview. Most of the questions are behavior questions, no technical, like team work experience, challenging experience. After that, you will be asked for the reasons to work in energy industry, and specific reasons to work for Shell. You will have a chance to ask questions at the end. The whole interview took about 45min.
- Please tell me how you deal with a situation when you have conflicts with others. Answer Question
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell.
Very in-depth and extensive testing and background check many test. Very in-depth physical examination and drug testing vie hair sample. First interview by phone, second in person then skill testing and phsi
- What is the most difficult decision you have made in your life. 1 Answer
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I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in March 2014.
Phone interview lasted about two hours consisting of experience qualifications and personality oriented questions, in person interview on campus was similar to the phone interview, followed by recruitment day in Houston, TX.
- Just the sheer length of the recruitment day was exhausting. Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
Didn't fit the job they suggested.
Helpful (7)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell (Houston, TX) in October 2013.
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
- 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. 2 Answers
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I applied online. The process took 6+ months – interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell.
First I made the online assessment which is split into three different parts (google it!). There is a 18 min timed part where you will have to solve mathematical problems (you will be presented different graphs A-D with percentages of "whatever the problem is", and they ask you to calculate the percentage of E if "whatever the problem is"). It is actually quite difficult given the time running down. Anyhow I got an email answer 1 month later that I passed and I will be contacted for a telephone interview.
In early July someone contacted me to set up a telephone interview for the end of July. The telephone interview was as expected (google it!). The usual questions about achievement, relationship and team work. I wasn't ask about the capacity part you often read about. The telephone interview took about 60 min. You better prepare this interview well, google the usual interview questions from recruiters, think about answers you want to give. The interviewer was very nice, but cut me off if I didn't stick to the questions.
End of August I heard back from Shell that I am invited to the SRD (Shell Recruitment Day).
- The interview process was as expected. All details can be found on the internet. Prepare the telephone interview VERY well, so you can give the answers with the "key words" they want to hear. 1 Answer
I am invited to the SRD in The Hague.
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