Royal Dutch Shell Interview Questions

Updated Aug 24, 2015
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    Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in July 2010.

    Interview

    Telephonic interview Group discussion mock drill of the actual job--- ou can directly Personal interview by managers Interview by HR Offer letter At the end of the very late in the eveing you are freed with an Offer letter so that you can directly head to party

    Interview Questions

    • very basic Technical questions such as how gear box worls ratio teeth some mathematical qiestions to test ability   Answer Question
    • HR very personal questions to find out more about personal character   Answer Question
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in October 2009.

    Interview

    Here we go! The process for us was divided in two parts. 1) Screening 2) SRD (Shell Recruitment Day) I. Screening I) First of all we had to fill and submit a resume. The resume is in a specific format and will be provided by Shell. Plus, we also had to apply online and fill a virtual resume online. Based on these two resumes, some people were short listed for telephonic interview. ii) The date for Telephonic interview was communicated in advance. They can call at any time. I was the first to get a call at around 11 am and the last call came at about 8 or 9 pm. So be prepared! My interview was a 5 minute thing. Interviews are non – Technical. They asked me about some general stuff and then gave me a topic to speak on for a couple of minutes. Those who make through the interview will be called for SRD. II. SRD I) Project Round: Also known as Technical round, here you will be asked to present projects which you have done. You may present any project be it COP, SOP, LOP, Apogee, Internship, PS1 etc. We were asked to present only 1 project of our choice. All the questions in this round were related ONLY to the project and no other technical questions were asked. Those who make it through this round will go for HR. ii) HR Round: A very short and simple HR round. Quite simple. iii) Case Study Round: We were given a 60-70 page case study. We had to go through and prepare a 5 minute presentation on it. All this had to be done in 90 minutes. Please note that the presentation MUST NOT be of more than 5 minutes. The case study round is a unique round and is somewhat difficult also. And so to make things simpler for the candidates, one sample case study round is held one day before SRD. That sample round is non evaluative. Also, you won’t find these case studies anywhere on the internet or in books. So, don’t waste your time in searching for them. Your best opportunity to prepare for it will be during the sample round. Those who survive this round will go for the final round. iv) Group Activity Round: This is a modified GD round. The only thing is that here you won’t be alone; you will be divided in two teams. This is quite a simple round. You will be given a topic and some literature will also be provided. Your (and your team’s) discussion MUST revolve around the given literature only. Important advice: This was the process for us. It might be different for you guys. So don’t depend on this completely. And people with low CGPA need not worry. The CGPA cut off was 6.0 for us. So, whether you are 6.01 or 9.99, it really won’t matter.

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    Petroleum Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell (Bangalore (India)) in December 2008.

    Interview

    For campus hire the interview is threefold- technical,busiess planning & group discussion. The procedure starts with submitting cv in specified cv format for shell. On the day of interview panels of selector , comprising of both technical & HR persons take interview in three rounds. After each round elimination occurs and successful candidates only are allowed for next round. First round is usually technical. Here the candidate is asked to present one of his/her project of choice briefly. The interview is then based on the project work. Next round is busines planning. For this round study materials are provided. after one hour each candidate has to present their business plan before the pannel and will convince them with satisfactory answers to their quarries.Fial round is group discussion on selected problems.

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    Postdoctoraal Onderzoeker Interview

    Anonymous Employee in The Hague (Netherlands)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    (Translated from English)

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell (The Hague (Netherlands)) in November 2011.

    Interview

    Aangemeld via het online platform en werd geselecteerd voor een online interview. Ongeveer 2 weken later werd het interview gepland. Het telefonisch interview duurde ongeveer 1,5 uur, bestaande uit 3 secties en volgens de CAR structuur.

    Applied via the online platform and was selected for a phone interview. After about 2 weeks the interview was scheduled. The phone interview lasted for approx 1.5 hours, comprised 3 sections and followed the CAR structure.

    Interview Questions

    • Wat is je grootste prestatie? Wat waren de tussenliggende stappen en hoe heeft u uw voortgang beoordeeld?   What is your greatest achievement? What were the intermediate steps you took and how did you assess your progress?   Answer Question
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    Graduate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7+ weeks. I interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in December 2012.

    Interview

    Mixed interview process. Very good university outreach programme and good opportunities to network with senior employees. No psychometric tests (I believe this is to change as of Jan 2013) and telephone interview is the next stage after online application. Slow at times to progress through stages (4/5 weeks).

    Interview Questions

    • You are the CEO of a large company, justify and rank which parts of the world are your priority for oil exploration   1 Answer
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    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell.

    Interview

    The hiring process is very structured, with interviews sounding like it is an exam question. They will probe into your details about everything you have in your resume, and they will ask you technical questions for specific jobs.

    Interview Questions

    • They will ask you some 'high-level' and strategic level thinking questions.   Answer Question
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    Gradute Well Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stavanger (Norway)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell (Stavanger (Norway)) in November 2011.

    Interview

    Had the phone interview twice or so and it is similar each time, and difficult. This is a behavioral based interview where the interviewer asks about your past achievements, challenges etc. and how you dealt with them to reach your goal. At the end there is a little case where you are asked to choose one of 4-5 topics and explain how you would solve a given challenge. They want you to demonstrate their CART values. If you succeed, you will be called in for an on-site interview together with other candidates.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell about a time when you achieved something/faced a challenge/had to deal with a troublesome team member.   Answer Question
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    Graduate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell.

    Interview

    Firstly there will be aptitude exams (behaviour, numerical and finally situation), subsequently you will receive a tele-interview or a face-to-face interview (based on you situation) and lastly there will be a invite to Shell Day. There will be 2 parts to Shell Day, Day 1 will just be a pre briefing; Day 2 will be the actual assessment)

    Interview Questions

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    Graduate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 11+ months. I interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    I initially applied for the Summer internship position in March and got the interview invitation three weeks later. After successfully passing this stage in May, I was invited for the Shell Recruitment Day, which is the last stage of hiring for the internship position. After two months of waiting for the date I was told that I could no longer do the internship with them and that they would invite me for the SRD for the full-time employment later that year. I ended up going for the SRD 11 months after my initial application with them. After what seemed to me as the perfect day at their HQ, I was 99% sure I was gonna get an offer for employment, which didn't happen, because I wasn't the right match. On the other hand, I really enjoyed their perceptiveness to the applicants and wouldn't mind going through the SRD again just for the fun of it.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do, if local population didn't want the Green technology in their area, because the solar panels are ugly?!   1 Answer
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    Graduate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell (London, England (UK)) in July 2013.

    Interview

    I applied for Shell's graduate programme online. The first stage was an online assessment that asked questions on how to prioritise different responses based on given situations. This was a behavioural test specific to Shell's business scenarios rather than something generic. The second stage was an hour and a half long phone interview with Shell recruitment psychologist. Again, the focus was on understand the way I react to situations, and the phone interview revolved around picking out specific examples of when I worked in teams at work / university, and drilling deep into how I responded on those situations. I was called for a Shell Recruitment Day (SRD) after the phone interview. There were four other candidates; what was stressed during the initial briefing was that all candidates are judged individually rather than competing for a single position, which takes a lot of pressure off during group tasks. It also makes sense since the candidates they call are all typically applying for different job roles. The SRD assessment day was a challenging experience. All candidates had been provided an information pack with background information about a fictional region where Shell wanted to set up operations. Based on this, the first task on the assessment was an 'e-tray' email simulation exercise, quite similar to the initial online assessment, which asks you to rate responses to scenarios provided in emails. The second part of the e-tray is a writing exercise on the same project. This is followed by a 1:1 self-reflection interview on how you think the task went, what did you do right, what did you miss etc. The next task is a group exercise, a continuation of the same scenario, where all the candidates were provided additional information and tasked with coming up with Shell's response as a group. This is used to check how you work within a team. The third task is an individual case study, with further information provided on the same scenario and you're tasked with presenting your findings to a group panel. A follow-up interview is held on explaining the rationale behind the findings of the verbal presentation / pitch. The final task is a skills / competency based interview, about an hour long, where Shell managers in the job roles you've applied to ask questions about specific examples of where you've worked in a team. This was quite similar to the phone interview that I had earlier. The turnaround time on a decision was quick too as I was told within 24 hours. The feedback given was quite extensive; in my case, pointing out that my rationale for some of the answers I gave in the e-tray were weak, and I skipped answering some questions too. Overall, it felt like the interview experience gave exposure to what it's really like to work at Shell, more so than the typical assessment process that other companies take. There was a lot of emphasis on behavioural analysis.

    Interview Questions

    • In the follow-up interview of the case study task, at the end of the interview they added some new information and asked how that affected my recommendations, and what changed I would make.   2 Answers
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