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Senior Energy Accountant Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in January 2009.
Interview Details – The interview was conducted by a supervisor and additional senior member of the staff. Both very friendly.
Interview Question – What can do you bring table?
How do you respond to chaotic work situations? View Answer
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. The offer was lower than I expected but I wanted the new skills, so I accepted.
Field Based Area Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in February 2011.
Interview Details – Long time to respond, probably due to number of on-line applicants.
Interview Question – How did you demonstrate......( name a good work trait in the past jobs you held) View Answer
Negotiation Details – Easy. They pay fair.
Financial Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell
Interview Details – The Phone interview was a basic interview. Questions regarding greatest achievement, why do you want to work here, etc.
Interview Question – Biggest weakness, it is always a difficult questions but job be prepared fore it and you will be fine. Answer Question
Recent Graduate Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell.
Interview Details – I had a phone interview that lasted about 45 minutes. There were a handful of behavioral interview questions as well as questions that were based around topics that Shell Oil deals with. The behavioral questions were all based around teamwork and how well you work in diverse teams.
Interview Question – Name a time when you implemented a new technology or idea for a team. View Answer
Process Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in October 2012.
Interview Details – Online application on the shell website, followed by a phone interview lasting around 30min. The entire process took about 2 months, involving 2 or 3 successive emails from the HR telling us to wait and that the interview date will be confirmed in due time. Good thing is that you will be informed within 2 working days if you have been rejected after the phone interview.
Interview Question – Nothing difficult, standard questions regarding your resume and scenario questions, like how you handled certain things. This is then followed by a case study type of question, which has been described many times on this website. View Answer
Category Manager - Contracts & Procurement Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell.
Interview Details – I applied online and was called within 2 weeks for a phone interview, which was fairly informal. It ran between 30 and 45 minutes and I was given the chance to go through my resume and talk about my experiences. I was also given a bit of background about the position by the hiring manager. About a week later, I was called once again and asked to meet for a face to face interview. This involved me being flown out to New Orleans. I was asked to prepare a presentation that would take about 20 minutes to present. During the presentation I was to discuss a project I had worked on previously and the challenges I faced, what I learned, the steps I took to solving the problems I encountered, etc. I was to present to the hiring manager, HR, and a senior level manager. The presentation portion of the interview went very smoothly and everyone made me feel very welcome and comfortable. The interview ended up being very conversational as the interviewers did not wait for me to finish the whole presentation before asking questions. There was also a "standard interview questions" portion, as well as a brief case study.
Interview Question – The case study is something you cannot really prepare for. A scenario is presented to you and you have to answer a series of questions, based on the background information that is given to you. You are asked to answer these questions as though you are the CEO of the company. I don't remember exactly the question that was asked, but I do remember that there were some questions that tested ethics and others that looked at your strategic/problem solving skills. View Answer
Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in September 2012.
Interview Details – Applied online through the New Graduate application. Got an email about 1 week later to set up an interview on campus.
Interview: Lasted a total of 1.5 hours. They really don't look through the resume nor the transcript. Asking a series of situation based questions and your actions. They will then ask you to choose a situation out of 4 where you are a CEO then they ask a series of questions based on that. It is a long process and none of the questions are easy. I am Civil Engineer and no idea on any of the 4. Thus, I chose a business one but it was very complicated.
The interviewer was really nice and tried to make things comfortable.
Interview Question – Pretend you are a CEO of a multi-national company, how do you motivate people? View Answer
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Natural Gas Trader Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in July 2010.
Interview Details – Shell has a difficult interview process if you go through the normal HR channels. However, once within Shell it is somewhat easy to transfer from one role to the next using their MOR (managed open resources). That is what I used to land the role I am currently in. The interview process was informal. I met with a colleague that was hiring for the position and discussed my interest in the position and how I thought I could contribute. He already knew me as we had worked together before. After vetting a couple other internal candidates, I was chosen to fill the vacancy.
Interview Question – As mentioned above, it was a very informal interview. It was mostly just a chat about how I could fit in. There were no really difficult questions that I can remember. Answer Question
Communications Creative - Executive Producer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in September 2012.
Interview Details – Much has been documented about Shell's grueliing interview process, and the taste I got seemed to verify everything I'd heard. Submitted an application online through the employee referral system, and received an email within a few weeks with a number of questions, then a follow up email to set up a phone interview. To my surprise, the phone interview was with the hiring manager from overseas (I would have thought there would be a phone screening prior to connecting directly with the hiring manager). The interview was thorough, lasting over 40 minutes, and the interviewer was polite but intense. The process was described to me, and the typical questions (Why do you want to work for Shell? Why should we hire you over the next guy?) were asked. There were also practical and behavioral questions, and questions about how I saw myself fitting in with - or more specifically coping with - the Shell culture in the context of this newly created position. I felt the interview went well, though the interviewer gave no indication one way or the other.
Interview Question – How would you deal with being in an unpopular position and getting buy-in from Shell business executives who dont see the value of what you are doing? Answer Question
Geologist Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in August 2011.
Interview Details – In the 1st round interview the interviewer asked me for a copy of my resume. Throughout the interview they asked me the following questions: Can you tell me about a recent achievement or accomplishment you are proud of? What steps did you take to reach this accomplishment? Tell me about a time when you worked on a project with a team? Did you face a difference of opinions while working with this team?
Interview Question – Explain a time in which you demonstrated leadership behavior while working with a group of people, and how did the group of people respond to your leadership behaviors? Answer Question
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