Royal Dutch Shell Interview Questions

Updated Mar 23, 2015
Updated Mar 23, 2015
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    Expatriate Transfer Advison - Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Royal Dutch Shell.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and received a Phone interview (about 30 min) 1 week later .
    Than, i received a face to face interview invitations 1 day later after phone interview.
    The face to face interview are scheduled 2 weeks later from the call of invitation.

    Great experiences on the interviews.
    The outcome usually come 1 day after the interviews (very quick)

    Interview Questions
    • * Tell me something about your self.
         * What did you most enjoy on your current job
         * Tell me about a time when you feel under pressure? how did you overcome it ?
         * What have you done to know more about shell ?
         * What is the most difficult decision you have made in life?
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Royal Dutch Shell.

    Interview Details

    3 Online Exams, Interview with Line Manager, then Offer. No unexpected questions. Interview was only 1 hour long. Since it was an internship, a lot of the questions involved the relation of my college course to the internship program that I was taking.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Very hectic .Resume shortlisting , two psychometric rounds were conducted, one analytical round ,followed by telephonic interview, group discussion, self reflectory interview, HR interview.Impossible to predict what the recruiters are looking for.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    SRD: Graduate Position Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Royal Dutch Shell.

    Interview Details

    I was being interviewed for a fresh graduate entry position post my PhD. The whole experience was fun and I was decently confident about the experience but they did not provide any reasons for not selecting in the end, which was a bit inappropriate.

    Interview Questions
    • Most difficult session was the e-tray exercise majorly because of the time restriction   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    AssessedSingapore Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process comprises a series of online assessments followed by a face-to-face interview at Shell's office. The interview is very structured, with the interviewer asking questions and writing down your answers, using a recruitment form with a question on each page. This internship interview only sought to assess the Achievement and Relationships components of the CAR framework they have. I think it would be very beneficial for you to practise answering questions using the STAR approach, as if your answer does not cover everything they seek to ask in the form, they will ask you more follow-up questions which would kind of indicate that your response was insufficient.

    Interview Questions
    • Why did you choose Shell, given your interest in the energy industry?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Graduate Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Tedious process where the interviewer asked behavioral questions one after another from this stack of paper. Really got to prepare your stories to tell. They require details, and emphasize on what you did exactly.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a difficult situation that you had to handle and how   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    GRADUATE POSITION Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Royal Dutch Shell.

    Interview Details

    Apply online, then you go through a series of competency and skills based ( numerical) online tests. Next comes the phone interview stage. Finally if you succeed at this stage, you get called for the SRD which is the final stage in the recruitment process.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you allowed other people's decision to influence yours. What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Shell CS PhD Program Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Royal Dutch Shell.

    Interview Details

    Stages:
    1. Online test: aptitude, personality questions
    2. Telephonic Interview: personality questions
    3. Typical Shell Recruitment Day: Etray test, Self reflection interview, case study, group discussion

    As I applied for a technical role. They focus mainly on the personality side throughout the process. All in all SRD proved to be a long day of scrutiny of one's personality. Although long but enjoyable as you would end up having healthy interaction with fellow SRD candidates and making new friends.

    Interview Questions
    • Different Life examples. "A situation where you worked in group and faced conflict"   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Graduate Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in The Hague (Netherlands)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in The Hague (Netherlands)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Royal Dutch Shell in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    The recruitment process for the Shell Graduate Programme is very well detailed on their website and explained in depth when you're invited. My experience is as follows.

    Step 1. Online application
    A simple CV upload and generic questionnaire (applicant's background, involvement in conflict of interests, etc.) is all you have to here.

    Step 2. Online assessment
    When the online application is approved, an online assessment has to be made, consisting of
    * competency-based questions (personality, not timed)
    * decision-making (scenarios, not timed) and problem-solving task (math/graphs, timed)

    What's important in the first part is to be realistic and honest. Out of the 5 possible responses to the presented situations, there is one that seems the most appropriate. However, what would YOU do and which response reflects your personality best? The second assessment does require to pick the best response to the posed scenario. The math tasks are not difficult for engineering students. If you don't make it within time, don't worry, you can still pass the assessment as a whole.

    Step 3. CAR-based interview
    Capacity, Achievements, Relations. Each of these topics will be covered in a strictly organized interview. A Shell employee will conduct the interview using questions he reads from a paper. Your answer will be written down and not discussed. Prepare by thinking of situations in which you made a difference: convincing others of your view, respecting other's opinions, your personal goals, situations in which you had to practice discipline to achieve a goal, or in which you had to change your communication style. They use the STAR method: Situation, Task, Action, Result: name a situation, what did you want to achieve, how did you do it and what was the outcome?

    Step 4. Shell Recruitment Day (SRD)
    When successful in step 3, you'll be invited to a SRD. It consists of two days, the first of which is not assessed and purely for preparation purposes and the second which consists of five assessments. Realize that the 5-6 fellow candidates are not your competitors. All can be successful or not.
    * Etray exercise
    In this timed task you have to answer emails by choosing the appropriate multiple-choice reply. You might need to calculate sometimes. You'll receive an information package the day before to get acquainted with the scenario.
    * Group task
    While about 8 assessors (Shell employees) sit around the room, you have to finish a timed task with your fellow candidates. You'll be judged on how you work together and, very importantly, how you make sure the group's goal is reached instead of you own interests.
    * Self-reflection interview
    This part is quite relaxed. Two of the assessors will interview you about how you tackled issues in the Etray and group tasks. Did you change strategy and how did you think you performed during the group discussion? This will e.g. measure your awareness of group dynamics. The employees are friendly, no worries about harsh interviewing style.
    * Case study
    In this timed tasks, you'll have to read an information package and make a decision between two or three engineering solutions (e.g. which drilling technique or pipeline route is best). Afterwards, you need to present and justify your decision towards two assessors. They will check your decision making by asking question for 30 minutes. It's not about the right solution per se, but on your rationale.
    * CAR-interview
    Very similar to the Step 3 interview. However, this one is a little more detailed and requires more specific examples about your capacity, achievements and relations. Also precise personal goals are valued.

    Step 5. Offer, if successful in step 4.
    I got a phone call two days later and was informed about the most likely offer they're gonna make.

    Final notes:
    - The atmosphere is quite relaxed. The SRD is so well-organized that you don't have to worry about what you can or can't expect during the exercises. The assessors (Shell employees) are friendly and quite approachable during the non-assessed times of the SRD. They're more than willing to explain what it's like to work there and what the opportunities are.
    - The non-assessed SRD day (1st) ends with a dinner in your hotel with two graduates currently enrolled in the Shell Graduate Program. Ask them for tips and tricks in preparation for the following day. They are more than willing to help you and can give a good view of how it is two work for Shell.
    - Be yourself, relax and honest.
    - You'll receive feedback on your SRD performance regardless if successful or not. Very helpful for personal development.
    - Travel costs will be reimbursed (distance dependent). Plane ticket paid if you have to fly. Stay in hotel with breakfast and dinner is covered.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I'm waiting for the offer specifics.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    File Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at Royal Dutch Shell.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was fairly easy, the expectations were not unreasonable. I was able to get an interview right away with no delay. The hiring person was clear on expectations and the people were easy to work with.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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