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Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied in-person and interviewed at Shell Canada.
Interview Details – The environment was quite negative. Everyone was focused on how to not to do anything that challenged the status quo that the forgot to plan for failure and recover and learn from failure. Was a limited environment for people from other cultures as it seemed most of the corporate environment was geared toward white males.
Interview Question – Difficult question was the question you should ask of Shell Canada--can they embrace different worldviews in order to be more successful? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Always ask for more--your job will be difficult.
Shell Graduate Program 2014 Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Shell Canada in January 2014.
Interview Details – I am a health and safety recent grad (masters). I applied on-line in January 2014. By the end of the month I completed three on-line assessments: 2 general questionnaires that were not timed and 1 timed numeracy test, which I found rather difficult because of the time pressure. An e-mail confirmed that I passed this stage and that I would be contacted for the next step in “due time”. Then there was the wait – sometime during May I tried contacting the Recruitment department but I was ignored; LinkedIn comments during various “discover us” events were also ignored. In my mind I was thinking I was waiting a line of some sort but then by late July (6 months later) I received a standard rejection letter. And to add to my sorrow, one week after a health and safety position was posted for Fort Mac requiring minimum 2yrs of experience and my application was rejected the following day.
Interview Question – Timed numeracy test - lots of numbers, tables and graphs but very little time. Same test regardless of your background. Impossible to pass if you are not good with numbers. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
Position Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Shell Canada in June 2014.
Interview Details – The interview process was very long and drawn out. They didn't care for me to ask questions, and didn't give good answers, if any. Interviewer seemed uninterested in the interview. Questions were all behavioral and very little time spent on experience. I did not like the interview at all. By the end of the interview I felt as if I didn't even want to work for shell.
Interview Question – Name a time where you experienced a difficult person and you had to work with them to complete a task. How did you handle the situation. Answer Question
Recruiter Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Shell Canada in March 2013.
Interview Details – thorough, complete, very interesting. went through a case study, a technical and a behavioural phase. there wa a team of 3 interviewers who were ope, honest and very genuine. great experience.
Interview Question – case study Answer Question
Negotiation Details – there wansnt one
Very Easy Interview
Geophysics Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied in-person - interviewed at Shell Canada in October 2010.
Interview Details – One interview in person.
Interview Question – All questions were very straight forward. They did not try to intimidate me. Answer Question
Graduate Opportunity Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Shell Canada
Interview Details – Applied online and got an e-mail back right away confirming application. Had to fill out a basic questionnaire. Was emailed with another two assessments to do. Another questionnaire type assessment based on situation analysis. They a numeracy test which wouldn't have been too difficult but the time pressure was very tough.
Interview Question – Numeracy test was hard to complete correctly in the allotted time period Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
Engineering Student Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Shell Canada.
Interview Details – It was one of the most difficult interview that I have ever gone through. The interview was completely based on behavior based questions that were timed. I had 8 questions in total and each question had part a b c d e f etc to ensure you answer the questions using the STAR technique. The interviewer was extremely neutral, he provided no feedback (not even a smile) and only nodded to certain answers. Interaction was minimal, it was more like being questioned by the police officer.
Interview Question – What are the challenges you face during xxxx... There were about 4 questions on challenges and I ran out of examples Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Took them 3 weeks to respond and by that time I took another job offer.
Engineering Intern Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Shell Canada.
Interview Details – Completed a pre-assessment questions consisting two parts. First part is not timed- problem based. Second part is timed (statistical questions), 16 questions to be done in 18 minutes.
Shell wil let you know if you've passed and will then proceed for an interview. I had a telephone interview, it lasted approxiamtely one hour. Typical behavioural questions were asked of me.
Some of the questions they asked:
- Why do you want to work for Shell?
Interview Question – Tell me one time when you had to change your approach to complete a task.
They wanted a very specific approach of how you changed your approach (not your team). Answer Question
New Graduate - Commercial Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Shell Canada.
Interview Details – Application process included usual entering of information, uploading resume, etc. The next step was to complete a series of tests to assess personal qualities with respect to working in a team environment and various other personality traits. After successful completion of these tests, a third test was required. This test gave you a set allotment of time to answer 16 math/statistical analysis based questions. This part was difficult but seems to have been evaluated leniently, perhaps depending on the type of position you were applying for (technical v. non-technical). After a few weeks, was contacted for a phone interview, which lasted about an hour. Another few weeks passed before I was contacted to travel to Calgary for Shell Recruitment Day. This was a 2-day process that encompassed a series of interview type activities, with multiple assessors. Overall, although intense, the process was extremely comprehensive with plenty of opportunity to demonstrate your abilities. Very fair for a new grad interview.
Interview Question – Case analysis followed by a series of very challenging questions. The best and worst part about the whole process is that it really makes you accountable for your answers, which, although difficult on the interviewee, is obviously very effective for the interviewers to see what you're made of. Answer Question