Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Shell Oil in May 2013.
Interview Details – I interviewed through Shell Recruitment Day. The entire process was extremely in depth and they really get a good read on an individuals potential to become a future leader of the company. Not very technical as they are not looking for graduates who's potential is limited to individual contributor roles. The interview is more character and stragic visions based. If you make it to SRD they assume your GPA, resume, etc. already demonstrate your technical ability in your given field.
Interview Question – The entire Shell Recruitment Day was difficult, but something I enjoyed. There is plenty of opportunity to demonstarte your ability to to think out of the box in terms of business strategy, approach, and leading. View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation as it was already much higher paying than the rest of the big players.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online - interviewed at Shell Oil in November 2009.
Interview Details – Indeed website advertised for the position of senior petroleum reservoir engineer. I submitted my resume via Indeed website and got interview invitation and got employed.
Interview Question – why I believe I should be a chosen candidate for the position View Answer
Negotiation Details – my performance during the interview phase make the agreement beneficial and rewarding
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Shell Oil in October 2013.
Interview Details –
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
Interview Question – 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. View Answer
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Shell Oil.
Interview Details –
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).
Interview Question – 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. View Answer
Negotiation Details – I am invited to the SRD in The Hague.
Interviewed at Shell Oil
Interview Details –
I applied to Shell through online application. After a week, I got a phone call to set up an interview date with a phone screener. Prepared very well for that one. Collected questions and do mock interview with my wife. It was enjoyable.
At the phone interview, the interviewer was very nice but professional. He took a lot of notes. Questions were based on my past projects in college. Mostly revolve around what I did and what I learnt as an individual. They want you to show (not tell) what you can do through your past experience. I am very surprised because they had no technical questions for me even though I applied to a technical position (Engineer for Graduate Program).
Couple of questions I could remember were:
- Time you had to work hard to deliver a result
- Solve team conflict
- Convince other people
- Deal with an awkward situation with another new team member.
- What do you know about Shell
- Why should we hire you
I followed the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Results) model for most of my questions. Just remember that whatever you do, they want to hear about what "you" did. So use a lot of "I", not "we". The results and what you learn is critical to the success at this stage. They are hiring fresh new blood, and what they look for is a thirst for learning and success.
The interviewer loved the interview, and I got it through to the next stage. SRD review incoming very soon. :)
Interview Question – - Deal with an awkward situation with another new team member. View Answer
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Shell Oil 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.
I applied online - interviewed at Shell Oil 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.
Interviewed at Shell Oil
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
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Shell Oil.
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
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Shell Oil 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
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