Interviewed at Shell Oil
Interview Details – After applying online, the participants need to fill out two online tests. After that can come a phone call, an interview etc. The first part goes quickly as it is sent automatically by the Shell IT system. You have max. 1 week to fill out each online test. I only did the first 2 tests online and now I'm waiting for a feedback (email/ call etc. regarding the outcome and how to poceed).
Interview Question – I am still waiting for a reply. Online it seems that my application has not yet been reviewed by a Shell recruiter ('application under review'). Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Shell Oil in April 2013.
Interview Details – My background is in Petroleum Engineering and I applied for Shell Recruitment Day in an entry level position. Recruiter always called on time and stayed in contact throughout the process which took about three months. I was asked to choose which career paths were appealing such as reservoir, production, operations, etc. Second question was what location I would like to work, it is important to be very honest with locations. Shell Recruitment is a good way of showing where the company's values and goals are aligned. I would read through the website as Q&A will come from there during the interview.
Interview Question – How would you run the company as CEO? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation is allowed for graduates.
Very Easy Interview
I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Shell Oil in August 2011.
Interview Details – I only had two interviews. One with the store manager and then the district supervisor. Both lasted approximately five minutes each. They asked if I had any physical limitations, tattoos, cash handling experience and customer service experience.
Interview Question – No difficult questions, very basic. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Shell Oil in September 2013.
Interview Details – Application for SRD (Shell Recruitment Day) UK graduate Programme.
Stage 1: Online application and CV submission (submitted back in August 2013). I then received an invitation to complete a competency based online assessment followed by a timed online numerical reasoning test.
Stage 2: Two days later I received an email invite for an interview. A few days later I received a call from a scheduling coordinator to arrange an interview date. They sent an email reminder/confirmation as well.
My interview was face-to-face and I went to the Bank Street office to meet with my interviewer. They staff at Shell were friendly and try to make you feel relaxed and welcome. The interview lasted in total for about an hour. The first part was a series scenario-based questions in which I was expected to demonstrate CAR (Capacity, Achievement, Relationships).
E.g. "Can you tell me about a time when you had to plan for XYZ?"
"Were there any challenges and how did you tackle them?"
"Can you give me another example of when you had to do XYZ?"
The second part of the interview was an opportunity to discuss CV, career goals and to ask questions and get to know a little more about the company and the kind of roles that might be available.
After the interview I was told I would be contacted within a week or so to find out whether or not I had progressed to the next stage. I didn't hear back for a month. But eventually I received an email saying I had been invited for the SRD.
Stage 3: The SRD is a day and a half of meetings, assessments and interviews. The night before the actual assessments you meet with graduates who on the Graduate programme. It is an informal meeting and a chance to find out more about the programme in an informal setting. You are not assessed during this time. You also receive your briefing about activities for the following day.
On the day of the final assessment there were 6 of us. All applying for different roles on the graduate programme. A mix of men and women. Throughout the day we were assessed using the Shell CAR framework. There is a test similar to the online assessments at the beginning of the application process. You're given different scenarios and expected to respond with solutions or answers that seem most appropriate for the business. A reflection interview afterwards to discuss performance, followed by a group exercise. After the group task, there is something similar to a case study interview where you are given a fictional scenario about the Shell business and expected to explain the reasoning behind your answers/argument in a presentation. There is another competency based interview too. There are plenty of breaks in between, time to eat and drink and just relax in between sessions. This is also the time when you can discuss job and location preferences although there are opportunities to do this later too. They also asked a lot of questions about my personal career goals, development plans, areas I thought I could improve, and areas I wanted to improve.
You're not competing for roles with the other graduates on the SRD with you so making friends and working together is a good way to perform well. The 'relationships' aspect of the CAR assessment framework is pretty important.
It was a long day. It started around 8am and didn't end until around 5pm. We were told we would hear back within a week to find out if we had passed the SRD. I received a phone call a few days later letting me know that I had passed and the following day I also received a email confirmation.
Whether or not you pass the SRD, you receive feedback on your performance during the assessments.
Stage 4: This is the final stage in the recruitment process where they try to find a suitable graduate opportunity for you within the Shell Group, and determine whether we will be able to make you a formal offer of employment. Tense.
Interview Question – Stage 2: Interview questions where I was asked to give multiple examples of time when I had to do XYZ, discuss the challenges and how I tackled them were the most difficult. You're expected to go into a lot of detail and to have plenty of examples ready for the questions they throw at you. For someone with limited professional work experience this was challenging.
During the SRD you're expected to absorb a lot of information and to make decisions based on this information. At every stage of the presentation during the case study interview they ask why you've chosen a particular route and how you came to that decision. It can be a little overwhelming but ultimately, it seems like they're more interested in your thought process. View Answer
I applied online and the process took 8 months - interviewed at Shell Oil.
Interview Details – Submitted application and had a phone interview. The phone interview asked mainly behavioral questions - examples of when I had worked in a team, led a team etc. After passing the phone interview I was invited for Shell's Recruitment Day. It is a full day event beginning with an e-tray exercise, e-tray exercise review, group exercise, trading case study and, finally, a regular interviewer with two members of senior management.
Interview Question – You have $1 billion, tell me how you would invest it so that you earn a return above 8%. View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Shell Oil in October 2013.
Interview Details – Experience was Quite different from normal candidate. Took the online test and was told just 4 hours after that i have a technical interview next day. Gave the interview and 1 month after that was called for an assesment centre.
Was first interview and assesment centre of my life. Was nervours and excited . excellent arrangements from thier side.
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Shell Oil in January 2011.
Interview Details – one on one structured interview based on written format. Interviewers follow set questions and case studies.
Interview Question – case studies putting pressure on you. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Shell Oil.
Interview Details – applied on SHELL website and then did the online assessments which i passed then offered a phone interview.
Interview Question – Basically it is what i can summarized for the Shell phone interview:
a) First part
They asked about
- your job preferences.
(Check the info you filled in application form)
b) Second part
Elaborate one of your project or one accomplishment you are proud of:
- Position / responsibility you hold
- Contribution in team
- Problems / Challenges faced in achieving it?
- How you solved the problems?
- How other people view your accomplishments?
- Involved in decision making?
- Situation when you had a difference of opinion with someone else.
- How did you resolve it?
- A situation where you had to communicate with different types of people.
- Have you ever had a situation where you had a misunderstanding with someone?
- How did you solve it? What are your strategies?
- Tell me a situation you have to speak to different people of different ranks.How do you speak to different types of people. What are your techniques?
c) Third part
Imagine you're in a multinational corporation similar like shell. Discuss on one of the given topics so that your actions would be able to impact the organization.
-Changing percentage of male and female students in universities
-The use of internet in business environment
-High quality graduate for the employment market
-Recruiting and retaining talented individual
-Education institutions and their role to prepare students for employment.
Questions to be asked:
- What do you understand from the topic?
- How, with the course that you want to take would enable you to contribute to this company through this topic?
- What are the strength and weakness of the topic?
- What would be the challenges faced by the company? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Shell Oil in January 2014.
Interview Details – I applied for the Shell Graduate Programme online with a view to working in Commercial- Finance. The online application and psychometric assessments were quite easy but it is advised to practice online first. I was then called for an interview a month later. The interview was quite intense, about 1.5 hrs long, and the questions were mainly trying to assess who you are and how competent you are with working with others. Be sure to have enough examples of past group work experiences to talk about. I didn't think I did too well but 6 weeks later I got invited to the SRD. The SRD is quite intense to be honest but it is a great experience. The day before is a intro session and then a dinner with new employees. The next day is the main day and there is basically 5 stages from 8-4pm as follows: Online email response exercise, reflection interview, group assessment, case study presentation and a competency based interview. Be sure to remember the CAR criteria at all times and make sure you are confident and full of energy. I was told 2 days later that I passed the SRD and I am now waiting hopefully for an offer.
Interview Question – The competancy based questions were quite intense, they ask you alot of questions of past experiences of working as part of a team and also how you dealt with a difficult person in your team and how you handle multiple tasks. Answer Question
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