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National Oilwell Varco Interview Questions in Houston, TX

Updated Dec 13, 2017
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    Field Service Technician Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at National Oilwell Varco (Houston, TX).

    Interview

    Interview is a general question/answer format about work experience, your contributions, expectations and then the manager or supervisors will break out a schematic of a particular piece of NOV equipment.

    The schematic test is designed to stress you out, especially if you are new to the industry. They want to see how you handle under pressure, if you will give up or get frustrated. Just take your time and work through the process, if you are familiar with schematics you will probably do great, if not, it's ok, they will help you through as long as you demonstrate you can learn as you go and keep trying.

    Interview Questions

    • Troubleshoot a top drive motor given a verbal description of the problem and a schematic of the piece of equipment in use.   Answer Question

  2. Helpful (3)  

    Engineering Position Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at National Oilwell Varco (Houston, TX) in May 2017.

    Interview

    It took about 3-4 weeks after I initially applied for the position for HR to call me and set up an interview. The first round was a phone interview with the supervisor/manager. The second interview was a panel interview where they were able to ask me questions and vice versa.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you willing to travel?   2 Answers
    • How would you explain technical subject matter to someone non-technical?   1 Answer
    • What are your strengths?   Answer Question
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    Front End Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at National Oilwell Varco (Houston, TX) in March 2017.

    Interview

    Got a call for the interview with the panel. It was kind of technical+ HR round. It is a beautiful place to work and the people are amazing. I am done with my first round and waiting for the call on their decision.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about yourself?   Answer Question
    • They asked me to rate my C and C++ skills. Then they asked me the difference between C and C++.   1 Answer
    • Gave a code and asked me to explain its operation.   1 Answer
    • Asked about polymorphism, inheritance and abstraction.   Answer Question
    • difference between == and === in JS.   1 Answer
    • Asked about closure in JS   1 Answer
    • Gave a scenario: In a dark room there is a drawer with 10 of white socks, 10 pair of black socks and 11 pair of blue socks and all being shuffled. What is the minimum number of socks that you need to pick in order for your to have at least one pair?   1 Answer
    • Tell me about your strength and weakness?   Answer Question
    • What motivates you?   Answer Question

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    Field Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at National Oilwell Varco (Houston, TX).

    Interview

    Brief interview discussing past positions and the job you applied for. The majority of the interview was about what you will be doing at NOV. It was really laid back and not overwhelming at all.

    Interview Questions

    • Basic interview questions.....where do you want to be in 5 years?   1 Answer

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    Applications Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at National Oilwell Varco (Houston, TX).

    Interview

    I interviewed with the director of the group for approximately 20 minutes, general introductions and background type stuff. After that I spent around half an hour taking a tour with one of the group managers and talked about my background, what kind of work I was looking to do, and what the job would entail, along with a couple "how would you approach this task" quesitons. After that I spoke briefly with one person working in the group and got a chance to ask some questions about the position while the manager went and discussed my interview with the director. I then went back and spoke to the director who asked what kind of pay I was looking for and offered me the position.

    Interview Questions

    • What considerations would you take when laying out cables in this derrick?   Answer Question

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    Electrical Designer/Drafter I Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at National Oilwell Varco (Houston, TX) in November 2015.

    Interview

    It was a 5 person interview. Very casual and they just wanted to see what I know about electrical drafting. They introduce themselves and so did I. We just talked like any other interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you know about schematic diagrams. How long have you done this. Tell us about yourself. If two assignments were given to you both needed to be done today and you didn't have enough time how would you deal with the situation. How much do you know about the software and the system that we run on. How much experience do you have with electrical drawings and diagrams.   1 Answer

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    Outside Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at National Oilwell Varco (Houston, TX) in August 2015.

    Interview

    First there was a phone interview with hiring manager. Then we sat around table and talked about my experience. It was the manager, VP and HR rep. They were suppose to get back with me but they did not so I called and they decided to not hire anybody for now.

    Interview Questions

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    Training Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at National Oilwell Varco (Houston, TX) in August 2015.

    Interview

    Very detail questions about "what can you bring as far as training?' "how to improve and your career path" The interview was very calm and direct, first we had a tour of the building, introductions to the team and then sat down with several upper managers on a meet and greet.

    Interview Questions


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    Mechanical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at National Oilwell Varco (Houston, TX).

    Interview

    Interviewed by Different Engineering Managers, they showed you around the company and they explain you what they are looking on an Engineer and what the expect from future engineers for this company.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked you about experience on previous jobs.   1 Answer

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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at National Oilwell Varco (Houston, TX) in June 2015.

    Interview

    This was actually for NOV division named Tuboscope at their location on Holmes Rd.

    Three great interviews with actual hiring manager, his manager, and future coworker all sabotaged by racist black, female, misogynist, dead-affect-face, hateful HR idiot Ms. Ophelia who literally has books from the 90s on her shelf about how to run an HR department and who uses outdated and unethical questions/interview process to eliminate you rather than welcome you onboard.

    It is NOT HR's job to interview you! Their job is to process you, that's it! But Ms. Hater actually complained and interfered that the manager wanted to hire me on direct (as prior communicated to my recruiter and which was overheard by two other of her coworkers); and she forced them to switch me to being contract first (temp) for less money. Ophelia also lied to me in that I knew what the salary amount was supposed to be going in; but she suggested the range was flexible (and could be a bit more), then went behind my back and said I was "priced out" because I wanted too much. What a bich!

    Worst case of interview sabotage and hateful conduct I've seen in last 20 years of experience!

    Interview Questions

    • 1. Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
      2. Tell me what your hourly salaries were at jobs from 10 years ago?
      3. I also asked Ophelia, "You tell me--what qualifications or type of person are you seeking for this role?" and she completely missed that was an actual (not rhetorical) question.   1 Answer

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