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Occidental Petroleum Interview Questions

Updated Jan 24, 2017
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  1.  

    Chemical Operator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Occidental Petroleum in July 2015.

    Interview

    I applied on-line; received an e-mail to take an in-person pre-employment test. The test consisted of 3 parts: reading comprehension, math, & an about you section. The test was timed, but there was each section is very doable in the allotted time. A couple weeks later I was notified that I received a qualifying score on the test, but did not get invited for a 1:1 interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What percent of total production for the week was accomplished on Thursday? Given a table with production amounts for each day & department.   Answer Question
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    Engineering Technician Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Occidental Petroleum (Houston, TX) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online, HR sent Analytical and Excel assessment after 1 week. Both are pretty easy. For Excel test, you can go to YouTube, there is a tutorial video called ProveIt Excel assessment test. About 1 week later, HR called and asked few questions like what do you do, why you want to leave, salary,, benefit etc. Then HR set up an interview with engineering team in another 1 week. I had 2 interview in 1 day because they having 2 engineering team working on same project, both are looking for 2 Eng Tech candidates, it was a panel interview where there were 2 Eng Tech, 3 Eng, 2 Eng lead, and 1 IT. Total 8 divided into 2 group

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about yourself. What do you do on your daily basis? What software/program are you using? How do you maintain/manage database? what projects are you working on? Why are you leaving? Why do you want to work here? What are the most challenging thing have you experienced at your previous employer? The rest, they asked base on your resume   Answer Question
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    Summer Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer

    Interview

    I had an interview on a Thursday afternoon with two young engineers who were both very friendly and nice - they mostly asked behavioral interview questions. The interview took around 30 minutes, and by the end of it I knew it was going well because they started asking me more questions about transportation, et cetera.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked one surprisingly technical question (what's a technical problem you've faced and how did you handle it) which took me by surprise because I was a freshman in college.   Answer Question
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    Risk Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Occidental Petroleum (Houston, TX) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Not convinced that the company is serious about hiring. Several qualified cohorts all interviewed for this role. We shared experiences - all too similar But we were all able to place with other Fortune 100s.

    Reporting Mgr seems to not have found the right candidate with the perfect dumb-downed experience or the goal is to just exploit resumes.

    Our conclusion...company is not serious.

    Interview Questions

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    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Occidental Petroleum (Bakersfield, CA).

    Interview

    This process wasn't too bad. Can't remember the exact order but all pretty straight forward. Put in application, received a phone call from HR regarding my application and to setup an interview. Went through the interview, had a background check and drug test done. Received a phone call the next day letting me know I was hired (that was fast, I'm assuming they really needed someone.

    Interview Questions

    • Most questions were simple for any computer technician to answer if you've been in the industry. There really wasn't a hard or difficult set of questions if you've been through any interview. Most were technical questions, but the others centered around VIP and customer needs.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I was able to negotiate based on my previous salary and work experience. Don't push too hard, be reasonable and it will benefit you.

  7.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Occidental Petroleum.

    Interview

    I applied through a recruiting event. The only negative thing was that they told me to expect a call, but they never got back to me. I would have appreciated it if they told me I didn't get the internship so I could make other plans.

    Interview Questions

    • They really just asked about my resume and experience. Nothing difficult.   Answer Question
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    Geologist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Occidental Petroleum.

    Interview

    The phone interview went very well. There were two people. Excellent interview process, simple, technical , managers were excellent.asked a lot of questions, asked about previous experience along with detail questions on education and background ,

    Negotiation

    Good

  9. Helpful (1)  

    Geoscience Technician Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Occidental Petroleum.

    Interview

    I applied and about a month I had an over the phone interview that was fairly straightforward with no trick questions. I was then emailed for an in person panel style interview. The interview questions were behavioral based and were also formulated from my resume. All in all it went smoothly and was very well organized.

    Interview Questions

    • There was nothing unexpected, like I previously stated. They were not trying to trick me or asked complicated questions. They just wanted to get a feel for who I was as a candidate.   Answer Question
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    HSE Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Occidental Petroleum (Los Angeles, CA) in September 2014.

    Interview

    Phone interview to get basic info on experience and to gauge my interest in the position (Probably to determine level of employee (Senior, Advisor, Specialist)). 3 on 1 face-to-face after the phone interview, straightforward questions. Personable people. 1 manager, 1 employee, 1 HR.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a time you had to give direction to someone with more experience than you.   Answer Question
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    IT Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 7+ months. I interviewed at Occidental Petroleum (Houston, TX) in August 2014.

    Interview

    Panel interview conducted on campus by members of the IT Organization. Non-technical comfortable, intent was to see if I would be a good fit with the team. Situational questions. Establish a good rapport, eye contact and smile. Have good STAR (situation, task, action, and results), examples available. Make you understand the need driving the situation and ensure you are able to articulate the value of the results. Will be asked about a time you did something that was not successful, be honest and be able to articulate what you learned from it. Ask what is the next step, which is usually an interview with HR. However, if you ace the interview, you will likely get a call from HR extending an offer. If an offer is extended you will be directed to a portal to complete new hire paperwork. Good Luck

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a personal weakness   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation

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Star Star Star Star Star   Current IT Specialist in Houston, TX

Pros: “Gym subsidy, phone subsidy, most managers are great! Always some one to learn from. There is a career ladder. Great pay ,401k retirement fund bonuses.”“Gym subsidy, phone subsidy, most managers are great! Always some one to learn from. There is a career ladder. Great pay ,401k retirement fund bonuses.” – Full Review

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