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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published November 8th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Question 1 of 30
What have you done to improve your oil and gas knowledge in the last year?
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How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know that you are interested in your industry, and career growth, enough to take your professional development into your own hands. Even if your current employer does not offer perks like oil industry conferences or financial reimbursement for additional coursework, there is no reason why you cannot take the initiative.

You could:

- Read industry or career-related books
- Subscribe to relevant podcasts
- Enhance your education with an additional certificate
- Attend a conference related to your career or personal growth
- Teach yourself a new software program
- Read established journals and websites on a regular basis
- Find a mentor who is senior to you, in your particular industry or career path
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1.
What have you done to improve your oil and gas knowledge in the last year?
The interviewer wants to know that you are interested in your industry, and career growth, enough to take your professional development into your own hands. Even if your current employer does not offer perks like oil industry conferences or financial reimbursement for additional coursework, there is no reason why you cannot take the initiative.

You could:

- Read industry or career-related books
- Subscribe to relevant podcasts
- Enhance your education with an additional certificate
- Attend a conference related to your career or personal growth
- Teach yourself a new software program
- Read established journals and websites on a regular basis
- Find a mentor who is senior to you, in your particular industry or career path

Rachelle's Answer #1
"It is important to me that I continue to grow as a professional oil and gas administrator. This year I took an Advanced Excel course so that I could take my competency from intermediate to expert. The course has helped me immensely, and I am currently looking into a leadership workshop as well."
Michelle's Answer #2
"The oil and gas industry is always changing, and it's vital that I continue to gain knowledge to keep up with the latest and greatest! I refer on a daily basis to a variety of energy-related journals and publications such as Oilweek, Midstream Business, and Gas & Oil magazine. I am also currently beginning the process of gaining my project management certification so that I'm up-to-speed on best practices for successfully managing large projects on behalf of Baker Hughes."
2.
Baker Hughes, a GE Company operates in many countries. Are you eligible to travel and work around the world?
Baker Hughes orporated may operate in a multitude of regions and the interviewer would like to know that you can accommodate their potential needs as you grow within their organization. Be honest with your answer, but as open as possible. If you have limitations, be sure to discuss them. If you are free and able to travel, you can keep your response straightforward.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am eligible to travel and have no limitations when it comes to working around the world. My passport is valid, and I have a NEXUS border pass."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Could you share with me more about the travel component in this role? I am eligible to travel and willing to, as needed."
3.
What can you tell me about how Baker Hughes, a GE Company applies new technology to the traditional oil and gas industry?
Baker Hughes, a GE Company prides itself on bringing the oil and gas industry into the next century. Before your interview, review the Baker Hughes, a GE Company website to find out more about how the company applies digital technology to provide client solutions.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I'm impressed and excited by the way Baker Hughes is using technology to reshape traditional approaches in the oil and gas industry. From what I've read, BHGE is fully invested in the idea of the Industrial Internet of Things and committed to using everything from Artificial Intelligence to customized software in order to tailor customer-specific solutions."
Michelle's Answer #2
"It's exciting to think about Baker Hughes as a digital company that operates within the oil and gas space - from what I've researched, it seems that digital solutions are baked into the DNA of the company, and technological developments such as Artificial Intelligence, the Industrial Internet of Things and more are allowing the company to be bold and deliver customized results that support individual customers' core outcomes. It's very impressive, and I'd love to be part of it."
4.
Tell me how you brought value to your most recent position.
This question offers another way for the interviewer to ask about your recent successes and bragging points. The interviewer wants to know which top skills you will highlight if you had to narrow down where you brought the most value.

Perhaps you influenced changes that saved the company money. Maybe you were the top performing manager in your department. Think of your strengths in action! If you are reliable, talk about how consistent your work has been and how you are in constant support of your coworkers. If you have a strong work ethic, share how you accomplished a project in the midst of harsh obstacles.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my last position, I brought value through delivering an increased customer base and a stronger contractor network. My ability to build strong relationships helped me secure and maintain a great deal of new business."
Michelle's Answer #2
"My organizational skills made an incredible impact on my current company. Upon my arrival, I quickly implemented new filing systems for both physical and digital files. I also introduced the use of Trello, a project management app that we now use office-wide."
5.
Tell me about a time when you witnessed unsafe behavior in the field. What did you do?
A few years ago, The RAD Group did a significant study related to workplace safety. They found that only 2 in 5 employees felt comfortable reporting unsafe behavior. The observation study also showed that the average employee performs three unsafe acts per week.

The interviewer would like to know that he/she can trust you to report unsafe work or unsavory behavior in the workplace. The oil and gas industry has incredibly stringent safety regulations and Baker Hughes, a GE Company must make sure that they are hiring someone who honors their commitment to safety.

Talk to the interviewer about the steps you would take if you witnessed unsafe behavior in the field. If you have personally seen some dangerous behavior, discuss the specifics.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my previous role I often saw co-workers engaging in dangerous work without taking proper breaks and rests. This overexertion is common in the field because people focus on getting the job done as soon as possible. If I witnessed this unsafe behavior, I would ask my coworker to take a rest and would offer to jump in, or call someone new to the floor to take over."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I recently saw a co-worker not wearing their proper PPE. Safety gear is non-negotiable, in my opinion, so I approached them immediately about their choice not to protect themselves properly. According to my company's regulations, I had to write a report on the incident. I trust it will not happen again. I understand these safety rules are in place for everyone's protection so I will do what I can to uphold the regulations."
6.
Baker Hughes, a GE Company has a serious commitment to safety. How will you help us to uphold this commitment?
Safety is a vital topic in the oil and gas industry, and the interviewer would like to know that you are committed to helping Baker Hughes, a GE Company in its mission. Discuss the ways that you uphold safety standards in the workplace. Extra points if you can memorize the safety mission of Baker Hughes, a GE Company.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I read online that BHGE has a range of programs related to safety, and that ensuring that process safety is fully integrated into how you do business. I will help you to uphold this commitment by delivering over and above expectations, completing my documentation fully and clearly, and by staying on top of industry trends and changes."
Michelle's Answer #2
"When BHGE says that the recognition of process safety risks and the courage shown by its frontline employees are key behaviors the company encourages and expects in order to avoid catastrophic incidents, it resonates with me. Values guide me and I understand the importance of a healthy environment and a safe workplace."
7.
What is your personal mission statement?
The interviewer would like to know if you have a personal motto or mantra. Not everyone has a mission statement or personal mantra just off the cuff. In business, especially when entering leadership, this is an important question to ponder. Do you have a quote that inspires you or a saying that you grew up with that resonates with you?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My mantra is that 'people who shine from within do not need the spotlight.' I feel that it is incredibly necessary to be a humble leader and I take this mission statement very seriously. I want my team to be in the spotlight rather than being the kind of leader that takes the credit for good work."
Michelle's Answer #2
"My mission is to give my best 100% of the time. It's important to me that I have a great reputation in this industry through hard work and a positive attitude."
8.
How would you describe your written communication skills?
Being an effective communicator, in written form, is an essential skill to master. Discuss any courses you have taken in communication, journalism, or writing. If you have a sample of your written communication in the form of a report of a work-related article, you can certainly bring that example with you. Talk to the interviewer about your written communication abilities and support your answer with a case or story.

Here are some words to describe your communication skills:

- Articulate
- Crisp
- Eloquent
- Formal
- Informal
- Punchy
- Succinct

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My written communication skills are powerful. I often utilize written communications as a follow up to verbal communications. They provide a great resource for my FTE's and contractors to go back to, and reference, plus they might answer any questions that come up along the way."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I have above average written communication skills. I am an experienced writer and have also written many successful quotes and RFP's in my career. I would describe my written communication skills as clear, concise, and thorough."
9.
What is the most significant achievement you have on the horizon?
When you show that you have goals and achievements on the horizon, you are letting the interviewer know that you put thought into your career and what you bring to your employer. Employees who do not have goals set just beyond their reach are typically disengaged and unmotivated. This achievement does not need to be complicated. It can be as simple as finishing a beautiful Powerpoint presentation, finishing work-related coursework, or reaching a sales target.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The most significant achievement on the horizon for me is the completion of my Advanced Excel and SAP courses. I have learned a great deal, and have a few modules to go. I look forward to applying these new skills to this role with Exxon."
Michelle's Answer #2
"For the last two years I have been working toward my master's degree in Chemical Engineering while also working full time. This effort has been challenging and rewarding all at the same time. My graduation date is this May, so that is the most significant achievement on the horizon."
10.
Oil has different categories. Name a few.
The interviewer is testing your overall knowledge when it comes to oil terminology. Here is an easy guide to different oil categories:

1. Very light oils which include gasoline and jet fuels
2. Light oils which include diesel, some fuel oils, and light crudes
3. Medium oils, which include most crude oils
4. Heavy oils such as heavy crude oils and some fuel oil

Show the interviewer that you have an understanding of oil variances.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that there are many categories and types of oils. Many people believe that oil is all the same; however, it comes in ranges from heavy to very light oil. These types vary when it comes to viscosity and toxicity."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I have studied all types of oil including very light, light, medium, and heavy. I have the broadest knowledge base with light oils and medium oils, including most crude oils."
11.
How are crude oil prices determined?
Show the interviewer that you have a solid understanding of pricing in the oil and gas industry. Although you are likely not an oil trader, you should still have a good idea of how pricing works when it comes to crude oil, gasoline, and more. Of course, supply and demand is a factor but try to dig a bit deeper when you respond.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that market conditions, as well as supply and demand, are critical factors when it comes to pricing crude oil. Other important factors include consumer habits, terrorist activities and other global threats, environmental issues, and also the grade of the crude itself."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Crude oil prices are determined by multiple factors, which include market conditions, economic issues, environmental issues, and also the overall demand for the crude. The smallest market shift can alter the crude pricing, which is why some people dedicate their entire lives to learning about crude oil pricing and the factors that affect it."
12.
What is the difference between a leader and a manager?
The interviewer would like to know that you understand what makes a leader genuinely stand out. Just because you are a manager, that does not mean you are a leader.

A real leader is someone who makes others want to jump on board with their mission and follow them. A manager is just someone who has people under them. To be an excellent leader, you should offer a balance between the two. You need to be able to have people buy into your vision but at the same time, show authority when necessary.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"A manager is someone who has a team of people who answer to them. That person simply has the responsibility of 'managing' the team's work. A leader, on the other hand, is someone of influence and, I believe, anyone can be a leader - no matter their job title or position."
Michelle's Answer #2
"To me, leadership is a mindset versus a title. A manager is more of a job title. Anyone can possess leadership skills, but a great manager will have leadership skills along with the ability to direct his or her team to success."
Anonymous Answer
"A manager is a person that organizes resources to maximize efficiency and directs people in the direction of a vision. A leader is a person of influence. Irrespective of his position he motivates his people to do their part."
Rachelle's Answer
You have defined these quite well. I have added a slight revision, for the sake of clarity and flow, and removed pronouns (he, his, him).
"I believe a manager is a person who organizes resources, maximizes efficiency, and leads a team. A leader is a person of influence irrespective of their position. Leaders motivate people to do their part."
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13.
What is API gravity, and how is it calculated?
API gravity is American Institute Petroleum gravity. In short, it is a measure used to determine the weight of petroleum liquids compared to water. Here, the interviewer is not looking for you to give a math or physics lesson. They want to know that you are aware of basic terms and what they mean. Keep your response brief, and easy to follow.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand there is a specific formula used to find the gravity of petroleum liquids from the specific gravity, also known as SG. The formula is: API gravity = 141.5/SG - 131.5. I also know that is the API gravity is 10+, it is classified as a light oil which will float on water. An API gravity under ten will sink and then becomes categorized as heavy oil."
Michelle's Answer #2
"What I understand about API gravity is that it's a measurement that calculates the gravity of petroleum liquids compared to water. This calculation is how oil becomes classified from light, medium and heavy for example."
14.
Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?
The interviewer would like to know how much emphasis you put on pay when considering a new position. In addition to compensation, there are many other factors to a fulfilling career. These other factors may include:

- work/life balance
- amount of travel involved in the role
- overall medical and health benefits
- additional perks such as car allowance, cell allowance, spending account
- the industry you will be working in
- amount of vacation time
- the type of clients you would be working with
- the location of the company
- career growth opportunity
- the size of your new team
- the company's reputation
- overall workplace culture.

Talk to the interviewer about other factors that are important to you when considering a new job. If you are not sure on details for this role, you can ask!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Salary is important to me because I know that I am skilled and well educated. With that said, I do look at the full picture before accepting a position, which includes factors such as benefits, the amount of paid vacation time, the type of work challenges and opportunities and work/life balance."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Several factors are important to me when taking a job. Compensation is a driving component but so is the company mission, culture, benefits, and location. Right now, I am looking to have an easier commute than I currently experience, and I'm also looking to join an industry leading organization where I know I can learn, grow and develop as a professional."
15.
What can you tell me about Baker Hughes, a GE Company's Fit for Purpose solutions?
This is an important area of differentiation for Baker Hughes, a GE Company, so it's a good idea to show that you have some familiarity with this key business concept and how it is unique to Baker Hughes, a GE Company. You can find good information on the Baker Hughes website.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Baker Hughes' Fit for Purpose solutions include everything from advanced analytics and platform enablement to digital foundation and cybersecurity. This is a very exciting part of the BHGE business - each solution is tailor-made for the specific use case and desired outcomes of each individual customer."
Michelle's Answer #2
"This is a unique offering for Baker Hughes, and one that I am very excited about being part of. It's a true product and service differentiation within the oil and gas market. Fit for Purpose solutions are often composed of jointly developed solutions, and this approach ensures the delivery of unique digital capabilities that leverage the expertise within each customer's organization. A Fit for Purpose project draws on advanced analytics, specific to each customer's business, for better understanding of operations and where efficiencies can be improved."
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  1. What have you done to improve your oil and gas knowledge in the last year?
  2. Baker Hughes, a GE Company operates in many countries. Are you eligible to travel and work around the world?
  3. What can you tell me about how Baker Hughes, a GE Company applies new technology to the traditional oil and gas industry?
  4. Tell me how you brought value to your most recent position.
  5. Tell me about a time when you witnessed unsafe behavior in the field. What did you do?
  6. Baker Hughes, a GE Company has a serious commitment to safety. How will you help us to uphold this commitment?
  7. What is your personal mission statement?
  8. How would you describe your written communication skills?
  9. What is the most significant achievement you have on the horizon?
  10. Oil has different categories. Name a few.
  11. How are crude oil prices determined?
  12. What is the difference between a leader and a manager?
  13. What is API gravity, and how is it calculated?
  14. Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?
  15. What can you tell me about Baker Hughes, a GE Company's Fit for Purpose solutions?
  16. When given an important assignment, how do you approach handling it?
  17. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
  18. Why is this job with Baker Hughes, a GE Company right for you at this time in your career?
  19. When have you had to make a split second decision? How do you react under unexpected pressure?
  20. What does it mean to you when we say that by joining Baker Hughes, a GE Company, you'll become an inventor?
  21. Tell me about your education and how it relates to the oil, gas, or energy sector.
  22. Which is the leading publication or resource that you use for up-to-date news on the oil and gas sector?
  23. What questions do you have for me?
  24. What can you tell me about the Baker Hughes, a GE Company brand promise?
  25. How do you think it helps Baker Hughes, a GE Company to be backed by General Electric?
  26. Documentation is crucial in this role. Rate your documentation abilities from 1-10 while supporting your answer.
  27. Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?
  28. This role requires extensive knowledge of pipeline systems and oil well machinery. How well do you understand this complicated equipment?
  29. How important do you think it is that Baker Hughes, a GE Company, is the world's first and only fullstream provider of integrated oilfield products, services and digital solutions?
  30. You will often be working cross-departmentally. Tell me about a time you worked successfully with people outside of your department.
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