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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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What is API gravity, and how is it calculated?
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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.
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1.
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."
2.
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."
3.
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."
4.
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."
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"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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5.
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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