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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published November 2nd, 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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Why is this job with Chevron Corporation right for you at this time in your career?
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Discuss with the interviewer why you are looking to make a change, and how this particular role fits well with the changes that you are seeking. Be sure to give a more in-depth answer than the typical 'I am looking for growth'response that so many interviewers hear. Be thoughtful and draw upon the research you have done on Chevron Corporation.
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1.
Why is this job with Chevron Corporation right for you at this time in your career?
Discuss with the interviewer why you are looking to make a change, and how this particular role fits well with the changes that you are seeking. Be sure to give a more in-depth answer than the typical 'I am looking for growth'response that so many interviewers hear. Be thoughtful and draw upon the research you have done on Chevron Corporation.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have been passively seeking a new position for quite some time and haven't jumped on anything yet because I want to make sure it's the right fit. I feel that this job is right for me, at this point in my career, because it offers an opportunity for me to utilize my new education in GIS while giving me an opportunity to advance in my management skills."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I currently manage a small team of 12 field operators and engineers. Although I love the work, I am ready to stretch myself professionally into an organization with more production capacity, and teams of 25 or more. This year I dedicated myself to taking two leadership workshops, which I feel greatly prepared me to take on the challenge of the work volume present in Chevron Corporation."
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 type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
The interviewer would like to know how to ensure a healthy level of productivity from you. Are you able to be productive in any environment or are there particular types of situations that you find distracting? Discuss your preferences with the interviewer. Be sure to research the kind of environment that offered at Chevron Corporation before the interview.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that your work environment is very collaborative. I come from a similar environment and have found that I can be very productive when there is the 'buzz' of a team around me. I can also be productive in quieter environments although that isn't my preference."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I work well in a high pressure, demanding environment that requires me to work smart and make my mark. I am competitive and love a significant challenge. How would you best describe the work environment at Chevron Corporation?"
4.
Which is the leading publication or resource that you use for up-to-date news on the oil and gas sector?
It's crucial that you keep up-to-date on the latest news and changes within the oil industry. The industry is ever-changing, and you must be well-immersed to stay on top of your game. Luckily, there is a multitude of publications and resources available, to keep your knowledge current. It's a great idea to ask the interviewer if they have any suggestions for you to expand your knowledge base.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I like to stick with a few of the most reliable resources for oil news such as Oil and Gas Journal, RigZone, and Oil & Gas 360. Do you have any recommendations? I love to hear of new resources where I can learn."
Michelle's Answer #2
"My favorite publication for up to date news is Oil and Gas Journal. I also look for trending tweets on Twitter, and I follow Chevron on social media, for up to date news. Do you have any additional resource recommendations? I'm always looking for new sources of reliable information about the industry."
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 Chevron Corporation 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.
This role requires extensive knowledge of pipeline systems and oil well machinery. How well do you understand this complicated equipment?
To fully understand pipeline systems and oil well machinery, you will need to have many years' experience in the industry. Briefly discuss with the interviewer how comfortable you are on these topics. Be sure to list any courses that you have taken on these topics.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have studied pipeline systems for some time now, and have worked in the oil industry for approximately eight years. There are always new things to learn, as the industry is ever-evolving; however, I would rate my knowledge at an intermediate to advanced level. If there is any coursework that you recommend I take before starting with Chevron, I would be happy to comply."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I am newer to the oil and gas industry; however, I have taken some coursework including fundamentals of offshore and onshore pipeline systems and am confidently in my knowledge base. I am currently working toward my Pipeline Operations Certificate, which includes studies focused on corrosion theory, measurement fundamentals, and inspection techniques."
7.
Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
Do you feel that you should be paid based on tenure, or results? Discuss this with the interviewer and back your answer with an example, if possible.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Both tenure and performance are important, but I do lean toward performance incentives. I feel that employees should be paid, and rewarded, based on the documented value they bring to the organization. This approach is a strong motivator - a new employee would be greatly encouraged by being rewarded for performance, and this approach also facilitates a healthy competition with more tenured employees."
Michelle's Answer #2
"This is a classic question, isn't it? Experience and company knowledge are so important and are certainly of value to an organization, while performance is the documented articulation of an employee's value to the company. I believe the best compensation programs figure out a way to honor both, with the emphasis on performance. Doing so encourages good employees to stay, since they know they're valued for their tenure and experience - but it discourages people from getting so comfortable in a long-time role that they don't strive for their highest performance."
8.
When given an important assignment, how do you approach handling it?
The interviewer would like to know how you first approach a critical assignment. Are you the individual who will take an assignment head-on, or do you need to research and plan early? Do you jump in and get it all done immediately or do you balance it with other assignments? Talk to the interviewer about how you approach essential tasks at work.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When my supervisor gives me an important assignment or task I am sure to assess the depth of the project, then take a look at my schedule to see how I can appropriately balance it with my other work. I do not procrastinate because then it's easy to get behind."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I lay out all the deadlines, figure out the deliverables, priority order, and then do all the research needed to make informed decisions. I keep a written "to-do" list and transfer project deadlines into my calendar to stay on task."
9.
How would you describe your written communication skills?
Being a bright 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."
10.
Tell me about your education and how it relates to the oil, gas, or energy sector.
The interviewer would like for you to take a few minutes to highlight your educational background. You can mention your GPA, your major or minor and also any accolades and awards that you received during your university career. If you were involved in student-led clubs or other extracurriculars, you could mention that as well.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My degree in Chemical Engineering has prepared me in a few ways. My degree came with a heavy focus on petroleum, which included safety issue reviews such as blowouts, fire, and other hazards. I also learned a great deal about hydrate formation and decomposition, H2S, toxic gases, and safe transportation and disposal of petroleum wastes. I graduated with a 3.6 GPA and was also president of the Student's Union, rounding out my time with some leadership experience."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I recently graduated with my Mechanical Engineering degree, where I focused my time on Mechanical and Industrial engineering applications. My GPA was a 3.8, and I made the Dean's List. My education has prepared me for a role with Chevron in many ways, including leadership, discipline and organizational skills."
11.
What do you know about Chevron's capital projects around the world?
Show the interviewer that you have a understanding of how Chevron invests its resources and how that helps the business thrive. You can find information on Chevron's capital projects by reading through the Chevron website, so take some time to review how they execute capital projects around the world.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have great respect for the fact that through technology and innovation, Chevron is executing major capital projects around the world that are designed to yield decades of future energy. Once online, this newest generation of producers will help fuel the world's growth for many years to come. Projects like Gorgon in the Asia-Pacific sector, Wheatstone in Australia and Jack/St. Malo in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico are helping secure the future of energy."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I was very excited to read about Chevron's capital projects in every area from natural gas and heavy oil to deepwater and liquified natural gas. Chevron is literally writing the future of energy, and I'd like to be part of that. Whether Australia, the Asia-Pacific sector or Kazakhstan, I'd love to be part of the team exploring and expanding so that Chevron can continue to execute on its mission of driving human progress."
12.
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 if 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."
13.
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."
14.
Tell me a little about how Chevron chooses its topics for social responsibility reporting.
The oil and gas industry has not always enjoyed a reputation of honesty, transparency and integrity. Times have changed over the decades; however, and Chevron Corporation needs to know that you are someone driven by integrity in the workplace and that you take interest in its social responsibility reporting. Try to connect Chevron's values with your own if possible.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"From what I've researched, I can see that Chevron's corporate responsibility reporting focuses on environmental, social and governance issues that matter to your business and your stakeholders - investors, customers, host governments, local communities and employees. I appreciate the fact that Chevron doesn't take this lightly, and employs a four-step process to thoroughly and carefully consider each topic chosen to be part of social responsibility reporting each year."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I love the thorough process Chevron employs. First, a team of employees from across functions and business segments identify topics that are salient to stakeholders and your business. The next step is to prioritize those issues and discuss these priorities with additional stakeholders, including subject matter experts. This is followed by finalizing the highest priorities and submitting them to Chevron's Global Issues Committee, which validates and accepts the group's recommendations."
15.
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 Chevron."
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Interview Questions
  1. Why is this job with Chevron Corporation right for you at this time in your career?
  2. Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?
  3. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
  4. Which is the leading publication or resource that you use for up-to-date news on the oil and gas sector?
  5. Tell me about a time when you witnessed unsafe behavior in the field. What did you do?
  6. This role requires extensive knowledge of pipeline systems and oil well machinery. How well do you understand this complicated equipment?
  7. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
  8. When given an important assignment, how do you approach handling it?
  9. How would you describe your written communication skills?
  10. Tell me about your education and how it relates to the oil, gas, or energy sector.
  11. What do you know about Chevron's capital projects around the world?
  12. What is API gravity, and how is it calculated?
  13. What is your personal mission statement?
  14. Tell me a little about how Chevron chooses its topics for social responsibility reporting.
  15. What have you done to improve your oil and gas knowledge in the last year?
  16. Tell me how you brought value to your most recent position.
  17. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  18. When have you had to make a split second decision? How do you react under unexpected pressure?
  19. When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
  20. What is the most significant achievement you have on the horizon?
  21. What questions do you have for me?
  22. What is OPEC, and why does it matter?
  23. Chevron Corporation wants to know how to motivate you. What work situations excite and motivate you?
  24. What are some of the emerging technologies Chevron is involved with?
  25. Chevron Corporation has a serious commitment to safety. How will you help us to uphold this commitment?
  26. Chevron Corporation operates in many countries. Are you eligible to travel and work around the world?
  27. Documentation is crucial in this role. Rate your documentation abilities from 1-10 while supporting your answer.
  28. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  29. Tell me a little about why exploration is so important to Chevron.
  30. What can you tell me about The Chevron Way?
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