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The energy sector often sees changes in regulation and policy. How do you keep up to date on changes in our industry?

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    1.

  1. The energy sector often sees changes in regulation and policy. How do you keep up to date on changes in our industry?
    • Show the interviewer that you are genuinely interested in the energy sector by staying up to date on industry news and changes. Perhaps you regularly read a publication that was of great interest. Maybe you follow a certain energy blogger or news channel? Ensure that your answer is enthusiastic and, if you use Halliburton as an information resource, be sure to mention that as well.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "To stay up to date on industry changes, I read the Breaking Energy publication on a daily basis. Also, I follow a blog on remediation law. I am very interested in the changes in the energy sector and find the regulatory news section on your website to be very resourceful as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have google alerts set up, using keywords related directly to my niche. These help me to stay on top of any industry or regulatory changes, and they save me the time of having to comb through countless publications to keep up. I also follow Halliburton posts on sustainability and environmental concerns, on a regular basis."

    2.

  1. What are your thoughts on the stance environmentalists take against some of our practices in the energy industry?
    • The energy industry is rarely free of criticism. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on a recent hot topic. You can show the interviewer that you keep up to date on industry news and that you have a well researched, and valuable, opinion.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "There are many hot topics when it comes to the energy industry. We are no stranger to controversy which is why I seek to work for a reputable organization such as Halliburton. One recent topic has caught my attention, and that is the oil drilling activity in West Africa. I've been following many environmentalist blogs to get a well-rounded view of the controversy. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but if I am confident in our ethics, then that's all I need."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I respect what environmentalists are attempting to achieve, and I agree with much of it. What I do not agree with is how some of the extremists are portraying our industry. Our industry is vital, and sometimes the extreme environmentalists do not appear to understand that or care to learn."

    3.

  1. Tell me when you have delegated tasks effectively.
    • Delegating tasks to employees is always a requirement when you are in a management type of role. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to delegate and empower your employees.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I find that to delegate tasks effectively you first need to understand each employee's strengths. I will always delegate to someone's strength so that they will organically know how to complete the task. This method eliminates a lot of resistance and promotes effective and productive work."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my current position, prioritization of our workload is critical to our success. I tap into the resources of my team by finding out their strengths and career aspirations, then assigning them work that will compliment them."

    4.

  1. At Halliburton we use a variety of robust internal software programs. Do you consider yourself tech savvy and a fast learner?
    • Many energy companies will use robust software programs that you may not have even heard of. Because of this, you may not have the exact experience that Halliburton is looking for. Do not fret! All you need to do is display to the interviewer that you have a general understanding of how their technology works. Display that you are tech savvy and a fast learner. If Halliburton has their programs listed in the job posting, be sure to research those programs a bit before your interview.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am an advanced level user in all of the programs used in my current company. From your job posting I see that you use X, Y, and Z at Halliburton. I am familiar with how these programs work. I pick up on new technology quickly, and I am willing to get a head start through some helpful online tutorials so that I am a touch more up to speed on my first day with Halliburton."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I had taken some courses in computer programming and also worked part-time evenings as an IT support person when I was attending University. I consider myself to be technically inclined. Could you share with me the primary programs you use at Halliburton?"

    5.

  1. At Halliburton we put a strong focus on health and safety. What is your experience with health and safety in the energy industry?
    • Health and safety efforts are incredibly important when it comes to any industry. Show the interviewer that you also emphasize workplace safety. If you have any related training, this is a great time to discuss.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last year I attended a health and safety course directed at upstream oil and gas. It was an eye-opening experience, and I understand even more so, how important workplace safety is. I appreciate hearing that Halliburton puts such a strong emphasis here."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "As I am new to the industry, I have not taken many energy industry related health and safety courses. I do have CPR and First Aid training. If you could tell me the type of training that you are looking for in your next hire, I would be happy to get a head start on those courses."

    6.

  1. What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?
    • Being in a management role is always a significant challenge. Share with the interviewer what you feel is the most challenging part of being a manager, and why. Also, discuss what you are currently doing to make this task less complicated in the future.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "As a manager, the most difficult task for me is to delegate the work evenly. You will always have team members who are absolute rockstars, then some who are a bit less enthusiastic or are lower producers. I have to remind myself to distribute the work and responsibilities evenly despite my natural inclination to give more work to the high performers. I am currently working with my underperforming team members to prepare them for a larger workload."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I would say the most difficult part of managing people is being both their friend and earning their respect while being new on the team. To balance all of these roles, you have to make sure to be approachable and genuinely interested in them as humans, but also make sure they know that it's a place of business and that meeting or exceeding expectations is the name of the game, above all else."

    7.

  1. How can we motivate you on the job?
    • Every employer should know how each staff member is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am best motivated through words of praise and recognition for a job well done. I do like to know that my efforts are being noticed. In my current position, we have a leaderboard, and I do like that concept because it creates a healthy bit of personal competition for me as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am motivated by knowing something about the end customer and being able to relate to them as a person. A personal touch is always helpful for me."

    8.

  1. The energy sector has many competitors. Why do you want to work for Halliburton?
    • Discuss with the interviewer the ways that Halliburton stands out from their competitors. What caught your eye when applying here? Perhaps it was the information you came across on their website? Maybe you liked how their job posting was worded? Or - perhaps you have a strong referral from a friend or acquaintance. With enthusiasm, discuss why you want to work for Halliburton.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I understand there are many options when seeking a career in the energy industry; however, I am most interested in working for Halliburton because you value continued education and put a strong emphasis on being environmentally responsible."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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 recent education in GIS while giving me an opportunity to advance in my management skills."

    9.

  1. Describe a time when you motivated yourself to complete an assignment or task that you did not feel like doing.
    • Show the interviewer that you will still get the job done even when you aren't excited about the task at hand. Think about a time when there was a work-related task that you did not want to do. Perhaps the dreaded file room needed to be purged of outdated files to make room for new files.

      Tell the interviewer what your task was, and explain why you were not excited about it. Be sure to tell the interviewer that even though you were not enthusiastic about the work, you made it happen promptly knowing that it would help the organization as a whole.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I like to set rewards for myself when there are undesirable tasks at hand. For instance, a large part of what I do is review all of the resumes that come into our job portal on a weekly basis. Sometimes there will be up to 200 resumes to review. They all begin to look the same after awhile, so I have set a goal to look at 20 at a time, give myself a quick break, then return to the task."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I do not particularly like filling out a CRM. I don't think any salesperson does. It's just not how we are built! We like the call, the chase, the close. Taking time to pause and write out the details of our conversation, projections, and all that jazz is not something we like. It slows us down. However, it's a necessary step in the sales process. Not only does it ultimately help that sale go better when the CRM is filled out in full detail, but also it helps inform the next sales' close rate. It's an important tool in the sale, and even if it takes slowing down and doing a seemingly monotonous task, it's a task that will help me as a salesperson and the organization as a whole."

    10.

  1. There are a lot of red tape and regulations in energy related projects. Are you accustomed to waiting on logistics and policy during your projects?
    • Assure the interviewer that you have the fortitude to outlast any policy restrictions that may hold your projects back. Discuss the ways that you are accustomed to changes in regulations and policy mid-project.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I understand that the energy industry is privy to many policy changes and I am accustomed to setbacks coming my way. I have also experienced setbacks from early-stage funding falling through. Over the years I have gained a lot of patience when it comes to the advancements of my projects and can step away from a project that may be falling behind, look at the situation critically, and reassess my approach when needed."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am no stranger to policy changes. I am well aware that setbacks happen during projects, regardless of the industry. Changes and setbacks can be disheartening at times but it all balances out when I am able to enjoy the success of a well done project."

    11.

  1. Tell me about yourself.
    • When an interviewer asks an open-ended question like this, it can be difficult to know where to begin...and end! This question haunts many individuals who may accidentally go a little too in-depth into their personal lives. It happens. Keep your reply light, and work relevant. Share how you became interested in this career path and what you enjoy about it. This question is an excellent opportunity to describe yourself by discussing the strengths and qualities that you bring.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful sales career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am a passionate, excited team player who loves to learn on the fly, take the lead when possible, and I have a proven track record of success. I'm loyal and have shown that through my decade-long career at one employer. I have risen through their ranks, and am ready to take on the next challenge. Outside of work, I love to travel and do DIY projects in my home."

    12.

  1. At Halliburton we seek to hire individuals with related post-secondary education. Walk me through your formal education.
    • Your post-secondary details will likely be on your resume; however, the interviewer would like for you to go into further detail. Discuss your degree, the areas where you excelled, and any awards or recognition you received.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have a Master's degree in Energy Systems Management from the University of San Francisco. I graduated with honors which is something that I am proud of."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My Bachelor's degree is in Business Administration which is not directly related to what you do at Halliburton. With that said, I did learn a lot about organizational development, behavior, and project management. These skills will certainly help me in this role."

    13.

  1. How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?
    • You cannot force others to communicate with you in a way that you would always prefer. Talk to the interviewer about a time that you have handled a supervisor who does not interact with you in a way that you like.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Whenever I have had a supervisor who does not properly communicate with me, I try to learn their style of communication and emulate it. Sometimes you simply have to relate to others in their style to be understood."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have worked for a previous supervisor who was incredibly brief in his communication. Many times, I would have to put the pieces together for myself. I managed through it, and it taught me independent thought."

    14.

  1. Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?
    • It is easy to say that you are trustworthy and honest, but it's best if you can back it up with a review or words from a previous supervisor.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am told quite often that I am an honest and trustworthy individual and you will be able to hear that directly from my supervisor when you call for a reference. I hold honesty and trustworthiness as fundamental virtues."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My friends and family rely on me heavily because I am trustworthy and honest. They can count on me to be straightforward with them and depend on me to be there when it matters least or most."

    15.

  1. At Halliburton we put a lot of emphasis on attention to detail which some people mistake for micromanagement. How do you feel about this?
    • Many companies will closely control the details of each project. This close control can often be mistaken as micromanagement which not everyone enjoys. Assure the interviewer that you are comfortable working in a role where the details are valued.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I naturally pay close attention to details so to be asked about the finer details of a project is of no concern to me. I am happy to comply with any project checklists."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I work very well on an independent basis; however, it is nice to be checked in on every now and then! I don't mind having my work double checked or proofed."

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