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Marathon Petroleum

30 Interview Questions & Answers

1.
What can you tell me about Marathon Petroleum's core values?
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1.
What can you tell me about Marathon Petroleum's core values?
This is where the interviewer wants to see that you've taken the time and initiative to do some advance research. Show that you have a general understanding of what the Marathon Petroleum culture is like and the values that are important to the company.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"From my research, I can tell you that Marathon values five key concepts: health and safety; environmental stewardship; integrity; corporate citizenship; and diversity and inclusion. All of these values are personally important to me as well when looking for an employer, and I believe I could be very successful at Marathon as a result."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I am very attracted to Marathon's core values of health and safety; environmental stewardship; integrity; corporate citizenship; and diversity and inclusion. I am actively looking for a values-centered culture to be part of, and I respect that Marathon believes how the company conducts its business is just as integral to its performance as other measures. This sounds like an environment in which I can do my best work."
Anonymous Answer
"It's a two-part answer. First, we must remember what Marathon's Code represents: Trust, Respect, Dignity, and Honesty. All of Marathon's Core Values are built on their code. The Core Values represent five categories. 1. Health and Safety 2. Environmental stewardship 3. Integrity 4. Corporate citizenship 5. Diversity and Inclusion"
Mary's Answer
Great response in indicating you have done your research! Consider adding a personalized perspective around the company's core values.
"Marathon Petroleum's Code of Ethics and Core Values are ones that I align closely with. Through the standards of Trust, Respect, Dignity, and Honesty, the Core Values are built to represent five categories: 1. Health and Safety. 2. Environmental Stewardship. 3. Integrity. 4. Corporate Citizenship. 5. Diversity and Inclusion. Working for an organization with strong core values is important to me because of the pride and responsibility I take in my work and employer."
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The environment is fast-paced and challenging at Marathon Petroleum. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
When you feel torn between multiple projects or tasks, how do you decide which one needs your attention the most? Assure the interviewer that you can be diligent when it comes to assessing your priorities.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"First and foremost, I will prioritize projects that most closely align with the company's strategic goals and have the highest potential to affect the company's bottom line. In addition, I often determine which projects require my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that these times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under delivered on a deadline."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Assuming that the projects have different stakeholders, I interview each to determine the value of increased productivity, morale or revenue, decreased costs, and the overall impact. As a general rule, I will prioritize the projects that have the most potential for impact and to move the needle toward the organization's goals."
Anonymous Answer
"Throughout the past year, I have been placed in a wide variety of industrial situations. While my current job is focused on a single trade, we are often tasked with multiple jobs at one time. It is critical to be able to quickly assess which of those tasks are the most pressing. Prioritize the list and attack it from the most immediate first and continue to work your way through the rest."
Mary's Answer
This is a great start. Interviewers may be looking to understand to what extent you are managing competing priorities, and how you prioritize what is most important to what is least important. Try adding detail on this.
"Throughout the past year, I have been placed in a wide variety of industrial situations. While my current job is focused on a single trade, we are often tasked with multiple jobs at one time. It is critical to be able to quickly assess which of those tasks are the most pressing. Prioritize the list and attack from the most important first to the least important. In the past, top priorities have included [i.e. time-sensitive deadlines, the individual/department/client the request is from, the most pressing impact on the business, compliance...etc.]."
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What can you tell me about the refining and marketing segment of Marathon Petroleum's business?
Make sure to do your research ahead of the interview and have at least a general understanding of the refining and marketing segment of Marathon Petroleum's business. This information is available on the company's website.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I've read a bit about the refining and marketing segment in preparation for this interview. From what I understand, Marathon first refines crude oil and other feedstocks in its 16-refinery system, purchases refined products and ethanol for resale, and distributes refined products through various means, including pipeline and marine transportation, terminals and storage services."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I find the refining and marketing segment of Marathon's business very interesting. I appreciate the fact that Marathon is the nation's largest refiner, with a crude oil refining capacity of more than 3 million barrels per calendar day in its 16-refinery system. In addition, I respect Marathon's focus on safe, efficient and reliable operations, which ensures that the company's refineries are well-positioned to address changes in the marketplace, capture commercial advantages within a strong logistics system, and seek to increase retail and brand sales volumes."
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."
Anonymous Answer
"Sometimes you hear the phrase "He or she is a born leader." A leader is defined as a person who commands a group, organization or country. Through positive communication, a leader can inspire those around them to follow their directives. On the other hand, "manager" is merely a title. A manager might not be an effective leader because they cannot effectively communicate with their team."
Mary's Answer
Many organizations look for leaders instead of managers- great job discussing the difference. Consider incorporating what you have done to develop or improve your leadership skills.
"Sometimes you hear the phrase "He or she is a born leader." A leader is defined as a person who commands a group, organization or country. Through positive communication, a leader can inspire those around him to follow their directives. Whereas a manager is merely a title. A manager might not be an effective leader because they cannot effectively communicate with their team. To develop my leadership skills, I have [i.e. attending leadership training programs, solicited feedback on my communication style, worked with mentors on annual individual development plans, supervised a team of X individuals...etc.]."
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5.
When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task that you had little or no experience in doing?
Working in the oil and gas sector, you will often be expected to wear many different hats. The interviewer would like to know about a time when you were asked to take on a task for which you knew very little. Have you ever had to take on a responsibility or a role that you felt was over your experience level? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have dealt with this type of situation. Include the outcome, and what you learned.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My first management job was the scariest time in my career! I honestly didn't know if I was doing my job well. I led by instinct, took leadership workshops, and spent a lot of time reading books related to effective people management."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I was once asked to train an employee on a new SAP system that I hardly knew. To prepare, I worked overtime, watching online tutorials so that the new employee's training time was well spent."
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