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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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What are your thoughts on the stance environmentalists take against some of our practices in the energy industry?
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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.
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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 Qatar Petroleum. 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."
2.
What are your salary expectations?
The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus a potential 20% annual bonus. Last year my earnings were $52,000, and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am currently making $100,000 per year with two bonus opportunities. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides an opportunity for growth."
3.
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."

4.
The energy sector has many competitors. Why do you want to work for Qatar Petroleum?
Discuss with the interviewer the ways that Qatar Petroleum 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 Qatar Petroleum.

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 Qatar Petroleum 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."
5.
Tell me about a time when you received criticism from your manager. How did you react to that criticism? How did you make improvements based on that criticism?
When you are thinking about examples of criticism, it's best to show that you want to grow as an employee and that you can handle constructive criticism because it helps you learn and improve the quality of your work.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I was instructed to create some presentations for our events. After my manager reviewed my work, some of the slides required an additional copy, and he had different design concepts in mind. He had a background in graphic design, and since I do not, I listened to his ideas and incorporated them. I thought they looked very professional and in the following presentations, I tried to include those design concepts."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I was very eager to climb the ranks in my most recent position. My manager, and the VP of Sales, really appreciated this hunger and grit. However, I did receive the feedback that I needed to slow down. As frustrating as it was, I listened. I dedicated my time to learning as much as I could in my current position and paced myself much better post-feedback."
6.
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.
At Qatar Petroleum 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 Qatar Petroleum. With that said, I did learn a lot about organizational development, behavior, and project management. These skills will certainly help me in this role."
8.
At Qatar Petroleum 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 Qatar Petroleum 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 Qatar Petroleum 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 Qatar Petroleum. 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 Qatar Petroleum."
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 Qatar Petroleum?"
9.
Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
Public speaking can be intimidating so assure the interviewer that you are capable of communicating well in front of large groups. Have you taken any courses or training in public speaking? Perhaps you have so much experience that it comes second nature. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of giving presentations.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my past two roles I have been responsible for regularly presenting to my team of 43 staff as well as to our entire warehouse team of over 200. I have taken a couple of Toastmasters sessions which helped a great deal. I am a confident public speaker."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Presenting to large groups is a big part of successfully rolling out great communications to teams organization-wide. I have experience preparing the deck to be presented to ensure it is simple and thorough. I utilize different communication techniques to make a presentation fun, interesting, and engaging."
10.
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."
11.
How many days were you absent from work last year?
A part of being a diligent employee is to ensure that you are always on time and present when expected. It's great to even be 10 minutes early rather than just showing up right on the dot. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2, and a note from my Doctor accompanied those. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm, and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I cannot recall the exact number, but I think it was around three days total. All absences were excused and with notice."
12.
At Qatar Petroleum 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."
13.
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."
14.
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 Qatar Petroleum 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 Qatar Petroleum posts on sustainability and environmental concerns, on a regular basis."
15.
In which ways do you feel that Qatar Petroleum stands out from industry competitors?
It is essential that you research Qatar Petroleum, and the competitive space, before your interview. Discuss with the interviewer how you feel that they stand out from other energy-focused organizations. Keep your answer positive and to the point.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have researched Qatar Petroleum as well as Company ABC and XYZ as I believe those to be the strongest competitors in this industry. One thing that stands out to me is that Qatar Petroleum seems to put a stronger and more positive emphasis on environmental concerns. Your involvement with community concerns and innovative technology is also inspiring."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Qatar Petroleum has been around a lot longer than many competitors, and your name is often mentioned in the news as well as other industry leading publications. I feel this sets you apart in your industry and sets you up as an industry expert and influencer."
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30 Qatar Petroleum Interview Questions
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Interview Questions
  1. What are your thoughts on the stance environmentalists take against some of our practices in the energy industry?
  2. What are your salary expectations?
  3. Tell me about yourself.
  4. The energy sector has many competitors. Why do you want to work for Qatar Petroleum?
  5. Tell me about a time when you received criticism from your manager. How did you react to that criticism? How did you make improvements based on that criticism?
  6. What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?
  7. At Qatar Petroleum we seek to hire individuals with related post-secondary education. Walk me through your formal education.
  8. At Qatar Petroleum we use a variety of robust internal software programs. Do you consider yourself tech savvy and a fast learner?
  9. Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
  10. How can we motivate you on the job?
  11. How many days were you absent from work last year?
  12. At Qatar Petroleum we put a lot of emphasis on attention to detail which some people mistake for micromanagement. How do you feel about this?
  13. 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?
  14. The energy sector often sees changes in regulation and policy. How do you keep up to date on changes in our industry?
  15. In which ways do you feel that Qatar Petroleum stands out from industry competitors?
  16. At Qatar Petroleum we put a strong focus on health and safety. What is your experience with health and safety in the energy industry?
  17. Do you have any experience in SAP?
  18. What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve, in your most recent position?
  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. How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?
  21. Describe a time when you motivated yourself to complete an assignment or task that you did not feel like doing.
  22. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
  23. How do you deal with uncomfortable situations?
  24. Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?
  25. Tell me when you have delegated tasks effectively.
  26. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
  27. When faced with a problem, are you more likely to jump into solving it, or are you the type to carefully assess the issue first?
  28. Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?
  29. What questions do you have for me?
  30. Why should we hire you to work at Qatar Petroleum?
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