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BHP Billiton Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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Contracts Specialist Interview

Contracts Specialist

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at BHP Billiton.

Interview Details Took 3 months to get the initial call (they said it was due to reorg in the department ) - the HR phone interview went well. Got called for main interview. In the meantime also had to write 2 online tests - numerical and verbal reasoning. Not sure why the numerical since i was being interviewed for an assistant role in the contracts dept. (that job title is not listed in the menu hence i had to select contracts spec). the main interview was okay - the questions were mostly behavioral, the interviewers were very polite and courteous, but there were lots of questions on workplace/occupational safety - again not sure why since i was interviewing to be an assistant. Also when you reach their office for the interview you have to watch a safety video and answer Qs on that. All in all a positive experience though I didn't get the job, but would I apply to BHP again, yes I definitely would. I liked what I saw in general.

Interview Question – Questions on occupational/workplace safety   Answer Question

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Reliability Engineer Mechanical Interview

Reliability Engineer Mechanical
Toronto, ON

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at BHP Billiton in October 2012.

Interview Details Interview process was long and waiting. I applied in july and got a call in september 2012 for the first HR interview. I prepared for it so it went very succesfully. they then sent me couple of tests. Numerical reasoning and verbal reasoning which I also practiced quite a lot and actually scored very well as I asked the HR lady and she confirmed that I did very well. I got around 16/18 in the numerical and it was really very hard test. Then i got a call for the final interview the the hiring manager. I had a week and I studied very hard, got a week's time off actually and I explored BHP in all the ways I can. googled the company, read the charter and also prepared myself for all the questions. Then the big day came, it was a video conference room and I was very confident and I gave about 90% answers correct technical answers. I have given around 15 interviews in my life and this was the second best. I even ran through bhp 's charter, handbook, videos, production, projects..anything i can think of as I really wanted to get in the company..My interview was actually prolonged to an hour and 12-15 mins and I had a great feeling after the interview..Unfortunately they replied back to me that they will not be proceeding any further with the recruitment process.. I dont know why. Probably there may be ppl more knowledgeable then me I guess

Interview Question – what is OEE   View Answer

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Graduate Program Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Saskatoon, SK

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at BHP Billiton in November 2011.

Interview Details Phone interview:

Tell me about your education?
What do you know about the mining industry? BHP?
...and some other phone interview questions.

Interview Questions

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Reservoir Engineering Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at BHP Billiton.

Interview Details Met them at Career Day at school. One day before interview they took all candidates for dinner to an steak house. The interview lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes. The main interviewer was sitting across from me asking me questions. The second interviewer was sitting next to me observing my body language.

Interview Question – What was the lowest point of your previous internship experience?
Why do you want to intern at BHP Billiton?
In general their interviewing style was friendly but very inquisitive. They questioned me on all my great previous academic and internship achievements that I answered them with original documents. Two weeks later the Vice President of Engineering called me offering me internship. I accepted their offer even though I had other multiple offers from great oil companies.
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Accepted Offer

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Project Engineer Interview

Project Engineer
Guatemala City (Guatemala)

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at BHP Billiton in November 2010.

Interview Details It took about 8 weeks, had to take about 6 hours of tests, finally have to go through about 5 interviews.

Interview Question – Do you think your parents separations would affect your stability? (WHAT?! they really asked this question in the last interview)   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no negotiation, they were open how much they wanted to pay, before the process started.

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Geoscience Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee
Houston, TX (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at BHP Billiton in September 2012.

Interview Details Interviewed on campus, received phone call with offer a few weeks later.

Interview Question – Unexpected: After our interview, I will speak to your advisor, what do you think he will tell me is your best quality? worst quality?   Answer Question

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Marketing Manager Interview

Marketing Manager
Singapore (Singapore)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at BHP Billiton in February 2011.

Interview Details The process can be long or short, depending on whether they already like you on paper. If they do, they may move swiftly. Each commodity department has their own HR Business Partner and also the hiring manager is each different, so the number of rounds and the number of interviewers varies a lot. For one Marketing Manager job I had one round, while for another, I had five rounds. HR will ask the typical behavioral questions, while the hiring manager or his deputies will tend to ask more questions about experience, and from time to time through out a case (not like consulting, but more like a business situation). They ask a lot of questions around the value of the company, e.g. integrity, simplicity, etc., and will also test you with questions like "Assume you don't have the authority for large trades, but a trader calls you with an amazing deal that will make millions for the company, and your boss is traveling and unreachable. What do you do?".

Interview Question – If you were in the jungle, which animal would you be?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. All contracts are standard.

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Financial Analyst Interview

Financial Analyst
Houston, TX (US)

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at BHP Billiton in May 2012.

Interview Details BHPB's recruiting and HR functions are very well-organized. They are very professional and manage the process well.

Interview Question – I was asked a number of very specific and technical questions during my interview. For instance, "Tell us about one of your observations from the xxx project? What did you learn from the project."   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They would not negotiate.

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Engineering Vacation Student Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at BHP Billiton.

Interview Details Successful online application, followed by SHL testing.

Was then interviewed over the phone, questions revolved around what I knew about BHP, why I wanted to work there etc.

Proceeded to a face-to-face interview with an engineer and HR rep. It had a large focus on behavioural questions which were designed to be challenging and probing.

Interview Question – Have you ever acted unethically, and why?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.

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HSE Interview

Anonymous Employee
Houston, TX (US)

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at BHP Billiton.

Interview Details First interview was a 3 person panel interview made up of immediate supervisor, team member, and outside team member. This was followed by a phone interview by a supervisor in a different division. Finally, a third in person interview with the main manager

Interview Question – What do you think your coworkers at your current job think is your biggest weakness?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate as the position offered what I was seeking.

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