Schlumberger Interview Questions

Updated 21 Oct, 2014
Updated 21 Oct, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Reservoir Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Schlumberger in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Initial contact was at the University of Calgary Career & Job Fair on Tuesday February 5, 2013. I simply submitted my resume at the booth and talked briefly to recruiter to express my interest in the Field Engineer position. I was reminded to also apply online, both on the U of C website and careers.slb.com.

    I received an email about a week later to schedule an interview for Tuesday, February 26 (reading week was in between). It was for the Reservoir/Petroleum Engineer position under Petrotechnical Services. I attended the info session the day before - I would recommend this to anyone in the same position.

    The interview itself was unexpected in the way it was conducted. They got right into it with the "dull" questions: do you have the legal right to work in Canada, what's your GPA, full-time position or part-time, etc. Make sure to bring the latest copy of your resume too as that was requested from me.

    The actual "interesting" questions were more scenario than behavioural in my opinion, but ultimately accomplish the same thing - they want to know what kind of person you. Here are all the questions I can remember (in no particular order; not the exact wording necessarily)):
    - Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in working for Schlumberger
    - Talk about a time you were in a leadership position and everything was on time, going to plan and so forth, when you unexpectedly found something or had something happen that threw things off course.
    - Tell us about a time you had a 'MacGyver' moment
    - How do you motivate your team and ensure that they are getting the job done?

    We also discussed what exactly I was interested in, and it became obvious that my wants and skills were more geared towards the Field Engineer role. He said he would pass on my information, and sure enough I received an email on Friday, March 1 for an interview on Tuesday, March 5 for the Field Engineer position.

    So I advise you to know where your interests lie. He asked me to rank the following in order of preference: "Reservoir, Drilling, Production, Petrophysics." Overall, it was a solid interview, but keep a calm and cool face as they love to play mind games. But it's nothing personal haha.

    Interview Questions
    • SLB are known for asking a brainteaser. You don't just answer the question - they like you to walk through your logic. It is this that is important, not necessarily getting the answer correct:
      "You are in a room with three switches, and in another room are three lights. You do not know which switch activates which light. Assuming there are no tricks, the wiring is fine, and you begin in the switch room with only a single trip to the light room, how do you know which switch corresponds to which light?"
        View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Field Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Schlumberger in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    In person interview, recruiter very easy going, asks questions relate to your interest and what would you do in case of a conflict within the team you working with

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Field Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Schlumberger in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Was contacted for a first interview after submitting a resume to the university database. Had a briefing session with interested students and other candidates before the interview to learn more about the company.
    Interview was not conducted by who they said it would be conducted by and was not much of an interview at all. Wasn't asked anything about myself or any typical interview questions, the interview just explained more about the company and how awesome it was to work for them but that it would be very difficult to get the position due to the high number of qualified applicants. Was quite surprised when invited back for a second interview.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Field Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB
    Interview Details

    First interview basically evaluated ur personality and if ur fit for the lifestlye

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Field Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in St. John's, NL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in St. John's, NL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Schlumberger in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    One on one interview with the HR person. She asked the common question such as why do you want to join schlumberger. then she gave me different situations and asked for my response like working under stress full situation etc

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Waiting for second interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Field Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Montreal, QC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Montreal, QC
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Schlumberger in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and also at the campus career fair. Received an interview and asked basic questions - nothing technical. Seemed to focus a lot of having done team work and other such things. They made it appear that they wanted someone really aggressive at their information session and I tried but obviously it didn't work.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    HSE Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Red Deer, AB
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Red Deer, AB
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at Schlumberger in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was working as a temp receptionist when this position opened up. Because I had background in HSE they took me right away and moved me to that position. No formal interview process was required. I don't think this is normal for them and I think it was an exception as they needed me right away.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, they offered me a decent wage based on my experiences.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Field Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Edmonton, AB
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Edmonton, AB
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Schlumberger in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    1st Stage: Telephone interview. It was very casual for me, the interviewer asked about my hobbies and some of my past experience. I'd say it was very informal, as long as you sound confidence and your familiar with your resume's experience you're good.

    2nd Stage: On-site Interview. 2 day interview, consist of self-introduction, group game, presentation regarding a specific Field Engineer discipline, tour in SLB's equipment plant and an interview. The whole 2 day process was a huge interview itself, so don't lose your cool just because you think you schooled any part of the process, stay cool the whole time. Be prepared about your presentation, it's a good chance to show your preparation. Ask questions during plant visits, show interests and your knowledge about their operation.

    Interview Questions
    • There was no difficult/unexpected question for me, but that was just my case. Again, be prepared for your presentation's topic, and show that your a team player during the group game, and don't be afraid to interact with SLB's people or other candidates during the tour since it shows you're good with people.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Field Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Red Deer, AB
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Red Deer, AB
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Schlumberger in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    It began with a phone interview with the standard questions like: Tell me what you know about Schlumberger. Tell me about a time when you had to "jimmy rig" something to get the job done. Why would you be an asset to the company.

    After the first interview, they flew me to Edmonton for a 2 day interview. The first evening was a 4.5 hour session with 11 other people. Dinner was served during the "interview". This presentation consisted of introduction to the company, team building exercises, and specific presentations on the different divisions of the company.

     The team building started with everyone introducing themselves and doing something that took them out of their comfort zone like imitating their favorite tv character, showing their favorite dance move, etc. Then we were separated into groups and had to make something out of paper, elastics, tape, a balloon, and popsicle sticks. You are only allowed to ask certain questions about what you're doing. Whatever you're doing, it involves a golf ball (they change the outcomes throughout the process). ASK WHAT THE OUTCOME IS! That's the one we wished we would have asked. The main thing they are looking for is communication and who is a leader so feel free to speak up!

    The second day began with a tour of an artificial lift facility which was then followed by individual interviews. During the interview they asked technical questions. See next section.

    After the individual interviews were complete we were taken back to the hotel and all left for our flights home. It took 4 weeks for me to get my offer.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the angle between the hour hand and minute hand on a clock when it is 3:15?   View Answers (7)
    • You have 8 weights. They all look the same, feel the same, but one weighs slightly more than the other but you cannot tell by looking or feeling it. You have a balance scale infront of you but you can only use it twice. How do you determine which weight is the heaviest?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There are no negotiations with Schlumberger. The company is so large they can afford to have set rates.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Field Specialist Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mount Pearl Park, NL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mount Pearl Park, NL
    Application Details

    The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Schlumberger in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    first interview 1-1 with D & M manager, it went well so I was invited to a second group interview that lasted 2 days and consisted of presentations, group activities, information sessions, a tour of the local facilities and a second 1-1 interview. Second interview was honest look at what the job entailed and a problem solving skills test that included mathematical problem solving skills and einstein's riddle.

    Interview Questions
    • The gave me two fairly difficult problem solving questions. one was a mathematical problem and the other was Einstein's riddle.   View Answer
    • Einstein's Riddle was a question that was deductive and logical reasoning. It basically said there were 5 different colour houses in a row on a street, a person of a different nationality lives in each house, they each have a different favourite pet, drink and cigarette. The question consisted of logical statements from which you should make a table to assign characteristics to each house. The only question at the end was who owns a fish? the only way to answer the question properly is to logically reason it out.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Nothing was really negotiable. We were able to rate our preferences of segment and location but nothing was guaranteed. Base salary was also non negotiable.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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