4 signs that you are not doing very well for your oilfield interview – And how you can fix it

You shake interviewer’s hand and head back home quite happily thinking that you have nailed the interview and you think you should be offered a job in oil and gas industry. One week later…. And still you haven’t received the call.

What did you do wrong?

The interview was quite smooth, wasn’t it?


A survey was conducted by Career Builder in December 2014. It involved 2,100 HR and hiring managers. According to this survey about 50% of the hiring managers said that they knew enough about the candidate within the first 5 minutes of the interview to make the hiring decision. And within 15 minutes of the interview about 90% of the interviewers make their decision. So the smooth interview you had could mean that hiring manger from very beginning had decided that you were not a good fit.

How can you be sure?

Following are 4 significant signs that your interviewer is not interested along with methods of turning around your performance.

  1. Interviewer does not ask you about your availability to begin.

The company which to which you are giving interview has an empty spot which they have to fill. They will try their best to fill it quickly. In order to do this, there will be many things which they have to prepare: employee orientation, paperwork of new hire, pay schedule and more. These things require planning, so if the interviewer is interested he will like to know how soon you will be able to start.

In case the interviewer does not ask you about the availability, it might be a sign of your resume not being up to the mark.

What you should do about it: You should turn tables on interviewer. You should not wait for the interviewer to ask you about the availability. Mention your interest in position and company and tell how excited you are to begin right away. Your interest and confidence can change the opinion of the interviewer about you.

  1. You are only being asked the easy questions.

 It might seem like an ideal scenario but when interviewer pitches only easy questions to you, odds are that you are not being considered seriously for the vacancy. The harder questions which challenge the candidates make them think hard and require them to solve problems are interviewers way of gauging how well prepared the candidates are and by this they determine if the candidate will be good fit in the organization.

In case you are continuously finding yourself answering the simple questions which do not give you the opportunity of connecting you experience with required skills for job, it can mean that interviewer does not think that you are strong candidate whom he should explore in more depth.

What you should do about it: You should be assertive. You can tell the interviewer that you want to ask a question and then say something such as: “In the last position I was working on if was often required from me to do ABC. I have noticed that this position has similar requirements. How does ABC play into day to day responsibilities of this role?”

  1. The interview is shorter than was scheduled.

The interview was scheduled for half hour, but between good questions of interviewer and yourself, you are out of the room within 15 minutes. Is that a good then? Well not really.

Shorter interviews sometimes are faults of the poor scheduling. However, mostly it is the results of the interviewer’s early decision regarding you not being a goof fit in the company and it is the attempt of the interviewer to quickly move to the next applicant.

Often these interviews get characterized by one-to-one ratio of questions to answers. A question is asked by the in viewer and you give the answer. The interview will continue and there is not much back and forth.

What you should do about it: You should make your own back and forth. Ensure that you do have list of the questions before interview which you may refer to in case you think that you are not getting consideration which you deserve. After that find the ways for asking different questions as the follow ups in order to engage interviewer and to help yourself standout.

  1. Interviewer does not discuss rest of hiring process.

Most of the organizations today have a prolonged process of hiring which can include many interviews, writing samples, portfolio submissions, assessments, and more. In case you are a great fit for position, it is likely that interviewer is going to talk about the hiring process with you in order to give you an idea of what you could expect in coming days.

In case you hear “Thank you for the time and good luck with job search” you are probably not shortlisted.

What you should do about it: You should be proactive and confident. Take few minutes as interviewer wraps up in order to summarize why you would be a good fit for position. After that ask interviewer about next steps of hiring process and when could you expect hearing form them.

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