Schlumberger Interview Experience – This is good for new graduated students.

Few days ago, my friend just had a chance to interview new hire wireline engineer from Schlumberger about how Schlumberger interviews candidates. This is very good information for new graduates who would like to work in the oil industry.

For someone who doesn’t have an idea who Schlumberger is, I would like to give a little bit background. Schlumberger is the biggest upstream service company in oil industry. The company has all kinds of oil field specialist services as wireline logging, formation evaluation, MWD, LWD, directional drilling, oil well cementing, fracturing, etc.

 Why Schlumberger is good for new graduates?

Schlumberger offers most of candidate to work internationally and the company pays in US dollars. As a new hire with Schlumberger (2011), starting salary is almost 5000 us dollars without job bonuses. Moreover, the company offers intensive training which will move new employees to higher position within short period of time compared to other service companies.

 Are there any bad things about working with Schlumberger?

Sure… the company will assign tough jobs with less time off and some people must work in remote areas which can be danger for their lives.

Well, it is still a tradeoff between life and money. In my opinion, working with Schlumberger is a very good experience.

How Schlumberger will interview you? 

Getting hired with Schlumberger is not an easy job because personnel need to prepare and know how to present themselves properly. By following the interview guideline, you will have more chance to get the Schlumberger job.

What type of person that Schlumberger is looking for?

Schlumberger is looking for new engineers who have outstanding leadership skills. Working in the oilfield under pressure is not a condition that everyone can withstand, therefore engineers must be able to handle tough situations which can happen anytime.

Moreover, the company wants engineers who can manage business effectively and professionally. Interviewers will ask you what you will do if personnel drops and the employees aren’t performing well. Also, as a new engineer, candidates must be able to impress clients and deliver professional services.

Additionally, the company looks for people with highly self-motivated personalities. As an engineer, you must show a “can do” attitude, no matter how tough the situation is.

How will Schlumberger interview people?

Schlumberger has a special interview program. Interviewees will go through the steps listed below:

1. Introduce yourself: You must proficiently introduce yourself in English and you will then be asked about your strengths and weaknesses. Interviewers will, of course, ask you why you are interested in the position.

2. Attend a group project: If you are selected as a candidate, you will get a chance to do a group project. Many potential new hires will be separated into groups and a project will be assigned to each group with specific criteria. Once the group is formed, a project manager must be assigned. If you’re hoping to be hired, volunteering yourself as the project manager is recommended. After the group project, each group will present what they did during the activity. You will need to be enthusiastic and show leadership.

3. Interview with HR manager: At this stage, you will be interviewed by the Schlumberger manager. Even though you have already passed the second stage, you will need to make a good impression on the manager as well. Basically, he/she will ask you general questions and look for how well you present yourself. They will also give you an example of a tough situation to see how well you would handle that situation.

4. Get field exposure: This is the last step before you are hired by Schlumberger. You will be sent into the field to see how everyone works. There will some things you’ll need to learn during this dream. While on location, you should be eager to learn and ask a lot of questions, since you’ll be monitored closely and evaluated during the field exposure. However, if by now you feel the job isn’t suited for you, you can reject the company offer later on. It’s a win-win situation.

If you pass all four steps, Schlumberger will hire you as a trainee engineer. You can see that the interview process is pretty tough and time consume.

How can you prepare yourself for the Schlumberger interview?

• Language – if you are not a native English speaker, you may need to improve your communication skill especially when speaking and listening.

• Leadership – the leadership skill is the biggest skill the company is looking for. You must demonstrate this in order to get the job.

• Eagerness and enthusiasm – you need to show them that you are eager to learn and looking for a challegne in your career.

Finally, I wish this article would help you out for preparing your interview with Schlumberger.


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11 Responses to Schlumberger Interview Experience – This is good for new graduated students.

  1. mohammed says:

    I am a fresh graduate , applied for many companies such as slb , but they didn’t reply , and they are asking for experience , do you have any idea where I should start ??

    • If the big companies are not interested in your profile, you may need to consider joining the small oilfield company first. Once you work in the oilfield for few years, you can re-apply to your interested position.

  2. benmebarek sahraoui says:

    I owned a Master’s électromécanique and Control Systems
    I would like to work in major institutions.

  3. srinath says:

    I am interested to work in oil rig.My qualification is B TECH (MECHANICAL).At present iam working as a mechanical designer & cnc programmer in manufacturing industry. And i am very interested to work in oil field, how can i get job in oilfiled.

  4. Someone says:

    I work for SLB. I know wireline guys who after being recruited were internationally transferred to live with no real say in the matter. It was either move or be fired. Moreover after the initial hire they go to a training center for 4 months straight!

  5. Ali says:

    Are there any more about Schlumberger Interview for Experienced ?

  6. Antonio says:

    Schlumberger is one of the greatest service companies in the world, but it has one of the worse recruiting staff I ever seen. Wasting high potential candidates by lack of knowledge about what SLB needs. True and sad facts.

  7. rober4to ruiz gonzalez says:

    hola camaradas
    debo hacer un comentario al respecto. Soy un trabajador en la industria del vapor y mi experiencia me ha demostrado que todo principiante debe tener una oportunidad ya sea graduado o no, lo importante son las ganas de poder y querer laborar en el hambito de la industria del petroleo y similares. El principal problema es el no ir directamwente hacia las grandes companias, lo principal es el empiezo en una compania donde en realidad valoresn tu esfuerzo, recuerda, con el tiempo las experiencias seran mayores y tendras mas oportunidad de colocarte en grandes companias, saludos.

  8. Ivan says:

    WOW, your answer just blew my mind…and I’m sure mohammed was just as satisfied with it as I was…

  9. k says:

    SLB visited the open house in my university(april 2014) , when the SLB guy came towards our project , he started talking with my group fellows , that guy was asking for the advantages of our project , when i saw my team mates under pressure i started to give him answers(since my friend did internship at schlumberger he thought he had a better chance) , and than another hr guy came and said that they would be calling me for an interview in first week of july. Now i am asking would they actually call me for the interview ???

  10. muhammad javed says:

    Hi i am a simple graudate .i like oil and gas job but no found .i have no expirence in this field but i do floor man work as well i have a good knolage of basic drilling its ports of rig etc

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