Baker Hughes - Graduate Field Engineer Interview Questions & Answers
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Interview processInterview for Baker Hughes
I had sent a CV and cover letter in response to the graduate field engineer role at Baker Hughes that I found on my Universitys Career services website. I then filled in an application form just going over my experiences. A 30 min phone interview was then conducted with details of questions asked stated below. I was then invited to a 2 day assessment centre in Aberdeen.
The recruiter who conducted my interview was very nice and eased any initial nerves that I had. The interview lasted for 30 minutes and was relatively straight forward as long as you look into the company and job role thoroughly. The last question asked was a new one for me so make sure you know your experiences well, both academic and extra curricular.
Note: Flights to Aberdeen were organised by BH. From the airport you catch a taxi to the hotel where you're handed a letter saying to meet with everyone at 6AM.
Most difficult questionPhone interview
What are you likely to do in your first year as a graduate?
Give an example of a time when you had to solve a technical problem.
(can't remember clearly but something to do with) : applying knowledge to work through problems in design project
Name a time you had to work with someone difficult.
Name a time when you wanted to learn something new? How did you go about this
Interview tipssee above
Experiences at the assessment centreAssessment centre
I'm not going to go through the itinerary for the 2 days because it's already been explained very well by someone else. Instead I'll focus on key elements of the experience that will hopefully aid your preparation.
The two day assessment centre was an intense experience to the point where you're running on autopilot at the end of day 1 so preparation is key. They focus heavily on interaction and team work so try and mingle as best you can without looking like you???re trying too hard. The early morning starts can be particularly difficult to conduct small talk especially if you're nervous and not a morning person!
Core Values and Safety
Key things to note: make sure you're well versed in the company's core values and remember that the company is very big on safety. This will enable you to structure your answers a lot more effectively. There is a group task (5 people, 10mins) on the second day to present BH to University students which would encourage them to apply to the company. There is also a debating exercise whereby you are presented with a scenario & various reactions. You then need to justify why you chose the option you did. These 2 particular scenarios are where remembering the core values and focusing on safety is important.
Note: in the debating exercise, if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of picking the wrong card, present your arguments but don't be stubborn enough not to change your mind.
How you work in a group is of course very important. There are various exercises and the best advice I can give is be cool, go with the flow and work hard for the team. If you end up being the leader, listen to everyone, come up with you're own ideas but don't dismiss others and delegate the tasks effectively with the focus on your end goal/objective. If you're not the leader, don't worry, make sure you contribute positively to the group, communicate well and work hard for your team.
Have fun, a bit of banter will help build rapport and be yourself.
There are five 10 minute experiments and the main piece of advice is to read the instructions thoroughly and quickly. Safety is very important so if there are goggles and/or gloves, make sure to use it.
Maths and reasoning test
You have 50 minutes to go through an exercise using Mayan number. Things can get hairy especially when you're multiplying huge numbers without a calculator so make sure to familiarise yourself with the Mayan number system.
The reasoning test is straightforward. Read a passage of text and answer questions based upon what you have read and a little bit of common sense.
There are two panel interview, one at the end of day 1 (around 8pm) and the other at the end of day 2 (around 3/4pm).
The first interview was after an intense day and I was personally running on autopilot. Be yourself, be enthusiastic about the role, the questions are not really designed to catch you out so don't worry.
In the second interview, the panel asked questions based upon what else they wanted to know about you. Again, as long as you do your homework on the company, know why you want the job, why you're a good candidate (i.e. what qualities do you have that will make you a success at BH), and reassure them that you're willing to move to Aberdeen, you'll be fine.
- Group / Panel
- Senior Management
- Verbal reasoning
- Assessment centre
- Group excercise
- Background check
- Competency based questions
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