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Shell Recruitment Day

Graduate Briefing Pack Godorf

Contents

Introduction
About the Shell Recruitment Day
Shell careers
Background
A walk through the Shell Recruitment Day
What happens next?
Appendices
1.

Travel and local information

2.

Expenses

3.

SRD venue

4.

Accommodation

5.

Pre-SRD event

6.

Key contacts

7.

On the day

8.

SRD exercises

9.

Technical presentation

10. Technical interview


11. After the SRD

About the Shell Recruitment Day

Congratulations on being invited to join a Shell


Recruitment Day (SRD), and thank you for agreeing
to take the time to find out more about what Shell
can offer you.
As one of the routes into Shell, our Recruitment Days
give us a chance to see you in action, assessing you
across a variety of different work scenarios and
observing how well you demonstrate the key
competencies were looking for. The day gives you
the opportunity to show us your potential and will
help you decide if Shell is the right company for you.
During the SRD, you will participate in a range of
activities. The day includes exercises, interviews and
a group discussion enabling you to find out how
well you cope in different business scenarios and
assess your potential for business or technical
leadership. It is a chance for us to observe you in
action.
Upon a successful performance at the SRD, we will
endeavour to find a suitable graduate opportunity
for you within the Shell Group, and determine
whether we will be able to make you a formal offer
of employment.
We look forward to meeting you and wish you every
success in your journey with Shell.
Pack contents
This pack provides you with an overview of the
event, its purpose and more information about the
people who will be involved during the day.
It contains:
An overview of the event
Information on who you will meet on the day and
the different exercises you will take part in
Information and preparation forms for the
technical presentation and technical interview if
you have applied for a technical role you will
need to complete a technical presentation OR
technical interview. Both require preparation
before the SRD.
Travel information and directions
Please read through this pack carefully to ensure you
complete all the necessary paperwork before
attending the SRD.

Before the Shell Recruitment Day


Travel and expenses
We will reimburse you for the cost of any
reasonable or predefined expenses as long as you
can provide receipts. In some cases, Shell will make
travel arrangements for you.
Please see appendix 1 for information on making
your travel arrangements, appendix 2 for
information on the reimbursement of expenses, and
appendix 3 for information on the SRD venue.
Accommodation
It is likely that your hotel accommodation will
already have been booked by Shell, covering the
cost of your room and breakfast only. All other
charges such as telephone calls will be charged to
your own account, which you will need to settle
when checking out. In some circumstances, you may
need to book your own accommodation and receive
reimbursement for the cost from Shell.
To check what arrangements you need to make for
your accommodation, please see appendix 4.
Pre-Shell Recruitment Day events
Events may be scheduled for the afternoon/evening
before your SRD.
To find out if an event is scheduled prior to your
SRD, and for more details, see appendix 5.
Dress code
Smart/business dress is recommended for the SRD
(no jeans, t-shirts, trainers or sportswear).
Safety information
At Shell we care about your safety and are committed to
ensuring that Health, Safety, Security and Environment
(HSSE) features as a key element of our recruitment and
learning events. With this in mind, we have produced
some safety advice to help you stay safe during your
visit. Please be sure to read our safety guidance.
Queries
If you have any queries please email us on:
careers@shell.com
Shell is an Equal Opportunity Employer
If you require an accommodation, any reasonable
adjustments or special assistance for the Shell
Recruitment Day, please contact us on:
careers@shell.com

About the Shell Recruitment Day

Shell careers
A career with Shell is not your average day job its
your chance to join a company that tackles real
world problems, like how we will meet the worlds
energy demands over the next half century.

Achievement: Well expect plenty of


enthusiasm, resilience and confidence youll be
someone who can always get things done
Relationship skills: You should have the
character and ability to work effectively with
others in a diverse team

The world will need vast amounts of extra energy in


the coming decades to reduce poverty and to meet
growing global demand. How that energy is
delivered will matter to all of us, to our children and
our grandchildren. Energy will need to be produced
in environmentally and socially responsible ways,
including dealing with greenhouse gas emissions.

Technical skills: Understanding and


approaching technical issues coupled with an
enthusiasm for technical challenge.

This is the energy challenge and Shell is committed


to playing its part in building a responsible energy
future. We are looking for creative, motivated
individuals who can be positive about the benefits of
energy and apply creative, persistent, problem
solving to meet this challenge.

Please note: You will need to speak conversational


English to take part in the SRD, but your use of
English is not one of the selection criteria. If you are
not a native English speaker you will be given more
time to prepare where appropriate, and are
welcome to bring a dictionary.

Background

Who will be involved?


You will meet the following people during your SRD:

Why do we hold a Shell Recruitment Day?


Attending a Shell Recruitment Day gives us a chance
to see you in action, assessing how you handle a
variety of different work scenarios, observing how
well you demonstrate the key competencies were
seeking.
Its a two-way process, because its also your
opportunity to find out about Shell and see if we are
a good fit for your career aspirations and ambitions.
What are we looking for?
While your academic record was one of the reasons
we invited you to attend an SRD, our experience has
shown that excellent qualifications alone are rarely
sufficient to be successful within a company as
challenging, diverse and global as Shell.
Weve identified the qualities that we believe are
critical to high performance in Shell and well assess
you against our CAR(T) criteria:
Capacity: Youll need to bring the intellectual,
analytical and creative ability to learn quickly,
identify issues, make judgements and propose
solutions

We will also want to assess your technical abilities, if


youre interested in a technical career with us:

Participants Usually, there are between four


and eight candidates at each SRD. It is important to
remember that you are being assessed as
individuals. It is possible for everyone to be
successful.
Candidate Co-ordinator The Candidate Coordinator is responsible for the logistics of the SRD,
ensuring it runs in a smooth, timely fashion. The
Candidate Co-ordinator is your first point of call
should you have any questions during the day.
Assessors The Assessor team is made up of
business leaders who make recruitment decisions for
their business. Assessors are often also the line
managers for recruits initial assignments. The role of
the Assessor is to help you demonstrate your CAR(T)
qualities. Usually there are four Assessors at each
SRD.
SRD Facilitator The Recruitment Manager
responsible for managing your application will host
the day. The facilitator is an expert on the running of
the SRD and assists the Assessors in following best
practice.

About the Shell Recruitment Day

A walk through the Shell Recruitment Day


In some circumstances, a social event will be held the
day before the SRD. To see what provision, if any,
has been made, please see appendix 5.
The day itself
Please note, you may wish to bring along
reading/study material in case of any waiting time
in between exercises.
The day generally comprises of three exercises:
1) case study
2) group discussion
3) business scenario interview or a technical
presentation or a technical interview*
* If you are applying for a technical role in any of
our businesses you will undertake either a technical
presentation or a technical interview depending on
your level of study. If this applies to you, it will be
stated in your covering letter, and you will need to
prepare in advance of the SRD. Candidates for all
other businesses will complete the business scenario
interview, which requires no preparation.

The three exercises (with the exception of the technical


presentation/interview) are based around the types of
problems and challenges typically tackled by
professionals within Shell. By using a variety of
different situations, we give you numerous
opportunities to demonstrate your personal strengths,
skills and abilities in relation to the criteria of
Capacity, Achievement, Relationships and Technical.
With the exception of the technical presentation and
technical interview, no preparation is required for
these exercises.
If you have expressed a preference for a career in
Trading, you may also be asked to take a numerical
test. Where this is the case, it will be mentioned in
your covering letter and your Candidate Co-ordinator
will send you background information and example
questions by email.

To find out more about what will happen on the day,


see appendix 7.
For detailed information about the exercises you will
be taking part in, see appendix 8.
See appendix 9 for preparation notes for the
technical presentation.
See appendix 10 for the preparation form for the
technical interview.
What happens next?
At the end of the day the Assessors meet to review
your performance and the extent to which you
demonstrated the Capacity, Achievement,
Relationship and Technical qualities throughout the
day. This review is then used to make a decision on
whether you successfully completed the SRD.
If you were successful at the SRD, we will review
your qualifications against our available job
openings and determine whether we will be able to
make you a formal offer of employment. You will
then be advised of our decision.
For detailed information on what happens after the
SRD has taken place, go to appendix 11.
Joining Shell means getting more out of your
working life than you thought possible. We hope
that you find the SRD a valuable, rewarding and
ultimately enjoyable experience, and use it as an
opportunity to find out if we fit your career
aspirations and ambitions.
We hope that you enjoy the SRD and look forward
to meeting you.

Appendices

1.

Travel and local information

2.

Expenses

3.

SRD venue

4.

Accommodation

5.

Pre-SRD event

6.

Key contacts

7.

On the day

8.

SRD exercises

9.

Technical presentation

10.

Technical interview

11.

After the SRD

Your destination: Shell Offices Godorf


Travel arrangements
If you need to fly to your SRD location, our travel
agency Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) will book
and arrange payment for your flights.
To arrange air travel you must complete an
authorisation form. When you have completed all
the mandatory fields on the authorisation form,
send it to the CWT email address designated and
copy in email careers@shell.com by using the 'cc'
function.
You will find the link to the authorisation form next
to the link of the briefing pack.
Note: The date of arrival in the authorisation form
is the day of the candidate briefing; the date of
departure is the day of the actual SRD.
Travel expenses
Second-class rail tickets that you purchase for
travel between your home and the airport/Shell
Offices, car park charges and mileage will be
reimbursed on production of receipts.
If the cost of your fare is more than 400/350,
please contact your Candidate Co-ordinator
before booking.
Please note that we are only able to refund taxi fares
in exceptional circumstances. Any potential
reimbursement of travel costs is based on the
assumption that you are currently living at the address
stated on your application. If this has changed, please
contact your Candidate Co-ordinator.
Personal insurance
It is your responsibility to arrange any appropriate
travel insurance. Shell is unable to accept liability
for loss or damage to any items of luggage. It is
advisable to take out appropriate cover with your
travel agent but you will need to cover the cost for
this yourself.
Dont forget your passport or other identification
When you visit the Refinery in Godorf you should
be able to identify yourself. It is your own
responsibility to ensure that your identity
card/passport is valid. If you are from a non-EU
member country, you should check with your travel
agent for any Visa requirements.

Travel details
By air
Nearest airport: Kln-Bonn
The airport you will be travelling to is Kln-Bonn
Airport (Cologne). You should arrive at Cologne
Airport no later than 12:00 noon on the first day
and be ready to catch a flight departing from
Cologne Airport after 7:00pm on the second day. If
you have no alternative but to arrive later, please let
us know beforehand.
For further information on travelling to
the SRD venue see appendix 3.

Appendix 2: Expenses

To reclaim any expenses, you will need to complete an expense claim form and either hand it to us on the
day, or send it to your Candidate Co-ordinator by post after the event.
Do not forget to include all receipts and your bank details so that we can pay the
expenses directly into your bank account.
What you can claim:
Visa

We will reimburse the cost of your Visa.

Taxi

Taxi fares will only be paid in exceptional circumstances.

Mileage

Please consider alternatives to driving to the Shell Offices, public transport is preferred.
If you are travelling by car we will refund your petrol costs at 20 pence per mile (UK) or
0.16 Euro cents per kilometre (Netherlands).

Rail fare

Your economy return ticket will be reimbursed.

Air fare

If you need to fly to the SRD location, our travel agency Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT)
will book and arrange payment for your flights.

Bus fare

Your economy return ticket will be reimbursed.

Car parking

We reimburse car parking at the Hotel Am Rhein. Please consider alternatives to driving
to the Shell Refinery - public transport is preferred. If you are travelling by car, please
contact your Candidate Co-ordinator upfront.

Accommodation

One night of accommodation before the SRD, plus breakfast, will be booked for you
under your name. Shell will be invoiced directly for this. If you wish to stay longer in
Godorf, this will be at your own expense.

What you cannot claim:


Expenses will only be reimbursed for claims exceeding 5.00 or 5.00. The invitation assumes you are living
at the address currently stated on your application form. If this has changed, please contact your Candidate
Co-ordinator.
At your accommodation, you are responsible for paying all incidental charges such as telephone calls or
minibar charges. Please settle these on departure.
Taxis will only be paid for in exceptional circumstances. First-class fares will not be reimbursed.
Failure to provide all details requested could result in a delay in the reimbursement of expenses. Please make
sure you make copies of your expenses and keep them until you have been reimbursed.
Please fill in the expense claim form as complete as possible, scan and send it together with your receipts to
careers@shell.com within 60 days.
Once your expense claim has been received it will take up approximately 5 6 weeks before reimbursement.

Candidate expense claim form


To claim for your travel expenses, you will need to complete an expense claim form and send it to
careers@shell.com within 60-days after your Interview/SRD/Final Assessment. You will need to scan all
receipts and supporting documents and provide your bank details so that we can pay the expenses
directly into your bank account. In the event you are unable to scan your receipts, please return the form
together with all the original receipts to your Candidate Co-ordinator.

Personal details
Last name
First name
Address
Postal code or zip code
City
State (if applicable)
Country
Email address
Telephone number

Interview/SRD/Final Assessment details


Date Interview/SRD/Final Assessment
Location Interview/SRD/Final Assessment

Bank details
Bank name
Bank country
Bank account owner name
Bank account number
Sort code (applicable for UK banks)
SWIFT code (applicable for Europe and Malaysian
banks)
IBAN code (applicable for Europe and Malaysian
banks)
Bank key/Routing Number (applicable for US
banks)

Expenses details
Note: For mileage, please use the following guidelines:
GBP: 0.20 per mile
Euro: 0.16 per km
MYR: 0.60 per mile
USD: 0.50 per mile
Expenses description

Total
Please stipulate the currency in which you would like to be reimbursed

Amount

Currency

Appendix 3: SRD venue

Name of venue:
Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH.
Godorfer Hauptstr. 150
50997 Kln
Germany
View the location map

By Car
Please consider alternatives to driving to the SRD.
If this if your preferred mode of transport, please
read more information on vehicle safety in our
HSSE guidelines.

Appendix 4: Accommodation

Hotel am Rhein - Wesseling


Auf dem Rheinberg 2

Directions:
By train from Cologne (Hauptbahnhof):

50389 Wesseling
One night of accommodation before the SRD,
plus breakfast, will be booked for you under
your name. Shell will be invoiced directly for
this. If you wish to stay longer in Godorf, this
will be at your own expense. All incidental
charges such as telephone calls will need to be
paid for using your own funds. Please settle any
extra costs on departure.
It is advisable to bring an alarm clock with you.
You should vacate your room before the SRD.
Please note check in time is from 2:00pm
onwards. If you arrive earlier it is possible to leave
luggage at the hotel.

With the tram, line 16, direction Bonn Bad


Godesberg until Stop Wesseling Mitte. Then on
foot take the subway right to the pedestrian zone.
Follow Bahnhofstrasse to the end and turn left into
the Koelner Strasse. After approx. 100 m, you will
see the Hotel am Rhein Wesseling on the right
hand side.
From Cologne via the A4:
Motorway junction Koeln-Sued on the A555,
direction Bonn.
Exit Koeln Godorf/Wesseling Nord. Behind the
bridge, turn right at the second traffic lights into
the Industriestrasse, direction Wesseling. 2. traffic
lights to the Bruehler Strasse, turn left in to Bruehler
Strasse. Then turn right until you see the sign
Hotel Am Rhein Wesseling on your left hand
side.
From the A61:
Motorway junction Bliesheim, on the A553,
direction Koeln.
Exit Bruehl-Ost. Turn right at the traffic lights into
the Bruehler Strasse until Wesseling. There turn
into the Koelner Strasse and look for the sign
Hotel Am Rhein.

Please consider alternatives to driving to the Shell


Refinery - public transport is preferred. If you are
travelling by car please contact your Candidate
Co-ordinator beforehand.

Appendix 5: Pre-SRD event

The afternoon before the SRD will begin at


2:45pm. Please report to the reception at the Shell
Refinery Godorf at this time. There will then be a
briefing from the facilitator, focused around:

Dress code
Smart/casual dress is appropriate for the pre-SRD
dinner (no jeans, t-shirts, trainers or sportswear).
Smart business dress is recommended for the SRD.

Ensuring that you are familiar with what will


happen the following day
Providing you with a detailed timetable and
background information of activities
Answering any other questions you may have
around Shell and the opportunities we have to
offer
Giving you the chance to learn more about the
selection criteria and the assessment exercises
we will use during the SRD.
This will be followed by dinner at the Kulisse (near
your Hotel Am Rhein), starting at 7:00pm with one
or more recently hired Shell professionals, who will
share their experiences on what you can expect
during the SRD and provide you with a window on
the world of recent Shell recruits. They will happily
answer any questions you may have.
The dinner meeting is a time for you to relax and
socialise, and is not assessed in any way.
Dinner hosts play no role in the recruitment
decisions made at the SRD.

Appendix 6: Key contacts

Your Candidate Co-ordinator is available to help you with any questions you may have leading up
to your SRD.
Name:

Eszter Andrasi

Address:

Carel van Bylandtlaan 16, 2596 HR, The Hague, The Netherlands

Email:

careers@shell.com

Appendix 7: On the day

A typical example of a Technical Shell Recruitment Day programme:

NB: Exercises and times are subject to change depending on the number of candidates and allocated
preparation time.

A typical example of a Commercial Shell Recruitment Day programme:

NB: Exercises and times are subject to change depending on the number of candidates and allocated
preparation time.

Appendix 8: SRD exercises

1) Case study
This exercise is completed individually. You will be
assigned a role within a fictitious company in an
imaginary country and given one hour (one hour
and 20 minutes if English is not your first
language) to analyse approximately 20 to 25
documents related to the companys activities,
performance and environment.
You will be given some background information
about the company, including the various divisions
and the country in which it operates, before the
SRD. This information will form the basis for the
Case Study and the Group Exercise. Information
about your specific task will be given to you at the
SRD.
After you have completed the preparation, you will
be required to informally brief two Assessors on:
issues facing the company and the key actions
you propose to take
potential implications for the companys short,
medium and long term strategy and direction.
This five-minute informal presentation is followed by
a 20-minute discussion around the issues identified
and your proposed actions. You will be expected to
outline the rationale for your proposals and be able
to discuss the topic in a broader context, however,
detailed technical knowledge is not required. During
this exercise we will be observing the elements of
Capacity, Achievement and Relationships.
2) Group discussion
The group discussion is completed in small teams. The
scenario for the exercise is around social performance
and sustainable development. Shell gives a proportion
of its profits for investment in social projects. A Review
Board made up of representatives from different
committees agrees how to allocate the funds and make
a recommendation to Shell.
You will be asked to imagine that you are a
community representative for one of the
committees. You will first receive five minutes to
read through the given information before you
meet other committee members and choose which
investment proposals to put forward. Your group
will then meet as the Review Board with the other
committees to agree the allocation of funds.

The exercise is split into four parts:


You will first be given five minutes to read the
information individually
During the second part, you will take part in a
15-minute preliminary meeting with other
members of your committee to decide which
investment proposals you want to put forward to
the Review Board for consideration
During the third part of the exercise, you will
take part in a 25-30 minute Review Board
meeting. Your task is to decide how to allocate
the social investment funds and make
recommendations to a Shell representative
In the final part of the exercise, you will take part
in a press conference in which journalists will
ask you questions about your recommendations.
The exercise is observed by assessors who will be
interested in finding out how your team works
together, and how you manage the meetings in
order to meet the desired objective. Even though
you are working as a team you will be assessed
individually.
3) Business scenario interview, technical
presentation or technical interview
a) Business scenario interview
There are two sections to this exercise, both of
which last 20 minutes.
In the first section, you will be given a list of
business relevant problems from which you must
choose one to analyse and think about potential
solutions. You will have 15 minutes of preparation
time, after which you will meet with two assessors
who will ask you questions about your analysis. You
are not expected to be an expert in the subject
area. The assessors will be interested in your ideas
on how you would manage the topic, your purpose,
actions and your ability to support your plan. You
will not be required to deliver a formal presentation.
In the second section, you will be asked to provide
examples of situations in which you have worked as
a team and also how you have learnt or developed
a new skill.

b) Technical presentation
If you are applying for a technical role and have
experience of conducting independent and
original research or technical project work (for
example PhD or MSc thesis work, or internship
experience), you will need to give a technical
presentation. If you are applying for a technical
role and do not have this experience, you will
complete a technical interview instead. If in doubt,
please contact your Candidate Co-ordinator.
You will need to create your technical
presentation in advance of the Shell
Recruitment Day. You should prepare a 15minute presentation on a technically relevant
aspect of your academic research or work
experience.
The objective is for you to demonstrate both your
research skills and creative technical abilities that
are relevant to the role you are applying for. We
will still be observing the elements of Capacity,
Achievement and Relationships as well as your
technical skills during this exercise.
You are advised to look beyond the academic
application of your project and expand the
rationale behind your research and the wider
consequences. Wherever possible, assessors with
expertise in your area will attend your
presentation.
Please follow the rules and guidelines below when
preparing and conducting your presentation:
1) Your presentation should focus on a relevant
aspect of the area of your work which you feel
best meets the overall objective
2) The presentation should cover (as appropriate):
The objectives of the work
Your analysis of the main issues
Your action plan, and who was involved in
executing this plan in addition to you
Your principal findings and conclusions
Measurable results
Your recommendations for further work (by
you or by others)
The implications of the work in its widest
context

You will be given a maximum of 15 minutes to


deliver your presentation, during which time the
assessors will only stop you to seek clarification.
You are welcome to use PowerPoint slides/overheads
but are limited to a maximum of 12 for your
presentation. A projector/beamer will be available at
the time of your presentation. Please note that you
will be assessed on the content of your presentation
and the subsequent discussions, not the gloss of
your delivery and view graphs, so it is important to
use your preparation time to think about your
content. Please do not spend a long time preparing
overheads/slides - if they are written neatly, this is
fine.
After the presentation, you and the assessors will
engage in a discussion that may last for a further
30 minutes. Be prepared to talk about the content
of your presentation and to discuss in a larger
context beyond the academic level to possibly
cover implications, solutions or impact.
Please send your Candidate Co-ordinator
the title of your presentation and a short
summary (half an A4 page Word
document) at least three weeks prior to
attending the Shell Recruitment Day. A
laptop with Microsoft PowerPoint, and a
projector/beamer will be available on the day
therefore bringing your own laptop is not required.
We cannot guarantee the most recent version of
Microsoft PowerPoint on our laptops, so we advise
you to bring your presentation in a version
compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint Vista. Please
be cautious with any confidential information and
avoid using complicated graphics on your
presentation slides, as they might not appear
correctly if there is a difference in the version.

c) Technical interview
If you are applying for a technical role and do not
have experience of conducting independent and
original research or technical project work, you
will sit a technical interview.
This requires preparation in advance of the SRD
itself. You will need to prepare a short description
asked additional questions on these projects. We
will be observing the elements of Capacity,
Achievement and Relationships as well as your
technical skills during this exercise. Wherever
possible, Assessors with expertise in your area
will attend your presentation.
Please complete the technical interview form,
giving the title and summaries of two projects
and return it to the Candidate Coordinator at least three weeks before
the SRD. Please be cautious with any
confidential information.
For more information about the technical
presentation, see appendix 9. For the technical
interview preparation form, please see appendix
10.

of up to two projects that you have worked on that


are technically relevant to the role you are
applying for. The objective is for you to
demonstrate your technical abilities that are
relevant to the role. Your interview will be based
on the information you provide on the technical
interview form, which you need to submit
prior to attending the SRD. You will then be

Appendix 9: Technical presentation notes


for preparation

Background
As part of the Shell Recruitment Day, we would
like you to give a short Technical Presentation. Two
or three individuals who are currently working in
Shell will observe your presentation.
The presentation

You will be given a maximum of 15 minutes to


deliver your presentation during which time the
observers will only stop you to seek clarification.
After the presentation, you will move to a
discussion with the observers, which will last for a
further 30 to 40 minutes. During this discussion,
you should be prepared to talk about the subject
in question and other issues that the observers
may choose to raise.

Please prepare a 15-minute presentation


on a relevant area of your own professional or
research work. The overall objective of the
presentation is for you to demonstrate your
technical abilities. The presentation will be made to
individuals in Shell who have a technical
background, but some of them may not necessarily
be from your discipline or area of expertise.

To make the presentation, you may use slides/


flipcharts. We suggest you use a maximum of
12 slides for your presentation. Please let us
know the audiovisual equipment you require for
your presentation.

Your presentation should cover the following:

What is being evaluated?

What were the objectives of your work?

The observers will be looking at your ability to


communicate technical information to an audience
from a range of technical backgrounds, your
approach to solving a technical challenge and
your thoughts on the implications of your work.

What was the context for your work? (Be brief!)


What were the main technical themes?
What approach did you take and what were
the key challenges that you faced?
Who did you work/communicate with?
What were the principal findings and
conclusions?
What were the measurable results?
What did you learn from your research? (We
are interested in both technical and personal
learnings)
What are your recommendations for further
work? (This could be by you or by others)
What are the broader implications of your
work?

Please note that you will be assessed on your


technical ability, which is demonstrated by the
content of your presentation and the subsequent
discussions. We will not be assessing your
presentation skills, nor do we expect you to spend
a long time preparing slides/overheads.
Please advise the Candidate Coordinator of the title of your
presentation and any equipment
requirements at least three weeks
before the Shell Recruitment Day.
Please contact us if you have any questions.

Appendix 10: Technical interview preparation form

Candidate Name:
Study Discipline:
During the Shell Recruitment Day you will have a technical interview in which you will be asked questions
about a project that you have done which demonstrate your technical skills. The assessors will be looking at
your approach to solve the technical challenges, your thoughts on the implications of your work and also
your ability to communicate technical information to an audience from a range of technical backgrounds.
In advance of this interview, we would like you to prepare by describing one or two specific projects that
you have worked on which you believe demonstrate your technical skills. You can use projects from
university, work placements, internships or even specific research projects that you believe are relevant to
the job for which you are applying. Try to choose projects that are recent and significant. Assessors will use
the information you provide as the basis for their discussion with you and therefore you need to be
prepared to provide further information about these projects. Alternatively, if you have not worked on any
relevant technical projects you may wish to describe a body of research about a topic area that you believe
is relevant to the job for which you are applying.
The technical interview will last approximately 30-45 minutes.
Remember, when preparing this information:
Be brief simplifying complex technical information is a key skill for Shell employees and therefore we
would like you to limit your description of each project to 150 words. Also, think about how you
explain the technical information to individuals who do not know anything about your specialist area
Select projects that you believe clearly demonstrate your technical skills
Use recent projects [within the last three years] you will need to be able to discuss these projects in
some depth
Think about your own personal contribution it is common to discuss projects in terms of we did
and the team did, however, we are interested in what you did
Review your preparation carefully to ensure the information you have provided is clear to others who
were not working with you during your project.
You need to complete this form and return it to the SRD Co-ordinator at least three weeks before the
Shell Recruitment Day.

Project 1
What was the background to the project? What was your specific objective? What were the key things that
you did? Challenges that you faced? Who did you work with on this project? What were the results?

Project 2
What was the background to the project? What was your specific objective? What were the key things that
you did? Challenges that you faced? Who did you work with on this project? What were the results?

Appendix 11: After the SRD

At the end of the day the assessors meet to review


the extent to which participants demonstrated
Capacity, Achievement, Relationship and
Technical qualities throughout the day. This profile
is then used to make a decision as to whether
participants successfully completed the Shell
Recruitment Day.
Feedback from this review is given to participants
by the Shell Recruitment Day facilitator. This
feedback will be given by telephone between one
and three days after the SRD.
You may also be asked for feedback on your
experience. This will be anonymous and has no
impact on any employment decisions.
Finally
We hope that you will enjoy the Shell Recruitment
Day and we look forward to meeting you.

Please note that during the SRD there will be some


waiting time in between exercises, so you may
wish to bring along reading/study material to do
during this time.