Tips on Landing a job in the oil and gas industry
A resume is one’s reflection of success. The secret to making a very good one is to present yourself properly by listing your strengths and skills without boring your potential employer with too many unnecessary details. Say your resume worked and you got your potential employer’s attention. You now have to prepare for the interview. If you’re looking for a job within the oil and gas industry, here are three things you must always keep in mind:
Know what’s currently happening in the industry
Big oil players like Shell are known to give the toughest interviews to its applicants. Apart from the already-difficult written test, Shell also talks to its applicants about possible solutions to real, ongoing problems in the industry itself. For example, there’s an ongoing oil price slump, as well as an energy crisis in some countries in Africa. If you can come up with feasible solutions on how the industry can end the slump or energy crisis, then you’ll definitely stand out among the rest. Read the news, and always stay abreast with the industry on a whole.
Do your research about the firm and know who its partners are
Don’t go into battle without knowing what you’re up against. In most interviews in the oil and gas industry, you’ll be thrown a number of questions about the firm itself. These companies do this in order to gauge how interested you are in joining the company.
Apart from learning about the firm’s operations, it also helps to know who their partners are to better understand what the company is doing on a wider scale. For example, Oil and Gas Company Unaoil was recently awarded with a contract by Basrah Gas Company to service its compressors in West Qurna. If you’re trying to look for a job with, say, Basrah Gas Company, it’s important to know its products, services, scope of operations, as well as who its partner companies are and what they’re doing together. Knowing these facts will help you stay calm throughout the interview and allow you to answer anything that’s thrown at you with ease.
Be confident and look at your interviewer’s eyes when answering questions
This might be cliché but most interviewees forget this when they’re nervous. Confidence is extremely important during interviews, and some HR personnel fail people who aren’t confident enough as early as the interview. If you did your research about the company and know the current events happening in the oil and gas industry, you don’t have to be nervous. Think of the interview as just talking to someone who’s trying to assess if you can be an asset to the company or not. So dress sharp, be confident, and answer questions while looking into the eyes of the interviewer.