I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at BHP Billiton.
Interview Details Standard Phone, 1:1, panel interview progression.
Firm but friendly interviewers, mix of cultural fit and technical questions
Interview Question – Would you rather fight a horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? View Answer
Reason for Declining – Pay
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at BHP Billiton.
Interview Details Met them at Career Day at school. One day before interview they took all candidates for dinner to an steak house. The interview lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes. The main interviewer was sitting across from me asking me questions. The second interviewer was sitting next to me observing my body language.
Interview Question – What was the lowest point of your previous internship experience?
Why do you want to intern at BHP Billiton?
In general their interviewing style was friendly but very inquisitive. They questioned me on all my great previous academic and internship achievements that I answered them with original documents. Two weeks later the Vice President of Engineering called me offering me internship. I accepted their offer even though I had other multiple offers from great oil companies. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at BHP Billiton in November 2010.
Interview Details It took about 8 weeks, had to take about 6 hours of tests, finally have to go through about 5 interviews.
Interview Question – Do you think your parents separations would affect your stability? (WHAT?! they really asked this question in the last interview) Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiation, they were open how much they wanted to pay, before the process started.
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at BHP Billiton in September 2012.
Interview Details Interviewed on campus, received phone call with offer a few weeks later.
Interview Question – Unexpected: After our interview, I will speak to your advisor, what do you think he will tell me is your best quality? worst quality? Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at BHP Billiton in February 2011.
Interview Details The process can be long or short, depending on whether they already like you on paper. If they do, they may move swiftly. Each commodity department has their own HR Business Partner and also the hiring manager is each different, so the number of rounds and the number of interviewers varies a lot. For one Marketing Manager job I had one round, while for another, I had five rounds. HR will ask the typical behavioral questions, while the hiring manager or his deputies will tend to ask more questions about experience, and from time to time through out a case (not like consulting, but more like a business situation). They ask a lot of questions around the value of the company, e.g. integrity, simplicity, etc., and will also test you with questions like "Assume you don't have the authority for large trades, but a trader calls you with an amazing deal that will make millions for the company, and your boss is traveling and unreachable. What do you do?".
Interview Question – If you were in the jungle, which animal would you be? View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. All contracts are standard.
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at BHP Billiton in May 2012.
Interview Details BHPB's recruiting and HR functions are very well-organized. They are very professional and manage the process well.
Interview Question – I was asked a number of very specific and technical questions during my interview. For instance, "Tell us about one of your observations from the xxx project? What did you learn from the project." Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They would not negotiate.
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at BHP Billiton.
Interview Details Successful online application, followed by SHL testing.
Was then interviewed over the phone, questions revolved around what I knew about BHP, why I wanted to work there etc.
Proceeded to a face-to-face interview with an engineer and HR rep. It had a large focus on behavioural questions which were designed to be challenging and probing.
Interview Question – Have you ever acted unethically, and why? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation.
I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at BHP Billiton.
Interview Details First interview was a 3 person panel interview made up of immediate supervisor, team member, and outside team member. This was followed by a phone interview by a supervisor in a different division. Finally, a third in person interview with the main manager
Interview Question – What do you think your coworkers at your current job think is your biggest weakness? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate as the position offered what I was seeking.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at BHP Billiton.
Interview Details Interviewed at job fair. Was emailed for a second interview and presentation on site. Was called about the position.
Interview Question – Describe your work. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at BHP Billiton in May 2011.
Interview Details Very minimal process, probably because of my experience. It was 1 panel interview with my boss, my boss' boss and an HR person. It was pretty relaxed and an easy, more conversational interview.
Interview Question – Nothing really stands out. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I asked for an additional $5K in salary and 1 week more vacation and was given both.
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