What we look for:

As you would expect, there are specific skill requirements for each role in Shell. But, no matter what your particular role is, there are certain qualities you’ll need if you’re going to succeed with us. These are the criteria by which we will assess your application:

Capacity We’re looking for people with the intellectual, analytical and creative ability to learn quickly, identify issues and propose solutions. Can you work with incomplete or conflicting data and take well-calculated risks? Have you ever identified new ways of doing things based on an analysis of current conditions, data and feedback?

Achievement We hope that the graduates we recruit will be future Shell leaders, so we’ll ask you about achievements in any areas of your life as well as your academic qualifications. Have you ever had to overcome obstacles in order to achieve? Do you enjoy taking on new and unfamiliar tasks?

Relationships Being able to work effectively as part of a diverse team and form mutually beneficial, long-term working relationships will be essential. Can you recall situations where you’ve had to influence people by adapting your communication style? What positions of responsibility have you held over the last four years? What exposure have you had to different environments and cultures?

Writing a great CV

When you complete your application form, you’ll need to upload a record of your personal, education and work history – your CV/Resume. It is a platform to demonstrate your achievements and a key step in any application process. Here are a few handy tips to help you present yourself in the best possible way:

  • Your full name, address, email address and phone number are most important.
  • Make sure your CV/Resume is up to date. Try to restrict it to two pages and keep the layout simple.
  • Use headings like “Education” and “Career History” to highlight different sections.
  • Don’t just make general statements about your qualities – support them with evidence. For  example, explain what you may have done to date that illustrates the qualities you have.
  • Try to link your skills and experience to the requirements of the role you’re applying for.
  • List education details in reverse chronological order, with your most recent education first. You may want to list the relevant modules, the projects and dissertations you have delivered, the grades you have achieved and professional skills you have developed.
  • Career history and professional experience: Whether they’re paid, voluntary or shadowing, all experiences count. Present these in reverse chronological order with dates to show how long you remained in a particular role. Mention what you achieved and the skills you developed.
  • Achievements and outside interests: Include this information to show that you’re a rounded person with a balanced approach to life. Focus on recent examples, describing what you contributed and learned in various ways.

Online Tests

Ensure you have researched Shell’s values and read our section on What We Look For.  We also have practice tests available online for both Part One and Part Two.

Ensure you choose a quiet place and time to take the assessments - make sure you won’t be interrupted or distracted. If English isn’t your first language you may want to have a dictionary to hand.

Part 1: Before starting, take some time to consider examples of how you’ve worked most successfully in the past. Don’t try to second-guess what Shell is looking for. Above all we want candidates to have integrity, so be true to yourself and confident of your opinions. Make sure you are in the right frame of mind to take the tests (e.g. motivated, focused, not tired or stressed).

Part 2: You will probably want to use a pen, paper and a calculator as you will be required to make calculations (e.g. multiplications, percentages) to get to the right answer. Take the tests seriously – only the numerical test is timed, so don’t “speed through” and take the time to read the questions properly.

Unfortunately we can’t give individual feedback due to the volume of applicants. 

Performing well at an interview

  • Do your homework by researching Shell and gaining familiarity with Shell operations, projects, sites and values.
  • Learn about the capacity, achievement and relationships criteria we use to assess candidates – you can find further details in What We Look For.
  • When you’re being interviewed, think carefully about the question. Gather your thoughts before you answer – don’t just dive in.
  • Frame your answer to provide evidence of what the interviewer is looking for. Always focus on what YOU, not other people, have done. Always be enthusiastic about your achievements.
  • Keep your answers relevant to the question and come to the point. Provide sufficient background information to set the scene, but be careful not to wander away from the question.
  • Think of some questions in advance to ask at the end of the interview so you conclude on a positive note.

Final Assessment

Your Final Assessment will be either an Assessed Internship or a Shell Recruitment Day.

In either scenario you are not competing against other candidates – we have a standard you will need to meet in order to be successful, we don’t apply quotas.  So don’t benchmark your performance against other candidates.

Assessed Internship

The internship will be assessed throughout the programme. Before you complete the internship you’ll have a formal mid-term review.

Prior to a final review you’ll be asked to complete an online exercise and a written task followed by a final presentation about your project.

Throughout the internship you’ll be guided by a mentor and supervisor. Both will conduct your mid-term and final review.

It is important to make the most of this opportunity to learn about Shell, the industry and the function in which you’re working.  Successful candidates are often those who exhibit curiosity, a desire to stretch themselves and the ability to recognise and develop their own learning style. 

Shell Recruitment Day

Prior to the Shell Recruitment Day you’ll attend an informal non-assessed interactive engagement where you’ll have further insight into Shell’s business operations.

On the actual Shell Recruitment Day you’ll participate in various activities including an online exercise, a written exercise, a group discussion, a case study analysis and a final interview.

It is also very important to be authentic, the assessors want to understand what you are passionate about, what your values are as well as seeing your capability, achievements and relationship building skills. 

Good luck with your application!