What O&G Employers Look for in Job Candidates


Getting a new job, and especially your first job, in the oil and gas industry can often be tough work in itself. Even if you think you have the right skills, experience and attitude for a particular role there will often be plenty of other candidates being considered who believe they fit the bill just as much as you do.

For many people, even getting to the interview stage can be a trial since oil companies, along with the recruitment consultants they often employ, will sift through CVs, résumés and application forms to ensure that they do not waste their time interviewing unsuitable candidates.

So it is essential for prospective employees that they put themselves across well on any piece of paper or, more likely these days, electronic document that they submit for an oil and gas role.

At the graduate entry level, choice of university can be an important factor, according to Emma Judge – who is BP’s head of UK graduate recruitment.

Judge stresses that BP accepts applications from any university, but because of the technical nature of the work she points out that students from certain science and engineering-biased universities are more likely to get to the interview stage.

“A lot of our graduate roles have got very specific technical degree requirements: marine engineering or naval architecture, for example,” Judge explained to Rigzone in a recent interview.

“As such, there are few universities that offer those courses or that have [many] students studying on those courses. So, there will be some universities that we are naturally more inclined towards because of the course they offer and where there may be more students who are interested in the roles we’ve got to offer.”

Read the whole article at Rigzone.


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