Make the most of your CV

Here are a few handy tips to help you present yourself in the best possible way:

  • Make sure your CV 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 yourself – support them with evidence. For example, explain what you have done that illustrates the qualities you have
  • Try to link your skills and experience to the requirements of the role you’re applying for.

Personal details: Your full name, address, email address and phone number are most important.

Educational details: List these in reverse chronological order, with your most recent education first. Include the name of the institutions, the dates you were enrolled, and the qualifications you obtained or will obtain when you graduate. 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, and how you did this.

Top tips for taking the online assessment

  • Take the Online assessment practice tests: Practice test 1 and Practice test 2.
  • Ensure you have researched Shell’s values.
  • Before starting take some time to consider examples of how you’ve worked successfully in the past.
  • Don’t try to second-guess what Shell is looking for. Above all we want you to have integrity, be authentic and confident of your opinions.
  • Make sure you are in the right frame of mind to take the test (motivated, focused, not tired or stressed).
  • Ensure you choose a quiet place and time to take the assessments.
  • If English isn’t your first language you may want to have a dictionary to hand.
  • For Practice test 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).
  • Take the test seriously – only the numerical test is timed, so don’t “speed through”. Ensure you read the questions properly.

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.
  • 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.

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