The Shell assessment centre begins with a pre-assessment event the night prior. This marks the first time all the candidates come together. Here, you are briefed on the activities you are to face the next day as well as how you should go about impressing the assessors. You will be taught the Shell CAR criteria that forms the basis of the Shell competencies. CAR stands for:
During the assessment day, you are placed in a group with 5-8 other candidates. Note that you are not competing for the position with these candidates. Rather, you are being tested against the competencies and evaluated on your individual performance.
During the Shell case study, you are presented a number of different documents about a fictional company. The documents contain background information on the company and its operations. You must read through the provided documents in order to prepare a presentation and make recommendations on where you feel the company should move forward. You must carry out a thorough analysis of the key points in your information pack to craft your recommendations.
During the Shell presentation, you present your findings and recommendations to one or two assessors who then ask questions on your findings for about 10 minutes. When crafting your presentation, it is worthwhile to try and incorporate the CAR criteria into it. This shows that you not only have the skills to create a great presentation, but that you are also highly motivated to work for the company.
The e-tray exercises consists of you being presented with a typical work-based scenario. You are given a computer and a scenario for which you are presented with a number of emails that you must rate for urgency, go through, and respond to. As the exercise progresses, more and more emails begin to arrive in your inbox. Your goal is to prove that you can prioritise and multitask without getting bogged down.
The last exercise is to create a short report and recommendation about one of the tasks you received during the e-tray. This report should be a full report, with an introduction, a main body—including a recommendation and analysis that contains both the advantages and disadvantages of your chosen path—and a conclusion. You must be a skilled report writer in order to do well on this assessment day exercise.
During the Shell group exercise, you and a small group of candidates are given a brief describing a business proposal. As a group, you must analyse the different companies and come up with a solution to the problems presented in the brief. Throughout this exercise, you are assessed on your ability to get along with the other candidates as well as how well you all work towards a common goal. Although a decision has to be made, this isn’t the main focus of the activity. In reality, you are being assessed on the CAR criteria. You should be positive, but also not trample on anyone else’s ideas. In addition, you should display a clear thought process.
Candidates for trading roles have to take the numerical reasoning test created for Shell by Cubiks. This test is very similar to the test you took earlier in the process, except that the difficulty level is higher. Review the necessary skills you need to complete this test successfully by taking our numerical reasoning practice tests.
Candidates for commercial roles are given a business scenario which they need to analyse with regard to risk, potential course of action, and likely strategy impact. You have 15 minutes to prepare your discussion points before your interview with an assessor. The interview lasts for an additional 20 minutes. In addition to business related questions, you can expect competency questions and questions about your previous work experience.
Candidates for technical roles face both a presentation and an interview depending on their level of experience in the field.
Experienced candidates are given a list of topics to choose from prior to the assessment day. You should base your choice around relevant research or work experience. You need to prepare a 15-minute presentation on your topic, which is followed by a 30-minute question and answer session with the assessor. You are allowed to use a computer during your presentation.
Interviews last 30–40 minutes for inexperienced candidates. The discussion revolves around relevant projects you have worked on.
These final presentations and interviews focus on your specific skill set and your potential ability to contribute to the company. Therefore, it is imperative that you fully prepare yourself and make sure your skills are up to scratch.
There are many different stages in the Shell recruitment process. Ensuring you are fully prepared for each and every stage is your way to show assessor you're the right person for the job. JobTestPrep is here to help you prepare.
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