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FAQs

Most frequently asked questions about the online application system & the interviews

How do I apply for a job at ExxonMobil?

Please upload your CV and covering letter and complete any additional questions/information in our online application system.

Can I also send my CV to your contact email address?

No, we prefer that you apply via our online-application system.

When I search for available positions in the online application system, I cannot find the position I saw on the ‘(starting) positions’ section of this website.

This is normal, since the job descriptions under the ‘starting positions’ section are representations of typical positions that might be of interest to someone with a degree like yours. These representations are provided for illustrative purposes only and we will of course take into account your specific characteristics & preferences, when trying to match you with the right job. Actual job availability will vary by location & specific requirements within a company or affiliate. Therefore, all candidates with a business/economic background should apply under the BAP heading (Business Analysis & Planning) and all candidates with an engineering/technical background should apply under the ‘engineer starter’ job title. The experienced hires should check the availability of the vacancies per site & apply for them accordingly.

In the ‘search openings’ menu of the online application system, I have entered all the relevant criteria, but the search returns the following: ‘0 positions found, matching your criteria’. What do I do?

University Graduates

ExxonMobil is continuously looking for new university graduates with an engineering/economic background. When searching for openings, it is best to perform the search as broad as possible, by leaving the ‘Work interest’ and ‘Language of job posting’ on their default status of ‘All’.

In a second step, you can then select the relevant job for your background in the ‘search results’ section.

Experienced professionals

For a list of the available experienced hires openings, check the ‘jobs/positions’ page of the ‘experienced hire’ section. All the positions on this list should also be found when searching for openings in the online application system. When searching for these openings, it is best to perform the search as broad as possible, by leaving the ‘Work interest’ & ‘Language of job posting’ on their default status of ‘All’. Also make sure you have selected the right country, in which the opening is available. In a second step, you can then select the job you wish to apply for in the ‘search results’ section.

When I have already uploaded my CV and covering letter in the online application database, do I have to fill in all the ‘create your CV’-related questions?

No, you can either upload your CV in our database or fill in all the ‘create your CV’ questions in the online application system. Although you are not obliged to do both, sometimes, the additional questions could cover information about you/your profile, not mentioned in your CV. In this case, your CV and the additional questions could complement each other.

I get a message, saying that the online application system cannot automatically identify my email address from my CV. Is this a problem?

No, this is not a problem. Just make sure that the email address you enter is correct, because all confirmation & communication information will be sent to this address.

Why do I have to fill in the question ‘In which country/countries would you like to work?’ at the end of the ‘additional questions’ page?

The answer you indicate in this field, will determine in which country you will apply for a job. Note that when you have selected to apply for a job with the Benelux indicated as location, you cannot select any countries other than Belgium, Netherlands or Luxemburg.

If I apply for a job in the BNL, does this mean that I will have to work there for the rest of my career?

No, of course not! ExxonMobil is an international organization & strongly believes in job rotation across functions, but also across countries. Applying for a job in the BNL just means that the BNL recruitment department will handle your application & that you start your career at a BNL location. Where your career takes you is up to you…

How do I make multiple selections in the online application system?

To make multiple selections, just hold down the ‘Ctrl’ button while you click on the selections you desire.

I have completed all the questions, uploaded my CV and submitted my application. What happens next?

Once you have uploaded your CV/answered all the questions & clicked on the ‘submit’ button at the end of the online application process, your application will be sent to our recruitment department & you will receive a confirmation email with a unique 8-digit candidate reference number (for example: 12960034).

I have completed all the questions, uploaded my CV and saved my application as a draft. What do I do next?

Once you have uploaded your CV/answered all the questions & clicked on the ‘save as draft’ button, your application will be saved & you will be returned to the ‘welcome’ menu of the online application system. Check the ‘saved drafts’ for your most recent application & click on the ‘continue with this application’ to send & confirm the application.

How do I know you have received my application?

Once the application has been successfully sent, you will receive an email confirmation with a unique 8-digit candidate reference number (for example: 12960034).

I have completed the entire application process and have received the confirmation email. What happens next?

Our recruitment department will review your application and get back to you as soon as possible.

Interviews

What are the selection criteria, taken into account when I apply for a job?

Finding the right job is all about matching the profile a company is looking for with your competencies & character. First, the list on the ‘competencies & profiles’ page gives already a good indication of the skills ExxonMobil is looking for. Second, before you apply for a job with ExxonMobil, we consider it important that you have a good view of the company and its corporate culture. We therefore organize various events & activities, in order for you to get to know us a little better & to give you a little preview of what it would be like to work for ExxonMobil.

What is the deadline for an application?

There is no deadline, ExxonMobil recruits the whole year around.

In what language will the interviews be conducted?

In the Benelux affiliates of ExxonMobil, the most common languages are English, Dutch & French. Depending on the type of position you apply for & who interviews you, the interview can be conducted in one of these three languages. Please note that ExxonMobil is an international & multi-cultural organization and there is a significant chance that one of your interviewers does not speak your native language. You should therefore prepare the interviews accordingly.

What kind of questions should I expect during the interview?

Depending on the type of position you apply for & who interviews you, the questions will vary. Keep in mind however that the interviewers will be assessing whether you possess the necessary competencies (includes interpersonal & communication skills, technical knowledge, analytical capability, etc.), whether there is a fit with your profile and ExxonMobil’s corporate culture and whether you have enough motivation & ambition to rise to new challenges ExxonMobil will provide you.

Online Numeracy Test

Everyone gets worried about Numeracy Tests and Telephone Interviews. To try and steady those nerves and prepare you as much as possible, please find our hints below.

Numeracy Test

Numeracy tests typically assess your ability to evaluate numerical data by using facts and figures presented in various statistical forms. Doing this in a limited time period can be daunting for some people so here are my top tips:

Take the time to complete practice test papers (usually available from your Careers Service). Similar test papers can be found on various graduate recruitment websites.

Read each question and answer carefully - sometimes multiple choice answers are deliberately similar so take time to check each option. Pay particular attention to things like the unit of measurement or the number of decimal places.

Practice your mental arithmetic - especially how to calculate percentages and ratios quickly

Read financial reports in newspapers and study tables of data

Check how long you will have to complete the test and practise completing tests in this time.

Prepare yourself on the day of the test - make sure you have a calculator and paper to work out answers. It is worth making sure that there is a clock visible when you complete the test so you can keep a track of time.

Remember to work quickly and accurately - and good luck!

Please ensure that you read the instructions carefully on the invitation email as you will only be allowed to complete the test once.

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