Shell Case Study Interview Preparation

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Shell Pre-Assessment Event

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:

  • Capacity – You should be both analytical and creative as well as able to gather information to create a complete picture from many different sources of information.
  • Achievement – You should be result driven as well as able to produce results even if doing so is not within your comfort zone.
  • Relationship – You must be able to craft and create relationships with many different types of people, treat them with respect, and learn together to produce the best possible result.

Shell Assessment Day

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.

Shell Case Study, Presentation, and Interview

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.

Shell E-Tray Exercise

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.

Shell Written Exercise

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.

Shell Group 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. 

Shell Numerical Reasoning Test

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 using our Shell aptitude PrepPack™

Shell Interviews

Shell Business Scenario Interview

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.

Shell Technical Presentation and Interview

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.

Get the Best Preparation

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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What's Included

  • Case study/written exercise: Two full exercises + a complete guide
  • Interviews: A comprehensive guide
  • Role-plays: An analysis of sample exercises + tips
  • Group exercises: Guides for common exercises


I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Shell (Johannesburg (South Africa)) in April 2016.


Step 1 – Search and apply online

Use our search agent below to find an opportunity in your region and/or country. Apply and upload the latest version of your CV/resume. Before submitting your application you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire.
f successful during the application stage, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the online assessment. There are two parts to the online assessment. Each part must be completed and submitted within seven working days.

Step 2 – Take part in an online assessment
If successful during the application stage, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the online assessment. There are two parts to the online assessment. Each part must be completed and submitted within seven working days.

Part 1: A series of competency-based questions.

These will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and will not be timed. Once completed, you’ll receive an email with the outcome. If you pass Part 1 of the online assessment you will receive an additional email to notify you that you have successfully completed Part 1 and this includes a link to begin Part 2 of the online assessment.

Part 2: Consists of two tasks: a decision-making task and a problem-solving task.

Both tasks must be completed. The decision-making task is not timed, but the problem-solving task is timed and you will have 18 minutes to complete it. The decision-making task assesses how you respond to common situations that Shell graduates may face, and the problem-solving task assesses your capacity for solving numerical reasoning problems.

In total, Part 2 of the online assessment should take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Once you have submitted Part 2 of the online assessment we will review the results before contacting you to discuss a potential interview

Step 3 – The interview

The interview will take place either face-to-face or over the telephone. This is an opportunity for you to tell us more about your motivations for applying, your achievements, the challenges you’ve faced and how you’ve demonstrated the qualities we’re looking for.

If you successfully pass your interview you could be invited to a Shell Recruitment Day.

Step 4 – Shell Recruitment Day

Following success in the first-stage interview, you will attend an afternoon of non-assessed, interactive activities where you’ll be given further insights into our global businesses.

The next day you will complete a range of assessed exercises, including an online simulation exercise, a written task, group discussion, a self-reflection interview, presentation-based case study and a final interview.

You should aim to demonstrate:
Capacity: your capacity for analysis, decision making and creating workable solutions
Achievement: your drive and enthusiasm, resilience and confidence
Relationships: your ability to develop positive relationships and communicate well at all levels

Interview Questions

  • Situation Task Actions Results
    Give an example of a time when you looked to achieve excellence
    Give an example of a time when you dealt with conflict
    Give an example of a time when someone challenged your decision.
    Name me a time that you had to change your approach in order to reach a goal
    Name a time when you had to plan something and see it to the end
    Name a time when you had to build a relationship with someone that you did not know in order to achieve a goal
    Tell a time when you had to be sensitive towards someone approach
    A time when there were different opinions and how you influenced others to get your point across
    Example of a time you encountered a problem and how you solved it
    About a time where I had a disagreement within a team, how did I resolve it
    About a time when I worked in a contrasting group of people   1 Answer
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