HR Managers Offer Top 10 Steps to Land an O&G Job

HR Managers Offer Top 10 Steps to Land an O&G Job

Whether you're currently looking for a job, were recently hired or have been with the same company for many years, we can all remember that gut-wrenching feeling you get when interviewing. It's as if the room is closing in on you and no matter how many times you practiced those answers, it just doesn't sound as smoothly as it did before.

Well, Rigzone's editors know what it's like to sit on that side of the table so we went straight to the source. We've surveyed some of the industry's top human resources (HR) managers from around the world hoping to provide a better perspective on how you can land a job in the oil and gas industry.

Here's what the other side of the table has to say...

  • Hiring managers prefer applicants that have industry experience as opposed to those that can be trained.
  • For students that have recently graduated or professionals with no industry background, hiring managers suggest applicants tie in their experience and skills directly to the job they are applying for and demonstrate their transferable skills. "Never present yourself in a negative light by revealing that you may not have all the qualifications," warns one HR representative.
  • When looking for a candidate, one of the most desired characteristics HR managers seek in applicants is effective communication. Other characteristics include experience, ability to adapt and the capacity to learn quickly.
  • Of those that were surveyed, 60 percent believe cover letters are important. According to one survey participant, "I don't want to guess what your goals are. Objective statements are important."
  • All of the HR representatives and managers that were surveyed believe that eye contact, posture and confidence determine whether a candidate makes it to the next round of interviews.
  • Fifty percent of those interviewed believe a candidate should ask questions during the interview. "Ask something! Engage the interviewer … just don't ask what the company does," said one hiring manager.
  • While 80 percent believe a follow-up is expected after an interview, survey results showed only 60 percent believe it is extremely important or important for a job candidate to follow up after an interview. Do not "constantly follow up, just once or twice is acceptable," said one survey participant. According to the HR representatives surveyed, email is the best form in following up.
  • Seventy percent said a candidate's social networking site is not checked when considering them for a position. Meanwhile, 20 percent have checked a candidate's LinkedIn profile.
  • When determining new hires, the 5 most important criteria HR managers look for in applicants are: proficient communicators, experienced team players, personalities and/or cultural fit for the job, and knowledge of the occupation.
  • Being referred by a current employee of a company can lead to a 90 percent chance of your resume taking precedence over other applicants, according to the survey. Although the resume will stand out, the referring employee's behavior can also hurt the candidate, said one hiring manager.

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