The energy sector is rapidly changing – the demand for more, and more energy supplies mean searching for new sources of energy.  At the same time, power companies are striving to find a solution for the reduction of the emission of carbon dioxide. At Shell your everyday tasks will be directly related to the Transmission Challenge the energy sector is facing.

You can join the challenge and help to re-shape the energetic industry, by siding with Shell through one out of 3 available Graduate Programmes in Technical, Commercial Business, Corporate Functions sectors.

Depending on the favored path successful applicant will participate in a two- to five- year development programme, which might include up to three rotations. During the Graduate Programmes candidates will be given a chance to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the business and experience needed for becoming future leaders.

Shell Graduate Programmes have been designed to enrich the candidates both in business knowledge and training that will help them to become future leaders.


Shell Application Process

There are 4 stages in the Shell Application Process:

Stage 1: Online Application

Stage 2: Psychometric Tests

  • Verbal Reasoning Test
  • Numerical Reasoning Test
  • Diagrammatic/ Logical Reasoning Test
  • Personality Test

Stage 3: Video Interview (recorded)

Stage 4: Video Interview (one-to-one)

  • Case Study
  • Interview


Shell Psychometric Tests

Psychometric tests are a key component of  Shell’s Application Process. Depending on the Graduate Program route the candidates are taking, they might be required to sit Verbal Reasoning Test, Numerical Reasoning Test, Diagrammatic/ Logical Reasoning Test, Personality Test.   Details on Shell’s  psychometric tests can be found below.


Shell Verbal Reasoning Test

Shell Verbal Reasoning Test comprises a series of paragraphs which you will be required to read and a set of questions matching the information provided in paragraphs. Your answer options will be True, False or Cannot Tell.

Shell Verbal Reasoning Test is a timed assessment aimed at checking your comprehension and understanding skills during which you will be required to do a fair amount of reading, so make sure you will be sitting them in a place where you can focus.

By testing you with the Shell Online Verbal Reasoning Tests, people from Shell want to verify your understanding of the written word, as well as your dexterity when it comes to filtering out the key information from a bulk of the text. To understand, why you actually need to pass this test, please take a moment and imagine a pile of emails residing in your future Inbox,  waiting to be read, replied and acted accordingly.  Not easy, huh?

To get the necessary confidence and speed up things, practice some Shell Online Verbal Reasoning Tests now.

Shell Numerical Reasoning Test

Shell Numerical Reasoning Test is a multiple- choice test assessing your ability to evaluate, analyze, and interpret numerical information that will be provided to you in charts, graphs, and tables. You will have limited time to find a correct answer, so all the calculations like percentages, ratios, and basic arithmetic should be executed quickly and accurately. We know that you can do it, but If you really want to master the Shell Numerical Reasoning Test  – it can be easily learned through our online tests and video tutorials available on the website.


Shell Diagrammatic/ Logical Reasoning Test

These tests will assess your sequence and pattern identification skills, logical thinking and ability to approach a problem and how good you are at solving it.  But be careful –  it’s easier said than done. You have a limited time to do it – a minute or less per question. The difficulty of questions is also likely to increase gradually. Therefore, good timing is vital.

Questions are comprised of numbers, figures, and shapes arranged in a particular pattern. Your task as the brainy Shel employee -to – be,  is to deduce the underlying logic of patterns presented to you  in an exercise and guess what is next to follow.

To know h0w to correctly identify the missing steps, you need to practice these tests like a demon – so try now, to avoid regrets in the future.


Shell Personality Test

There are many factors that could determine who would be successful in a given role or a position. Strong intellectual abilities, years of experience, and outstanding numerical skills are just some of them, but on many occasions, your job performance would be saturated and influence by whatever motivates your actions, and what do you believe is important in your life. In short, this is what we call – personality.

The structure of Shell Personality Tests will differ depending, on what traits are recognized as successful in a given role. Upon sitting this exam is important to approach the questions with the company’s culture and a specific outline of features needed for the Graduate Programme you are applying for. However, it is also necessary to be honest with yourself, as a certain degree of consistency to your answers is required. To check what sort of personality are you – try taking one of the practice tests.


1st Shell Video Interview

If everything went well, and the people at Shell who have been reviewing your Online Application Form are happy with the results, you would be invited for an online video interview. This is a typical question and answer evaluation, the only difference is the format.

You will be directed to one of the automated interviewing platforms, on which you need to log in. Competency questions will be asked by previous Graduates who did their Graduate Program at Shell. They all are pre-recorded so unfortunately,  you will have no chance to ask any questions at this point. For each question, you will have around 30 seconds to prepare. Each answer should not be longer than 3 minutes. Since it’s not a real conversation you might find the Shell Online Interview, to be a more easy-going than a regular interview, however, it might be useful to get comfortable with a camera presence beforehand!


2nd Shell Video Interview

If everything goes well, and the hiring team will be amazed by your performance in the first interview you will receive an invitation for the second interview.

You might have realized that there is not Assessment Centre at Shell. It’s because it has been replaced with the 2nd Interview that essentially is an Online Session with two professionals from Shell, who will validate your skills, experience, and other qualifications online. But it does not necessarily mean it would make things easier.

Case Study  – Before the Shell Online Assessment, you will be sent a plethora of information regarding a particular case study. Your task will be to read, analyse and critically approach the information provided. The information should be provided to you no later than 48 hours before the Shell Online Assessment.

Presentation –  on the day of the Shell Online Assessment you will also have to deliver a short presentation, on a topic related to your Case Study. There are 20 minutes preparation time ( 30 minutes times for non- native English speakers). Your presentation shouldn’t be longer than 5 minutes. If you don’t feel confident giving speeches, it is probably wise to practice your presentation skills beforehand. You can check the Assessment Centre Guide, for useful tips on how to prepare.

Interview –   this will be a typical one- to – one strength based interview validating your skills and detecting strengths necessary for the job. It’s also a chance for you to ask any questions that you might have about the role or the company.


Application Process

Stage 1: Online Application
Stage 2: Psychometric Tests
Stage 3: Video Interview (recorded)
Stage 4: Video Interview (one-to-one)




Prepare for your SHELL tests

  • Practice Numerical Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Verbal Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Situational Judgement Tests

  • Practice Assessment Centre Tests

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From the minute you join you will take on a challenging role and be given immediate responsibility. You will be constantly mentored and take part in Shell’s development programme – providing you are successful, at the end of the programme you will be assessed and it will be decided on whether you are ready to begin a career with Shell. Shell employees many many people who work across Shell companies, grouped mainly as Upstream, Downstream and Projects and Technology. Upstream is the ways that the company finds and extracts crude oil, natural gas and bitumen whilst Downstream is the ways these are transformed into products for sale to retail and commercial customers. The Projects and Technology provide technical services and technology capabilities in Upstream and Downstream activities. Graduates are also recruited to work in Shell’s corporate functions such as Finance, Human Resources, Contracting and Procurement and Information Technology.

Whichever path you choose you will be assigned to a supervisor and come up with a development plan for the programme – which, depending on the courses you choose, will be anything from 3 to 5 years.

Technical – this will be 2-3 years on a competence based task and formal learning with coaches (you’ll have your progress checked every 6 months). Relevant roles within the Technical side are; Geosciences, Engineering Research and development, Exploration/Development, Production, Manufacturing, Project Services, Health, Safety and Security and Environment.

Trading – you will get on the job experience in this area and will undertake 3 different roles on a rotational basis of 2.5 years. This is to give you insights into the value chain and trading operations in order to help you on your journey to become a top industry trader. You will also be supported by training along the way. Roles for this area include; Crude Oil, Oil Products Energy Trading – Trade Gas, Analysis.

Commercial Role – Upstream – in this area you will complete 3 role rotations over 3-5 years experiencing delivery, commercial management, economics, contracts and agreements. Relevant roles in this field include; Commercial Advisor, Petroleum Economist, Business Development Analyst, Opportunity Lead, Business Development Advisor, Gas Advocacy Analyst Business Intelligence Advisor, Portfolio Analyst.

Commercial Role – Downstream – Over 3 years you will undertake 2 rotations to gain wide commercial experience including customer management and engagement. Relevant roles include; Sales Account Manager, Business Commercial Analyst, Retail support Analyst, Marketing Advisor, Marketing Project Manager, Pricing Manager within Retail, Lubricants, Chemicals, Global Commercial/Business to Business, Trading, Supply and Distribution, Biofuels and CO2.

Downstream Supply Chain – there will be 2 different rotations over 3 years lasting about 18 months each. You’ll gain a working knowledge of the value chain with a view to becoming a supply chain professional. Relevant roles include; Business Analyst Supply Chain Optimisation, Health, Safety, Security and Environment, Supply Chain, Accounting, Supply Contracts Analyst, Supply Chain and Trading Operator, Supply Chain Integrator, Supply Project Manager, Trader, Refinery Economist.

Corporate Functions – You will spend 3 years in the Graduate Programme and take on 2 different role rotations whilst receiving on the job training.

HR relevant roles include; HR Advisor/Analyst, Recruitment Specialist, Policy Advisor, Talent Advisor, Remuneration and Benefits Specialist.

Finance relevant roles include; Finance Controller, Internal Auditor, Finance Manager.

IT relevant roles include; Business IT manager, Business Analyst, Consultant, IT Service Delivery Manager, Data and Administration Manager.

Contracting and Procurement relevant roles include; Contracting and Procurement Manager.