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Rio Tinto Graduate engineer trainee interview

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VIVEK GERAFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Graduate engineer trainee role at Rio Tinto
Interview Process
TELEPHONIC INTERVIEW Technical Interview HR Interview Technical Interview HR Interview Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

TELEPHONIC INTERVIEW

Interview Experience
Telephonic interview has some questions related to your interest in company, your leadership and team skills, strengths, safety and sustainability.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
This interview was quite unconventional and 45 minutes passed in the blink of an eye. I sensed that the interview was very open ended so kept on driving the interview towards the topics I was comfortable with. There were times when we were discussing about the cognitive capacity of a human brain and others when the discussion drifted towards the future of energy in developing countries. She seemed more than willing to hear about anything I wanted to speak on and that almost made me fall in love with her ;). As for what went wrong, clearly, I may have gotten carried away a little.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
In the HR interview it was quite a frank chit chat about my family background, my stay at IIT Kanpur, my interests apart from academics, what did I know about rio tinto, Was I excited to work at rio-tinto, what was Norway like, was it a good place to travel, was I interested in music/dance/acting, my roles in student leadership at iitk, how did I differentiate between a leader and a manager, how did I value safety, what did I think of sustainability for a company like rio tinto etc. Finally she asked me if I had any questions. I had become so comfortable during the interview that I ended up asking more than 5 questions.
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
It was a group of 2 gentlemen most probably engineers as the interview was more of a technical one. HR Interview:
I had prepared for almost all the questions asked in the interview so it was a quite a smooth one. Also, to my surprise, I was able to answer all the chemical engineering questions. As for what went wrong, I may have over-glorified my summer internship, as the interviewer seemed a little offended.
Round 5

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me about yourself and your family?
  • Question 2: What was my internship at schlumberger like? What did I like/dislike about the internship?
  • Question 3: How would my experience at schlumberger help me perform well at rio tinto?
  • Question 4: My work related to process design at iit kanpur?
  • Question 5: 4-5 very specific questions related to chemical engineering (mostly process design).
  • Question 6: My work with the control group in Norway?
  • Question 7: My leadership experiences at iitk?
  • Question 8: What did I do differently from previous year team while I was the coordinator, B-club?
  • Question 9: An example of working in a team?
Round 6

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
It was a group of 6 people including both HR and technical people. It was my last interview of the day. This one lasted for 10-12 minutes. No technical questions were asked.
Round 7

HR Interview

Interview Experience
This interview was again a small chitchat. I was asked to introduce myself. Then, they told me about the work that I might be doing there, the culture of the company and weather in Australia. They asked me how could I be useful for the company if selected. Finally they asked me if I had any questions. What went well/What went wrong: it was in their eyes that they wanted to make me an offer so I just had to avoid screwing up anything. Guess I was able to make good conversations and did not screw up technical questions.
Skills

Skills Tested

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    Rio Tinto Graduate engineer trainee interview

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    SANCHIT SINGHALFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Graduate engineer trainee role at Rio Tinto
    Interview Process
    Test HR Interview
    Round 1

    Test

    Test Sections
      Interview Experience
      They have a long short listing process. Online aptitude test, 3 short essays etc but mostly, short listing is resume based. There is a telephonic round as well but questions for the same are known well in advance. Few keywords for short listing are 
      1 .Technical Skills 
      2. POR
      3. Cross - Cultural Experience 
      4. You get bonus points if you have done some project related to energy, environment etc and have been exposed to an atmosphere where safety practices were critically followed.
      Round 2

      HR Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: I was asked to tell something about myself. I focused on my Technical Skills( projects, BTP. Tried to present my interest in Energy sector and in technology in general), then my POR where I told about various initiatives and responsibilities I have been involved in my four years and then my outside IITK experiences, my interns and other experiences.
      • Question 2: What do I know about Rio and why do I want to join it.
      • Question 3: About my technical skills
      • Question 4: About my POR
      • Question 5: About cross cultural experience
      • Question 6: If I am given an offer from Schlum and Rio both, then what would I choose and why
      • Question 7: If I liked any sports or art forms etc.
      • Question 8: My 3rd yr internship project
      • Question 9: My BTP
      • Question 10: Why m I not going for higher studies rt away?
      • Question 11: Have I done something ever which promoted safety awareness/practices around me( These people are too obsessed with safety)
      Interview Experience
      I had 2 round of interviews. Few people had even more than 3 rounds. I was told that I am being given an offer during my 2nd round itself.

      Round 1. – Interviewers- Three in no., 1 Australian, 2 Indians.
      Round 2. Interviewers- Five in no.- Three Australian. 2 Indian( Don’t know if anyone of them was an engineer. Mostly HR people.)

      Because few of the interviewers were Australians, it became all the more important that I spoke slow and it should be clear to everyone.
      Skills

      Skills Tested

        Skill Tips
        The thing that went well was that most of the questions I was asked were expected so I had already prepared for them. They look for certain traits in individuals.<br /> 1 .Technical Skills <br /> 2. POR(not necessarily in extra currics, even a good project management counts)<br /> 3. Cross - Cultural Experience(Adaptability-because you are placed in Australia) <br /> 4. Confidence <br /> 5. Outgoing Nature<br /> 6. Interest in energy/environment etc. <br /> <br /> <br /> I could present that I have most of these traits. I could not prepare well for aptitude during my placement preparation which I should have. I gave few aptitude test but did not get selected. I had some amount of bad luck in BCG and Diamond both in pre interview process and during interview, but that is something which can happen so it is advisable to be mentally prepared for it and try and get shortlisted in as many companies as you can.
        General Tips
        If you are targeting day one companies than you need to have certain spikes in your resume. These spikes can be academic, research based, internships, POR, extra currics etc. What most of us do not realize is that interview preparation in itself is a very good spike which can definitely get you shortlisted in more no. of companies and increase your chances of getting selected in each of them. I would just suggest. Take good amount of time in deciding what you really want to do. If you decide that you want do a job after your education at IITK, then prepare well for it and earn it.
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        Rio Tinto Graduate engineer trainee interview

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        FresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Graduate engineer trainee role at Rio Tinto
        Interview Process
        resume shortlisting phone interview Test Interview Interview
        Round 1

        resume shortlisting

        Interview Experience
        You need to answer 3 questions as a part of application process. Spend a lot of time answering those questions. You’ll also be sending your CV in this stage. I was asked various questions like why Rio Tinto, what are the products of Rio Tinto, where is it operating in India, etc. There was also a question based on sustainability development in mining companies.
        Interview Tips
        The last thing you would want in your application is a spelling mistake. Review those 3 questions as many times as possible. Be very specific in your answers. Go through the company website, wikipedia and other material for information about the company. Your answers should show that you are genuinely interested in the company and that you have done research about them beforehand.
        Round 2

        phone interview

        Interview Experience
        All the questions were HR oriented.
        Interview Tips
        Be very loud and clear during the call. If you don’t understand anything, don’t hesitate to ask the interviewer to repeat the question. Give an alternative phone number along with your mobile number and make sure you have that mobile also with you during the stipulated time of the interview.
        Round 3

        Test

        Test Sections
          Interview Experience
          They are very easy when compared to other companies. You need not worry about them. There will be a big personality questionnaire that you need to answer.
          Interview Tips
          Don’t lie much but make sure that your personality that you are projecting matches with the company’s requirement.
          Round 4

          Interview

          Interview Experience
          Almost all the questions were HR oriented. My interview lasted around 45 mins, though it was quite less for others. A few questions are the same as the phone interview. Most of the questions asked were test the personality of the candidate.
          Interview Tips
          Don’t be nervous and shy during the interview. Be honest, don’t lie. Try to show that you can adopt to new environments very easily. Talk about your foreign intern or any other international experience you have had. Mention your leadership and team work skills wherever possible. Prepare for HR questions. Talk to as many alumni as possible and make sure that you mention it during the interview. The interviewer might ask you if you have any questions about the company or job profile. Prepare a few smart questions for this. Have some sense of humor. In my case the interviewer was laughing for almost all the time.
          Round 5

          Interview

          Interview Experience
          This is the final stage and a few students will be shortlisted based on performance in the first interview. This interview is very short. The interviewer told me that they just want to take a 2nd opinion on the candidate before confirming the offer. There might be some technical questions along with questions based on your resume. A few questions asked in the first round might be repeated.
          Interview Tips
          If you make it to this round it means you did good till now. So be confident and show the same enthusiasm during this interview also. Be very thorough with each and every line in your resume. Don’t exaggerate too much about the projects and interns in your CV. I know someone who got rejected as he exaggerated about his work in the internship and could not explain that during the interview. You’ll need to ask some questions about the work profile in this round as well. So prepare some good number of questions.
          Skills

          Skills Tested

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            Rio Tinto Graduate engineer trainee interview

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            FresherSelected
            Application
            I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Graduate engineer trainee role at Rio Tinto
            Interview Process
            Resume Shortlist telephonic interview Test Technical Interview Technical Interview
            Round 1

            Resume Shortlist

            Interview Tips
            Prepare on the basis of your resume and gather company info. Be sure of why you want to join the company and how can you handle the rigors of field work in a core job. No technical questions.
            Round 2

            telephonic interview

            Interview Experience
            Preliminary check of the candidate.
            Interview Tips
            Check for tips on how to appear in a telephonic interview in a calm and relaxed state of mind.
            Round 3

            Test

            Duration
            90 Minutes
            Test Sections
            • Section 1: Numerical Reasoning
            • Section 2: Verbal Reasoning
            • Section 3: Logical Reasoning
            • Section 4: Personality questionnaire
            Interview Tips
            Preparing from the CAT study materials helps a lot and the website provides sample question and answers for preparation. Answers in the personality questionnaire are checked for any inconsistencies. So try to be natural.
            Round 4

            Technical Interview

            Interview Experience
            Interview by an engineer related to your core field, checks for the candidate’s technical proficiency and team work skills. Questions are usually straight forward and some technical questions will be asked.
            Interview Tips
            The candidates must remember specific details of his internship experience as it usually decides the interview outcome The usual preparation for appearing in an interview should do.
            Round 5

            Technical Interview

            Interview Experience
            Interview by a senior engineer. Interview is usually informal in nature and any doubts regarding work life are explained. He may check thecandidate’s software skills.
            Skills

            Skills Tested

            • Quantitative skills
            • Verbal &amp; Non-verbal
            Skill Tips
            CGPA > 8 is usually preferred though not mandatory, Must have a clear idea of the basic engineering principles. Ability to work in a team is essential for the company. The company often asks for prior experience of managing multiple tasks and meeting deadline. Quantitative Language and Non-verbal skills are checked in the online tests. Internship in the Core industrial field are highly preferred. The candidates are often selected on the basis of the work performed in their internships.
            General Tips
            The company looks for motivated candidates to work for the company. Aspiring students should have a clear idea of the work environment and the safety precautions it entails, the potential dangers of field work in a remote area. Go though the responses in the previous editions of Tnpedia and get the details from seniors who got placed.
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            Rio Tinto Graduate engineer trainee interview

            2.8k views
            FresherSelected
            Application
            I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Graduate engineer trainee role at Rio Tinto
            Interview Process
            Resume Shortlist telephonic interview Test Interview
            Round 1

            Resume Shortlist

            Interview Experience
            Based on your answers in application form and CV
            Interview Tips
            Study about the safety considerations taken in the industry. There will definitely be a couple of questions on it.Try to highlight leadership skills and team activities.
            Round 2

            telephonic interview

            Interview Experience
            Mainly HR questions like your goal, why Rio Tinto, which industry you would like to work, etc. Some questions might also be about your internships and your learning from it.
            Interview Tips
            Be at ease, and do not panic. Try to sound natural, and not as if you are reading it out from somewhere.
            Round 3

            Test

            Test Sections
            • Section 1: Quantitative Aptitude
            • Section 2: Verbal Reasoning
            Round 4

            Interview

            Interview Experience
            Two rounds of interview, depending upon your performance in 1st one. Interviews in general were not very stressful, they usually start off with a few general questions – tell me about yourself, competency based questions, etc. Then they ask: Why this industry and why Rio Tinto – everyone has different answers and there’s no right or wrong but you should be convincing enough, while answering these questions. Expect some questions on what you have mentioned in your CV - internship, projects and extra curricular activities.
            Interview Tips
            Do not bother for the exact answer. If you are not very sure, just let them know. Be loud enough in your thought process. If CGPA is very high ( > 9.0) or research type internships, then be prepared to face questions like why not going for higher studies, why this particular sector, etc.
            Skills

            Skills Tested

              Skill Tips
              CGPA more than 8.0 is must. Any leadership position, entrepreneurial activity would make candidature strong. Projects related to field work, foreign exposure,etc would help. Candidate should have decent knowledge about Rio Tinto’s activities. And be prepared to face some questions on the same.
              General Tips
              Think of the possible questions and make some points well in advance, that would help (certainly no need to mug up everything, but make them as guidelines, so that you do not miss any important points). Be confident while answering questions, be cheerful and well dressed. Be prepared to substantiate every point mentioned in your CV ( by citing situations, examples, etc) All the Best !!
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              Rio Tinto Graduate engineer trainee interview

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              FresherSelected
              Application
              I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Graduate engineer trainee role at Rio Tinto
              Interview Process
              online application telephonic interview Test Interview Interview
              Round 1

              online application

              Interview Experience
              Register on the website and fill up the essay questions.
              Interview Tips
              Take your time to answer all the questions with patience. Do a little research on the background of the company Be slow and clear while talking. Be prepared with the standard questionnaire related to the resume/application filled previously.
              Round 2

              telephonic interview

              Interview Experience
              A list of people selected from the applications was sent and slots allotted for telephonic interview. It was an HR interview and no technical questions were asked.
              Interview Tips
              Do not read out the answers written in the application form.
              Round 3

              Test

              Test Sections
              • Section 1: Numerical Reasoning
              • Section 2: Verbal Reasoning
              • Section 3: Logical Reasoning
              • Section 4: Personality questionnaire
              Interview Tips
              Basic quantitative questions. Fill the personality questionnaire patiently. Check that the internet does not get disconnected in between the test
              Round 4

              Interview

              Round 5

              Interview

              Interview Tips
              Things you need the most: 1. Confidence 2. Appropriate attire (formal wear) 3. Brush up all the basics related to your department subjects 4. Be thorough with the work done at internships and projects 5. Being a girl adds to the probability of getting selected (but it also depends upon their requirements) Do not be nervous, the interviewers were very friendly. Ask relevant questions when given an oppurtunity to know more about the company.
              Skills

              Skills Tested

                Skill Tips
                Team work, social involvement and sports are most looked for along with adventurous nature, confidence and a willingness to work at remote locations. Exposure to mining and machinery is important. Any project with dedicated work is appreciated. Foreign internship or conferences can add to the cross-cultural experiences.
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                Rio Tinto Pget interview

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                FresherSelected
                Application
                I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Pget role at Rio Tinto
                Interview Process
                Test Group Activity HR Interview
                Round 1

                Test

                Test Sections
                • Section 1: Quantitative Skills
                • Section 2: Communication Skills
                • Section 3: Leadership Qualities
                Interview Experience
                Do not try to copy others’ answers in either round. It happened in IIT Kanpur, and, as a result, Rio Tinto did not recruit anyone at all.
                Round 2

                Group Activity

                Interview Experience
                They provide a dynamic case study to a group of candidates and they are supposed to discuss the same to reach to a consensus.
                Interview Tips
                Whatever happens, do NOT lose your cool. You’ll be chucked straight out. If arguing, be reasonable but assertive, and support with facts. If you see someone is quiet, ask them politely to speak up. It will be noted and appreciated. Remember, the topic can be pretty daunting, but it will be daunting for all. Don’t let this take away your confidence.
                Round 3

                HR Interview

                Interview Experience
                Wide array of HR questions are asked. (HR question details are available on DC++). Unlike some companies, RT does not take stress interviews. It will be friendly, but professional.
                Interview Tips
                The importance of clarity in English cannot be overstated. Do not lie. Lying leads to hesitation, which leads to discomfort, which leads to losing of cool, which drastically increases your chances of screwing up.
                Skills

                Skills Tested

                • Speaking skills
                • English proficiency
                General Tips
                Once again, whatever you do, do not bluff. They are professionals, and have dealt with students across the globe. Moreover, in the scope of things, your impression and knowledge would matter way more than your resume. If you lie, not only will you be definitely caught and humiliated, but you would mess up the insti name and prospects of future grads.
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                Rio Tinto Graduate engineer trainee interview

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                Bibhuti BhusanFresherSelected
                Application
                I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Graduate engineer trainee role at Rio Tinto
                Interview Process
                Resume Shortlist telephonic interview Test Technical Interview HR Interview
                Round 1

                Resume Shortlist

                Interview Experience
                Simple HR questions. Specifics of the company. Why do you want to join the company? What do you understand about safety? These were some of the common questions asked to applicants.
                Interview Tips
                Don’t upload information that you cannot justify.
                Round 2

                telephonic interview

                Round 3

                Test

                Test Sections
                  Interview Experience
                  Pretty easy test (Focused areas: math ability, verbal ability, and a psychometric test)
                  Round 4

                  Technical Interview

                  Interview Experience
                  The technical questions are pretty tough.
                  Interview Tips
                  One should prepare a lot.
                  Round 5

                  HR Interview

                  Interview Experience
                  HR questions are pretty standard and easy. Simple HR questions and questions related to your department
                  .
                  Skills

                  Skills Tested

                    Skill Tips
                    Good academic credentials, but you don’t require a very high CGPA. Team involvement is encouraged. Internships and projects in your own department subjects is encouraged. Good communication skills are important.
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                    Rio Tinto Graduate engineer trainee interview

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                    FresherSelected
                    Application
                    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Graduate engineer trainee role at Rio Tinto
                    Interview Process
                    Test HR Interview Technical Interview
                    Round 1

                    Test

                    Duration
                    25+25+25 Minutes
                    No. of Questions
                    30+18+24 questions
                    Test Sections
                    • Section 1: Aptitude Tests
                    Interview Experience
                    Topics:
                    1. Verbal ability 
                    2. Numerical ability
                    3. Mental ability
                    Round 2

                    HR Interview

                    Interview Questions
                    • Question 1: Why Rio Tinto?
                    • Question 2: DR-related
                    • Question 3: Why should we hire you?
                    • Question 4: If not Rio Tinto then what?
                    • Question 5: Extracurricular and POR.
                    • Question 6: Why Australia?
                    • Question 7: Why not a field that fits your thesis?
                    Round 3

                    Technical Interview

                    Interview Questions
                    • Question 1: Questions related to pumps
                    • Question 2: Contribution to safety
                    • Question 3: Manufacturing, safety
                    Skills

                    Skills Tested

                      General Tips
                      1. Communication skills are important 

                      2. Prepare your projects and intern well 

                      3. Go through the website of Rio Tinto. 

                      4. Get ready for anything unexpected.
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                      Rio Tinto Graduate engineer trainee interview

                      2.1k views
                      FresherSelected
                      Application
                      I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Graduate engineer trainee role at Rio Tinto
                      Interview Process
                      Interview telephonic interview Test technical + HR interview
                      Round 1

                      Interview

                      Interview Questions
                      • Question 1: Why do you want to join the company?
                      • Question 2: What do you understand about safety?
                      Interview Experience
                      Simple HR questions were asked along with questions on specifics of the company.
                      Interview Tips
                      Don’t upload information that you cannot justify.
                      Round 2

                      telephonic interview

                      Round 3

                      Test

                      Test Sections
                      • Section 1: Math ability
                      • Section 2: Verbal ability
                      • Section 3: Psychometric test
                      Interview Experience
                      Pretty easy test.
                      Round 4

                      technical + HR interview

                      Interview Experience
                      The technical questions are pretty tough, HR questions are pretty standard and easy. Simple HR questions and questions related to your department
                      Interview Tips
                      One should prepare a lot of technical questions.
                      Skills

                      Skills Tested

                      • Good communication skills
                      Skill Tips
                      Internships and projects in your own department subjects is encouraged. Team involvement is encouraged.
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