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Phillips 66
Oil Refinery Operator was asked...17 January 2016

Was I presented with an opportunity to let safety standards drop in lieu of a time crunch?

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I gave an example of how safety comes first in that line of work in relation to a situation where I saved a co-worker by making sure he was wearing his safety harness which could have resulted in him possibly falling 150 feet to his death. Less


"Tell me about your safety policy"? I asked three clarifying questions about this question as asked. I believe he misread the question and I was out of time before he realize he kind of hang me out to dry. I accept that I could have definitely just misunderstood him but he repeated that exact phrase again.

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I incorrectly answered this question. What they were trying to get at was a list of safety policies at a past employer. Less

Phillips 66

Have you ever dealt with an emergency situation?

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For me picking a single one was quite difficult, being a firefighter that is the nature of my job! Less

Chevron Products Company

are you afraid of height

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Valero Energy

Tell me a time you noticed a safety issue and how you handled it.

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I had just picked up a 4 car load heading to spring from Freeport and noticed a a strap was loose,i then proceeded by letting off the accelerator and turning on my 4 way flashers, once I reached about 20mph I steered towards the shoulder of the street as began pressing the breaks. Once I came to a complete stop I put the vehicle in park then engaged the Parkin break. I stepped out and fastened the strap properly and began my trip again. Less

Marathon Oil

Scenario of how to treat other employees in certain situations

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Do they hire operators with no experience?


Describe a time when you had to make an unauthorized decision. What was the outcome?

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We were experiencing severe shortage of Glucoamylase enzyme used in bio-refinery. My site has a safety policy where -"stop outside work if Thunderstorm and lightning is under 7 mile radius". Since we were almost out of enzyme any more delay in unloading enzyme would severely affect our reaction and production numbers. With consent from my supervisor I authorized driver to unload the enzyme into our enzyme storage tank. As far as outcome we were able to keep-up with the normal enzyme dosage and the target production goal. Less

Marathon Petroleum

How well do you work with others

Chevron Products Company

I don't recall anything unexpected or particularly difficult.

Chevron Products Company

what would you do if asked to do something you thought was unsafe

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