FAQ’s – Post-secondary students and new graduates
Q: Can I apply for a position at Imperial Oil if Imperial Oil is not recruiting at my university?
A: Absolutely! The postings on this website are open to all qualified applicants. Visit the job search page to view our postings and apply.
Q: How many opportunities can I apply for?
A: To apply for more than one position, jot down the job codes of all the positions you are interested in. Submit only one application for the position of greatest interest, and then insert the other job codes when prompted during the application process.
Q: What if I don’t have all of the applicable documents to upload at this time? Can I still apply?
A: Yes! However, once you have received your required documents, please upload them to your candidate profile prior to the job posting deadline. Only those applications with all required documentation attached will be considered.
Q: After I’ve applied for a position online, when should I receive a response?
A: If selected for a first interview, you can expect to receive a response from Imperial Oil within three weeks of the application deadline. Please note, only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted.
Q: How can I verify that my application has been received?
A: Once you submit your completed application you will receive a confirmation email with a Candidate Reference number. Please keep this for your records.
Q: Where are the job opportunities located?
A: Many of our positions are located at our corporate office in Calgary, Alberta. Other positions may be located in: Sarnia, Nanticoke and Toronto, Ontario; Edmonton and Cold Lake, Alberta; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Montreal, Quebec; as well as in other communities across Canada. Check individual job postings for specific information
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Q: What type of interview can I expect?
A: Imperial Oil uses an interview style that is behaviour-based. This means that we will ask you questions about previous experiences you have had in terms of competencies and technical skills. This method of interviewing not only allows us to assess your qualifications and fit for potential employment, but it also provides you with an excellent opportunity to highlight your skills and accomplishments in detail, and to assess us and see the potential we offer as one of Canada’s leading employers.
You first interview will be approximately 45 minutes in length and will likely be conducted at your school location by an Imperial Oil employee working in the area to which you have applied. For graduate positions, the selection process includes multiple second interviews at the Imperial Oil work location.
All candidates will be asked a set of job-related questions that will provide us with an objective set of facts from which to base our hiring decision. We will be looking for recent examples from your work experiences, community involvement, extra-curricular activities, etc., all of which can offer impressive testament to your knowledge, skills and abilities.
For more tips on how to prepare for a behaviour-based interview, visit your career centre or co-op office.
Q: If I am offered a position, how soon must I give you an answer?
A: For student and graduate offers you will be given up to five business days to respond.
Q: What if I have a problem with a start date? Some postings indicate a start date seven or eight months away. Is it possible to change the start date?
A: Some flexibility may exist to allow for a reasonable change in your start date. Always ask if you have any concerns.
Q: Does Imperial Oil provide relocation assistance for new hires?
A: We understand that changing locations for employment can be an exhilarating and exciting experience, but also a challenging undertaking. To assist both new graduates and students term hires in moving to the assignment location, we provide support in the following manner:
For graduates moving to their first assignment, Imperial Oil will provide:
For students, Imperial Oil will:
Details will be provided with your offer.