Explorer Pipeline operates a 1,830-mile common carrier pipeline that transports gasoline, diesel, fuel oil and jet fuel from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest. Through connections with other refined petroleum products pipelines, we serve more than 70 major cities in 16 states.
How to Get Hired
We asked Explorer Pipeline for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
We look for attitude first – towards work, people, and safety. We tend to ask more behavioral based questions during the screening process to learn more about their thought processes, decision making, conflict resolution, and communication skills. Then, through discussion learn more about their work history and why they left previous positions. Because we are so lean, we want to identify people that see the position they are applying for as a career and not their next job move or a stepping stone to get something bigger and better. We want to know why they are interested in Explorer Pipeline and the position they applied for. Through screening questions, we also ask questions to gauge integrity and doing the right thing. We pride ourselves in knowing that the right thing may not always be the fastest or easiest way, but it is something that definitely distinguishes us from other companies.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
We love when candidates reach out to us through Social Media channels (i.e., LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.) after they have applied through the proper channels. It shows they have initiative and have had to dig a bit deeper into getting our contact information and attention. We also like it when we call candidates to schedule a phone interview and they know about the company through their own research. It really shows they have gone the extra mile to learn more about the company and what we do. We especially like when candidates have really good, thought out questions specific to Explorer. Above everything else, we value honesty throughout the interview process (including: reason for leaving past/present positions, dates, interest level, salary requirements).
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
Due to some upcoming retirements, our focus would be positions in Operations. It requires quite a lot of planning and training in developing these employees over their first year.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
Connect with our Senior Recruiter through our social media channels. Introduce yourself and let her know what area of interest you are looking at. We may not have an opening in that area, but we do keep track of resumes and circle back with those who stay in touch with us. We enjoy celebrating and acknowledging our accomplishments and people. Learn more about our company by visiting our corporte website at www.expl.com and more about our cuture by checking out our company LinkedIn or Facebook pages.