Caterpillar Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 24, 2014
Updated Aug 24, 2014
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    Graduate Entry Programmer UK Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Leicester, England
    Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Caterpillar in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Phone Screening - Textbook behavioral/competency based interview. Interviewer was reading off a list of questions and writing comments for each. Classic competencies such as Leadership, Conflict Resolution, Teamwork, Strengths as well as the general questions such as why I was applying etc.

    Interview Questions
    • Sometimes the interviewer was not flexible with question improvising, as I had answered more or less the same question a number of times.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    Accepted offer for further education

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Caterpillar.

    Interview Details

    After a phone call with the HR, I had 4 interviews in a row. No drinks. No windows in the room. They use the STAR methodology to assess you based on your past experiences. Find a great example for each question and the interview will be easy.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you feel about being a woman and working for a male-oriented industry   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation phase as it was an intern role.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Mechanical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at Caterpillar.

    Interview Details

    Assessment Centre - Plant tour, competency interview, make your own presentation on given topic then group task. Takes the entire day. Be sure to ask as many questions as you can, no question is a stupid question. But nothing out of the ordinary. All questions were general obvious interview questions

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing out of the ordinary. All questions were general obvious interview questions   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Field Service Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Leicester, England
    Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took a day - interviewed at Caterpillar in August 2009.

    Interview Details

    Research company products and company values also obtain as much detail on service strategy, number of employees, regional offices and territories covered. Ask what the companys 5, 10, & 15 year growth plan is and how they aim to achieve these goals. have basic fundemental knowledge on 6 SIGMA.
    Basic understanding oF CAT service tools and deler network software would be a great advantage

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    salary non negotiable

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Systems Analyst II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Caterpillar.

    Interview Details

    I applied through online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Caterpillar in July 2014.

    There were 3 different interviews: All the rounds happened in same day but interview duration time took almost 4 hours.
    - Usual resume interview followed by technical interview.
    - STAR interviews-Behavioral interview and Project technical discussion (Describe me a time where
      you failed, where you had trouble with a team member,where you were wrong and project
      deliveries) duration of this round consisting of 2 hours.
    - Managerial interview with US managers and followed by HR discussion
      Overall experience was good and entire interview process and approval of offer completed within a
      week..

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Marketing Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Peoria, IL (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university - interviewed at Caterpillar in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Initial contact started at a campus job fair. Conversations with HR reps went well, so I submitted my resume. I attended presentations on campus put on by Caterpillar that week. First round of interviews held on campus. Second interviews at Caterpillar HQ. Interviewed by three staff members - three very different personalities. Questions weren't overly difficult, a few were challenging. They were looking for very specific experience (mix of marketing and technical). Received a call a few weeks later that I would not be receiving an offer.

    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Demand Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through other source - interviewed at Caterpillar.

    Interview Details

    Behavioral based questions. Looking for STARs - Situation/Task, Actions you took and the Results of your actions. Usually group interviews where you'll have 2-3 people interviewing you at one time.

    Interview Questions
    • None are really difficult, esp if you are good about talking and bragging about yourself. Unfortunately I'm not.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Definately negotiate
    Accepted Offer
  9.  

    Product Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    One on-campus interview. About a 2 month period following the interview before notified about decision. There were two 30 minute interview sessions where you sat down one on one with a member of the Caterpillar team. The interviewers were nice. It was very structured.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you failed and how did you overcome it   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  10.  

    Staff Accountant I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Caterpillar.

    Interview Details

    Travel to head office for interview. Panel interview then individual interview with each panelist and a presentation on my resume detailing skills and experiences. Have lunch with a member of staff then tour a plant.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a difficult situation you had to deal with   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Engineering Technical Team Leader Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Bangalore (India)
    Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Caterpillar.

    Interview Details

    There were several rounds - 1st one screening to understand my profile, 2nd technical round on application programming from US, 3rd again technical on application programming from US, 3rd and 4th behavioral on scenarios, how I handle various situations etc. rounds. 5th managerial on my approach to build teams etc. then no news :)

    Interview Questions
    • Interviews were not tough and were reasonable. However, the recruiters are quite unprofessional, never update on the next round even when you are appearing for senior leadership positions. During F2F interview, the recruiter was laid back, never spoke. Very transactional. It was very disappointing experience as I love the brand caterpillar since my childhood. Very very disappointed and would only recommend if you don't have any other choice! They do not have the courtesy to even respond to your emails..   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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