Hilti USA Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 19, 2014
Updated Mar 19, 2014
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  1.  

    IT Internship Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Hilti USA in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    One video interview. But they look for candidates who would not require sponsorship in future. So did not proceed further.

    Interview Questions
    • The first question they asked was about sponsorship to work in US. As I would have required sponsorship in future, they did not proceed further.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
  2.  

    Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Hilti USA.

    Interview Details

    Too easy. Seemed as decision had already been made.

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Hilti USA in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    I had a very serious interest in this industry and company. I had 15 years in a related industry. I had more than I needed in relation to education and experience requirements listed in the job posting. I did my homework on the company, visited a few of their facilities and reached out to a few current employees. Both times I had a phone interview the interviewers called exactly one hour early. Apparently the concept of time zones evades this company. Interviewers were totally disengaged in the process and seemed to know little about the actual job we were discussing. There is no way I didn't deserve to at least get a face to face interview with a hiring manager. Very arrogant and elitist company in my opinion.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you have project management experience?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Logistics Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Tulsa, OK
    Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Hilti USA in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was made aware of an opportunity/Hilti's interest in my business school's graduates through our career development center (regionally respected part-time MBA program and I remained employed full-time). After applying online, I was contacted by an HR rep through email to setup an phone interview. Days later I was administered a 30 min. phone interview which was very basic, topical, behavioral questions. Every response I gave was on record as she typed it into the computer, and later read by various managers. Overall this first step was probably what most would expect.

    Not very long afterwards I was contacted by 2 separate Sr. Directors - both hiring for unrelated positions. There was some confusion and very little coordination of efforts between these guys who had offices only feet from one another - it seems that both had thought they'd posted a position under the generic heading "Logistics Specialist" or "Logistics Analyst" but in fact only one had done so. I was ok with this b/c now I was effectively doubling my chances for success by interviewing for multiple roles, it just seemed disorganized on their part. To be brief, one role was more invovled with domestic trans, carrier selection, etc.The other was a little less operational and more analytical in nature - it involved materials purchasing, supply chain, sales forecasting, etc.

    Both Sr. Dirs. followed the same process: an initial phone call for maybe 30 minutes getting to know each other, then setting up a more formal phone interview for 30 minutes...Much of this was a repeat of the initial phone interview or trying to take a deeper dive into certain answers. Both were followed by an invitation to come interview in Tulsa, OK to their HQ. I was reluctant to travel to Tulsa and spend time away from work but both managers assured me I was on a short list of candidates and it would be "well worth my time"...So on my own dime (which is highly unusual in my experience) - I traveled 4 hours round trip TWICE - they told me it wasn't possible to interview for both positions in the same day...On both occasions at Hilti I had a "marathon" of interviews - 4 interviews an hour long a piece.

    It was standard fare for interviews, and my interviewers ranged from more "junior directors" if you will, to future colleagues, to people from other departments who I'd be working together with on cross functional teams. If anything the interview process lulled me into a false sense of hope, being that nobody picked at my answers, everyone seemed really down to earth, etc. Then again looking back it may have been as if some were just going through the motions. So I left Hilti feeling pretty good about things and was told I'd know something for certain in a week.

    To give balance to this post I'll have to say I really liked the job descriptions, the promises of international opportunities, the seemingly fair pay (mid 50s to low 60s). However I was never extended an offer...In fact, a week passed and I heard nothing. I reached out to contact them unsuccessfully. Another week passed with only an email, "we haven't made a decision yet" - never explaining the reasoning for the revised time table and leaving me hanging in the balance over a lease that was about to expire. I shot off a couple more emails and left a vmail trying to explain my predicament, solicit more information, etc. Finally a month after my last interview I called irrate and demanded to speak to someone - I was pretty certain I didn't get the position at this point, but I thought it was gutless and cowardly to leave someone hanging without returning emails, phone calls, etc...Still, the admins told me nobody was available, they were in meetings, etc...The next day the original HR girl I had spoke with returned my call saying they went with different candidates but I "was basically the runner-up" - wow - great solace that is.

    In the end I spent about 8 hours driving, 12 hours interviewing, $200 of my own money, countless time prepping for these interviews --- only to get a non response from two "gentlemen" who begged me to come up to Tulsa...They didn't even extend me the courtesy of knowing what the deciding factor was in their candidate selection so I could be armed with that knowledge going into my next interview....Not a really classy place in my opinion. Hey - everybody has to have a job and I can't blame someone for interviewing there - but if your lucky enough to have several interviewing options and are trying to decide which to go with - I'd say pass on Hilti...

    Interview Questions
    • "Tell me about a time you found an innovative approach to doing something through analytical thinking"   View Answer
    • All the questions were "typical" - behavioral interviews are never easy and nothing posted here will prepare you any better than you'd be otherwise (unfortunately)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Logistics Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Tulsa, OK
    Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Hilti USA in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    After completing graduate school on a part-time basis, I was made aware of a couple Hilti opportunities/interest in our logistics graduates through my school of business. Soon thereafter I applied and later interviewed for a couple of different "Logistics Specialist" positions. One should note this this is a broad, generic title at Hilti - actually a Logistics Specialist can mean about 5 unrelated things in this company and have a pay scale that spans about $30K.

    The process started with 5 separate phone interviews - a prescreening (HR rep), a meet/greet by a hiring manager (Sr. Director), and a phone interview (Sr. Director). This process was repeated on a later date by a different hiring manager (another Sr. Director) with the exception of the prescreen. All phone calls were very typical, ranging from a half hour to an hour, and consisted of behavioral interview questions, walking them through my resume, etc. If anything, it seemed a little less intense than what I have experienced in the past, which perhaps created a false sense of security. It should be noted that communication must be minimal at this company, as neither Sr. Director was aware the other hand contacted me, despite having offices several feet away from one another.

    I suppose the phone interviews were successful, because I was invited to Tulsa for face-to-face interviews on 2 separate occasions (I asked if this could be accomplished in the same day and they said no). For both travel was to be paid for by the interviewee - something I was accustomed to, despite only being a few hours drive round trip. Both times in Tulsa I had 4 hour long marathon interviews where various members of management would cycle in and out. I appreciated the fact they didn't just absolutely grill me or try and pick to pieces every answer I gave them - which can be the case at other places - but at the same time it almost felt as though we were just going through the motions due to the lack of substance, standard Q&A, and interviewers were ill prepared asking many questions that should have already been evident between my resume and phone calls....all of this despite the fact they told me numerous times that I was on a short list of candidates, it would be well worth my time to explore the opportunity further, really playing up all the international experience they could offer me on down the line, etc.

    I was never offered a position although was supposedly 1st or 2nd runner-up for what its worth...In fact, after being told very enthusiastically "I'd know something in a week" -- week after week, after week, passed with only one of many inquiring emails returned saying "We still have not made a decision" ---without explanation for the revised time table...Finally nearly 2 months after my final interview I called HR to tell them to take my name out of the hat and that I had to renew a lease locally if I were going to stay, etc...It was only then I finally was notified --- not by either hiring manager but by the HR lady I had spoke with for 1/2 an hour 2 months prior --- that I was not chosen for the position without any sort of explanation.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell us about a time you solved a difficult problem thinking by thinking analytically...   View Answer
    • Tell us about a time you found an innovative way to ship overdimensional products ?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Tulsa, OK
    Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Application Details

    The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Hilti USA in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    No one person can make a decision, inconstancy in what the company likes to show (who they are - goals, achievements, creed) vs management authority and actions. Lots of responsibility and zero authority.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your motivation for working here?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  South Bend, IN
    Anonymous Employee in South Bend, IN
    Application Details

    The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Hilti USA in October 2008.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview went well. 1:1 interview went well - very casual and comfortable attitude by the lone interviewer, but questions were appropriately challenging. Interviewer called back twice to schedule a ride-along to see what the job was like. When the date for the ride-along arrived, I still had no information as to what location to be at, who to contact, etc. Interviewer never returned my calls.
    Very disappointed in the way I was dismissed by what seemed to be a quality company.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a difficult situation you've had with a customer.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    The interview was conducted with multiple people to gain different perspectives. Part of the interview consisted of acting out worst case client scenarios with interviewer as client. Full explanation of individual sales style and cycle. Interviewers were pleasant and relaxed in style. They are looking for fit into their corporate culture. Willingness to travel/reloacte is a must.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    The process took 2 days - interviewed at Hilti USA in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    Had a preliminary phone interview with basic personality questions. Was contacted again in a few weeks for another phone interview. did not receive position

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    MBA Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at Hilti USA in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interview was through video conferencing with three interviewers. Interviewers were nice and polite. theywere curious to know whatresearch I had done on the company so far.

    Interview Questions
    • Walk me through your resume/background/why Hilti/future term plans etc.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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