Hilti USA Interview Questions

Updated Jul 24, 2014
Updated Jul 24, 2014
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    Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Hilti USA.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, got call next day. Whole process took 2 or 3 weeks. First is the standard 20 minute phone HR interview, nothing complex, mostly questions about your resume, etc. Then a visit to a Hilti Center for a half day of in-person interviews. Nothing complex, they really want to find if you are a good "Hilti culture" fit, read up online about the company, values. Next you will spend a day "in the van" with an account manager to see if this is the kind of job you really want (jobsite visits are 95% of your working day) - your ride will evaluate you before you make it to the next stage. Another half day in-person interviews. Refresh your math skills (add 1 /34" and 5/16"), decimals.They will check references, education. Know the sales process and be prepared to recite it and give examples. A few logic situation question.

    Interview Questions
    • Could be some role playing to see you if you panic, logical or useless - sell me a pen, how do you react to irritated customers, etc. This is a sales environment. Nothing complex or out of the box. Read up on the company and have something intelligent to say or comment.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Try not to except their first offer and make a logical case why not - this is sales, uncovering objections and closing well is a desired and unique skill.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Finance Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Hilti USA.

    Interview Details

    Standard application process, I would say. A little bit slower than anticipated, though (approx 1 month from first contact to actual first interview date). It seemed to me that non-sales positions seem to take longer to fill than sales positions.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Hilti USA in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Very long process. Took over three months from initial interview. Felt like they were stringing me along or perhaps they were just not that interested but I have learned that this is the norm. There were too many layers to meet with and it seemed like you were the at the bottom of the priority list. If you survive this you still have the two weeks in Oklahoma before you are cleared to work.

    Interview Questions
    • They will ask you to do a mock sales call. Hint there is no right way of doing this correctly. They will beat you down I think they want to see how you handle pressure   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Account Manager III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Hilti USA in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    Slow interview process. The interview process is not difficult, just slow. From what I hear of others, it depends on the hiring manager. Some managers in the field are pretty good at the interview process. If you interview with a good Regional Manager and a good Division Manager you will know it. There are only a few good ones out there. Ask a lot of questions and you will spot the idiots. Hilti is wants to hire strong talent but does not know how to deal with people who bring in new ideas. So do not say you will change the Hilti world--you will get labeled as "Well Placed" which means you will never get promoted. The truly talented people end up leaving to get better positions at other companies. Hilti has a good reputation to the outside world so if you work it right, it could be a good stepping stone. If you have a MBA and think it will help you get somewhere because you have increased your human capital, be careful. Hilti will tell you what your want to hear but I have heard too many people claim they heard the same lies as I heard. If you like starting at the same level or position as someone who has NOT paid the price in getting a MBA and working as hard as you did to better yourself, than jump right in and plan on staying there a long time. Be really careful when they use the term "strategic hire". You will get considered for promotion just like everyone else and if someone has a manager who likes them more than your manager likes you, guess who gets promoted.

    Interview Questions
    • I do not remember any difficult questions. The questions are behavioral questions so just have PAR(problem-action-result) stories ready. Be excited, they want excited people.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    You either take what they offer or do not get the job. There is no negotiation even when going for a promotion to another position. Hilti knew the job market is tough when I applied for the position. Things are changing and now many people are leaving in late 2013 and 2014. These are employees who have been there for a long time and now the market is better so they are getting better paying jobs.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Account Manager II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Hilti USA.

    Interview Details

    I was referred to Hilti by a friend working in Houston. My experience consisted of 2 interviews at a Hilti location in Houston. A strong resume is needed to get a first interview. The entire process took only about 2 weeks. After hired, you will complete roughly 2 weeks of online training and then go to Tulsa for 3 weeks of hands on training. Hilti has a fantastic training department.

    Interview Questions
    • You will probably be asked to sell an item to the interviewer, such as a pen or stapler.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Hilti Has a pretty structured pay scale, but the is room for a little negotiation before your offer letter.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Tulsa, OK
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tulsa, OK
    Application Details

    I applied through other source - interviewed at Hilti USA.

    Interview Details

    Great hiring process based on Red Threads which includes hiring, performance management and career progression. Behavioral questions along with CARDs

    Interview Questions
    • If you were the CEO what would you do differently?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Discussed location as well as equitable salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    IT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Tulsa, OK
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tulsa, OK
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Hilti USA.

    Interview Details

    Applied through campus. Inconsistent process. 2 interviews for me but more than 4 for some. First interview was on campus. Mainly just behavioral. Second would be a site visit where they try to impress you with their campus and the attendance of senior management. They gave a very impressive proposition of the company and have high expectations for GPA.

    Interview Questions
    • A lot of behavioral questions. Very easy. Greatest strength   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Pay is competitive
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Account Manager Proshop Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Hilti USA in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Very long interview process. First interview is a phone call. Then there is a face to face with the regional manager. Then there is a ride along in the field to see if you are a good fit for the company. Then there is a second face to face interview.

    Interview Questions
    • If you were to land on mars what questions would you ask the contractors there who were setting up a civilization.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation phase
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Tulsa, OK
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tulsa, OK
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Hilti USA.

    Interview Details

    Hilti has been struggling lately and the interview process shows that internal disintegration. They have unclear definitions of positions and opportunities for growth seem to be evaporating as they regroup to address the mistakes they have made sticking to the fastener and hammer market. The interviewer was very unclear on job duties and at the time the direct report structure was unknown. It gives you an uneasy feeling as it may be a non permanent position. I declined a second interview and accepted one at a slightly large company with better opportunities closer to my area.

    Interview Questions
    • Are you willing to assume other job responsibilities (without the extra pay) if we need to reform the market?   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    The company seems to be in the same stagnant position all power tool mfg's are in. The economy is in creep mode, the opportunity for huge market share has passed and the pricing pressures continue to force companies to diversify or compromise their channel strategies to shore up the bottom line.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Grand Rapids, MI
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Hilti USA in April 2009.

    Interview Details

    Lengthy, multiple steps, but unorganized.

    Interview Questions
    • Hilti is obsessed with employees relocating which I never understood. Talent is in each region yet Hilti wants to move everybody. Given their relo benefits, it's not financially possible for a husband and wife. If oyou want to see the USA, it's a great place to work but expect to pay a large portion of the expenses. Question, "Please explain your 3-5 year goals".   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Not able to negotiate. It was a firm salary of mid $40s. They did exaggerate the bonus potential because most targets are unattainable.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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