Hilti USA
2.8 of 5 167 reviews
www.us.hilti.com Tulsa, OK 500 to 999 Employees

Hilti USA Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 22, 2014
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Finance Interview

Finance

I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – Nothing out of the ordinary.   Answer Question

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Sales Representative Interview

Sales Representative

I applied in-person and 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 Question – 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

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Account Manager III Interview

Account Manager III

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – 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.

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Account Manager II Interview

Account Manager II
Houston, TX

I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – 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.

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Sales Manager Interview

Sales Manager
Tulsa, OK

I applied through other source and 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 Question – If you were the CEO what would you do differently?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Discussed location as well as equitable salary.

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IT Interview

IT
Tulsa, OK

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – A lot of behavioral questions. Very easy. Greatest strength   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Pay is competitive

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Account Manager Proshop Interview

Account Manager Proshop
Los Angeles, CA

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 Question – 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

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Marketing Interview

Marketing
Tulsa, OK

I applied through a recruiter and 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 Question – Are you willing to assume other job responsibilities (without the extra pay) if we need to reform the market?   View Answer

Reason 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.

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Account Manager Interview

Account Manager
Grand Rapids, MI

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

Interview Details – Lengthy, multiple steps, but unorganized.

Interview Question – 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.

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Strategic Account Manager Interview

Strategic Account Manager
Detroit, MI

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Hilti USA in August 2013.

Interview Details – The interview process was not as "drawn out" as some of the other people's experiences on glassdoor, but Hilti USA does not communicate clearly through this process. For instance, I spoke with a recruiter twice over the phone, a regional manager from a "neighboring" territory, and then interviewed with two other manager in Detroit, MI. Through this whole process, I found that no one communicated my salary requirements; this was evident by the two regional managers (who interviewed me) shocked facial expressions. Overall, I was offered the position, but I turned it down.

Interview Question – The interview started by describing my childhood and where I grew up. The discussion was "detailed" and lasted almost an hour. I have never had an interview focus on what type of housing that I grew up in (a tree farm). Very strange.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I felt that they would penalize me if I did not move all over the country to take their open positions.

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