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CAT Financial Interview Questions

Updated Jun 27, 2014
Updated Jun 27, 2014
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  1.  

    Accounting Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at CAT Financial in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Interview was scheduled from 7:45 to 2:30. First I was asked to present my resume to a panel of managers. Then I had 3 one-hour interviews with the Hiring Manager, the Controller, and another financial manager. Lunch was in between those interviews. Finally. A 30 minute mtg with HR to review benefits and sign a consent for background check.

    The interviews were all behavioral-type questions, so it was difficult to fully explain my skills and what I have to offer. They were more concerned with "how did you handle a problem where you didn't have the time to do a good job" versus "can you manage a team of 6?" or "can you consolidate multiple international financial statements?" etc.

    Each of the 3 interviewers asked basically the same questions.

    In my opinion, behavioral interviews will not identify who is the best candidate for all jobs. (Accounting candidates are often introverted and uncomfortable with these types of questions!)

    Everyone was super nice and friendly. This is a great company, so I was disappointed to not get an offer. I was not expecting much up front, but after you see the building and offices and all the amenities & great people, you see what a great place this would be to work.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you worked on a team and there was a problem and how did you handle it.   Answer Question
    • Describe a time when you didn't have adequate time or resources in order to complete a task.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    IT Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at CAT Financial.

    Interview Details

    Came to recruit at my school's career fair, and they offered me an interview after about a minute of talking to me when they saw my major and GPA (my GPA is nothing special). They seemed to be interviewing most everyone from the MIS major.

    Interview Questions
    • What was a situation in which you worked in a group and someone within it disagreed with one of your propositions and how did you handle it?   View Answer
    No Offer
  3.  

    Insurance Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at CAT Financial in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied for the Insurance Internship through my university recruitment website, and received the chance for a video interview shortly after. The interview was pretty straightforward where I was asked numerous behavioral questions to see how I acted in certain situations, mainly group-oriented. Overall, the interviewers were really easy to talk to and the interview lasted about 45 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell us about a time when you didn't have all the resources you needed, but you had to make a decision anyways.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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  5.  

    IT Leadership Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I had my initial interview on campus. I was then told I would perform a second round phone interview. I completed two phone interviews and then received an invite to "Super Saturday". Overall, it was a learning experience. The super saturday program is primarily for the finance candidates and that is very evident from the beginning. I did not enjoy the separation between the IT and Finance depts. It made the situation a little uncomfortable because the IT candidates seemed to be outsiders.

    Interview Questions
    • They told us several times that there would be no technical questions, only situational and behavioral ones. However, during my first of 3 interview at their headquarters, I was asked to describe the SDLC and its steps.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  6.  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Relied heavily on STAR interview method. Very friendly people, but at some points seemed over the top. The position did not seem to offer much mobility or many opportunities to move up within the company. The structure seemed rigid and it appeared that everyone hired as an analyst spends at least a couple years in collections.

    Interview Questions
    • A lot of college graduates feel that their skills aren't adequately used in their first couple years in collections. How do you feel about this?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
  7.  

    Mid-Level Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at CAT Financial.

    Interview Details

    Received an interview invitation after applying online. No phone interview - just straight to a four hour interview on site. Met with HR and three managers from the department. Each asked behavior based questions - several were repeats. Each session began with a "tell me about your background" generic question and ended with a "capstone" question that they often gave you a little time to think about while they reviewed their notes from your interview. It was difficult to give different answers to the repeated questions - so I recommend that you create several answers to various scenario questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision between two options that a vendor brought to you. How did you make the decision and what did you say to the vendor.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Finance Foundation Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at CAT Financial in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Recruiting starts at on-campus career fairs where resumes are collected and candidates are advised to apply online. This weeds out the lazy candidates who do not put the effort in to even make a second step. We look for driven individuals, team leaders who can be part of a team as well. We place more emphasis on "fit" than raw talent. The company generally passes on ibankers types and full throttle individuals since the most important lessons the first 5 years of the foundation program is to learn how to navigate the corporate ropes, learn faces, and build patience. Chosen candidates then get an on-campus interview. And final selections are brought to headquarters in Nashville for an event called "super saturday". Candidates have a reception Friday night to get to know the executives, interviewers, and current foundation employees. Interview is a full day Saturday, with each candidate interviewed by three managers in a one-hour block.

    Interview Questions
    • All interview questions are behavioral interview questions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Nonexistent.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Athens, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Athens, GA
    Application Details

    interviewed at CAT Financial in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    Just lame. Caterpillar is an ok company that is ok managed

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Financial Analyst/Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Application Details

    The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at CAT Financial in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Met a representative at my college career fair. HR followed-up with me a couple days later to schedule an interview. I met with a senior sales manager who had spent 10+ years with the company. The interview consisted of a basic description of the company and the rotational program, and some background/behavioral questions (explain your resume, when have you convinced a peer to see your point of view, etc.). The job description specifically noted preference for multi-lingual applicants who had experience with and interest in foreign countries, however the manger described that the five-year position would take place entirely at the HQ in Nashville. My interest in relocating visibly seemed to put him off. Overall, the position seemed like a great way to learn the basics of lending and collection, but doesn't allow the individual to choose much direction. I received a very kind letter from the HR rep a couple days later saying that I would not be moving forward in the process and encouraging me to keep in touch should I decide to pursue another position with the company.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Risk Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at CAT Financial in August 2008.

    Interview Details

    Be prepared to answer the same questions several times with different interviewers. Most of the questions are designed to let the candidate describe a situation where he/she used certain skills the interviewers think are relevant. Overall everyone was kind. Be prepared to brag - the format of the interview is setup to facilitate this process and if you are not prepared it can be overwhelming. Would also recommend having several of your own questions. They are welcomed by the interviewers and do a great job of temporarily deflecting attention during the 3+ hours which can be a nice break.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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