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Caterpillar Senior Associate Engineer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 30, 2014
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Senior Associate Engineer

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Caterpillar in March 2011.

Interview Details – Interviewed on campus for engineering rotation program. After discussing my education, background and aspirations the interviewer told me I likely wouldn't be a good fit in product engineering but an ideal candidate for R&D at Tech Center and he'd forward my credentials. Nothing came of that but I was extended an on site interview with the product team at their division offices. On site interviews were 3 separate 1-2-1 sessions with different managers. All STAR based (e.g. Tell me a time would worked on a project with a difficult team member and how you handled the situation, Tell me a time you had to learn a new skill quickly, etc.). Was offered the position the following day with a very competitive salary and relocation package.

Interview Question – Nothing difficult or unexpected. Just prepare for STAR method interviews and know your resume.   Answer Question


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Senior Associate Engineer
Peoria, IL

I applied through other source and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Caterpillar.

Interview Details – Behavioral and Situational questions

Interview Question – They give you scenarios so you can be in control of all the answers. They will do fact checking after the interview.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not much negotiation.


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Senior Associate Engineer
Peoria, IL

I applied through college or university and interviewed at Caterpillar.

Interview Details – On campus interview followed by 3 rounds of technical interviews. Very repetitive, tiring and to some extent grueling. No surprising questions but expected surprising answers which was very interesting to think of now.

Interview Question – No unexpected questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Offered way less than what the market has to offer and so had to negotiate.


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Senior Associate Engineer
Peoria, IL

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Caterpillar.

Interview Details – Interview Process was fairly simple. Phone interview conducted by immediate supervisor where most of the technical questions are covered. Questions linked to job applied for and work experience on your resume. Interview starts off with a brief background from the Hiring manager followed by a few questions. Answers preferred in the STAR format.

Second round is at the work site conducted by 3 or 4 supervisors - mostly behavioral questions. Definitely required to answer questions in the STAR format.

Simple questions just be clear and concise.

Interview Question – Based on the background given to you how do you think your work experience will help you perform well in this role.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate.


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Senior Associate Engineer

The process took a day - interviewed at Caterpillar in February 2012.

Interview Details – the interview was well designed, focusing mainly on characteristics of individuals.

Interview Question – describe the most awkward situation you have faced and how did you come out of it.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – no


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Senior Associate Engineer
Chennai (India)

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Caterpillar in July 2010.

Interview Details – One technical round over telephone;
One technical round face to face;
Three Manager Rounds (Behavioural, Design, Attitude);
No HR round;
Offer received in two days after interviews;

Interview Question – Tell me one situation where you did not have enough technical knowledge for required task and how did you manage it?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Offer itself was reasonable... But no negotiation was applicable.

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