Daimler Trucks North America Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
Updated Jul 8, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Daimler Trucks North America.

    Interview Details

    I was phoned to schedule an interview (by phone). Then I was asked various questions, about 35 minutes worth of questions. They were typical behavioral/ experience questions. Not very difficult or prying questions. The people interviewing me were nice and easy to talk to. Then, after a week, I was called and offered the job.

    Interview Questions
    • Where did you learn your foreign language and why?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was not able to negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Portland, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Daimler Trucks North America.

    Interview Details

    Didn't have to interview. I knew the department head from Internship experience.

    Interview Questions
    • First day on the job, my boss introduced himself, told me he was getting a divorce.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was so young. Just happy to get a job. Was told compensation was higher than average because I had Master's Degree.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Lead Business Systems Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Portland, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a staffing agency. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Daimler Trucks North America in August 2008.

    Interview Details

    Hiring manager has most say in who gets through the door - even the 1st foot through the door through the resume filters - regardless of position or what HR says. Some managers make the time to do a thorough acclimation process with a potential candidate - some do not. Most promotion opportunities go to German staff or are the result of a shakeup - rarely from normal succession planning triggers like retirement or death or daisy-chain promotion rotations.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult question I encountered was when the hiring manager emphasized after that we had already thoroughly discussed expectations, roles, duties, and the such when we didn't. How are you supposed to answer or respond to a question which describes a situation that hasn't occurred yet? You have to be able to dance without lying - some managers, senior managers, and directors likes this - they are more interested in ending a meeting 'on a positive note' or with a good feeling than they are in actually addressing topics.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    One-sided. The position have their bands (which are too low compared to industry standards) and I was told I was inaugurated at the top of my band so there was no negotiation even though I posed the standard proposals: 1) additional weeks of vacation based on experience - no 2) additional signing bonus based on other offers - no 3) additional comp time for (at the time potential) ludicrous hours - no 4) immediate vesting in 401(k) and/or pension based on experience - no 5) annual training budget - no 6) documented evidence of high-performance yielding high rewards - no 7) documented agreement of high-performance for high rewards (a system) - no.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Portland, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Daimler Trucks North America.

    Interview Details

    Very professionally conducted. First received a phone call from the hiring manager to schedule a phone interview. Scheduled for the following week. Lasted about an hour and I was given a history of the company, details about the position and even told that salary was in the range I had requested. Asked me some job specific types of questions. Was called the next week for an in person interview. Very professional and very informative.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you encountered a difficult coworker. What exactly happened to make this person difficult and how was it handled?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Lead Pricing Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took a day - interviewed at Daimler Trucks North America in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    The process was as planned and people were very nice and professional. I went through all the relevant questionnaries and came to find out they decided to hire an internal candidate.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Center Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Fort Mill, SC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Mill, SC
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Daimler Trucks North America.

    Interview Details

    In-person interview with hiring manager (Used Truck District Manager) then a a full day series of interviews with both corporate staff and executives, including most of the time with the hiring managers supervisor (Director of Sales and Marketing). He was not candid in the process about his management style (command and control) or the significant strategic issue facing the business.

    Interview Questions
    • Not a difficult interview series. Company appeared cheap by not offering to fly me in the night before - had an 19 hour day trip (from leaving home to arriving back home).   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Limited negotiation. Below market compensation package.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Career Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Portland, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at Daimler Trucks North America in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    Assesment center: 3 candidates per position, group presentation with fellow candidates, individual presentation, role-play, hiring manager & HR manager job-specific interview.

    Travel, food and accomodation expenses were covered
    Sandwiches and chips for lunch (I thought it was pretty cheap of them)
    No neckties on managers gave the impression of a dynamic work atmosphere
    Befriended HR girls: Very nice and helpful. They also gave good advice about the interview and hiring process.

    Warning: The entire interview process was misleading since the hiring manager did not end up being my manager, and my job functions were so vague it seemed to be a flexible workplace...not!

    Advice: Make sure your hiring manager requested a CAReer trainee. My position was requested by one department, then I was taken by another for political reasons I never fully understood.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you defend/refute hybrid vs. electric vs. fuel cell vs. LPG powerplants for future vehicles?   View Answer
    • What if you don't really end up doing what you are expecting this job will require from you?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation on my part. Initial salary offer was high.

    Do ask for a higher salary, relocation assistance, or negotiate some extra vacation time.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    CAReers Intern - Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at Daimler Trucks North America in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Initially they contacted me by phone to find a time that would work for a phone interview. After that was set up, they called at the scheduled time, possibly a few minutes late. It was three people on the other line, a HR person, and two managers. They started by going over what the position entailed and basically what the company, and more specifically that branch of the company did. The HR person was friendly, as was one of the managers, although another seemed somewhat disinterested. They went over my resume and wanted me to explain what I did in my previous employment, as well as asking what I was doing with myself currently, seeing that I have been out of work for about a year at the time of the interview. They asked me questions, I asked them questions. There was no problem solving, just background, behavioral and future plan questions.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked about previous my duties at my previous place of work.   Answer Question
    • What have I been doing while I have been out of work?   View Answer
    • Where do I see myself in 3 years? In managerial position, or in a technical position?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Daimler Trucks North America in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with hiring manager plus two employees. Followup live interview with hiring manager plus two employees made one month later. Then offer made two weeks later. Hiring manager appears to have the most direct influence, but HR policy seems to be attempting to level-set standards in an ever-changing way. A lot of the postings seem to be tailored to specific individuals with job-specific responsibilities as opposed to a general area would make sense to any external candidate. Some areas can get a willing body on board within two business weeks. Others take months or years (note: what candidates wait that long?!?).

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pricing Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Fort Mill, SC
    Anonymous Employee in Fort Mill, SC
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Daimler Trucks North America in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    First, there was a panel interview over the phone, which included the Pricing Strategy Manager, HR Recruiter and two maybe three other people.

    These were mostly personality/ behavior questions. No techinical questions were asked.

    Nearly a week later, invited to final rounds in Charlotte, called the Assessment Center, which lasted the entire day! From 8am until 6pm, but you are given short but frequent breaks, lunch and snacks provided.

    First Exercise: Given five minutes to prepare a brief introduction of yourself, which should include a marketing tag line that explains or captures the nature of your career.

    Second Exercise: Given one hour to prepare an analyst presentation based on Customer Satisafaction Index gather from a survey. You have to write out your presentation materials on a giant sticky pad page and presentation must be 10 minutes and questions are asked afterward.

    Third Exercise: Group Presentation. You are asked to design a marketing plan during an executive meeting where the interviewers are silient observers. and then you are supposed to wrap up the meeting and prepare a presentation reporting your ideas. The prep time was 20 minutes and the exercise itself was 60 minutes including the presentation. WATCH UR TIME!

    Fourth Exercise: Role Play. you are a mercedes rep with full budget discretion and you have an angry but very valuable customer who broke his/her 90,000 car. Negociate so that you can retain the customer and not spend lots of money. Remain calm and get to negociation quickly

    Fifth Exercise: 2 on 1 interview. All behavioral.

    Sixth Exercise: Global Discussion. 3 case-lets, where you and another candidate discuss a project or venture from start to finish. Looking for creativity and insights

    There were also a number of company presentations.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your leadership style and how did you see it play out during the team exercise?   Answer Question
    • What is most attractive about this position?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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