Electro-Motive
2.9 of 5 39 reviews
www.emdiesels.com La Grange, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

Electro-Motive Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jan 22, 2014
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Technical Coordinator Interview

Anonymous Employee
Overland Park, KS

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Electro-Motive in February 2012.

Interview Details – Before the interview began, a pretest was given that asked basic mechenical and electrical questions. 1st & 2nd interviews took place on the same day, and had a heavy focus on safety and managing people.

Interview Question – Give an example of a process you implemented that had a positive impact on your team   Answer Question

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Mechanical Engineering Interview

Mechanical Engineering
La Grange, IL

I applied through college or university and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Electro-Motive.

Interview Details – The interviews occurred years ago. It involved a single interview on campus, followed by multiple interviews during a subsequent "plant trip".

Negotiation Details – At the time, the offer seemed quite good; I took it and ran.

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Engine Systems Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee
La Grange, IL

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Electro-Motive in February 2013.

Interview Details – Initially visited a booth at a career fair, then was invited to an open-house at the company. The open house included presentations from HR personnel about the company, plant tours given by various engineers, lunch, and a meet and greet time with managers and employees in different departments. It was a flexible time to go talk to different departments of interest, distribute resumes, get contacts, etc.

I was invited back for an interview for a full time position within a week of the open house. The interview was approximately 4 hours long. The first segment was an interview with an HR representative and consisted of a situational-based personality interview and a review of the salary and benefits being offered. I then interviewed one-on-one with three other engineers and managers. The interviews were very laid back and covered work experience and some technical topics.

Interview Question – The situational based interview was the most difficult portion for me as it was the only structured interview. It requires being able to self analyze and recall situations quickly. Definitely something to prepare for and practice before going for an interview! Situations include classes liking/disliking, working in teams, challenges, successes, failures. Specifics of situations are necessary, including background and outcomes. The descriptions need to be kept thorough, yet succinct, as there is not much time given for this portion of the interview.   Answer Question

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Engineer Interview

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I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Electro-Motive.

Interview Details – Applied online, completed an email screening sent from HR, phone screening with Hiring Manager and Hiring Manager's Manager, and face to face interview with HR, Hiring Manager, Hiring Manager's Colleague, Hiring Manager's Manager.

Interview Question – Straight forward Behavioral Questions.   Answer Question

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CNC Machinist Interview

Anonymous Employee
La Grange, IL

The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Electro-Motive in August 2011.

Interview Details – Background where they want personal addresses of teachers you had in school 10years ago, pee drug test, hair drug test, physical that will make anybody sweet with 3rd drug test, hearing, vision

Interview Questions

  • what will you do if you see some one do something against company policy   View Answer
  • do you have any experience using gauges   View Answer

Negotiation Details – nothing, everybody gets the same. I f you try to negotiate they will tell you they cannot do anything and start begging you to work for them

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Mechanical Design Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee
La Grange, IL

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Electro-Motive in July 2011.

Interview Details – Learned about position through networking and received a phone call from the recruiter, Sterling Engineering. The first face to face interview was easy. The purpose was to weed out anybody with undesirable qualities. They initially offered a contract to hire mechanical design engineer position.
From the first interview, Sterling selected a few candidates to be interviewed by EMD. EMD will basically test your skills corresponding to the position you're applying for. The test compromised more than 80% of my interview.
Sterling changed the title of the position to mechanical designer in their contract. All in all EMD only hires through Sterling which means that you would have to start as a contractor. Nonetheless, its a good place to start a career. Also the casual dress policy is neat.

Interview Question – What's is your previous salary?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Unfortunately you don't have a lot of leverage when negotiating through a recruiter.

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Finance Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
La Grange, IL

The process took a day - interviewed at Electro-Motive in February 2011.

Interview Details – The interview was your typical interview. They asked behavioral quetions, references to my resume and recent work history. What I did notice is their employees don't have a long tenure and that's for good reason. Seems like they are moving in the right direction as a company.

Interview Question – Why would you leave your job for this company?   View Answers (2)

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Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee
La Grange, IL

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Electro-Motive in March 2009.

Interview Details – Staffing agency (Sterling Engineering) is dedicated hiring agency for all contract positions at Electro Motive Diesel. They have the inside on what's going on within departments, Vice President Greg Stimulus is well connected with hiring managers. Before the interview he meets with every candidate. Its typical for hiring manager for 30 min 1:1 interview which includes intro, questions and tour of the facility or hire you over the phone before making final decision. It is unlikely you will ever interact or meet with anyone else other than hiring manager during the interview, they like to keep it closed loop. People who work here are friendly, its a small size organization and hence its family style environment. Facilities are not upto par with industry due to its legacy ownership and heavy cost focused management.

If you are applying for a regular full time position be prepared to produce your transcripts, grades, recommendation letters, etc. apparently HR goes through this even with people who have solid industry experience. Panel interviews are common where hiring managers from multiple departments meet you.

Interview Question – What process improvements have you achieved in your last position?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Going through staffing agency has its disadvantages, where recruiters at Sterling do is ask you the W-2 hourly rate before submitting your resume, hence there is no room for negotiation. Recruiters here will try to underball you on salary, as their strategy is to seek candidates who have been layed off from large corporations, you should do your homework when working with them. Before considering an offer you should carefully review the offer, many positions here are contract to hire but company misuses it by not extending regular full time offers. Ask thorough questions before accepting the position even if recruiter uses tactics to rush you.

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BA Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
New Chicago, IN

The process took a day - interviewed at Electro-Motive in June 2009.

Interview Details – It was quite simple process. I had one to one interview with the manager, he asked simple questions about my education and qulifications. Some tech questions but overall is was pleasent.

Interview Question – Explain the steps for consignment process   View Answer

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Manufacturing Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Electro-Motive.

Interview Details – They found me on a career website and invited me to the plant for an on-site interview. The interview was not formal at all and only done in a group setting. ASK QUESTIONS!

Interview Question – None   Answer Question

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