Volvo Construction Equipment Interview Questions

Updated Mar 24, 2015
Updated Mar 24, 2015
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    Intern Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Volvo Construction Equipment in November 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online, received a prerecorded on-line interview. The interview lasted for 30 min, all based on the position requirements and your technical skills and experiences. The time limitation on each question is hard to handle. No interaction with interviewer seem a little strange for me, just like a TOEFL test. Be sure to prepare well with the related projects and experiences. A lot of explanations on the related experiences.

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    Intern Interview

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Volvo Construction Equipment.

    Interview

    Applied through the online application and received a phone call two weeks later. Had a phone interview and was asked to come in to their office for 1 on 1 interview.

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    Reasons for Declining

    Received a better offer elsewhere

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    Intern Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Volvo Construction Equipment (Shippensburg, PA) in November 2013.

    Interview

    Called by HR to set up an interview, called by phone conference of 4 people, interview took 1 hour where they asked questions about your resume and other behavioral based questions (about 4 of them), interviewers allowed time at the end for any of their questions or any that you may have also, offered position within a week.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain a time when you had to use problem solving skills to find an answer to a question that did not have a straight forward solution   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    One week.

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    Engineer Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Volvo Construction Equipment.

    Interview

    First phone interview then on-site interview

    Interview Questions

    • There are 3 bugs, one is flying, one is walking, one is not moving. How can they create a plane?   1 Answer
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    Lead Systems Engineer Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Volvo Construction Equipment (Shippensburg, PA) in September 2013.

    Interview

    1Q 2013 I received a phone call from HR, she asked basic HR questions and said that she plans to share my resume with the hiring manager. That was it and I did not hear back from Volvo, the position I had applied for closed.

    I received a phone call from HR again in September and the call only lasted about 30secs! I assume she had all my info from the call earlier in the year, so she was just calling to schedule an interview with the tech manager.

    Manager called precisely on the scheduled time and said tell me about yourself while I try to follow along with you resume. I was prepared and had put my thoughts together, so I walked him through my interests, schooling, how I landed my first job, description of my duties through the various roles I had held at my current company. He described the position and I clarified a few of my concerns, then he said it seems that you will a good fit and I am going to ask HR to bring you over so our team can get to meet you and you can get to interact with them.

    1 month later I went to Volvo CE Shippensburg and met with the entire team of 8. I was scheduled for 30 mins with 2 people at a time, so it was a 4hr interview.

    Everyone asked me to just talk about myself and they picked on something that was relevant to their role and asked me a few general question on it. No trick questions, just a plan simply discussion and made me feel very comfortable all along.

    Upon asking the hiring manager revealed that I was the first of 4 people being interviewed and that he plans to make a decision in 2 weeks.

    Interview Questions

    • You have a doctorate so it tells us that you like challenges, is that why you are moving from your current position? We are not sure that the role we have to offer can keep you interested for long.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Not much negotiation... The hiring manger sent me an offer, which was lower than I had expected so I responded with what my expectations were and why.

    He took a day to respond and provided a transparent explanation of why they are unable to raise the offer, but that he added a sign on bonus.

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    Intern - Hourly Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 daysinterviewed at Volvo Construction Equipment (Shippensburg, PA) in April 2013.

    Interview

    Very positive interview process. The managers seem to know what questions to ask. They do a hair drug test which is does a better job at detecting drugs in your system. The HR department is quick at getting your paperwork completed for hire.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your main weakness and how can you make it better?   Answer Question
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    Plant Controller Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Volvo Construction Equipment in February 2013.

    Interview

    The first interview was a phone interview with six people and lasted one hour and forty five minutes. The people were very nice and by the end they stated that they would update the website with were you are i.e.: moving forward, not being considered. They also mentioned that it would take a month from this interview to move forward with the next. After a month I called them and they stated they are close to hiring the Controller. So that was miss leading because they never update my profile and I was waiting for an answer back before I accepted other offers. I would still loved to go to work for this company.

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    Test Engineer Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Volvo Construction Equipment (Shippensburg, PA) in February 2012.

    Interview

    I got an email requesting an interview, they called and interviewed me on the phone. Interview lasted 30 minutes and we talked about my past experience.

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    Engineering Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Volvo Construction Equipment (Shippensburg, PA) in December 2011.

    Interview

    The interviewers were polite and nice. The senior engineers took time to describe the company, as well as the function of each department. Unfortunately, I later found out from the hiring manager that the position I was interviewing for was already put on hold: I still do not understand, why the company interviews candidates with no intent to hire or a position already placed on hold.

    Interview Questions

    • A design you had to complete, given little or no initial information?   Answer Question
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    Product Development Engineer Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Volvo Construction Equipment (Asheville, NC) in November 2011.

    Interview

    Had a phone interview with the recruiter from an outside firm who then forwarded my information on to the supervisor at Volvo. Had a phone interview with him. Flew down for an in person interview a few weeks later (time delay because he was traveling and I wasn't in a rush). Interviewed with Supervisor and two other people in the position I would be in to see if I would work in the group dynamic. Interviewed with Director of Sales and Director of HR as well. Had lunch, saw the machines and headed home. Volvo covered all my costs for the flight and hotel. The interview was actually useful. It wasn't scripted, it wasn't a personality test. It was just a nice conversation about what I've done and what experiences I've had and where I want my career to go.

    Negotiation

    I was negotiating through a recruiting agency since they were the ones that originally found me. I simply showed them what I was currently making, cost of living estimates, raise estimates, ETC and told them they need to make it work my while to move, and they did.

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