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Caterpillar Interview Questions in Champaign, IL

Updated Aug 1, 2017
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  1.  

    Engineering Corporate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Caterpillar (Champaign, IL) in March 2017.

    Interview

    Talked with CAT at a career fair, received an email a couple of weeks later asking to interview on campus, Interviewed with 2 CAT managers back to back for 30-40min each, Got another email a week later with a job offer, I had a week to respond.

    Interview Questions

    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?   Answer Question
    • Describe a time when you made a decision too quickly.   Answer Question
    • Describe a time when a decision you made early on save a lot of resources in the long run.   Answer Question
    • Describe a time when you had difficulty convincing a team. How did you deal with it?   Answer Question
    • What is your greatest achievement?   Answer Question
    • Describe a time when you went above and beyond without being asked.   Answer Question
    • Describe a time when you did not meet your own standards. How did you overcome that situation?   Answer Question
    • Describe a time when your team did not meet standards. How did you resolve it?   Answer Question
    • Describe a customer that was difficult to deal with. How did you manage them?   Answer Question
    • Describe a time when you had to build a relationship with a customer. How did you go about doing this?   Answer Question

  2.  

    Corporate Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Caterpillar (Champaign, IL) in January 2016.

    Interview

    Behavioral interview focusing on past experiences. Mine was two 30 minute phone interviews back to back. First interview was with HR and was the more intense one and second one was with hiring manager of the group that they are trying to put you in and was more laid back conversation.

    Interview Questions

    • GIve an example of a time you displayed the ability to lead a team towards success.   Answer Question
    • A situation where you encountered a bad teammate/partner and how you handled it.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    All by email and simply sent the wage along with living stipends.

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    IT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Champaign, IL
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Caterpillar (Champaign, IL) in September 2015.

    Interview

    All of the questions were behavioral questions and were expected to be answered in the STAR format. It consisted of two interviewers back to back for approximately one hour total. Some of the questions overlapped so they didn't require that the candidate go over those in too much detail. Technical questions weren't asked (it appeared that they assumed competence based on the GPA of the student at a university). Overall it was a fairly easy interview albeit a bit tiring.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you had to make a hard decision. How did you handle the situation and what was the result?   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Received a better offer from another company.


  4.  

    Data Innovation Lab Practicum Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Caterpillar (Champaign, IL) in September 2015.

    Interview

    Very relaxed interview. Arranged a meeting in the office with the managers and just chatted about my resume and general things. Got back to them a few days later and they emailed me an offer about a week after that. Then I had to complete a background check and a drug test. Overall, very easy and smooth interview process.

    Interview Questions


  5.  

    Analytics Practicum @ Data Innovation Lab Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Caterpillar (Champaign, IL) in May 2015.

    Interview

    First interview was a brief HR screening over the phone. After the brief phone interview an informal interview at a local cafe with lab director. This was a very casual interview that felt more like a discussion than an interview. After this casual interview a more formal interview was set up between the lab director, the lead researcher and myself. This was a slightly more formal interview and I was asked a handful of behavioral type questions.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your greatest weakness? Talk about a time you had to motivate a team to accomplish a goal.   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Champaign, IL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Caterpillar (Champaign, IL) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Applied through a referral, process took a couple weeks. Two 1 hour interviews with 2 different interviewers. All behavioral questions which didn't allow me to show my technical skills even though I was applying for a software position. Never heard back even though the interviewer said they would keep me posted.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you had to resolve a conflict within a group.   Answer Question

  7.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Caterpillar (Champaign, IL) in April 2015.

    Interview

    A reasonably easy behavioral interview with typical questions. There were two individuals who I talked to, and they asked similar types of questions. I received my offer a couple of weeks after my interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What is an example of a time when you didn't succeed and how did you deal with it?   Answer Question
  8.  

    Practicum Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Caterpillar (Champaign, IL) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Two 45 minute behavioral interviews. Both interviewers gave me a list of scenarios and asked me to describe any particular times that I was in those scenarios. You are also persuaded to use the STAR approach.

    Interview Questions


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    College Practicum: IT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Champaign, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Caterpillar (Champaign, IL) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Two 30 minute behavioral interviews, they read questions from a packet. The questions were almost all about situations that you've been in, and how did act in the situation, and what were the results of the situation. The interviewers were very friendly and tried to make me feel more comfortable.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you made a bad decision, and what did you learn from it?   Answer Question

  10.  

    IT Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Champaign, IL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Caterpillar (Champaign, IL) in February 2015.

    Interview

    The interview was pretty typical. It was a behavioral interview so the questions were typically situation based and I was told to answer based on previous experience. The toughest part was their STAR structure which they are pretty strict on. They fill out a form as you answer their questions so your best bet is to say what is going to look best on that paper.

    Interview Questions


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