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Caterpillar Inc interview

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Application
I was interviewed on-campus at BIT Mesra for Caterpillar Inc
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion Other Interview
Round 1

Test

Test Sections
    Interview Experience
    Written Test:Useful Tip: For caterpillar have in depth knowledge of almost all major topics of mechanical.
    The first round was the written test. The paper consisted of questions from general aptitude, technical ability and verbal ability. The paper was slightly lengthy and required a bit more stress on speed while maintaining the accuracy. The verbal ability part was easy; if a person had prepared for CAT (MBA entrance test for IIM’s) then he would not have found the paper difficult. The difficulty level of general aptitude questions was at par with the verbal ability questions.The technical questions were however slightly more difficult as compared to the other two. To answer these questions required a fair amount of knowledge on topics like ‘General Mechanics’, ‘Fluid Mechanics’, ‘Machining’ and ‘Solid Mechanics’. Some questions from ‘Thermodynamics’ were also asked. The total duration of the test was 90 minutes and the number of questions was 60. The test only had objective questions.
    Round 2

    Group Discussion

    Interview Experience
    Group Discussion:
    Useful Tip: Stick to the topic and quote facts if possible. Don’t deviate from the topic and be a part of the group.
    The second round was the Group Discussion (GD) round. Each group consisted of 6 members – hence the GD was quite peaceful and everyone got a fair chance to speak. The topic was related to the regular oil price hike in India and “Should the Government give a bailout to Kingfisher Airline". There were 3 representatives of the company who were moderating the GD. Two people got selected from my group
    Interview Tips
    Any Specific Preparation:Be prepared for long waits during the GD – sometimes one can get very anxious and lose focus during this time. For written test you need to study each Mechanical Engineering topic.Have complete in-depth knowledge of some of your topics of interest. Fate ::I din't get selected. But i sincerely hope my submission helps ..
    Round 3

    Other Interview

    Interview Experience
    Interview:The next round was the personal interview round. I had my interview the very next morning. The very first question the interviewers asked was related to me as person – my schooling, my family background and my four years of college life. The interviewer then did a review of my resume and picked some points and then questioned me on that. He also asked me about my areas of interest. I told them that I had cultivated a lot of interest in ‘Machine Design’. I showed them some pictures of a mechanical event that I had participated in, which quite impressed them.I was then asked to design the chair that I was sitting on considering all the different design aspects. I designed the chair by doing the load analysis and by carrying out some other important tests. However one important aspect that I did not account for was the safety of the design, which I realized after the interview. Another mistake that I think I committed was that I did not use the technical terms related to designing. I felt they were looking out for those important technical terms.I was then asked that if I had a choice of using wood, steel and plastic which of those materials would I use to make the chair. I basically had to give the preference order. I replied stating that plastic would be my first choice since it is cheap and most people can afford it, then steel because the fabrication process was less tedious in case of steel and placed wood last. They then cross questioned me that if I considered wood to be least preferred material for designing the chair, then why furniture is being manufactured from wood. I could not give them a suitable answer.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

      General Tips
      I had mentioned my extra-curricular activities in my resume in a detailed and organised manner (all listed in a chronological order). Most of these were techno-managerial activities (organizational responsibilities in my tech fest). I had participated in many events which added a new dimension to me resume.I had done a project and a couple of internships during my four years of study – I mentioned the details of these in my resume. Although the resume that we submitted was in a standard format as per the norms of our placement cell, I referred to a website of Princeton University to prepare my resume. It’s a very good website and hugely referred by students for preparing their resume. I also got some valuable insights from my seniors for building my resume.I laid stress on my achievements related to the technical field, because I wanted to land a job in my core field of study.Caterpillar is one of the dream company for students of Mechanical Engineering. It is a multinational firm into design and manufacturing of heavy machinery and earth moving equipment.
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      Caterpillar Inc Graduate trainee interview

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      Abhimanyu GhoshFresherSelected
      Application
      I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Graduate trainee role at Caterpillar Inc
      Interview Process
      Resume Shortlist Test Group Discussion HR Interview Technical Interview Other Interview
      Round 1

      Resume Shortlist

      Interview Experience
      The shortlisting was done mainly on the basis of CPI(>=6)
      Round 2

      Test

      Duration
      90 Minutes
      No. of Questions
      15X4 questions
      Test Sections
      • Section 1: Aptitude
      Interview Experience
      Only 21 candidates were shortlisted in this round.
      Interview Tips
      Read following topics properly:
      1. Design & manufacturing 2. Hydraulics 3. Mathematics - Simple numerical 4. English
      Round 3

      Group Discussion

      Duration
      20 Minutes
      Group Discussion Topic
      Indo China Relationship
      Interview Experience
      There were more topics like:
      1. Excellence v/s Talent 2. White lead on white paper
      Interview Tips
      Only 2 people were shortlisted from each group. In total, 12 were selected.
      Round 4

      HR Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: Where would you see yourself in 5 years and in 10 years from now?
      • Question 2: What are your hobbies?
      • Question 3: If your CPI is low, justify it.
      • Question 4: Have you dealt with any similar language problem earlier(since the posting was in chennai)?
      Round 5

      Technical Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: Technical questions on Fluids/ Hydraulics
      • Question 2: What have you done in your BTP?
      • Question 3: What use your BTP can be put to? (Application of BTech Project)
      Interview Experience
      It was taken by two senior managers.
      Round 6

      Other Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: Design any component on your own, if given a chance?
      • Question 2: General questions on MoS (Cantilever beam with Moment M, solve it)
      Interview Experience
      It was an Alumnus interview and varied between 15-35 minutes.The resume was reviewed by the interviewers and questions based on their internship were commonly asked to all.
      Skills

      Skills Tested

        General Tips
        Be yourself and stay calm.
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        Caterpillar Inc Core engineering internship interview

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        Deepanath CFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Core engineering role at Caterpillar Inc
        Interview Process
        Resume Shortlist HR Interview Technical Interview
        Round 1

        Resume Shortlist

        Interview Experience
        I got shortlisted after the first round i.e., Resume shortlist and during my interview I got to know that my resume was the sole responsible for my selection itself.
        Round 2

        HR Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: Tell me about yourself
        • Question 2: Explain your resume
        Round 3

        Technical Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: What is casting, forging, etc?
        • Question 2: How will you choose which manufacturing process will be used for a product?
        Skills

        Skills Tested

        • Knowledge Of MS Office
        • 3D Modelling Software Skills
        • Publications
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        Caterpillar Inc Design engineer internship interview

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        Giridar VishwanathanFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Design engineer role at Caterpillar Inc
        Interview Process
        Resume Shortlist Test
        Round 1

        Resume Shortlist

        Interview Experience
        Not very transparent and highly delayed.
        Interview Tips
        Can indicate selection status immediately or within one day of announcement. One sentence describing reason for rejection or acceptance can be given.
        Round 2

        Test

        Test Sections
        • Section 1: N/A
        Interview Experience
        N/A
        Interview Tips
        N/A
        Skills

        Skills Tested

        • Python
        • Simulink
        • MATLAB
        General Tips
        Please let us know in case of rejection or waiting list, we have to apply to other companies as well to secure an intern and a simple sentence on reason for rejection will be very helpful.
        Motivation for applying
        Internationally reputed, Core mechanical company designing heavy machinery.
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        Caterpillar Inc Associate engineer interview

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        Sheetabha BajpayeeFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Roorkee for Associate engineer role at Caterpillar Inc
        Interview Process
        Test
        Round 1

        Test

        Duration
        60 Minutes
        No. of Questions
        45 questions
        Test Sections
          Interview Experience
          Questions were pretty basic from Mechanics of Solids, Hydraulics, Internal Combustion Engines, Production Engineering and last section was of aptitude & English.
          Interview Tips
          Read from books like Gere for MOS, Ganesan for ICE & keep preparing for basic aptitude right from the beginning of 7th semester (3rd semester for PG guys). Hydraulics is also quite important.
          Skills

          Skills Tested

            Motivation for applying
            Premier research and development company in India as well as in world in the field of Diesel and natural gas engines. Hence, it is dream company for any mechanical engineering graduate interested in technical domain.
            Funny Moments
            At the end of interview, panel members said "You are too cool a guy to hang out with."
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            Caterpillar Inc Core engineering internship interview

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            Gokul NairFresherSelected
            Application
            I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Core engineering role at Caterpillar Inc
            Interview Process
            Technical Interview
            Round 1

            Technical Interview

            Interview Experience
            First , they asked questions based on my resume , the projects I had done e.t.c. They also asked me a few questions about CREO and MATLAB

            Then they gave two problem statements related to the work we were to do during the intern and asked us to give some suggestions for a solution.
            Interview Tips
            Go formally dressed . Also, be chill , interviewers will be quite informal and you can have a relaxed conversation. Do not lie in your resume or claim to have skills you do not. They will find out.
            General Tips
            Do not lie in your resume or during your interview. If you are honest and sincere in trying to solve the questions they ask during the interview, you will do great.
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            Caterpillar Inc Project trainee internship interview

            2.1k views
            Bhargava Ramu Ch S SFresherSelected
            Application
            I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Project trainee role at Caterpillar Inc
            Interview Process
            Resume Shortlist Technical Interview
            Round 1

            Resume Shortlist

            Interview Tips
            Mention your skill set that might be apt for intern profile.
            Round 2

            Technical Interview

            Interview Experience
            They were asking general questions related to programming and wanted to know my expertise in being able to code in python and c++
            Interview Tips
            command over basic algorithms ( search, sort etc ) would suffice.
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            Caterpillar Inc Trainee internship interview

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            Akhil AkkiFresherSelected
            Application
            I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Trainee role at Caterpillar Inc
            Interview Process
            Resume Shortlist
            Round 1

            Resume Shortlist

            Interview Experience
            Resume short list was based on CGPA and the programming language skills.
            Interview Tips
            knowing python could be helpful
            Skills

            Skills Tested

            • Python
            Resources

            Preparation materials

            Books
            • how to think like a computer scientist python,
            General Tips
            Know what the company you are going to apply expects from you and write your resume according to that
            Motivation for applying
            I am interested in coding and this is one of the major qualities that this company expects from the people who apply to this company.
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            Caterpillar Inc Simulation internship interview

            2.1k views
            Bhargava Ramu Ch S SFresherSelected
            Application
            I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Simulation role at Caterpillar Inc
            Interview Process
            Resume Shortlist Technical Interview
            Round 1

            Resume Shortlist

            Round 2

            Technical Interview

            Skills

            Skills Tested

            • 3D Modelling Software Skills
            • C++
            • Python
            General Tips
            Stay cool and be honest .... answer with optimism
            Motivation for applying
            Sharpen my coding skill , an opportunity to learn things in industry standards
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            Caterpillar Inc Associate engineer interview

            4.1k views
            FresherSelected
            Application
            I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Associate engineer role at Caterpillar Inc
            Interview Process
            Test Group Discussion Interview
            Round 1

            Test

            Test Sections
            • Section 1: Technical-1
            • Section 2: Technical-2
            • Section 3: Aptitude
            Interview Experience
            The main topics for the test areDesignManufacturing processesEnginesBasics of fluid mechanics (hydraulics)Aptitude section-general knowledge and English.
            Round 2

            Group Discussion

            Interview Experience
            The topics for group discussions are based on current affairs and general knowledge, like the introduction of FDI markets. You can also be given more general topics like importance of education, success in failure.
            Interview Tips
            Importance is given to general knowledge.It is a leadership profile, the main focus was on communication skills, ability to work with and lead a team.
            Round 3

            Interview

            Interview Experience
            One or two rounds of interviewTechnical questions based on the projects and internships can be asked. Be prepared for practical applications of the concepts learned in class.
            Interview Tips
            Prepare well for standard HR questionsLeadership qualities, PoRs , resume are given weightage
            Skills

            Skills Tested

              Resources

              Preparation materials

              Courses
              • IC Engines ,
              • Fluid Mechanics,
              • Manufacturing Technology ,
              • Strength of Materials,
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