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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

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.
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 DESIGN ENGINEER interview

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AnonymousFresherNot Selected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for DESIGN ENGINEER role at Caterpillar Inc
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
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 an event called Robocon 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.
Round 2

Test

Duration
90 Minutes
No. of Questions
60 questions
Interview Experience
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, 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 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
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 the Robocon 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.
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Caterpillar Inc DESIGN ENGINEER interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for DESIGN ENGINEER role at Caterpillar Inc
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Technical Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
I had a standard resume for this company as per our institute placement cell norms. I usually changed my “Areas of Interest” as per the company profile. For Caterpillar, I laid emphasis on all of my technical activities.
Round 2

Test

Duration
90 Minutes
Interview Experience
The written test was purely technical covering almost all the major topics of Mechanical Engineering course curriculum. The questions related to Fluid Mechanics were particularly difficult. The questions were all objective and the test was for a duration of 90 minutes.
Interview Tips
For Caterpillar, one must have in-depth knowledge of almost all major topics of mechanical.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: How will you design a swimming diving board?
Interview Experience
The questions were totally technical. There were no HR questions even in the beginning. They asked me about my topic of interest and I replied as Solid Mechanics. They asked questions related to designing of stuff. For example one of the question that was asked from me was – How will you design a swimming diving board? It was a question on cantilever beam. The whole interview continued on this particular question. They kept on counter questioning and gave me additional situations as I proceeded and I had to incorporate them in my design process. They asked me to develop a static design and thereafter asked me to develop a dynamic design. Then they asked me for another subject of interest which I stated as vibration design. Then they asked me to do vibration analysis of the swimming board that I had designed earlier in the interview. They also asked me my favorite topic from class 10th and I replied as Mathematics. They asked me a simple question on it which I answered correctly.
Motivation for applying
Most of the information regarding the company was obtained by attending the Pre-Placement Talk. The company is one of the pioneers in its field and hence it was sort of a dream company for students and we had researched about it by visiting its website and the Wikipedia Page.
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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.
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?
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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
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
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.
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 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
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 Associate engineer interview

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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
Resources

Preparation materials

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