I was interviewed on-campus
Test Group Discussion Other Interview
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.
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
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 ..
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.
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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