At Cummins, we’re interested in helping you clearly and concisely tell us about your skill set.  Below are recruiter responses from our team to help you prepare your answers for commonly asked questions during the interview:


Is my education or work experience important?

“Be able to explain the work you’ve done, be it academic or internships or design projects.  Help me understand the “why and what” of your project, how it fits into the real world and why you feel like your work is making an impact on others.”

“Describe something specific about Cummins and why you feel you are important to what we do.  For example, if you’re working on a technology, show us why the technology could make a difference for us.  Where can we use your background?  Show us how you’ve succeeded and learned from your work.”

“One thing candidates don’t appreciate is there is internal consistency inside questions we’re asking.  Sometimes questions we ask build on each other and are linked to answers you’ve already given.”


Will you ask about my career experiences and goals?

“I’m very interested in why you want to work at Cummins and complete the work we do here.  It helps our team understand if you’ve thought about our careers beyond monetary compensation.”

“How can you show us you recognize when projects are not aligned with optimal performance?  Your examples might include visualizing inconsistencies across teams or projects.  Then connect your intellect to the bigger picture of what we do here at Cummins.”

“Success is good, but being able to demonstrate how you’ve learned is better.  We often talk to graduate students completing technical research.  Show us your process of moving testing failures to successes.”


How much research should I do about Cummins?

“Many candidates don’t recognize all of the business units we have here.  Do you have a grasp of our business and the different ways to succeed in your career?  We want to know you are interested in the different types of business units we have here.”

“It’s impressive for us to hear a good answer, but open ended questions can have lots of good answers. Think about it from the employer’s perspective to show why you’re a fit for Cummins.  Remember who you are talking to, including how the answer might be analysed by your future supervisor.”


How much should I think about my career in advance?

“We often ask open ended questions about the job function or role we’re interviewing for.  I look for answers that are thought out and show you can think on your feet, especially how your answer applies across teams you’ve been on or more broadly in your field.”

“The best candidates have made their own path to success.  Sometimes we undertake challenges bigger than we conceptually see – why can you solve complex problems and see the forest through the trees?”

“Demonstrate how you responded when something didn’t go the way you expected it to go.  Show us your plan for overcoming adversity.  If something unforeseen happened and you dealt with it, tell us in detail and your analysis to turn things around.”