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Varian Medical Systems Interview Questions

Updated Dec 19, 2014
Updated Dec 19, 2014
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    Global Project Manager-New Product Introduction Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Varian Medical Systems in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Within 5 days after I applied online, the HR recruiter set-up a 30 minute phone conversation with me. His tone was almost condescending throughout the conversation. He asked me some of the standard interview questions. Here are few examples:

    Example 1:
    Recruiter: “what differentiates from the huge candidate pool we have”;
    Me: “Well..I don’t know who these other candidates are and what they bring to the table. This position requires experience with product launches and I have launched 9 products in last 7 years. If this is a good fit, both of us will know that very soon”.
    Recruiter: That’s all you got to say?
    Me: Yes-unless you are willing to share who those other candidates are and then I can compare and contrast my self against them.

    Example 2:
    Recruiter: “What is your current salary and what do you expect”.
    Me: “I’m expecting a base salary of $170k for my next job”.
    Recruiter: “that’s fine-what is your salary today?”.
    Me: “My current salary shouldn’t matter. Is $170k in your ball park”?
    Recruiter: “Yes, your current salary does matter. If you are making only $100k now and asking $170k, that’s not going to fly”. (he was yelling at this point)
    Me: “I still don’t get it. My ask is $170k- either I’m in the range or not. Salary is such a personal information-right?- say you wouldn’t share the salary you pay for similar position in your company. Would you?”
    Recruiter: “Ok fine. I will have to ask the hiring manager and then get back to you”.

    Example 3:
    Even though I had let him know that I’m looking for a change to get different experience/learn a different product/company, he kept stressing the point “there must be something wrong with your current company or job-tell me more about it”.

    By this time, I’ve had enough of “red” flags. Even though my mind was telling me to give a chance to the hiring manager, my body was not willing. I just told the HR recruiter that he doesn’t need to check with the hiring manager since I don’t want to pursue this any further. Even after that, he wrote me an e-mail back stating that he spoke to the hiring manager and I was “outside” their budget and then sent me a linked-in invitation to connect! I declined his invitation and said to my self “what a relief!”

    Interview Questions
    • The HR Recruiter tried to understand my current company’s product. He kept interrupting me when I tried to explain the product step by step. Eventually, when he couldn’t understand the product we make, he blamed me for not being good at communication!   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Field Service Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Varian Medical Systems in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone interview was re-schedule by person twice, and then was earlier than agreed upon time.
    Person kept interrupting while I was attempting to answer questions, would not let me get a word in edge-wise.
    Salary expectations question was way too early in conversation.
    Somewhat of a condescending attitude and arrogant interviewer.

    Interview Questions
    • Are you willing to either move to X or Y location?
      Do you know what you actually make right now, because most [military] folks have no idea what they really make.
       
      View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Test Technician III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Las Vegas, NV
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Las Vegas, NV
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Varian Medical Systems.

    Interview Details

    I was first contacted by an HR type individual that was out of state. She conducted a brief interview with me over the phone and then set-up a phone interview with the local hiring manager. I spent roughly 40 minutes on the phone with the hiring manager where we discussed the position. I gave my qualifications and then was asked to answer a few technical questions that was meant to test my knowledge of basic electronics. I received a follow-up phone call that scheduled an on-site interview. The interview began at 7:30 in the morning and concluded at around 1:00 in the afternoon. The overall experience was amazing. I received a tour of the facility, followed by numerous interviews with the hiring manager, production manager, HR manager, QA manager, and an electrical engineer. I was given a written electronics test followed by a hand-on practical troubleshooting test. In between all of this, we all went to lunch at a local restaurant.

    Overall, Varian Medical Systems was very cordial and I was impressed with their interview process. Their facility in Las Vegas is amazing and seems to be an ideal place to work.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your expected salary? This one always gets me.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Senior Reliability Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Varian Medical Systems.

    Interview Details

    The interview was planned well. Human resource delivered instruction by e-mail. Use the instruction, found the location and conducted person to person interviews. Interviewers are managers, Vice President and Engineers.

    Interview Questions
    • Most questions are not difficult to answer. There was a tour in the working area. Questions were asked and observed in the production floor. It was a behavior interview by hiring manager.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The interview process was done by phone with several people from the department. I was given an offer via email, which I accepted, and went to work immediately after I left school. They did a great job of acquainting me with the work quickly and I was given plenty of guidance.

    Interview Questions
    • The interview didn't throw any curve balls. just the basic questions about leadership and stuff from my resume. The most difficult question was probably how I would contribute to the team, so definitely do your research before applying. None of the crazy questions you have heard of, like the hypothetical questions or fake scenario questions. All straightforward pretty much.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Manufacturing Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Varian Medical Systems in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    Had a brief phone interview in which we discussed the scope of the role as well as my interests in the type of work. The hiring manager seemed concerned that the work would be too tedious and cautioned me of that several times. Followed up with an in-person to get a feel for the culture, team composition and work environment; during this on-site everyone was extremely warm and welcoming. Had a brief hands-on skills test, which was simple enough and then a nice lunch.

    Interview Questions
    • No particularly difficult or unexpected questions, most of the interview felt as though it focused on feeling out knowledge through casual discussion of topics.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Supply Chain Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a weekinterviewed at Varian Medical Systems in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Initial Telephone interview, ten followup face to face.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Mechanical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Varian Medical Systems in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    A recruiter found my resume their database and contacted me regarding an engineer position available. A telephone interview was scheduled a few days later with the hiring manager. During the interview, any skills or experience I had mentioned did not seem to interest the hiring manager. It seemed that the position was geared more towards a experiment/test engineer than a mechanical engineer. The interview was cut short at around 20 minutes as we both figured this position was a mismatch for the both of us.

    Interview Questions
    • None. Most questions asked were typical questions asked during a telephone screening interview such as "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?", "Tell me about yourself", "What do you like about our company?".   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Varian Medical Systems in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    The interview began with email communication and briefing documents covering the details of the position - an analyst primarily responsible for implementing plans to move the company into emerging markets. A strong interest in medical devices, health care in general and emerging markets is desirable. Search was for the right fit person with the ability to handle multiple projects at different stages of development. This is an entry level position with knowledge of the field desirable.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you know what medical devices varian specializes in and what the main hurdles are to bringing these products and services to emerging markets?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Test Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Las Vegas, NV
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Las Vegas, NV
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Varian Medical Systems in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    I received a random call from Varian based on a resume posted to Monster.com. The first woman who called had such a heavy spanish accent that I had to insist on email communication. The second recruiter I spoke with also had a heavy spanish accent but was somewhat more understandable. We discussed the basics including a ball park salary requirement. After that they said they'd be in touch. I played email tag for three months while they insisted they were acquiring more people for interviews. In the end, they simply said "We've decided to go another direction with the position". Being already employed in the same field, I did not mind, but I felt it was rude to be lead along for so long. Very unprofessional that your recruiters can't be understood on a telephone.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

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