I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Varian Medical Systems in September 2010.
Interview Details –
I applied for the position online by sending my application materials to the email address included in the job description online that appeared on Varian's website. In a few days, I received an email from Monster.de that my application was in the process of review and that if I was considered a possible candidate, I would be contacted for a telephone interview and that I should expect a call. A few days later, I received a call from a recruiter at Monster.de who I was told was handling the screening portion of the interview. We scheduled to have the interview the next day.
The next day, I received a call from the recruiter and we begun the interview. These were all the standard interview questions. "Tell me about yourself." "Where do you see yourself in five years?" "Tell me about your management experience."
There were some specific questions about the job geography, for example, "How do you feel about working in the Middle East?" I was told that this position had been difficult to fill given the territory included Jordan, Syria, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. I was also asked about my foreign language ability -specifically German, as I would be working in Vienna.
Because the interviewer was a recruiter with little understanding of the company and the position, it was a little difficult to ask non-superficial questions about the role or the company.
At the conclusion of the interview, I was told that my application would be forwarded to the hiring managers, whose names I was given, and that if I would be considered further I would either fly to Switzerland or Austria for my interview.
I was also asked my salary expectations.
I asked for the recruiter's contact info, but she was a little hesitant to provide this, and promised to send me an email. She ultimately did not. I followed up a week later, but was unable to reach her. I next sent correspondence to the hiring manager, but there was no response from him either.
In the end, I never heard anything. The job description no longer appears on Varian's website, and I assume that the position has been filled.
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