Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at Abbott Vascular
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- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Abbott Vascular (Temecula, CA).
I worked at Abbott Vascular for 11 years. It's a great company to work for. The teams are based on departments that support different areas of business. In IT, there are different departments that support Infrastructure, IT Security, Application Development, etc.. Some departments are run by the local Vascular leadership team and some departments are managed out of the corporate office based in Chicago. Over the last 11 years, the interview process has changed with the times, however, there are some basics that Abbott follows. Abbott uses temporary/contract agencies to hire many of its staff. If hired through a contracting agency, that agency will do the background check, preliminary interview, and try to find a candidate that is a good fit for the job. The agency then approaches the hiring manager with who they think is a good candidate, and that hiring manager will interview that potential candidate. The hiring manager at Vascular will ask questions based on the "STAR" format. Go to Wikipedia and look up STAR interview for more details. Basically, the hiring manager is asking questions about your previous work experience and how you handled different situations, as a way of forecasting how you would handle similar situations while working for Abbott. Typically there are a few hiring managers that will ask the candidate questions in the STAR format. After the interview those managers will meet and review your answers. The managers aren't just looking for how you answered the questions, but also for consistency. Be truthful in the way you answer the questions... Its no fun when a candidate is asked a question and the hiring managers don't have the same answer when they meet to review how you answered your questions. It can take a few days for the managers to meet, review the candidate, and then get back to HR with the recommendation, so just be patient to hear back. Abbott also hires candidates directly. Those candidates have usually been selected through the HR database. These jobs are more focused opportunities for professionals (I.e. Chemists, Directors, etc.). As a side note, if you know someone who works at Vascular, they have the ability to submit your resume "internally". An "internally" submitted resume uses the same HR system that "external" candidates use, however, an "internally" submitted resume can be routed directly to the hiring manager by use of the taleo HR tool. When I worked at Abbott, I hired dozens of contractors, and a few fulltime employees. The STAR format really seemed to work well for my particular organization at Abbott Vascular. Although it can be a lengthy and tiresome process, the STAR format seems to be a good way of getting to the important "stuff" of who will make a good candidate. Good luck in your search!
- Tell me how you handled a situation where you dealt with a project, customer, or deadline, where you knew you could not t meet the deadline of requirements. 1 Answer
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Abbott Vascular (Temecula, CA).
I was interviewed by 2 senior engineers, 2 group leaders and 1 associate ME. The interview lasted for about 5 hours, having each person interview me for about 45 minutes. Before the interview, HR gave a pamphlet explaining the response format that are looking for. The responses should be in a STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) format.
- What is your weakness? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Abbott Vascular (Champaign, IL) in February 2015.
Applied this position on line, and got contacted with a recruiter through email. A virtual interview was done by using an agent named HireVue, and then an real interview was done in the research park near UIUC. This was an onsite interview with three interviewers. Both behavioral and technical questions were asked. It was a one to one interview, not a group one. They are looking for candidates to do an intern somewhere in United State first, and then they will send these interns when they graduate from school to work internationally.
- What are your most proud achievement so far; Why are you choosing Abbott Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at Abbott Vascular in January 2015.
Applied on a job board and was contacted by a recruiter within a week. Had a 20-minute phone screen with the recruiter. Was passed on to the Regional Manager, who set up a face-to-face interview two days later at a hotel bar in Los Angeles. It was an informal interview, since there was not an available position yet. The RM stated the company was still deciding how to arrange the territories, and was not sure how many positions would be available until the end of the month. The interview lasted about 40 minutes. The following day, I was notified by the recruiter that I would not be considered for a position.
- All the questions were typical for a sales position, such as "Describe your selling process". The RM was looking for someone who showed passion and enthusiasm. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
interviewed at Abbott Vascular in October 2014.
Interview process started with a recruiter phone call to set up actual phone interview with the hiring manager. If the call goes well, in person interview is set up and confirmation is sent via email by the recruiter with the hiring manager copied. It was nice that the recruiter included documents that helped understand the company background a bit more and a list of names of who would be on the interview panel. The in person interview was scheduled for 2 hours with two separate interview panels.
- What area of your career do you want to focus on growing? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Abbott Vascular (Temecula, CA).
Received an Initial phone call asking if I would like to come in and interview for an intern position. I then had several face to face interviews with several members around the office. Received a phone call that same day with an offer for the position.
- In your 21 years of life, tell me something important that you have learned that most people have not? 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Abbott Vascular.
Typical. Too many generic questions. Thought the process emphasized too much on being able to answer generic questions rather than finding out more about the person being interviewed. It was more like a grilling than "get to know you and your talents". I feel going through a half day series of three or more interviews is more intimidating than helpful to all parties. Business is business, however - it doesn't have to be ultra-impersonal. Having vented, the process is typical of interviewing sessions these days and everyone expects the same treatment. Doesn't mean it can't change for the better though!
- Describe in detail a difficult and challenging situation in previous position and how you handled it. Answer Question
- Declined OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Abbott Vascular (Santa Clara, CA) in January 2014.
Lengthy and tedious - involves multiple levels and layers of people. The interviewers are given worksheets and suggested questions and directions to drive the interview. Interview process can take half a day if not more - depends on position
- there is a 4 page document on how to run the interview Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
better offer elsewhere
- Accepted Offer
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Abbott Vascular.
converted from a contract position
- behavioral questions Answer Question
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