I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Elekta.
Interview Details – Never, ever before gone thru such a lengthy, tiring, drawn-out and vaguely threatening interview and hiring process- worse than the military! Mumbo-jumbo psych exam complete with awesome colorful charts--so what, the fit was awful from the start because it's all about your manager and their manager, and if you aren't willing to kow-tow, sit down and shut up, you will be gone. Period. HR does what it can but OMG the "induction" process is literally weeks, with all employees having to learn a 4" binder of info, complete with online "assessments" in a prescribed amount of time. All while learning a completely new industry that is highly regulated (thus the 4" binder) and a massive product line featuring extremely complex products (linear accelerators) and software, not to mention learning how this highly matrixed global organization "functions". There are no org charts, no guides and you are on your own to figure out Who To Go To for the smallest, and the really bug, things. Good Luck.
Interview Question – Why is it that so many former employees leave, go to the competitor (Varian) and return to Elekta, only to be promoted? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiation??? What negotiation? The hiring manager basically made a Take It or Leave It offer and, yes, it's been the Great Recession, so many people have done (and will) take it until they can move on.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Elekta in October 2012.
Interview Details – Two technical experts interviewed me, after having reviewed my CV which was sent via an agency. There was no telephone interview required, and only a single interview with no follow up. HR were slow to arrange the interview, and to get back with the result, but apart that the process was quite straightforward.
Interview Question – Nothing specific, but they do expect a good knowledge of their product portfolio. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate, as I was offered a contract position at an hourly rate. In retrospect, I could have negotiated, and know others who did, successfully.
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Elekta in August 2012.
Interview Details – 2-3 interviews. First technical background, finally HR (personality test).
Interview Question – Being asked how to design a system from scratch including UML, for a very specific problem. View Answer
Negotiation Details – strict, take it or leave it.
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Elekta in September 2010.
Interview Details –
After my initial application, I received an email from the HR Manager that the hiring managers wanted to conduct a telephone interview in the next few days. We agreed on a time and a few days later I was interviewed by the Senior Product Manager as well as the Director of Product Management over the phone. Over the next hour and a half we discussed specifics about my background. The first question was something to the effect of "Walk me through your experience\Tell me about yourself." As the interview progressed, there were a number of other "standard" interview questions, such as "Where do you see yourself in five years?," "Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult colleague," and "What would your former colleagues say about what it was like working with you?" Of course, the questions "What are your weaknesses\strengths?" appeared. Towards the end of the interview, there was a "mini-Case" where I was given the following scenario: You are the product manager and you have just been told by R&D that the product that is supposed to be released next month will actually not be ready for another six months. What would you do? I proceeded to ask a few questions in order to understand these questions, then analyzed the information and gave some recommendations with some supporting arguments. At the conclusion of the interview, I was invited to come to Schwabmuenchen in order to meet face-to-face, as well as interview with the other members of the "hiring committee." After a few days, I was emailed by an administrator who coordinated my travel details and hotel for me. I also completed an online assessment (a personality test) that was given by the HR Manager via email.
The next month, I flew to Munich in order to get to the interview. I was driven from the airport to a small hotel in the town where the office was located where I stayed the night. The next morning, I was picked up by the hiring managers who drove me to the office, gave me a tour of the building, and then coordinated the people with whom I was going to interview. These were: General Manager, Project Leader of R&D, Project Manager, Dir. Product Management, and Sr. Product Manager. Many of the interview questions in the face-to-face interview were essentially the same as those in the telephone interview, but sometimes more job-specific -and mostly revolving around dealing with the decisions a product manager must make in order to manage the conflicting activities of different departments in the release of new products. There were also a number of questions regarding my background in business planning and meeting deadlines.
At the conclusion of the interview, some of the Germans wanted to conduct the interview in German to assess my language ability, although it was not a requirement for the position. After this, I was left alone with the hiring managers in order to discuss my salary expectations.
Prior to leaving, I was given a final "look around" in the prototyping and research facility and I had an informal chat with one of the guys in R&D. I was then put in a taxi and taken to the nearest train station in Augsburg.
I was told to hear the outcome of the interview in 2 weeks. At the end of this period, I attempted contacted the HR manager, Dir. of Product Management, and the Sr. Product Manager who did not reply via phone or email. Finally, after 3 1/2 weeks I received an email from the HR Manager that I was no longer in consideration for the position. I thanked him for the opportunity and asked about how I can get reimbursed for my travel expenses between the train station and the office -hopefully, I do! :)
The best part was spending the day after the interview in Munich, eating Schweineshaxe and drinking an enormous beer!
Pros: The work environment, the offices, the co-workers and the bosses are nice and good to work with. The overall feeling in the office and inbetween co-workers is good. Mid-city location is easily accesible by commuting! – Full Review
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