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Intuitive Surgical Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
All Interviews Received Offers

Getting an Interview  

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Interview Experience  

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Interview Difficulty  

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Human Resources Business Partner Interview

Human Resources Business Partner
Norcross, GA

I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Intuitive Surgical in May 2014.

Interview Details – They go through recruiters like underwear. Poor questions, little ability to understand what makes someone successful there. They are only interested in the hiring from a direct competitor rather than finding talent and innovation. Multiple requests for interview with apparently no actual discussions with hiring managers or understanding of what success looks like.

Interview Question – None, very basic   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Senior Clinical Sales Representative Interview

Senior Clinical Sales Representative
Chicago, IL

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Intuitive Surgical in June 2014.

Interview Details – Multiple phone screenings and face-to-face interviews. I got the lead through an old colleague. I was flown to Orlando FL and to Milwaukee WI for interviews. The final step was in Sunnyvale CA. This was the final panel interview.

Interview Question – Tell me about your biggest failure professionally and how it impacted your personal life?   View Answer


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Sales Finance Intern Interview

Sales Finance Intern

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Intuitive Surgical.

Interview Details – Put in my resume through an online service and was contacted within a week. I scheduled the interview with them the following week. Interview was very straightforward compared to other interviews. I was contacted within the following week whether I got the internship or not

Interview Question – Very typical with their questions: where do you see yourself in the next 5 years, questions about your resume, experience, skills, etc. Just give detailed responses   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Field Service Engineer Interview

Field Service Engineer

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Intuitive Surgical.

Interview Details – The process was 7 interviews (3 phone and 4 in 3 different cities from NJ to California) spanning 3-4 weeks after each level of interview I was given a positive review by my recruiter... until the 7th interview when I was told I didn't get the job.


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Field Service Engineer Interview

Field Service Engineer

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Intuitive Surgical.

Interview Details – I have interviewed twice for this position and was led to believe the interview went well. Never received a response back and only found out on both occasions from a friend that works there that they decided to move another FSE into the area from other state. It is, I believe, very unethical for a company to lead you to believe that you will get offered the position and then don't have the courtesy to at least let you know they decided to pursue a different candidate. It is upsetting, but they do have probably the best technology in the field of medical robotics and will try again if given the opportunity.

Interview Question – How does my company pays and how my colleagues feel about it?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Quality Engineer Interview

Quality Engineer

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Intuitive Surgical.

Interview Details – The interview process is also known as the gauntlet, as a long series of interviews (believe had a series of 4 - 5 interviews) with people at multiple levels at the company. This will result in a blue badge upon hiring.

Another path is through being hired as a contractor (yellow badge), which can also lead toward a blue badge.

As with many other companies, employee referrals tend to be the most direct path for open positions.

Interview Question – Cannot remember, but questions ranged from technical knowledge of concepts to personality questions.   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Training Specialist Interview

Training Specialist
Sunnyvale, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Intuitive Surgical in February 2014.

Interview Details – I applied online on the companies website and received a phone call about a week later from a recruiter. The questions the recruiter asked were primarily focused on my background and how they applied to the position I was trying to get. It was definitely more of a conversation and the recruiter was easy to talk to. After about week I had a second phone interview with a hiring manager and the questions were very similar, mostly about how my experiences relate to the open position and what I knew about the company and the job. I'm still in the interview process, because I am out of state, I've been asked to coordinate a date for me to visit the HQ for an in-person interview.

Interview Question – What do you know about Intuitive Surgical and what is your understanding of what this position does?   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior Clinical Sales Representative Interview

Senior Clinical Sales Representative

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Intuitive Surgical in June 2013.

Interview Details – Very Professional. Screened by phone and then flew out for interview. My inside connection told me the feedback was they made a decision at the dinner interview and the entire next day was kind of bizarre. Interviewed with three mid level execs and a CSM.

Interview Question – Role Playing- Had me deal with a guy that had not prepared for a quiz in training.   View Answer

Reason for Declining – The upcoming sales force cut was foreseeable. I was concerned that I could be seen as a job hopper if I say yes then 6-12 months later I was pounding the proverbial pavement. This was a challenge to decline because the reps are top notch and to be surrounded by those as well as the management would have been tremendous.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Administrative Interview

Administrative

I applied through other source and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Intuitive Surgical in August 2013.

Interview Details – The interview and hiring process was quick and easy. Very friendly and thorough.

Interview Question – Nothing difficult. The questions asked were of administrative type and easy to answer as they pertain to your personalty and how you would handle a particular situation.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Sales Operations Interview

Sales Operations
Sunnyvale, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Intuitive Surgical in November 2012.

Interview Details – Interview was serial with over 8 people. Average difficulty. Very casual and friendly.

Interview Question – They focus a lot on character and core values, which is very good. Unexpected.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – It took around 2-3 days for the offer.

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