Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at Intuitive Surgical
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- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
When speaking to the recruiter at a job fair, I was told that I hadn't done enough engineering classes, even though they stated they would recruit sophomores. The recruiter was rude at first, asking me briskly for my resume and not introducing herself or shaking my hand. She proceeded to talk down to me, saying how I wasn't trying hard enough classes and assuming I wasn't motivated to do extra lab work or learn more about the field. I was also told that I need to do hard classes early on and senior year to make sure I wasn't struggling to graduate. For context, I could graduate in 3 years if it wasn't for the sequential nature of engineering courses; I will not be struggling to get the required number of credits. Additionally, she hadn't even looked at my resume, just looked at my graduation date and assumed I hadn't done anything engineering-related before. I was basically given career advice and not taken seriously about my interest in the company. When I asked about internships, she basically told me I wasn't qualified because I'm a sophomore without even looking at my resume, where she could have seen that I have worked on engineering projects more advanced than "rolling a marble down a hallway to determine its speed" (an actual example she gave when saying they wanted more experienced interns). I am at a very high level institution. While I may not be the craziest person there with the most elaborate course schedule here, this does not mean I do not push myself or that I will automatically not be qualified because I am not a senior. She might have been right - I may not be qualified at this point in time - but talking down to someone at a job fair is not a good way of recruitment. I was highly interested in this company on paper, but I will not apply for internships this year or any other year of my university career, nor am I likely to want to work here in the future. Warning, college students: beware the condescending recruiters!
- "You should make sure you take hard classes and get involved in lab work. You seem like you have an idea of where you want to be. But good luck at our company, where we won't take you seriously." (not exact words) Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Intuitive Surgical (Sunnyvale, CA) in September 2015.
The hiring and interview process was one of the better experiences I've had. Their recruiter kept the process very organized, sending me a schedule for each round well in advance, hosting and debriefing before and after the interview days, and communicating at each step of the process. Overall a great experience.
- Walk us through a complex analysis or experiment that you conducted. Answer Question
Helpful (3)No OfferPositive Experience
I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Intuitive Surgical.
So far I have only had a phone interview but I was very impressed with how organized they were. Prior to my interview I was contacted by a staffing specialist who scheduled the interview. Then he followed up with a very detailed email about who will contact me and to confirm my contact information. He also included the person's phone number just in case I missed her call. The phone interview was very professional and very well conducted. I'm still in the interview process but I'm certain every step will be conducted in such an organized and professional manner!
- She wanted to learn about who I was and all of the questions naturally followed from that point on. Answer Question
Helpful (2)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Intuitive Surgical.
I was contacted by an outside recruiter and was an initial phone call, after that there was a follow up HR phone call and another with the hiring manager, final was a in person interview, it was very pleasant and asked many questions in a typical interview fashion to ensure that they find the right candidate
- Why do you believe you can perform in this position 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Intuitive Surgical.
One round was just resume review, then came the in-person interview. Once the interview was over they informed me that I am one of the top contenders but had to wait for 3 months before being actually hired.
- Just the projects on the resume and some technical stuff 1 Answer
- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Intuitive Surgical in May 2015.
Initial phone interview, followed by an interview with the local manager and his director. Next came a field ride with a rep in another city, followed by one on one interview with the Regional Director of Sales.
- What is something in your current job that frustrates you and how do you manage that frustration or deal with that situation? Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at Intuitive Surgical.
Had a phone a phone interview. Bland monotone interview. No enthusiasm from the recruiter. Don't think the recruiter said more than 30 words throughout the whole process. Total waste of my time.
- Give a run down of your career. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Intuitive Surgical (Sunnyvale, CA) in April 2015.
The process moved very quickly and efficiently. I so appreciated the consistent follow up and feedback I received throughout the process. People kept their word, called when they said they would call and met every expectation they set. After an initial phone screen, I met the head of talent acquisition for an in person interview. It went well and I subsequently met with the hiring manager and members of the team. By far the most exciting part of the interview was the product demo. This product is so flipping cool and user friendly even an HR Exec can use it. It was truly inspiring to touch and feel the product and understand it's potential and impact first hand. The team I met with was very enthusiastic about the company. I was sold (but not oversold) every step of the way. The interviews were mostly very conversational in style. I never felt grilled and wasn't handed a single "trick" question.
- It was mostly a "tell me about your self/walk me through your background" kind of thing to start each conversation. From there questions and dialogue flowed very naturally as is often the case with smart, like minded people. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Intuitive Surgical.
1:1 phone screen with recruiter. Invited on-site to meet with hiring manager and a team member. Interviewers were warm and welcoming. I had a very positive experience, but chose to pursue another opportunity in a different area of work. Great company that I would recommend to a colleague in search of a new opportunity.
- What three words would your colleagues use to describe you? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Intuitive Surgical (Athens, GA) in February 2015.
Applied through career center. Had one interview which was a fairly straightforward: walk me through your resume, tell us about yourself, why intuitive surgical. Process took about 2 weeks, HR was in frequent contact about the interview process. Culture seems very laid back but also has very hard working people.
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