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Territory Sales Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Zimmer.
Interview Details – Started with corporate HR,then direct regional sales manager. He used typical interview questions. A couple of history, a couple behavioral. Seemed to be based mainly on feeling and connection. Went to Regional Director from there. Wanted to mainly get background and see if you were a good fit for company, since the final interview was with VP of Sales and Director of HR. Nothing surprising from anyone. Good specific questions on background and experiences. Tell me about a time that you...
Negotiation Details – I asked for a lot, they were prudent, yet I feel like I received a good counter. We narrowed gap and got the deal done. We both wanted it to work out so it wasn't contentious.
Development Senior Engineer I Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Zimmer in June 2014.
Interview Details – I was contacted by the third party recruiting organization for a phone screen. When the interviewer determined that they were impressed with my credentials, they moved forward with submitting my candidacy. I received notice of an face to face interview within about 1 week and Zimmer took care of all the travel arrangements. The interview took place in Warsaw and lasted about 4 hours, during which I talked to 4 different individuals: HR, my (would be) supervisor - director of engineering, another director of engineering, and the VP of R&D. They asked me various questions about my background, engineering principles, risk management, and product development. Within a week of my interview, I was notified of a potential offer, pending a background check.
Interview Question – The most difficult questions were about the development process that I was unfamiliar with. Once I realized that these questions were asked to determine my own abilities of recognizing my knowledge gaps, I was able to answer with confidence. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation necessary - the offer and associated benefits were very robust.
Senior Quality Engineer II Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Zimmer in February 2014.
Interview Details – The communication throughout the process was good. They keep updating me on each process and the time they would take to get back. Very professional process throughout.
The interview panel was smooth and friendly, explained the work in detail.
Interview Question – The interviewer expected you to give a example of the scenario which you have dealt with. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The offer was good that i did not need to go to negotiation phase
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Senior Production Planner Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Zimmer in August 2012.
Interview Details – Demand Planning, Inventory Control, Medical Device experience, Scheduling, Master Scheduling, Forecasting, J.D.Edwards, Excel, MS Office, bottle neck Work centers, attendance, back order reduction, bill of material, bill of labor, cycle counting, federal drug administration, procurement.
Interview Question – How to illiminate bottleneck work centers? View Answer
Development Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Zimmer in October 2013.
Interview Details – the interview was very simple. there was only a phone interview for about 30 minutes with the associate director. he explained the position in more detail, went over my resume and asked me about my experience with design of medical devices. it was a casual conversation and he said they would get back through the recruiting agency. i was offered the job the next day.
Interview Question – nothing unexpected. i knew the process through an employee already. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – it was a contract position and I could have negotiated but did not.
Zimmer Leadership Program Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Zimmer.
Interview Details – 2 interviews, 1 on campus and 1 at HQ. There was a 30-minute behavioral interview on campus... very comfortable experience.
The visit to their Warsaw campus was a 2-day affair, hotel stay, meals and transport was provided for. There was a 45-minute panel interview comprising 4 representatives: 1 each from Marketing, Supply Chain, Quality and HR.
Interview Question – Talk about a time you demonstrated project management skills. Answer Question
Brand Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Zimmer in February 2014.
Interview Details – Was contacted by a 3rd party recruiter (RightThing) for screen interview in early Feb of 14'. As usual, the recruiter was late for the phone screen, but it seemed to go well. Spoke w/ her on phone for fu said I must still be under consideration because she hadn't received any feedback from the hiring mgr. Attempted to fu weekly, she ducked my vm and finally replied to an email in March saying sorry I should have received communication indicating the hiring mgr decided to move forward with another candidade. Replied back right away asking for feedback and she still has not responded.
Interview Question – What percentage of your last role was upstream & downstream mktg? Answer Question
Director, Marketing Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Zimmer in May 2013.
Interview Details – Heavy screening by internal recruiters. Process is fairly well-organized. On site interviews are usually done within 4-6 weeks of the screen. Standard behavioral interview process, but they do probe pretty extensively.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had to develop, deliver and implement a first-to-market product and/or program. What did you personally to ensure its success? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I had a competing offer from another company
Design Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Zimmer.
Interview Details – Phone interview followed by a day long onsite interview process with different managers.
Interview Question – Relatively easy and focused on your experience and past project work. Answer Question
Manufacturing Supervisor Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Zimmer.
Interview Details – I conducted a phone interview with an Associate Director which lasted about an hour. They then flew me to conduct a day of on site interviews where they had about 15 other candidates doing the same thing. After they had me do one more interview with my potential boss and then I was offered the position.
Interview Question – Tell me a time you had to support a decision that you did not believe in. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They knew I had a competing offer so they offered me an extra 5 days of vacation and a higher salary that I had been told to expect, so I didn't negotiate for anything else.