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Varian Medical Systems Interviews

Updated Nov 17, 2014
Updated Nov 17, 2014

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    Global Project Manager-New Product Introduction Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Varian Medical Systems in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Within 5 days after I applied online, the HR recruiter set-up a 30 minute phone conversation with me. His tone was almost condescending throughout the conversation. He asked me some of the standard interview questions. Here are few examples:

    Example 1:
    Recruiter: “what differentiates from the huge candidate pool we have”;
    Me: “Well..I don’t know who these other candidates are and what they bring to the table. This position requires experience with product launches and I have launched 9 products in last 7 years. If this is a good fit, both of us will know that very soon”.
    Recruiter: That’s all you got to say?
    Me: Yes-unless you are willing to share who those other candidates are and then I can compare and contrast my self against them.

    Example 2:
    Recruiter: “What is your current salary and what do you expect”.
    Me: “I’m expecting a base salary of $170k for my next job”.
    Recruiter: “that’s fine-what is your salary today?”.
    Me: “My current salary shouldn’t matter. Is $170k in your ball park”?
    Recruiter: “Yes, your current salary does matter. If you are making only $100k now and asking $170k, that’s not going to fly”. (he was yelling at this point)
    Me: “I still don’t get it. My ask is $170k- either I’m in the range or not. Salary is such a personal information-right?- say you wouldn’t share the salary you pay for similar position in your company. Would you?”
    Recruiter: “Ok fine. I will have to ask the hiring manager and then get back to you”.

    Example 3:
    Even though I had let him know that I’m looking for a change to get different experience/learn a different product/company, he kept stressing the point “there must be something wrong with your current company or job-tell me more about it”.

    By this time, I’ve had enough of “red” flags. Even though my mind was telling me to give a chance to the hiring manager, my body was not willing. I just told the HR recruiter that he doesn’t need to check with the hiring manager since I don’t want to pursue this any further. Even after that, he wrote me an e-mail back stating that he spoke to the hiring manager and I was “outside” their budget and then sent me a linked-in invitation to connect! I declined his invitation and said to my self “what a relief!”

    Interview Questions
    • The HR Recruiter tried to understand my current company’s product. He kept interrupting me when I tried to explain the product step by step. Eventually, when he couldn’t understand the product we make, he blamed me for not being good at communication!   View Answer
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Varian Medical Systems Awards & Accolades

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America's Top Companies, Forbes, 2009
50 Best Manufacturing Companies, IndustryWeek, 2009

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Headquarters Palo Alto, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1948
Type Company - Public (VAR)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Accuray, Elekta

Varian Medical Systems radiates success in electrotherapeutics. The company works mainly with products related to x-rays and radiation treatment of cancer. The company's oncology unit makes linear accelerators, simulators, and data management software, primarily for cancer radiotherapy. Other cancer treatment offerings include devices for brachytherapy, a treatment that protects healthy tissue through the use of radiation implants. Varian Medical Systems' X-ray unit makes imaging subsystems and X-ray-generating tubes. The company markets its products through direct sales... More

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