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Intuitive Surgical Interview Questions

To help you prepare for an Intuitive Surgical job interview, here are 40 interview questions and answer examples.

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Why did you pursue a career in this industry?

Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

The interviewer wants to hear your reasons for choosing this profession to understand what motivated and inspired you to pursue this career. They want to hear if someone mentored you, if you have family or friends who work in this industry, or were told about this career by a guidance counselor or professor.

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40 Intuitive Surgical Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Why did you pursue a career in this industry?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear your reasons for choosing this profession to understand what motivated and inspired you to pursue this career. They want to hear if someone mentored you, if you have family or friends who work in this industry, or were told about this career by a guidance counselor or professor.

      Written by Krista Wenz on September 16th, 2022

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      The interviewer wants to gain insight into your background and the motivation for pursuing your career. Give a brief story on why you chose to dedicate yourself to this field. Focus your answer on describing your personal reason for choosing this career path.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I chose to work in this industry after a guidance counselor performed an assessment test on me. I have always been interested in robotics, and she suggested I look further into the medical device industry since my skills and interests pointed me in this direction."

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      "I am pursuing a career in this industry after working as a registered nurse for ten years. I spoke with a salesperson from Intuitive Surgical who had a meeting with my physician and I became very interested in what your company does. I was at a point in my career where I was looking for a change, and this industry seems like a natural fit."

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  • 2. List the top 3 skills you have acquired in your last role.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      You have likely gained many valuable skills in your career. Share with the interviewer which skills you value the most. Be sure to include capabilities that will benefit Intuitive Surgical if hired.

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      It is best to describe three skills that will be part of your job duties if hired by Intuitive Surgical. Review the job description before your interview to describe three skills you acquired in your previous role that will transfer to your new position.

      Here are some skills that may be transferable:

      - Proven experience in motivating others
      - Ability to effectively prioritize
      - Time management
      - Leadership experience
      - Research skills
      - Experience delegating tasks

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      1st Answer Example

      "In the past few years, I was able to upgrade my education while still working full time. The biggest skills I gained were my ability to multi-task and manage my time as I worked the dual role of employee and student. I also have strong skills in various Microsoft programs such as PowerPoint and Excel that I learned in my previous position."

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      "The top three skills I acquired in my last role were enhanced leadership skills, the ability to prioritize, and time management. I worked as a project manager, which was my first time in an official leadership role. I had to prioritize daily tasks and re-prioritize when there were changes in the schedule. My time management skills were crucial for meeting deadlines and keeping my team on track. I look forward to bringing my skills to Intuitive Surgical."

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      "Three skills acquired from my previous role include time management, ability to prioritize, and attention to detail."

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      Nice! How did you end up acquiring these skills? And how will they benefit you within this role?

  • 3. Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer would like to know if you genuinely feel that honesty is the best policy. Many will argue that honesty is not always the best policy. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on honesty in the workplace.

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      Of course, the hiring manager would like to hear that you are honest and can be trusted if hired. However, if you believe honesty is NOT always the best policy, be sure to have a compelling reason to back up your statement.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Sometimes full disclosure can damage someone's self-esteem, and reality isn't always best expressed in full and can be self-indulgent based on the person's intention. In those instances, honesty isn't always the best policy."

      2nd Answer Example

      "Honesty is always the best policy. Often, it is just how you communicate and deliver your message, so managing this with each situation is critical to building honest and trustworthy relationships."

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      "I believe honesty is always the best policy. Although it is more about reading the situation at hand and learning how to communicate your message to the situation. This for me is critical in building trusting relationships."

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      Nice! The interviewer will appreciate that you view being honest as very important. You might mention tact and talk a bit more about telling the truth in a nice manner so as not to hurt anyone's feelings. If you can include an example of a time when you were honest with someone in a tactful way, this would further strengthen your answer. Great job!

  • 4. How can we motivate you on the job?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Every employer should know how each staff member is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways you are best motivated on the job.

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      If you are the type of person who does not need outside motivation, let the interviewer know that you are a self-motivated individual. If you need motivation from your employer, describe what that looks like.

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  • 5. If you were hired for this position, what are the first changes you would implement?

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      Most organizations want to avoid onboarding someone who will make immediate and significant changes. Significant changes are hard on the staff and usually result in knee-jerk reactions such as mass turnover. It's always best to explain to the interviewer that you plan first to observe to gain a better understanding of the organization's culture and team dynamics. Focus your discussion on building a strong rapport with the staff before implementing change.

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      If you are applying for a promotion within Intuitive Surgical, you may already know what changes you would like to make upon receiving this position. Share with the interviewer what you have observed while in your current job, the changes you would make, and why you would make those changes.

      Discuss that you will address any urgent and glaring issues immediately; however, assure the interviewer that you will implement significant changes only after you thoroughly understand the organizational dynamics.

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  • 6. Have you ever had to fire an employee? What were the reasons for their termination?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Terminating an employee is never a task that people like to do. Talk to the interviewer about how you go about employee terminations if that has been part of your job in the past.

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      If you have terminated an employee before, describe how you went about it and the reason for their termination. Be sure to keep the employee's name confidential. If you have not let an employee go, explain how you would perform this challenging task.

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  • 7. What is something you would be happy doing every day for the rest of your career?

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      The interviewer wants to know if you could choose any task to do every day for the rest of your career, what it would be and why. They want to hear what your strength is and what interests you. Talk to the interviewer about what would make you the happiest and be sure to tie it into something related to Intuitive Surgical.

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      Since the interviewer asks about something you could do every day as it relates to your job, be sure you focus on answering appropriately. They do not want to hear what you could do daily as it relates to your personal life.

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  • 8. How do you deal with conflict on your team?

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      The interviewer wants to hear about your ability to communicate with your team and professionally handle issues when they arise. They want to gain insight into your conflict resolution, communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills.

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      Use an example of working closely with your team to resolve a conflict. You could also offer a scenario where you mediated an issue between two coworkers. Show that you can keep your head on your shoulders when dealing with conflict.

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  • 9. When given an important assignment, how do you approach handling it?

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      The hiring manager wants to know if you are the type of individual who will approach an assignment head-on, or if you need to research and plan first. They also want to see if you jump in and get it all done immediately or if you balance it with other assignments. Talk to the interviewer about how you approach essential assignments at work.

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      Everyone has different ways of tackling important assignments. Describe your method when given an important task to complete.

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  • 10. Why should we not hire you?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer hopes to hear that there is no reason not to hire you! Tell the interviewer you would be a great employee, and confidently share that there is no reason not to hire you. You might wrap it up by sharing that you are client-focused, have a proven employment record, and have excellent references.

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      Focus on describing the attributes that make you a great employee and how they will benefit Intuitive Surgical if hired. Assure the interviewer there is no reason why they shouldn't hire you.

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  • 11. How do you handle stress?

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      The hiring manager wants to hear if you are someone who can handle stress on the job. Describe how you manage the stressful times, and your ability to control pressure in the workplace.

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      Focus on letting the interviewer know you understand how to decompress away from work, so you are ready to mentally handle the pressures of your job. When employees understand the stress factor of their job and have healthy ways to relieve stress, they are less apt to burn out or become sick or injured from stress.

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  • 12. How did you hear about this position?

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      Intuitive Surgical invests a lot of money in advertising their job openings. The interviewer wants to hear what methods are effective and which are not. They also want to hear if an employee of their agency referred you. Describe how you heard about the position, and be sure to give the name of the employee or recruiter who referred you if applicable. Some companies offer their employees a referral fee when referring a candidate, while others hire recruiters to seek qualified candidates.

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      The interviewer wants to briefly hear how you heard about the position. Be concise in your response, focusing on describing the recruiter's name, the website where Intuitive Surgical posted the job, Intuitive Surgical's website, or an employee referral.

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  • 13. This position requires out-of-town travel at times. Will traveling be a problem for you?

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      If the interviewer asks this question, they want to ensure you know the job requirements regarding travel and make sure that will not be an issue if hired. If traveling is one of the job requirements, Intuitive Surgical should have put that in the job description, so it should not surprise you in the interview.

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      Focus on assuring the interviewer that traveling will not be an issue when required. Emphasize how you enjoy traveling to new places and how you do not have outside obligations that prohibit you from doing so.

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  • 14. Why did you leave your last job?

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      The interviewer wants to know why you left your last job to see if you were fired, gave notice, or were laid off. If you were fired, they want to know if you will admit why you were fired, if you take responsibility, and what you learned from the experience. If you gave notice, they want to understand what you did not like about your job to see if you would fit in with the company culture.

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      Focus on being direct and honest, and explain why you left your last place of employment. If you gave notice, were laid off, or fired, describe the circumstances behind your leaving. Be sure to end your response positively and tell the interviewer how excited you are to have the opportunity to interview for the position with their company.

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  • 15. After reading the job description, what do you like most about this position?

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      The interviewer asks this question to see that you have read the job description in its entirety and determine what aspect of the role you like the most. Most Intuitive Surgical job postings have many job duties you will be asked to perform. The interviewer wants to know what you like the most to see where your strengths lie.

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      Focus on describing what you like most about the job and explain why. For example, you might like that you will be responsible for training all new employees and providing regular performance evaluations. Tell the interviewer why this particular job duty excites you.

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  • 16. How well do you handle customer complaints?

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      Addressing customer complaints is essential to customer service, and the interviewer wants to hear that you are okay talking through a customer's complaint. Start by telling the interviewer that you do not mind addressing customer complaints, and you recognize that most customers have good intentions when coming forth with a complaint.

      Tell the interviewer that you take time to listen to everything the customer has to say first to ensure you truly understand what they are upset about. Next, share that you make eye contact with the customer and sincerely apologize to them. Finally, be sure to mention that you offer to correct any mistakes made or take the appropriate action to rectify the situation. If you have training in customer dispute management, mention this as well.

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      Focus on describing how you remain calm and professional when handling a customer's complaint. Explain how you listen to the customer, communicate how you want to help them, and involve management when the issue is above your training or experience.

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  • 17. What would you do if a coworker asked you to help steal?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer would like to know how you would react if put in an awkward or potentially harmful situation like being asked by a coworker to steal with them. Theft can occur in many ways in the workplace and is not necessarily reserved to blatantly taking a product. Ensure that you know the different ways a coworker may try to pass stealing off as 'no big deal.' Some examples include:

      - Timecard fabrication, also known as 'buddy punching,' where you punch in for a coworker who is not present
      - 'Borrowing' money from the cash register
      - Falsifying vendor or expense accounts
      - Taking items from the lost and found
      - Stealing data or documents containing trade secrets
      - Taking expensive office supplies like ink or adding personal items to supply orders
      - Billing hours to clients that they did not work

      Of course, you already know how to answer this question! Express that you would never engage in this type of behavior and discuss how you would go about reporting this type of situation. If this has happened to you in the past, you can talk about the case without providing the coworker's name.

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      Focus on letting the interviewer know that you are an honest person with morals and ethics. Make sure they understand that you would never condone or participate in this type of behavior and would report it to your supervisor.

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  • 18. What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve?

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      The interviewer wants to hear about your greatest weakness in your profession to see that you are self-aware and can identify an area that needs improvement. When you admit you have a deficiency in a particular aspect of your profession and take steps to improve, it shows the interviewer that you are motivated and inspired to grow professionally.

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      Focus on a weakness related to your profession, but not one that is an essential job duty. For example, suppose you say your weakness is your attention to detail. In that case, the interviewer may pass you over for another candidate since that skill is an essential skill needed to work for Intuitive Surgical.

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  • 19. Intuitive Surgical prides itself on providing excellent customer service. How do you provide excellent customer service?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Companies that provide excellent customer service greet customers with a smile and a greeting, listen to their customers, know their customer's preferences, and go above and beyond to make them happy. The interviewer asks this question to determine if your values align with theirs. The interviewer wants to hear how you provide excellent customer service to see if you will be a good fit for their team.

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      Think of how you like to be treated as a customer. Then, think of how you provide excellent customer service, treating your customers how you want to be treated. Describe the actions you take to provide excellent customer service to all, showing the interviewer you will be an asset to their team if hired. If you have received an award or recognition for the customer service you provide, be sure to include that in your response.

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  • 20. This concludes our interview. Do you have any questions for me?

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      The interviewer wants to ensure that all your questions about the company or job role are answered during the interview. It is best to ask at least a question or two, showing the interviewer your eagerness to learn all you can. Of course, you want to review the job announcement and research Intuitive Surgical beforehand so you are not asking questions that could be found during your research.

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      Focus on asking questions specific to the role you are interviewing for or the company culture and work environment. Examples of good questions are asking the interviewer how you performed in the interview or if you need to clarify anything, asking what the interviewer likes most about working for Intuitive Surgical, or if they have any hesitancy about hiring you. To make yourself stand out, thank the interviewer at the beginning of your response for letting you ask questions. They will think that it is respectful and it shows you have good manners.

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  • 21. Tell me about a project you completed recently that was ahead of schedule.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As an employee of Intuitive Surgical, it is essential for you to meet and exceed work-related deadlines. Assure the interviewer that you can remain focused on a project and accomplish your goals ahead of schedule.

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      When describing the project you recently completed ahead of schedule, explain what you and your team did to exceed expectations. The interviewer wants to gain insight into the skills you would bring to Intuitive Surgical if hired.

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  • 22. At Intuitive Surgical, we do not have a lot of local competitors; however, the ones we do have are strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out in the marketplace?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Researching the company is a crucial step to take before your job interview. Take note of what Intuitive Surgical, Inc. focuses on most. Check online reviews to see what the customers are saying. Be sure to research their competitors to know what those companies are doing well. Keep your answer positive and stick to the facts.

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      Since the interviewer asks for your opinion, there is no wrong answer. Review the company website, its competitors' websites, and read online reviews to see what makes Intuitive Surgical stand out above its competitors.

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  • 23. One of the ways that we provide excellent customer service is by offering 24/7 on-site equipment maintenance and repair. How will you contribute to our customer service standards?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Excellent customer service is vital in any industry. However, when working with healthcare equipment, one must be extra diligent because your customers, and their patients, rely heavily on you. Talk to the interviewer about your customer service philosophy.

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      Focus on letting the interviewer know you appreciate the customer service they provide and describe how you will contribute to their standards. Here are some ways you can deliver excellent customer service:

      - Displaying patience with your customers
      - Staying calm and confident in all situations
      - Being attentive to your customers' needs
      - Ability to react effectively to unexpected situations
      - Possessing strong product knowledge
      - Delivering your deadlines on time
      - Being a clear and positive communicator

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  • 24. Intuitive Surgical has a wide range of clients all over the state. Are you comfortable managing a large territory that requires 50% overnight travel?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Many positions within the healthcare equipment and supply field will require a great deal of travel. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to be away on an overnight trip. If you have restrictions on your schedule, this is the time to address that.

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      You want the interviewer to see that you are flexible with your schedule and that overnight travel will not be an issue. If you cannot travel 50% of the time due to an outside obligation, let the interviewer know why you would not be able to accommodate their needs.

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  • 25. At Intuitive Surgical, our technology and products are intricately designed. Do you have a natural ability to understand and explain highly technological products?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      You must research Intuitive Surgical, Inc. and its products, in detail, before your interview. See if you can clearly understand the equipment and how it works. Show the interviewer that you already possess insight into their product offerings.

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      The interviewer wants to gain insight into your analytical and communication skills. If hired, you must understand how their products work and relay the information in easy-to-understand terms.

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  • 26. Our industry has strict federal regulations and guidelines that must always be followed. Are you familiar with these, and do you have a history of compliance?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      If you have experience in the healthcare equipment and service industry, you are likely familiar with the fact that there are strict guidelines and regulations surrounding best practices. Assure the interviewer that you are familiar with this fact and that you understand the importance of compliance.

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      If you have worked in the industry and understand the federal regulations and guidelines, explain where you have worked and how you have a history of compliance. If you have not previously worked in the industry, assure the interviewer that you will learn and adhere to the guidelines.

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  • 27. The success of our brand relies heavily on our industry reputation and level of trustworthiness. How do you plan to build trust with Intuitive Surgical clients?

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      Building trust with clients is vital in the healthcare equipment and supply industry. Assure the interviewer that you can create a strong rapport with your clients by explaining how you develop and maintain these relationships. Give a relevant example, if possible.

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      Focus on describing how you build and maintain trust with your clients. If you have a letter of recommendation or performance review highlighting your trust-building skills, be sure to have a copy for the interviewer. Here are some ways that you talk about building trust with your customers:

      - Do not always try to sell them something
      - Offer products and service of value to them
      - Only offer to sell them what they need
      - Never inflate the benefits of a product or service
      - Do not slander the competition to make yourself look better
      - Do not make empty promises
      - Take ownership and never blame the company for mistakes

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  • 28. At Intuitive Surgical, we use a variety of robust internal software programs. What type of programs and software are you well versed in? Do you consider yourself tech savvy?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      You may not need to know the same programs used by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., but you should be able to outline to the interviewer the programs you are accustomed to using and how those skills are transferable. Be sure to mention any general programs you are well versed in, such as Excel or PowerPoint.

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      After describing the programs you are well versed in, you can ask what programs Intuitive Surgical uses. You can also highlight how you learn new programs quickly and look forward to learning what Intuitive Surgical uses.

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  • 29. Strong attention to detail is incredibly important in the healthcare equipment and supply industry. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your attentiveness?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      When the health and wellness of people are at stake, it is vital that all of the details are tended to. Assure the interviewer that you place value on the details. Give an example of a time when your manager or supervisor complimented your attention to detail.

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      Since the interviewer specifically asks you to rate your attention to detail, be sure you give a high number. There is a tiny margin for error in the healthcare equipment industry. However, if you give yourself a 10, the interviewer may feel you do not allow room for improvement.

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  • 30. Intuitive Surgical has a solid reputation in this industry, so we receive many applications for our open roles. What makes you a competitive candidate for this role?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      If there was ever a time to "sell" yourself, it is now! Talk to the interviewer about your results and performance versus only talking about your feelings on why you are the best candidate for the position.

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      Review the job announcement before your interview and highlight the qualities, experience, and education Intuitive Surgical seeks in an employee. Then, focus on using those keywords in your response. When describing how you meet their job requirements, the interviewer will see that you are a highly qualified candidate and place you high on the candidate list.

      Many qualified candidates are interviewing for the same position. You want to avoid speaking negatively of the other candidates or sounding arrogant when responding to this question. You want to sell yourself in the interview, but not while making the interviewer think you will be a challenging person to work with.

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  • 31. At Intuitive Surgical, we prefer to hire those with formal healthcare and medical training. Do you have related post-secondary education?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your medical training and post-secondary education. Chances are, you have this experience listed on your resume; however, the interviewer is looking for you to expand. Discuss your best course or your most challenging one. You can discuss any awards or recognition achieved while attending your post-secondary training and education. Remember to explain why your education will help you in this role.

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      If you have related training: 'I am a Registered Nurse (RN) with a Bachelor of Nursing from Tennessee Technological University. While attending this program, I found that I have an incredibly strong interest in Human Physiology. This interest has carried into my career and is why I am so excited about what you do at Intuitive Surgical, Inc.'

      If you do not have related training, discuss other skills you possess that make you a strong candidate for this role.

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  • 32. When have you had to change a major component of your project due to new information being presented?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Being able to swivel the focus of your project is a necessary skill for your success in most careers. Talk to the interviewer about a time when a significant change occurred on a project. Explain how you handled the implementation of the new information and the end result.

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      The interviewer wants to see you flexible and resilient you are when it comes to change. Assure the interviewer that while you may have something unexpected come up in a project, you can work through the issue until the project is successfully completed.

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  • 33. Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.

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      It is essential to show the interviewer that you are a team player. Talk about a time that you were recently expected to achieve a goal in a team setting. Describe how you go above and beyond to ensure that your contribution made an impact.

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      Focus on giving an example that shows you go above and beyond what is expected from you as a team member. Perhaps you took a leadership role in a non-leadership position or worked overtime to meet your team's goals.

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  • 34. What career path interests you the most in this company?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question is where it is essential to have completed some research on Intuitive Surgical to know what career paths are offered. Be sure to envision where you can see yourself fitting and growing with the organization before your interview. Research what career path you see yourself taking with Intuitive Surgical.

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      Focus on describing where you would like to start (the position you are interviewing for) and where you see yourself in the next 2-5 years. Explain what you will do to achieve your goals and why you chose this particular career path.

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  • 35. Tell me about the most rewarding experience you have had working in a team environment. What made it so rewarding?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear that you feel accomplished through teamwork. Talk about a time when you felt fulfilled through a team setting or project collaboration.

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      An example may be when you worked on a team project at University, a recent work collaboration, or possibly an extracurricular experience such as coaching a little league team.

      Discuss the positive results of the teamwork and how you attained a positive outcome as a group.

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  • 36. Tell me about a time when you improved communication between yourself and a coworker or client.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Possessing the skills to improve communication in the workplace is a precious asset. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to enhance communication in the workplace.

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      Some coworkers and clients are more challenging to communicate with than others. Everyone has their own communication style, and the interviewer wants to hear that you can identify and improve communication when faced with a different style than yours.

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  • 37. How would you describe your personality?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Personality and character are two very different things. The interviewer is looking for more information on your traits vs. your integrity. Your example could include buzzwords such as extroverted, energetic, honest, and confident.

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      After providing several words that describe your personality, be sure to include reasons why you describe yourself that way. If you say you are confident, honest, outgoing, and sincere, explain how you project those traits to others. Here are some additional descriptive words related to personality:

      - Adaptable
      - Considerate
      - Diligent
      - Exuberant
      - Frank
      - Generous
      - Inventive
      - Persistent
      - Resourceful
      - Sincere

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  • 38. When have you taken an existing process and used your creativity to improve it?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to know if you have been given the creative freedom to improve existing processes. Talk to them about your ability to take an existing process and grow it creatively.

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      If you have not had the opportunity to improve an existing process in a previous job, let the interviewer know. Then, describe how you would use your creativity to improve a process that pertains to your line of work.

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  • 39. When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      If you have an expense account or resource allowance, it is very respectful to the company to be as thoughtful with that allowance as possible. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have been able to stretch company resources.

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      While the hiring manager wants to see that you are resourceful with company resources, they also want to hear how you were inventive with stretching company resources when you did not have the resources available. Describe how you can be creative when you do not have available resources on hand.

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  • 40. Tell me about a time when you took a new course to study to improve your work performance.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Once you are in your career, it doesn't mean you need to stop learning. There are many job-related courses available. Talk to the interviewer about the last time you took advantage of these available courses.

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      The hiring manager wants to hear that you are proactive and value professional growth. You may have taken a course to improve your Microsoft Office Suite skills, a leadership course to become a better leader, or a sales course to learn how to cold call.

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