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29 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner

Published March 27th, 2019 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.
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How do you want to grow your career within the medical device industry?
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The interviewer would like to hear that you would like to stay with the company as you develop new skills. Tell the interviewer your long term goal, but make sure it aligns with where the company is going.
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1.
How do you want to grow your career within the medical device industry?
The interviewer would like to hear that you would like to stay with the company as you develop new skills. Tell the interviewer your long term goal, but make sure it aligns with where the company is going.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I noticed at Siemens Healthineers, you have offices in over 20 countries. This is really exciting to me. I'd love to be in this role for several years, but then think about how I could use the skills I've learned to work in one of your global locations. I'd love to work overseas for a few years and then come back to a leadership role."
Ryan's Answer #2
"For example: "One of the elements of Siemens Healthineers that I really love is the career growth opportunities. I'd love to take the knowledge I'll gain in this role and move to the sales organization to be the person in front of clinicians, showing them the great things our devices can do. When you are selling something you believe in, it doesn't really feel like selling, it just feels like helping people."
2.
At Siemens Healthineers, our organization is highly matrixed with US and global partners on our teams. How have you navigated this kind of environment in the past?
Working in a matrixed organization means you have multiple people you are accountable to, often with competing priorities. It can be complex to navigate in this space, so the interviewer wants to know you can handle working in this environment.

Ryan's Answer
"Currently I report to a leader here in the US, but my functional leader is in the UK. With the time change, it can be difficult for us to reach each other, so I changed my hours slightly to be in the office earlier so I could talk more via Skype with this person. I felt like our emails weren't necessarily the most effective means of communication. With my leader in the US and I try very hard to keep her in the loop about what I'm doing and make her feel like I'm including her in my decisions. After a month or so of trial and error, I have a nice system down now."
3.
As your potential future manager here at Siemens Healthineers, I feel it is important for us to build a close bond of trust with each other. How would I go about earning your trust as your future manager?
As an organization, Siemens Healthineers values the importance of a trusting relationship between leaders of the organization and their staff in promoting the happiest and most productive atmosphere possible. For this question, your interviewer is looking to hear what is important to you in them building a strong and healthy working relationship with you as their potential future employee. Think about some great working relationships that you've had with past managers and what was important for the two of you to have a trusting relationship together. As well, talk about your qualities that will ensure that your future manager will be able to trust you.

Ryan's Answer #1
"For me, trust between us will be built upon great two way communication. From the start, I'd want to know the expectations of me in the job and what I can do to help the department succeed. On my end, you can openly expect my feedback on a regular basis as I am willing and open to communicate my thoughts and feelings. The other important factor for me personally in building trust in our relationship would be autonomy to make important decisions that fall within my job description. I know I can bring some great thoughts and ideas to this position and I'd love to be given the opportunity to do so."
Ryan's Answer #2
"As my potential future manager, I really appreciate an open door policy for me to be able to approach you with any questions, issues or ideas in my work. That open door would also extend my way for you to approach me with feedback, ideas or constructive criticism in my work. Knowing that we can have a two way street for communication will help us build a great working relationship from the start if I'm selected for this position."
4.
Tell me about a time you took initiative on your own.
Assure the interviewer that you are a go-getter and aren't going to wait to be asked what to do. Walk them through a scenario where you took it upon yourself to fix something and didn't run to your leader with a problem, but had multiple solutions.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I noticed we were taking at least 2 hours a week on a manual report that seemed to be a big waste of time. I started playing around in our system at the different reporting features and was able to test and customize a report that could take the place of the manual report. After my testing, I brought the idea to my boss who made a few tweaks, but was thrilled I had discovered a more efficient way to give customers the same information."
Ryan's Answer #2
"For example: "I noticed a huge skill gap in the team's use of Microsoft Excel & PPT. Because I come from a different industry, I had to utilize these tools a lot and volunteered to host a series of lunch & learns for anybody who wanted to brush up on them."
5.
If hired for this position, how can I be assured that you would be passionate about your work here at Siemens Healthineers?
A significant chunk of the cultural values at Siemens Healthineers centers around being passionate about the work that they do and the organization expects a passion for healthcare from their staff. From your perspective, speak to your interviewer about what you see in the organization that will make you passionate about your work as well as talking about a general sense of what makes you both passionate and productive on the job.

Ryan's Answer #1
"As you can see from my resume, I have spent a majority of my career as a Biochemist in the educational setting. While teaching the future of the field is certainly a passion, my love for healthcare and doing my part to help make lives better is certainly taking over in my desire to come work for Siemens Healthineers. The instrumentation I would help configure and design would be my driving passion in this field and I'd greatly look forward to joining the team here."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I am a people person that is driven and motivation by human interaction and that is why I have been successful and driven in the sales world for my whole career. In this role as a Territory Sales Manager, my passion would be driven by the team that I would be leading here at Siemens Healthineers and growing success each and every year for my territory. If hired, you'll find quickly that I am a natural motivator that is approachable and fair in my leadership traits. I also am a competitive person that is driven by winning in the marketplace and I think this translates well into what you are looking for in a Territory Sales Manager."
6.
In the medical device industry, there is a lot of industry jargon and lingo and many acronyms to learn to understand the business. What are some strategies you've used to acclimate quickly when you've started a new job in the past?
The medical device industry is highly technical. Even if you aren't an engineer, you still need to know very specific information about the product so you understand the business. There is a learning curve for any new employee, but the ones who can pick up things quickly set themselves up for success faster.

Ryan's Answer #1
"When I started my last job, I was hearing so much unfamiliar terminology my first week, so I started making a list and then when I had time to ask people or look things up, I'd add it to the list until I knew what everything was. My list became pretty extensive, so the HR person who does onboarding actually asked me if she could give it to new hires from now on because it was really helpful."
Ryan's Answer #2
"For example: "I love Google. In almost any environment, when you don't know something, you can start on Google and go from there. I take the time to research outside of work the elements of the industry that I don't know to get up to speed faster. By week 2 and 3, I'm have impressed the people I work with as contributing to the business."
7.
When starting a new job, what are steps you've taken to develop a 30, 60, 90 day plan for yourself?
The interviewer wants to make sure you'll acclimate quickly and have concrete goals to set the path. Show them that you plan out your goals but also recognized you need your team to help.

Ryan's Answer
"I like to take the first week to meet people and look at the data to see what the story is. also love to ask questions... many times, people within the department have thoughts and feedback that becomes really important. I then start carving out the 30/60/90 day plan and ask my leader for feedback to see if s/he agrees or has any other initiatives they believe are important that I've missed. Keeping the lines of communication open is very important at the beginning!"
8.
At Siemens Healthineers, we challenge ourselves to improve people's health. When is a time you've pushed and challenged yourself outside your comfort zone?
The medical device industry demands forward-thinking individuals who can continue to do MORE. The interviewer wants to hear an example of a time you've really stretched yourself for a project or initiative at work.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I was working with clinics in my territory to promote our medical devices and kept hearing that our competitor was offering a better product that was more tech savvy. I brought this feedback back to our R & D team but also had an idea on how we could differentiate ourselves from our competitor's product. I did a bunch of research on how to engineer something like this, even though that is far out of my scope as a sales person. I was then put on a project team to explore actually developing this upgraded product. Our team was able to research, design and launch a product that my physicians were so excited about. It was the most challenging and rewarding experience!"
Ryan's Answer #2
"For example: "In college, we were given an assignment to create a marketing proposal for a local business. I did a mix of traditional and digital. I had seen a new technology mentioned the day before on a blog I subscribe to and even though my project was due in 2 days, I decided to research everything I could find on this new automation technology. I didn't sleep the night before the project was due, but adding this new technology really made my project stand out."
9.
Tell me about your related education and training that prepared you for this position.
Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your college work, graduate work or any skill development opportunities you have had. Make sure you put emphasis on how that experience will help you succeed in this position.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I actually have a degree in music, but went back to graduate school for business. I think the musical part of my brain keeps me creative, but I have the finance, accounting, and consultancy skills you need to succeed in this role."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I have a degree in biology and thought I wanted to go on to medical school, but discovered I really like the business side of health care. I started taking classes in business and management and did an internship in the corporate office of a hospital system. These combination of experiences would give me a really good base for a position at Siemens Healthineers."
10.
Give an example of a time that you had to seek to understand the reasoning or purpose behind something in your work. How did you do this and why was it important to do so?
As part of their cultural beliefs as an organization, Siemens Healthineers seeks to understand purpose in all that they do and your interviewer will be looking to hear that you seek this same understanding in the work that you do. All too often, employees simply go through the motions of focusing on their jobs without understanding the bigger picture of the work that they do. If hired for this position, you will be expected to have an inquiring and curious mind to understand the big picture so be sure to talk about a time that you've sought to understand the bigger picture things during your career to this point.

Ryan's Answer #1
"In the sales field, I have always taken pride in understanding the businesses and processes of my customers so I can have a complete understanding of how my products and services can better help my customers succeed. I did this recently with a new customer that I had approached in my current role selling bearing and transmission parts. This customer was a manufacturer of lawn and garden equipment and upon my initial meeting with them, I wanted to larger picture of their full range of products that they produced. With that information and understanding the construction of their products, I was able to match up more solutions for them than we originally had discussed. This enabled them the ability to have some great bulk pricing and in the end, they signed a very lucrative 3-year contract with us."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Having spent the last eight years as an operator of a production line at a large assembly plant, the line I run feeds over with other lines to our final assembly line. While I get to talk with operators of other lines during meetings and other functions, I felt it was important to cross-train to see the processes and flow on other lines to get a better understanding of where I could seek improvements to better our overall processes. I approached my supervisor a couple of years ago about starting a cross-training approach for the group of operators at the plant. I helped gather a team of invested individuals to start planning and implementing a project team and I can't stress enough how beneficial it was once we got it up and running."
11.
Have you ever had a time where you were able to express creativity on the job? If so, talk about that time and explain why was it important to you.
Siemens Healthineers lists one of the qualities of success with the organization as being motivated to show initiative and creativity. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you have a creative spark in your job and that you are willing to bring that tot his position if you are hired. If you're finding it difficult to think of an example, dig deep because just about everyone has a time where they were able to be creative in their work. Be sure that your interviewer walks away from your interviewer knowing that you can think outside of the box in creating solutions in your work.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Last year, I approached my VP of Sales to get permission to create some unique sales incentives for my team that would center around boosting the numbers around several new product lines. In looking to really motivate and focus my team on the new lines, I was given a modest budget and with that I created some great programs that helped motivate my staff. The creativity in this situation was important because it allowed my team to crawl outside of their comfort zone to earn some great awards and incentives for a job well done."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Knowing that our customer call routing was in shambles a few years ago in my current position, I led a team of individuals that redesigned our automated call system to get customers to who they needed to speak to in a quick and efficient fashion. The creativity in this project came into play through putting ourselves in the customers shoes and brainstorming all of the possible scenarios that calls came in for. In the end, our final product was a hit with customers and greatly impacted results in post-call surveys that were automatically generated to each caller."
12.
If you can, give an example of a time you had to overcome an obstacle to follow through on your word. What steps did you take to overcome what was necessary in the process?
As part of their cultural value of dong what they say and saying what they do, Siemens Healthineers believes that following through on their word is extremely vital for their customers and your interviewer will be looking to hear that you are willing to do the same. In your answer, make it clear to your interviewer that you are willing to do what it take to achieve results for your customers by following through on your word at all costs.

Ryan's Answer #1
"In my time working as a researcher in the public sector, a majority of the funding came through grants. In working with a state farming agency on researching safe and effective pesticides, I was tasked by a senator to help find a environmentally safe alternative to keepin agway beetles away from local crops in the state. In promising a solution, my first task was to look into grant money through the state and federal governments. I worked diligently in writing many grant proposals over the next month and this was a hindrance to the current project I was working on. I took extra office time each week to prepare the grant proposals and, in the end, I received a generous grant to begin the project. Over the next two years, my team and I helped develop on of the safest pesticides that is used in the farming industry today."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Last year, I was on a service call to a customer that was a three hour drive away from our home office. When I arrived onsite and was servicing a machine on their production line, I was approached by the engineer on staff and he let me know that another machine was having issues. When I finished what I was doing, I went over to the other machine and it turned out that a critical belt had broken. We banged heads for a bit and decided it was best to shut the machine down. Being the afternoon on a Thursday, the engineer was insistent that production not be shut down the next day and I promised that we could have a new belt overnight shipped to him. Knowing that I was tied up the next day, I first showed him the proper steps for him to replace the belt when it arrives. Next, I made contact to our warehouse manager and he was gone for the day. I had our secretary put me through to the warehouse supervisor on shift at the time and talked him through the piece that was needed and the urgent need for overnight shipping. He took over from there in getting it out via FedEx that evening and I was happy when the engineer called me the next day to thank me for the great service in keeping them up and running."
13.
Talk about a time you missed an opportunity during your career. What was the missed opportunity and what did you learn from that situation?
Siemens Healthineers believes that missed opportunities are their biggest risks when it comes to providing quality to their customers. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you are able to spot opportunities in your work based off a past missed opportunity that you now recognize. While this is a very open ended question in reference to what opportunity you reference, make sure that you talk openly and honestly about what you saw as a missed opportunity and what you took forward as the lesson from that opportunity to not miss again in the future.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Early in my sales career, I was working in office supply sales in the field for a large office supply chain. In cold calling on potential new accounts, I was successful in a great sale of new copy and fax machines to a large manufacturer in the area. The sale brought with it extended purchases of paper and I was happy right from the start. As I worked with that company more in the future, I realized that a lot of my potential remaining business in other office supplies had gone to a competitor and they did so simply because I didn't ask the right questions and put myself in front of the right people on that initial sales call. The hard lesson learned that I still carry with me today is to always see the bigger picture and never to be satisfied completely with a sale. In our world, there is always room for more with our customers and I strive for that each and every time by asking about and seeing the bigger picture with all of my customers."
Ryan's Answer #2
"This may sound rather cliche in the field of engineering, but I have an example of a time when I was young in my career when I left a great idea rattling around in my head rather than taking action and putting the idea into action. It was in my job right out college, where I was designing kitchen appliances with a large manufacturer. At the time, I had the idea of utilizing stainless steel in the production and finish of kitchen appliances due to the great features of the alloy. In really wanting to save myself the embarrassment from senior designers on my team, I withheld the idea. Two years later, our biggest competitor came out with a line of stainless products that caught on in the market like wildfire. Immediately, I was overcome with regret thinking about what could have been. While I've been very successful in innovative designs of a lot of great products, this example lingers in my mind on a daily basis and the lesson learned that I carry with me every day is to leave no stone unturned when it comes to bringing forth new and creative ideas."
14.
Here at Siemens Healthineers, we firmly believe in the mantra "we listen more than we talk." What does this phrase mean to you in your work?
As part of their cultural values, the words we listen more than we talk is highly valued by Siemens Healthineers. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear your thoughts on the value of listening and taking action on what you hear in the job that you do. Make sure that you reiterate to your interviewer who your customers are and why it is more important to listen to them than it is to talk to them. Also, don't be afraid to point out some of your effective ways for listening and taking action.

Ryan's Answer #1
"In product engineering, we are listeners by trade and it has to come naturally to us. I work off of ideas that are provided to me by our consumers and I listen to customer phone calls, I listen to them at trade shows and I listen to them when I am out in the public. They are the lifeblood of the success of my products and their input is key to making a quality reliable product. In this role, I would utilize any necessary resources to ensure that physicians, nursing staff and patients were heard in their needs for quality imaging and diagnostic equipment."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Solutions are only found when every stakeholder has their say in the process and I value this statement by being a great listener to all of the staff that I work with on the production floor. My frontline employees are the first word for improving processes and I take time to listen to them through one on one conversations and during team meetings. I promote an open door atmosphere with my staff to hear their ideas and make them feel valued in providing their input."
15.
Talk about a time you had to work with a person or a team that had a diverse set of ideas that were different than your own. How did you handle that situation?
Siemens Healthineers values diversity in the sense of it being a collaboration of different thinking, backgrounds, experiences, expertise and individual qualities to achieve results. For this question, your interviewer is looking to hear that you value different ideas and ways of thinking and that you see the true benefit of diversity in this manner by having you give an example of a time you had to work effectively with this. In your example, ensure that your interviewer understands your value of diversity as it related to new ideas and creative thinking.

Ryan's Answer #1
"When I started in my current position as a Manufacturing Engineer six years ago, I joined a great group of individuals on my team that had very diverse backgrounds, educations and skills and I was challenged in my thought processes right from the start. My partner on the manufacturing side was born and raised in Japan and educated as an engineer on the west coast. My east coast upbringing in rural area hadn't exposed me to much thinking outside of my own little box. As we worked together, I considered myself a student of his to learn from him and understand his thought processes that went into creative solutions on the floor. In the years we've been working together, I really think that we've learned well from each other and, in looking back, I really value the time we've spent working together so closely."
Ryan's Answer #2
"The organization that I currently work for has operations in four continents: North America, South America, Europe and Asia. As the Marketing Director for our line of consumer products, I work very closely with regional sales teams in all four continents. Last year was the first time I met with and worked closely with my European team in Germany and Switzerland and it was a great learning experience in working with them. While my marketing strategies are very direct and budget conscious, they had many different ideas that were foreign to me at first. Through a great series of questioning and fact finding, I learned the European way to effective consumer marketing and we kicked off a campaign that was extremely successful."
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  1. How do you want to grow your career within the medical device industry?
  2. At Siemens Healthineers, our organization is highly matrixed with US and global partners on our teams. How have you navigated this kind of environment in the past?
  3. As your potential future manager here at Siemens Healthineers, I feel it is important for us to build a close bond of trust with each other. How would I go about earning your trust as your future manager?
  4. Tell me about a time you took initiative on your own.
  5. If hired for this position, how can I be assured that you would be passionate about your work here at Siemens Healthineers?
  6. In the medical device industry, there is a lot of industry jargon and lingo and many acronyms to learn to understand the business. What are some strategies you've used to acclimate quickly when you've started a new job in the past?
  7. When starting a new job, what are steps you've taken to develop a 30, 60, 90 day plan for yourself?
  8. At Siemens Healthineers, we challenge ourselves to improve people's health. When is a time you've pushed and challenged yourself outside your comfort zone?
  9. Tell me about your related education and training that prepared you for this position.
  10. Give an example of a time that you had to seek to understand the reasoning or purpose behind something in your work. How did you do this and why was it important to do so?
  11. Have you ever had a time where you were able to express creativity on the job? If so, talk about that time and explain why was it important to you.
  12. If you can, give an example of a time you had to overcome an obstacle to follow through on your word. What steps did you take to overcome what was necessary in the process?
  13. Talk about a time you missed an opportunity during your career. What was the missed opportunity and what did you learn from that situation?
  14. Here at Siemens Healthineers, we firmly believe in the mantra "we listen more than we talk." What does this phrase mean to you in your work?
  15. Talk about a time you had to work with a person or a team that had a diverse set of ideas that were different than your own. How did you handle that situation?
  16. At Siemens Healthineers, we value professional development and education. What is the last learning opportunity you have been able to participate in?
  17. In the medical device industry, it is important our teams are cohesive so we can continue to drive excellence. Tell me about a time you gave feedback to a peer?
  18. At Siemens Healthineers, we need outside the box thinkers to continue to innovate our company so we can stay competitive in the medical device industry. Tell me about a time you thought about something differently or proposed a new way of doing something
  19. At Siemens Healthineers, we believe in continuous feedback so we can all improve. When is a time you received constructive feedback?
  20. At Siemens Healthineers, we've been voted a best place to work. What kind of working environment do you thrive in?
  21. An important aspect of our business here at Siemens Healthineers is our Federal Solutions program that provides products and services to VA's and other military veterans facilities. What are your thoughts on that program's importance to us?
  22. In the medical device industry, a background in science is really helpful so you can learn how our products work and help save lives. Tell me more about your background in health sciences or anatomy.
  23. In the medical device industry, many of our sales relationships are with large hospital organizations. In previous roles, how have you made connections with the right people in large hospital organizations?
  24. At Siemens Healthineers, our medical device products touch lives throughout the world. We have offices in over 20 countries. Tell me about experience you have working with a global workforce.
  25. At Siemens Healthineers, we believe in finding the most efficient ways of doing things. How have you used technology to be more efficient?
  26. At Siemens Healthineers, our purpose is to enable healthcare providers worldwide and stand with our customers. Talk about a time you stood with a customer or colleague during a time of need. What made it important for you to do so?
  27. At Siemens Healthineers, we have worked very hard to make sure our workforce is inclusive and represents our customer population. Tell me about your experience in working with diverse groups of people in a work setting.
  28. At Siemens Healthineers, we take patient data privacy extremely seriously. Do you have experience working in an atmosphere where data privacy was important? What processes did you follow to ensure security?
  29. What interests you about working in the medical device industry?
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