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Smith & Nephew plc Interview

28 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner

Published February 22nd, 2019 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.
Question 1 of 28
At Smith & Nephew plc, we do a lot of cross functional team projects. Tell me about a project team you've been on and your role.
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How to Answer
If you thought group projects ended in college, you were wrong! Most organizations have their share of project work as well as the day to day work. Walk the interviewer through a successful project where you played a big role and had large ownership.

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Question 2 of 28
What do you know about Smith & Nephew's creative employee development programs? Would you be interested in any of them?
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For this question, be sure to do your research on the organization to learn about their development programs and be able to speak about them knowledgeably. Let your interview know that you would appreciate and value working for an organization that is willing to re-invest in their staff to help them become better. If you see that any of the programs that Smith & Nephew offers interests you, let your interview know that it interests you and why it interests you.

Question 3 of 28
Smith & Nephew values merit based advancement within the organization. Does this strike any thoughts in you?
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The old merit based versus seniority based advancement philosophy within an organization can be a very polarizing subject as people often sit on one side of the fence or the other in their beliefs. With Smith & Nephew valuing and practicing promotions and advancement based on merit and job performance, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you value this practice. Talk about why you feel this is important and also talk about your experiences working one or both of these philosophies.

Question 4 of 28
Have you ever encountered a time where being honest and straightforward was difficult? If so, how did you handle that situation?
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In their value of trust, Smith & Nephew believes that being honest and straightforward in what they do and say is vital to building trust. At some point or another in your career, you've likely faced a situation where being upfront and honest was difficult based on a number of situations. In your example, your interviewer will be looking to hear what internal struggle you were facing and why you decided to be honest. Let them know of a positive outcome around the situation and that you were happy with the decision to be honest. Your interviewer will be looking to find out that you are a trustworthy and honest person, no matter the situation you are in.

Question 5 of 28
Many of our projects have very strict timelines. Tell me about a time you missed a deadline or deliverable and how you handled it.
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Everybody makes mistakes and it is best to pick a project where the missed deadline wasn't fatal and you were able to recover and learn from your mistake.

Question 6 of 28
At Smith & Nephew plc, our organization is highly matrixed with US and global partners on our teams. How have you navigated this kind of environment in the past?
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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.

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Author of Smith & Nephew plc Answers and Questions

Ryan Brunner
Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries. Ryan has a long track record of recruiting, interviewing and hiring candidates at all levels of the organizations that he has recruited for. These include entry-level workers, professional workers, physicians and executive level leaders. Ryan has created and worked with many interviewing formats in the industries that he has recruited for and has reviewed resumes and cover letter's for all of the positions he has recruited for.
Published: 02/22/2019

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