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26 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner

Published February 15th, 2019 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.
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At Stryker, we believe in continuous feedback so we can all improve. When is a time you received constructive feedback?
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All companies need people who can take criticism and give it without feeling weird or sensitive about it. Demonstrate to the interviewer how you have used a piece of constructive feedback to improve and get better.
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1.
At Stryker, we believe in continuous feedback so we can all improve. When is a time you received constructive feedback?
All companies need people who can take criticism and give it without feeling weird or sensitive about it. Demonstrate to the interviewer how you have used a piece of constructive feedback to improve and get better.

Ryan's Answer #1
"In one of my reviews, I received feedback that I didn't delegate enough and therefore, it made it seem like I didn't trust my colleagues. I really took that feedback to heart. I took a look at my work load, which was really high, and made some priority buckets. There was one bucket of work that was very low risk and I distributed it to my team. One team member did a really great job so I was able to give her some of the more complex projects."
Ryan's Answer #2
"For example: "I received feedback that everybody knows what I am thinking from my non verbal expressions, especially in meetings. That was really tough feedback to hear. That entire next year, I worked very hard to ensure my facial expressions were positive and neutral versus worried or anxious, no matter what the content of the meetings were about. It was a tough exercise, but I'm glad I received the feedback or I would not have known this."
Anonymous Answer
"When I first got into my role as a supervisor, I was told by my team members that they felt their questions were not getting answered. To fix this, I created an action item spreadsheet that logged all their questions and suggestions, and here they would be able to see answers. Along with this, the person who had the original question would get the answer in person. The spreadsheet was shared with everyone so that the entire team could view it at any time."
Rachelle's Answer
This is a great initiative! You took solid action on the feedback that you received, showcasing your strong leadership skills.
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Anonymous Answer
"I have been told in reviews that I don't delegate enough work out to my team and that I take on too much of the workload. With throrough introspection, I understood this to be true and learned quickly from the feedback and began delegating more lower risk tasks to my clinical team. This in turn lightened my workload so that I could focus on sales oriented tasks and also made my clinical team stronger also."
Lauren's Answer
Fantastic response. This is a tangible example that allows the interviewer to know your personality and work style. I made minor edits to round out your response. See below.
"Previous Performance Reviews expressed my lack of delegation to my team and my top-heavy workload. With thorough introspection, I agreed with this feedback, and expeditiously devised plans to delegate lower-risk tasks to my clinical team. In turn, this lightened my workload such that I was able to focus on sales-oriented tasks while making my clinical team stronger and more empowered. I welcome constructive feedback because we can all become stuck in a routine or system. Feedback allows me to take a step back, evaluate my processes, and enhance the situation."
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2.
Stryker is in continuous pursuit of acquiring new companies to merge with and we have completed many successful acquisitions in recent years. Have you been a part of a corporate merger or acquisition in the past? How did this impact your work?
With Stryker continuing to successfully purchase other organizations in the medical device industry, your interviewer will be looking to hear if you have experience with this in the past and to hear how you handled it in your job. If you have experience, talk about how it impacted your work and let your interviewer know that you kept an open mind to new processes and ways of doing things. If you don't have direct experience, reiterate that you are always open to new processes and that you believe that acquisitions are the sign of a strong organization that you'd like to be a part of.

Ryan's Answer
"In just reading through your website, it was amazing to see the amount of successful acquisitions that Stryker has accomplished in recent years. Knowing that your organization is constantly pursuing new aspects of its business must be reassuring to you and this is something I'd love to be a part of. In my current job, my organization went through a merger about five years back where we merged our traditional air filter manufacturing business with a small auto filter manufacturing business that also made oil and fuel filters. For me on the engineering side of things, I had to learn new products and manufacturing processes in a hurry as the lines for the new products were coming to my plant six months after the announcement was made. During the transition period, I traveled frequently to the newly acquired manufacturing plant and worked with their engineering team on how we would merge. By keeping an open mind, I was able to learn and grow as an engineer and, looking back, this really was an exciting point in my career even though it was scary at times."
Anonymous Answer
"In researching Stryker, it is easy to see that they are continually merging with companies, which allows them to have a more significant impact on their customers and people all around the world. It shows that Stryker, as a company is always looking to improve and be the leader in the medical device industry. I have never worked for a company in the past that has gone through a merger while working there."
Rachelle's Answer
Good overview! I recommend completing your answer with a statement that shows your interest in gaining this type of experience/exposure.
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Anonymous Answer
"Yes, it was very exciting. My job is to integrate people into the culture of the company. I had gathered some feedback from other associates from the previous merger that this was one area they were still struggling with. So I created a personal profile for each new onboarding associate, and for every member of the team, the new unit was joining. I asked each person the same set of questions and included photos. I also created detailed personalized training plans."
Rachelle's Answer
Wow, this sounds very well organized and effective. It's great that you are so positive about change as well. Fantastic answer!
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3.
Accountability is taken very seriously in all that we do here at Stryker. How do you ensure that you are accountable for your word in following through on what you say you will do?
Stryker holds accountability as one of its four primary values and the organization prides itself on doing what they say they are going to do. Your interviewer will be looking to gauge your accountability in your work by having you speak about how you ensure that you are accountable to your colleagues, leaders and customers in your work. In your answer, describe how you stay organized in your work when multi-tasking and how you use communication to effectively follow through on your promises and commitments to those that you work with. Make sure to speak on customer service and the importance that your word plays in that.

Ryan's Answer #1
"In my current sales role, I am responsible for a current client base of just under 100 companies. These places are all over the country, in different time zones, and I receive calls and emails at all moments of the day. With the large client base, I keep my self organized utilizing my tasks list and calendar in Outlook. Every day, I make sure that I update my to-do lists and keep on track of things when I am back in the office to process new orders and new requests. When speaking with my clients or emailing them, I always make a priority to give timelines for action. As long as I do this, my customers are very appreciative and even willing to wait a day or two if I'm on the road."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Engineering requires us to work with many different customers, both internal and external, and my word is my bond with them. My word starts with timely communication and setting expectations for my projects that I'm working on with others. By setting realistic expectations and communicating them, my customers are very satisfied with what I do. Then, my accountability is reliant on my ability to stay organized in my work and to stay on top of my tasks for my customers. I am a written lists person and I utilize a written task list. Once or twice per week, I re-prioritize the list to work on urgent needs first and I also stay in communication with my customers if deadlines need to move."
Anonymous Answer
"The ways I ensure accountability is by writing daily, weekly, and monthly to-do lists and to check each off as I go along, so I never miss anything. Also, having all correspondence with customers or fellow employees documented via email; if anything was to go wrong, there is documentation of what happened and what was said."
Rachelle's Answer
It seems you have a reliable approach to keeping yourself organized and accountable for your tasks. Do you use any specific tools, apps, or software to make this happen?
"I ensure accountability by writing daily, weekly, and monthly to-do lists and checking each off as I go along, so I never miss a thing. I do this inside of (XYZ app). Also, I have all correspondence with customers or fellow employees documented via email. This documentation holds me accountable. If anything were to go wrong, there is documentation of what was said."
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Anonymous Answer
"I utilize a few different options that I have available to me to ensure tasks are getting completed. I use my calendar in my email to ensure meetings are kept track of and long term projects by setting myself reminders. I also use a white erase board at my desk to keep track of items that I am currently working on an can remove once they are completed. Lastly, I use Salesforce to assign tasks to my team members so that it is tracked and reminders can be set as well."
Rachelle's Answer
You seem highly organized and accountable for your work. The details you add are very helpful!
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4.
At Stryker, 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."
Anonymous Answer
"Yes! My previous employer was also global, so we had correspondence throughout the country as well as Europe and Asia. I had some buy groups located in Indian, and I was able to speak with their management teams to ensure that we had successful sales produced."
Rachelle's Answer
It sounds as though this was a successful solution for you and your company.
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Anonymous Answer
"I am a firm believer in resource utilization. With changing schedules and complex issues arising at all moments of the day, strong communication with my leadership teams and my local team are key to success on all facets of territory management."
Lauren's Answer
I really like where you are going with the beginning of your response. I expanded upon this point, to show your layers of communication and acknowledgement of collective growth.
"I firmly believe that each person employed with an organization is a useful resource. The utilization of collaborative thinking across departments and sites will create a more expansive and cutting-edge company. Complex scheduling issues do not deter successful Territory Management, but rather, places value on the strength communication can bring across leadership teams. I ensure my leadership teams and my local teams are in contact to boost efficiency territory-wide."
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5.
At Stryker, we believe in quality first in all that we do. Do you have any formal training in quality initiatives and, if so, how have you applied them to your work?
Stryker is driven to make healthcare better by providing innovative products and services that meet regulatory requirements through their effective quality system. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear about any formal quality training you have received and to hear how you have applied it to your work. In your answer, be sure to point out your thoughts as to why quality is important in the job that you perform.

Ryan's Answer #1
"As you can see from my resume, I have received formal training in ASQ and Lean Manufacturing and both of these have played a major part in the success of many large projects that I have led. Through Lean in particular, teams and projects I have been a part of have seen significant improvements in turnaround times of new projects and significant cost savings that have both improved profit and projected cost savings on our customers. I'd love to bring these principles to the team here at Stryker."
Ryan's Answer #2
"In sales, quality comes down to consistency in approach to each customer and superior product knowledge. With my current organization, we have spent significant time as a sales force training in topics like empathy, problem solving and utilizing leverage in a sales call. All of these trainings have helped me bring a quality approach as a salesman to my customers and to how I represent my organization. If hired for this position, my main goal would be to learn the features and benefits of the products I would be selling and then I would be able to hit the ground running with my customers!"
Anonymous Answer
"I have taken six sigma training in the past. I like to use the five why practice of determining a root cause. In this you would ask the question 5 times to help you determine what the root cause was for your failure. In past roles, I have also worked in the process improvement of a service department. In this, we completed time studies to help us increase the efficacy of the department."
Rachelle's Answer
Awesome approach to determining root cause and troubleshooting. Try also discussing how you could apply this 5 why practice to the role with Stryker.
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Anonymous Answer
"I have received and conducted training on the provision of exceptional service and the preparation of high-quality food. Quality is a key contributor to the overall experience we endeavor to create for our clients so that they will continue to choose our brands over others, and are prepared to pay a premium for this brand."
Rachelle's Answer
You show a complete understanding of the importance of training quality and a dedication to providing excellence. Nicely done.
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