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What to expect during the Stryker recruitment process

Updated: Jul 15, 2022

Delivering a great candidate experience starts with transparency about what you can expect during the recruitment process at Stryker. Here is an outline of the standard recruitment process and what you can expect once you apply for a position at Stryker.

*Note: the recruitment process and time estimates will vary by location and may also vary due to local COVID-19 precautions.

1. The application process

(Approximately 3 - 25 minutes)

Find a job and submit an application

Once you have identified the position(s) on our career site that you are interested in applying for, you will need to click on the “Apply Now” button. You will then have the option to join our Talent Network which will allow you to sign up for job alerts and receive occasional newsletters. Once you complete this step, you will then be brought to the application. You are not required to join our Talent Network and may opt-out at any time by following the link at the bottom of the automated emails/job alerts.

*Note: applications should only be submitted online and will not be accepted via any other channels such as email, social media, etc. If you would like to apply for more than one role, you will need to submit a separate application for each role.

Depending on whether you upload an existing resume or are completing the fields as you go, the process can take between 3-25 minutes.

You will receive a confirmation email when the application process has been successfully submitted.

Looking for more information on who we are and what it’s like to work here before applying?

Visit our careers blog to hear from our employees about what they do and why they chose Stryker.

Application review

A recruiter will review your application and will contact you via email should your skills be a match for the role. Depending on how many applicants we receive for a role, it may take several weeks for our teams to review resumes. In general, we do our best to respond within two weeks of your application.

On occasion, our response emails can be caught in spam filters. Please be sure to check your spam folder periodically to be sure you have not missed an email.


2. Recruiter phone interview

(Approximately 1 - 3 weeks after application is submitted)

Once the recruiter has reviewed your application, and if they believe you are a fit for the role, they will contact you via email to set up a time for a phone interview. This initial phone interview is an opportunity for the recruiter to hear more about your background and skills to see if there is a fit. It is also your chance to learn more about the role and decide whether you see this as the right career move. It’s just as important to us that you feel like this is a great fit! This call generally lasts 30-60 minutes.

There is usually time at the end of the interview for a few questions, so be sure to think through which are most important.

Looking for some tips on how to prepare?

Check out these 22 phone interview tips from The Muse.


3. Hiring manager phone interview

(Approximately 3 days - 1 week after the phone interview)

Once the initial phone interview is complete, and if you and the recruiter believe the role is a fit based on your background and experience, they will present your information to the hiring manager for review. If the hiring manager is interested in moving forward, an interview will be scheduled with them.

The hiring manager interview will be focused on your technical skills related to the job and understanding how you like to work, what kind of teams you like to be on, etc. It’s a great opportunity for you to get to know your potential manager and ask questions about them, their team and the role. This call generally takes between 30-60 minutes and may be conducted over the phone or video call via MS Teams.

Looking for some tips on how to prepare?

Check out these 7 interview tips from Stryker’s recruiters.


4. The Gallup interview

(Approximately 1 day - 1 week after the hiring manager phone interview)

Your next step will be another phone interview but this time with The Gallup Organization. They have developed several interviews that focus on understanding your unique talents and strengths. The interview is conducted over the phone with a trained analyst who will ask strengths-themed questions. This interview can last between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours.

A few tips:

  1. Find a quiet place where you can relax without distractions.

  2. If you are using your mobile phone, be sure your phone is fully charged and that you are in a location providing a good connection. Dropped calls will be frustrating and distracting.

  3. Last and most important, be yourself. This is another opportunity for us to get to know you!

Within a few days, your strengths feedback will be shared with the hiring manager and your recruiter who will then contact you to discuss the next steps.


5. Final stage interviews

(Approximately 1 - 2 weeks after the Gallup interview)

After the Gallup interview, your recruiter and the hiring manager will review your resume, their notes from the phone conversations, and the Gallup feedback to decide on the next steps. You should also be decided during this time whether this role is the right career move and if Stryker is the right “home” for you.

If you’ve decided you’d like to move forward, and the hiring team feels the same way, your recruiter will schedule a series of virtual or on-site interviews with the appropriate team members. This may require traveling to one of our office locations and meeting with multiple people. It may also include video interviews with our team members located remotely. Your recruiter will introduce you to a member of our Candidate Care team who will assist you with scheduling travel (if needed), answering any questions you may have, greeting you upon your arrival, and handling any expenses.

*Note: Depending on the number of people you will be interviewing with, their schedules/locations, and your schedule, this process may take a few weeks to organize.

First time interviewing for a job or has it been a while since you have had an interview? Here are some interview tips on prepping for the day!


6. Selection

(Approximately 3 days - 1 week after the final stage interviews)

Following your interviews, our team will connect to make a final decision. Your recruiter will remain in contact during this time and let you know once a decision is made. You will receive a phone call from the recruiter to discuss the feedback and decision.

We strive to have decisions made within a week of interviews but there are times it may take longer depending on the number of candidates interviewing and the availability of the hiring team. Should you have any questions during this time, please contact your recruiter.


7. Offer

(Approximately 3 days - 1 week after selection)

Once the decision is final, your recruiter will contact you immediately and provide you with a verbal offer. From there, they will send you a formal offer letter which we ask that you review and sign by the date outlined in the offer.

When your recruiter receives your signed offer letter, this may begin any local background check processes. You will receive instructions on the completion of this step via email. The background check process can take up to two weeks for processing. During this time you will likely hear from your new manager to start discussing your first week.

Once your background check is complete, you will receive a confirmation email and instructions for your first day.


8. Onboarding


If you have received and accepted an offer from Stryker, you will work with your recruiter and/or HR business partner to determine a start date and next steps for orientation!

Welcome to the Stryker family! #WeAreStryker


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