4 Parts to Interviewing Candidates for Medical Device Roles

February 12, 2020


Are you looking to hire medical device professionals? Or, are you a professional seeking new job opportunities in the industry?

Today’s guest is Mitch Robbins, founder and managing director of The Anthony Michael Group. He is a recruiter who specializes in quality and regulatory for the medical device industry. In this episode, Mitch breaks down the pros and cons of the four parts to the candidate interview process.



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Some highlights of this episode include:

  • Candidate Prep and Priorities: Purpose is to help candidates decide whether to move forward in interview process by establishing value during initial interactions.
  • Do’s and Don’ts: Focus on previous outcomes, express interest in the company, and ask relevant questions, but avoid premature display of lack of interest.
  • Statistics:
    • 46% of all new hires fail within 18 months, and only 19% are successful.
    • 81% percent of people lie about themselves during job interviews.
  • Interview Process:
    • Part 1: Initial Assessment (core competencies vs. skills on resume)
    • Part 2: Competency Interview (hiring manager recaps core competencies for candidates to ask questions that indicate level of interest)
    • Part 3: DNA Interview (3-5 characteristics of top performers in company)
    • Part 4: Test Drive (put finalists in real-world scenario to perform)
  • Tips and Trends: On-demand interviews, videos, consistent theme to predict career trajectory, and contributing to work culture.


Related Resources:

Mitch Robbins’s Email

The Anthony Michael Group

Leadership IQ: Why New Hires Fail

Looking Good and Lying to Do It: Deception as an Impression Management Strategy in Job Interviews

Pre-market Notification 510(k)

MedTech True Quality Stories Podcast

Greenlight Guru True Quality Roadshow

Greenlight Guru

Greenlight Guru YouTube Channel


Memorable Quotes by Mitch Robbins:

“I would just encourage that Human Resources is not just checking boxes.”

“Eighty-one percent of people lied about themselves during job interviews.”

“Never surprise a candidate with a test drive. It leaves a bad impression as far as putting somebody on the spot without enough time to properly prepare.”

“If you are in a bind, and you do need talent...bring in a contractor before ruining your culture.”



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