Interview Process

Novanta values your candidate experience throughout every stage of the recruitment process. The following information outlines the Novanta recruitment process.

Submitting an application

Your gateway to Novanta is by submitting a digital version of your resume.

  • Digital: For digital applications, always follow the directions on the job posting. It will ask you either to send your resume by email or complete an online application form. If you apply by email, put your name and the job title in the subject line and attach your resume. If you need to provide a cover sheet, either attach it along with your resume or use the email as your cover sheet. The job posting should indicate what you need to do. If there is an online form, complete the required fields and attach your resume as directed. Include your cover sheet only if the form requires one.

The Interview Process

If you get an interview request, this means the recruiter views you as a quality candidate for the position. The recruiter will contact you to conduct a telephone interview to learn more about your skills, professional experience and career objectives.

The hiring manager will then review your qualifications and decide to conduct an interview. The interview will help the hiring manager determine if you are the correct person for the job. Depending on the number of candidates and the nature of the job, there might be more than one interview. Also, you might have a phone interview before an in-person interview. Here are some interview preparation tips:

  • Do your homework: You should already know something about Novanta from your job searching. Now you need to dig a little deeper. Search Novanta’s online presence and social media for information you can use during the interview. This shows you take an interest in the company. It can also help you decide if the hiring manager offers you the job.
  • Prepare answers to common questions: You can find lists of common interview questions online. Think about how you would answer those before you go into the interview.
  • Be ready for behavioral questions: These are questions about ways you behaved under certain circumstances in the past. They give the hiring manager an idea of how you might react to similar situations in the future. Use the STAR method to respond. Popular behavioral questions include, “Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me how you achieved it” and “Tell me about a time you made a mistake. How did you resolve it?”
  • Dress for success: The interview dress attire at Novanta is business formal unless otherwise instructed by the recruiter or hiring manager.
  • Be polite to everyone: You never know if the person at the front desk, or the person in the elevator are part of the team assessing you. Treat everyone you meet as if they have a say in your hiring.
  • Be honest: Even if an honest answer to a question isn’t the most flattering answer, it is always better to be truthful. Hiring managers generally find honesty appealing and refreshing.
  • Follow up: Be sure to send a follow-up email after each interview. Thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you. Express your continued interest in the position.

Background checks

At some point, the company will likely conduct background and reference checks. Be sure the references on your resume are people who will speak well of you, and their contact information is current. The manager may also verify your education information and any other facts you have supplied about yourself.

If you have provided social media information on your resume, expect the hiring manager to visit them. The hiring manager is looking for consistency between who you are online, in interviews and in your application.

The job offer

You will typically receive a job offer either by phone or email. If by phone, you can expect a follow-up email shortly after that which will review the details of the job offer. It will include the salary, the start date and information about the company’s benefits package.

EEO statement

Novanta is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all federal, state and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sex stereotyping, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status, genetic information and other protected classifications.