A Step-by-Step Guide to Danaher’s Hiring Process

An inside view of your candidate journey—from application to onboarding

Applying to a new job can feel anticlimactic. After careful research, getting excited about your potential fit, polishing your resume, and writing a thoughtful cover letter, you’re likely energized and excited about the possibility of a life-changing role. Then you submit your application and where there should be fireworks, there’s silence. At Danaher, we try to communicate as much as possible along the way, but rather than risk you waiting and worrying, we have created this step-by-step guide to give you a behind-the-scenes view of our recruiting process.


Note: While timelines can vary by role, this guide provides ranges that apply to most hiring processes at Danaher and our OpCos.

Step 1: Application

Once you find a role that fits your experience and career goals, submit your resume and additional details through our online portal. Afterwards, U.S. candidates will be prompted to set up a candidate homepage, which you can use to track your application status.

Timing: Our recruiters typically spend two to three weeks reviewing applications before selecting qualified applicants and scheduling phone screens.

Step 2: Reviewing your application & scheduling a phone screen 

If your experience and ambition satisfy the job requirements, we’ll reach out to schedule an initial phone screening, where you’ll have a chance to share more about your background and learn about the role and our company. Depending on the position, a recruiter may then send you additional skill-based assessments.

Timing: If you’re selected to move on to the next round, a recruiter will get in touch to schedule your in-person interviews—all of which will happen within three to five weeks. If you are not selected, we’ll let you know within 10 business days.

Step 3: In-person interviews

Meet members of the hiring team in a series of interviews.  At this stage, we want to get to know you better, through stories about your experience, your preferred learning style, and the environment where you do your best work. Depending on the role, you’ll meet with between three and eight stakeholders. We may ask you to complete additional skills-based assessments at this point in the process.

Timing: The in-person interview process can take three to five weeks, depending on scheduling and the number of interviews. You should receive an offer or rejection five to ten days after your final in-person interview. 

Step 4: Receiving an offer

If you’re selected for the role, you’ll receive a verbal and written offer including information on your new job title, team, compensation, and benefits.

Step 5: Onboarding & preparing to start your new role

Should you accept our offer, we’ll send you new-hire paperwork and ask you to complete a background check and drug screening.

Timing: Onboarding can take approximately three weeks, but timelines vary.

Interviewing During Shelter in Place 

Given the current circumstances due to COVID-19, we’re conducting all interviews virtually. We know it’s difficult to replace in-person conversations, but we’re glad to say we continue to hire and have already extended a few offers remotely. 

To make up for a visit to the office, we’re making an extra effort to share what it’s like to work with the team and to provide candidates with details about our culture and working styles. Toward the end of the interview process, some managers gather their entire teams for a video call to help a candidate get a better sense of team dynamics.

Thinking about realizing your potential at Danaher? Now that you have a sense of what to expect, check out our jobs page to learn more, or to browse open roles. You can also read more about researching Danaher and about the interview process. We can’t wait to learn more about you.