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BD Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 18, 2014
All Interviews Received Offers

Getting an Interview  

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Interview Experience  

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Interview Difficulty  

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Engineer Interview

Engineer
San Jose, CA

I applied online and interviewed at BD.

Interview Details – Phone screen with the manager then leading to on-site interview with several one on one interviews. HR almost non-existent in the entire process until the last moment when discussing fiscal logistics. Pretty generic interview, nothing too outlandishly hard. As long as you did your homework on their products, as well as demonstrate something that you've done in the past that is relevant to the role you're applying for, it shouldn't be too stressful.

Interview Question – Can you explain to me what flow cytometry is?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not able to negotiate given my position. Not able to extend offer date to allow for multiple interviews to continue.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Scientist II Interview

Scientist II

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at BD.

Interview Details – Applied on company website and got a call from HR. Brief phone screen with HR, and then phone screen with hiring manager. After that, went for onsite interviews. It was a full day interview with members of the potential group. Mostly questions about experience, projects worked on. .Finally, another in-depth interview with HR, mostly behavioral questions.

Interview Question – Give me an example of a time when you solved a problem thinking outside of the box.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Biochemist I Interview

Biochemist I

I applied online - interviewed at BD in July 2014.

Interview Details – I applied for the position through their website and received a response from the director of the department four days later. A phone interview was scheduled for the following day. Most of the questions were technical regarding protein and DNA laboratory techniques. The interview lasted for less than 45 minutes and at the end I was told to expect a reply within 3 weeks.

Interview Question – Almost all were technical questions, e.g. "What is the difference between ion-exchange and affinity chromatography and when would each of them be used instead of the other?"   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Senior Buyer Interview

Senior Buyer
Franklin Lakes, NJ

I applied through other source and the process took 2 days - interviewed at BD.

Interview Details – Questions could have been more job related and some of the Interviewers could have been more prepared with more relevant questions. One person just walked me around the building, not knowing what they wanted to say.

Interview Question – How did you achieve your cost savings   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Relaxed and professional


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Specialist Interview

Specialist

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at BD in August 2010.

Interview Details – Started with HR contact and initial screening discussion. Phone interview with hiring manager followed in a week or two. After about 6 weeks, was called in for a team interview. Interview was relaxed, professional, and non-threatening. A lot of good information about the role was communicated. Job offer came within about two weeks.

Interview Question – Can't think of one.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Typical.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Scientist Interview

Scientist
Franklin Lakes, NJ

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at BD in March 2014.

Interview Details – In general it was a great experience. There are a lot of behavior questions during phone interview. They would break you with questions in the middle of the presentation and get ready to answer tough questions.

Interview Question – what will you do if you have two deadlines but you have no time to meet both   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Senior Scientist Interview

Senior Scientist

Interviewed at BD

Interview Details – Overall the experience went well, interviewers were friendly, but I was not impressed with the overall operation. This was for a job in Baltimore and the hiring manager for a senior scientist position was fresh out of a PhD program - did not seem like the right fit for me. I was offered the job after a few weeks of waiting, and by then had already accepted another offer.

Interview Question – I was asked your typical behavioral interview questions read directly off of some generic list.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Staff Scientist Interview

Staff Scientist

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at BD.

Interview Details – team interview process

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – no negotiation


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Field Sales Representative Interview

Field Sales Representative
Chicago, IL

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at BD in November 2012.

Interview Details – Interview process was fairly straightforward. Phone interview with HR->Phone Interview with Manager->Face to Face with Manager->Face to Face with Director, VP, HR, and several others-> offer.

Negotiation Details – Simple back and forth between base pay and vacations time.


Declined Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Core Team Member Interview

Core Team Member

I applied in-person and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at BD.

Interview Details – Takes a long time and is vague. Wasn't certain who to contact for follow up.

Interview Question – How would you balance an initiative to innovate on new ideas and developing concepts into products?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – The CTM position is a no-win situation. All the blame, all the responsibility and no time to actually perform the function.

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