Bristol-Myers Squibb Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 19, 2014
Updated Aug 19, 2014
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    Common of Interview Process Within Company Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4 days - interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    HR was not organized and did not give feedback or even attempt to contact me after the interview process is over. If you make first contact post interview, you will be met with a basic message informing you they will contact you when a decision is made. This is same for most but not all internal employees. Internal employees hear back from external applications more so than internal. Communication is an area HR could work on.

    Interview Questions
    • Which job did you apply for? - HR did not know which job I was interviewing for at the time of my 1:1 with one of the managers on the interview team. Therefor could not provide this individual with the correct information   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Medical Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Princeton, NJ
    Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied on line. Had two separate phone screen interviews. One round of interviews involving about 10 interviewers over 10 days period: on site interview with about 5 interviewers, and another 5 interviews conducted by telephone over several days. Many of interview questions were behavioral.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Principal Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    it took more than 5 weeks to get the interview done. Two runs of phone interviews and 1 onsite interview. Talked to quite a few people, good experience.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Scientist/Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    The HR person was very unprofessional. Called me almost an hour later than scheduled time. Asked a few behavioral questions and that was it. The entire conversation was less than 10 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Associate Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Plainsboro Center, NJ
    Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro Center, NJ
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and a corporate recruiter contacted me a week later. Did a 15-20 minute phone screen during which the recruiter was energetic, positive and welcoming. Boy did that change after the interview.

    I did an onsite interview at two locations with six different. I went to one site in the morning, then had to travel to the second site, have lunch with one of the hiring managers, and then finish up my day with three other directors.

    The company didn't ask me anything about my qualifications for the position I was applying for, and were ill-prepared for the interview. Four of the six people I interviewed with asked me the EXACT same behavioral questions in the exact same order. It was more than a difficult interview, it was pointless. The interviewers were also very rude and seemed to delight in asking tangential, offbeat questions that had next to nothing to do with the job for which I was applying.

    After leaving, the recruiter's tone completely changed. Didn't answer any of my followup emails or phone calls. When I finally did hear back she told me the panel felt I didn't have enough experience for the job. I don't see how they could have made that assumption when none of the six actually asked me about my qualifications. And they made this determination despite the fact that I had 12 years experience doing exactly what they were hiring for. It was pretty obvious to me by the time I got that impersonal email that I was just a time filler and that they already had their person picked.

    Never again.

    Interview Questions
    • None were especially difficult, but after answering the same behavioral questions four times in a row, answering became a bit difficult.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineering Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  New Brunswick, NJ
    Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    The process was easy. First I received a phone call, next I was followed up for an in-person interview. Mostly behavioral questions, then was asked two simple questions about packaging.

    HOWEVER, I find it to be very unprofessional and disrespectful for a company such as BMS not to follow up after my final interview. I have contacted the company asking for an update and was told I'd hear back about the decision within the next two weeks. I did not. I've never had that experience with any other company.
    Do not lie to your applicants that thy'll hear back. Is it really that difficult for the HR person to have a generic e-mail saying "thank you, but no thank you?"

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Scientist, Spectroscopy Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  New Brunswick, NJ
    Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied through employee referral. HR lady called in with a hiring manager followed up with phone interview in 2 weeks. Invited for onsite interview at the New Brunswick site after "duly impressing" HM. Met with HM, a principal scientist, a Sr scientist, an associate director each for 30 min. Then phone interviewed with HR again in the afternoon. Phone interviewed with an associate director next day because of missed appointment. Four weeks later, received an email declining me for a Scientist I position I never applied.

    Interview Questions
    • Unexpected question from HR lady: how to balance speed and quality. Strange question from HR working in pharmaceutical industry, since quality tops everything in pharma   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Associate Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Paterson, NJ
    Anonymous Employee in Paterson, NJ
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

    Interview Details

    I went through a recruiting company. I had two phone interviews that were very interesting. One interview cut off the call after ten to fifteen minutes to begin vacation. The other interview was interesting and intriguing. My interviews did not pertain to the position I was most interested in pursuing. I went for an on - site interview. Initially I was supposed to be in one location and ended up at another. This caused many difficulties in arranging travel for an on - site interview. Of the five interviews I completed, only three were helpful and answered my questions. (Although, my questions about the change of location of the interview or the change in position I wanted were never answered). The other two interviewers were rude and egotistical. I had to give a presentation which was particularly difficult because of the confidentiality clauses I signed at my previous employers.

    Interview Questions
    • These questions all pertained to behavioral type questions that were poorly worded. If the questions, were more straightforward, the answers would have been easier to answer. One interviewer asked about my previous company and explained the problems BMS had with them. I felt pressured to say negative things about my former company. Instead, I chose to discuss the positive points and colleagues I worked with. Overall, this interviewer was not someone I would want to work with and has a poor demeanor.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

    Interview Details

    I had interviews with this company for two different positions. Best interviews I ever had!! Both times, I thought that I would probably be offered the position, but, I got rejected both times. The second time, I had to actually seek out my rejection by sending a follow-up email to the hiring manager two weeks after they said I would receive a response. Immediately after sending my email, I received my rejection email. In this day and age of instant electronic communication, I thought that this was quite unprofessional for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. In addition, they have a somewhat large "Candidate Care Center".

    Interview Questions
    • In my initial phone interview, I was asked how I was performing against my annual goals at my current employer. Fortunately, I knew this answer, but should have written it out before the interview so I could answer it quickly and smoothly.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Initial interview is by phone. Second interview is with multiple managers; as few as 2 and as many as 4. Each asking a variety of questions related to project management and how you would hand a particular situation. All questions are written and each interview participant is assigned a series of questions to ask the applicant. The interview lasts approximately 2 hours. There is no opportunity to stop for water; and no one offered. The interview process is tiring and requires an ability to think on your feet.

    Interview Questions
    • Several questions were asked relating to company vision and products manufactured.   Answer Question
    No Offer

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