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Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2014
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Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at Eli Lilly.

Interview Details – Personality test first, if you don't pass, you can't re apply for 6 months. Want tot make sure you are a true sales person I think. Then phone screen to make sure you can communicate and don't seem crazy. Then 1 face to face with 2 managers, STAR format, experiences, just chatting, very comfortable. Dress conservative, make them enjoy spending time with you. Patient focus is KEY, team work is also key, and work/life balance. After interview, had a few phone conversations with hiring manager to get to know me a little better on a personal level.

Interview Question – What areas can you improve on in your current position?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation, just took the job!


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Difficult Interview

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
San Francisco, CA

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Eli Lilly in April 2014.

Interview Details – Took an online assessment/ personality test after submitting my cover letter and resume. Took two weeks to get back to me about the interview. I was referred by a family friend who has been working for the company for a very long time. Don't worry too much about the personality test but it's definitely better to pass it. The biggest thing is having sales experience, some exposure to the medical field or office in the past. They want someone with a lot of experience, doesn't matter how awesome and young you are.

Interview Question – What are some projects your worked on in college?   View Answer


No Offer

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Average Interview

Senior Associate Pharmaceutical Project Management Interview

Senior Associate Pharmaceutical Project Management
Indianapolis, IN

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Eli Lilly in March 2014.

Interview Details – I was surprised how quickly the process moved. I had a request for a first interview ten days after applying. The Administrative Assistant who welcomed me was very accommodating of my needs prior to the interview time. I was interviewed by four people, all of who were very nice and thorough with their questions.

Interview Question – What did you do to improve employee morale for those on the project team you managed?   Answer Question


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Difficult Interview

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative

I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Eli Lilly in November 2010.

Interview Details – Apply on line first and take a profile assessment. If that goes through then a phone interview. Once that goes through you will get a f2f with 3 hiring managers. Possibly a interview with the RD.

Interview Question – explain a time when you have had to go above and beyond your normal duties.   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Eli Lilly.

Interview Details – First a phone interview with an Eli Lilly recruiter, then 2 face to face interviews with different managers.

Interview Question – A scenario/hypothesis question that i can't remember now.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – The geography was better for me with Eli Lilly


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative

Interviewed at Eli Lilly

Interview Details – Application followed by online test (about an hour). Contacted by recruiter scheduling a phone interview. Lasted about 15 minutes. Contacted by another and scheduled face to face interview with 3 district managers. Lasted about an hour. Said followup will be in one to two weeks

Interview Question – Name a time when you had to change someone's opinion to fit your own?   Answer Question


No Offer

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Difficult Interview

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

I applied online and interviewed at Eli Lilly.

Interview Details – I applied for a position online and once submitted received an email to complete a screening questionnaire. Approximately a week later, I received an email to schedule a phone interview with a hiring recruiter. Phone interview was pretty basic, I was asked general questions about my resume and why I was interested in a position in pharmaceutical sales. At the completion of the phone interview, the recruiter said she was going to recommend that I move forward in the interview process. The recruiter did not have any information regarding when the in-person interview would be held, but told me I would be contacted within 2 weeks with details. Within the two weeks, I received an email from another individual to schedule my in-person interview. The interview was held at a local hotel and lasted approximately 1 hour. Panel interview consisted of three people, and while the questions could have been tough, it was nothing I didn’t expect because I had done research on potential questions that would be asked. Following my interview, the hiring manger stated that everyone would be notified within one week of their status. The following week, I received an email from the hiring manager that I was selected for a final interview and if I would be available to meet him at a local Panera to further discuss the position. The final interview lasted about an hour, and the hiring manger stated the purpose was to learn more about my thought process and see if I would fit in with the region’s team. During this interview, the hiring manager went into greater detail about the position and the company’s bonus structure. I was only asked a few questions and they were pretty tough. The following week I received a call from the hiring manger that he had went with one of the other finalists who had more experience in the industry.

Interview Question – What products will this position be selling?   Answer Question


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No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
White Plains, NY

I applied online - interviewed at Eli Lilly in July 2012.

Interview Details – Seemingly streamlined, and likely that is the belief on the inside. After you complete the enormous online profile and take the time consuming assessment, you are then contacted contacted via email and or phone to arrange for a "phone screen" with a 3rd party screening company. This is pure luck of the draw in whom you speak with. Very generic questions on job history, why pharma, explanation of process and position. If selected, you will then be contacted via email to select a date and time from a list for a face to face interview. The face to face was with 3 people. Two regional managers and one sales rep. The questioning was a walk thru the resume, explanation of each of there own personal history at Lilly, and then various other "why do you want to be in Pharma sales" type questions. One of the managers was a bit over the top in questioning. Based on my prior professional experiences, the questions were "loaded", and skewed to the point of not being answerable. Questions regarding the working dynamic and norms within the industry,company and position. All things one gathers thru experience, much like I suspect he did as well.

Interview Question – How do you see a "no see" doctor?   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Eli Lilly.

Interview Details – Initial phone screening from outside vendor basically reviewing work history and asking very basic questions. Next is panel interview with 2 DSM's or 1 DSM and 1 Rep. Final interviews are with potential DSM for final approval. Most questions are in the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action, Result). Be prepared with multiple stories you can reference throughout.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time that you disagreed with your manager.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Dallas, TX

I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Eli Lilly.

Interview Details – Phone screen from recruiter, Face to Face Interview with District Manager, Panel Interview with 3 managers, Final interview with Manager.

Interview Question – What is the most competitive thing you did last week that wasn't related to work?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Manager informed me that there was no room for negotiation, that the salary came from HR. Other reps commented that that wasn't their same experience.

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