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Getting an Interview
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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Eli Lilly (San Francisco, CA) in April 2014.
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.
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- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Eli Lilly.
First a phone interview with an Eli Lilly recruiter, then 2 face to face interviews with different managers.
- A scenario/hypothesis question that i can't remember now. Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
The geography was better for me with Eli Lilly
Helpful (1)No Offer
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
- Name a time when you had to change someone's opinion to fit your own? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferDifficult Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Eli Lilly.
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.
- What products will this position be selling? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at Eli Lilly.
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.
- Tell me about a time that you disagreed with your manager. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks – interviewed at Eli Lilly (Dallas, TX).
Phone screen from recruiter, Face to Face Interview with District Manager, Panel Interview with 3 managers, Final interview with Manager.
- What is the most competitive thing you did last week that wasn't related to work? 1 Answer
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.
Helpful (4)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Eli Lilly (Saint Louis, MO) in February 2012.
Online assesment, phone interview and group panel interview.
Helpful (2)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ months – interviewed at Eli Lilly (Champaign, IL) in January 2012.
Applied online at the end of November 2011, Initial phone interview with Recruiter in early December, 1st Face to Face interview with 2 different panels in early January, 2nd interview with hiring manager in mid-January. Then they decided to do another round of interviews. I was finally told at the end of February I wasn't selected for the position. The position was also reposted online again shortly after. When I asked the hiring manager for feedback as to why I hadn't gotten the offer, he said he would call me and then never did. Overall not a good experience with one of the largest Pharma companies in the world.
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Helpful (2)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Eli Lilly (Indianapolis, IN) in November 2011.
It was all very simple started with the application then the Personality test. After that it went on to the phone interview. If you made it through that then it was a Panel Interview.
Helpful (2)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 5+ weeks – interviewed at Eli Lilly (Tuscaloosa, AL) in November 2011.
The interviewing process with Lilly was very intense. I received an email to schedule a phone interview. This interview was with a recruiter from a 3rd party who knew very little about the company. I asked questions that the interviewer was not prepared to answer; however, the interview (on my behalf) went well, and I was contacted, once again via email, to schedule a face to face interview. I interviewed with two managers on November 30th, 2011 and was told that I would hear back either way in 7 to 10 days. Well after the alleged 7-10days, the HR called me and scheduled a breakfast with me at a local panera bread for late December. We met, chatted, just casual conversation. I was asked a few more questions about how I felt about the position, was it still a good fit for me, and etc. I was told that I would hear information at the beginning of the New Year...the deadline was pushed back to late Feb so I am STILL waiting. BUT...I guess good things come to those who wait.
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