Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Representative Interview Questions

Updated Jul 6, 2015
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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Eli Lilly (San Francisco, CA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    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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    • What are some projects your worked on in college?   1 Answer
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    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Eli Lilly.

    Interview

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

    Interview Questions

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

    Reasons for Declining

    The geography was better for me with Eli Lilly

  3. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • Name a time when you had to change someone's opinion to fit your own?   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Eli Lilly.

    Interview

    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.

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Eli Lilly.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • Tell me about a time that you disagreed with your manager.   Answer Question
  7. Helpful (1)  

    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Eli Lilly (Dallas, TX).

    Interview

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

    Interview Questions

    • What is the most competitive thing you did last week that wasn't related to work?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    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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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Eli Lilly (Saint Louis, MO) in February 2012.

    Interview

    Online assesment, phone interview and group panel interview.

    Interview Questions

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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Eli Lilly (Champaign, IL) in January 2012.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • Why is a man hole cover round?   1 Answer
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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Eli Lilly (Indianapolis, IN) in November 2011.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • Phone interview was basic information such as, how would handle a difficult co-worker.   Answer Question
    • 1:1 interview was a bit more complex with questions like how you would handle this situation, more in depth of what you can bring to the table for them.   Answer Question
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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Tuscaloosa, AL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Eli Lilly (Tuscaloosa, AL) in November 2011.

    Interview

    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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Pros: “Lilly is probably one of the most Stand Up Pharmaceutical companies in the US. Great reputation with the medical community. I have promoted a variety of products with them for over...”“Lilly is probably one of the most Stand Up Pharmaceutical companies in the US. Great reputation with the medical community. I have promoted a variety of products with them for over 20 years and have seen the respect for people in the field by the home office in Indy. Never asked me to do something that I wasn't comfortable with. If you have a good work ethic, you can go far. salary is in the upper third. They've never been a company to offer low base and crazy bonus structure. It sends the wrong message and drives uber aggressive behavior. Lilly Always has a pipeline of products to hopefully fill those coming off patent.” – Full Review

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