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Eli Lilly Sales Representative Interview Questions

Updated Nov 23, 2014
Updated Nov 23, 2014
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    Specialty Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kansas City, MO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kansas City, MO
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Eli Lilly.

    Interview Details

    On-Line personality and compatability screening. If you fail this, you do not move on (even though a lot of great reps fail this!). Following this: Phone interview, panel interview (3 managers for 1 hour each, separately), then a final interview with a hiring manager who made a decision within a day.

    Interview Questions
    • What are your most profound weaknesses? (The intensity of the question and demand for an immediate answer were just high pressure)   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Took what I could as the industry was hot at the time
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in White Plains, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in White Plains, NY
    Application Details

    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 Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Louis, MO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Louis, MO
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Eli Lilly in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    Online assesment, phone interview and group panel interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Champaign, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Champaign, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Eli Lilly in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    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
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tuscaloosa, AL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tuscaloosa, AL
    Application Details

    The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Eli Lilly in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Eli Lilly in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Peoria, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Peoria, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Eli Lilly in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview was a joke. It was scheduled for 30 minutes but the interviewer ripped off 5 situational interview questions in 15 minutes. At one point he said I was taking too long - I was barely 2 minutes into a question. Bad idea to outsource this task.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time in which you had to persuade someone to see your point of view?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbus, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbus, OH
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Eli Lilly in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Initially introduced to the opportunity through a friend who is a current Lilly employee. After applying online and passing their employee pre-screening questionnaire, I was given the opportunity for a phone interview. They were very punctual when it came for my phone interview and it lasted about 30 minutes. Most of the questions were situation-based i.e. Explain a time when you had to gain someone's trust. How did you do it? Overall, the interviewer was very nice and we had an opportunity at the end of the interview for more casual conversation. The most important thing is to be yourself and talk in a conversational manner as opposed to stiff question and answer. They're looking for personality here and if you can make connections with a stranger. About a week or so later I received an email explaining that the position I initially applied for was no longer available or had been filled but was encouraged to apply for other positions within the company.

    Interview Questions
    • Explain a time when you had to gain someone's trust and how did you do that?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Danbury, CT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Danbury, CT
    Application Details

    The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Eli Lilly in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    Started off with an online application, got an email for a phone interview. After the phone interview heard back 3 hours later and was asked to complete an offical application. Heard back in 2 days setting up a face-to-face.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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