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Eli Lilly Sales Representative Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 12, 2014
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Sales Representative Interview

Sales Representative

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Eli Lilly.

Interview Details – you must go through personality screening before a phone interview

Interview Question – how are you going to get past the gatekeeper   Answer Question


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Specialty Sales Representative Interview

Specialty Sales Representative
Kansas City, MO

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed 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 Question – 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

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Primary Care Sales Representative Interview

Primary Care Sales Representative
Salt Lake City, UT

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 11 months - interviewed at Eli Lilly in September 2009.

Interview Details – Thorough process. Online assessment of personality. Phone interview. Face to face with two sales managers followed by two more interviews with hiring manager. The entire interview process took 11 months.

Interview Question – Be prepared to sell your weaknesses.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I gave them a minimum salary expectation, they tried to go under that, I held my ground. They conceded.


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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No Offer

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Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
Los Angeles, CA

I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Eli Lilly in January 2009.

Interview Details – Pretty Basic..

1. Phone interview
2. On site

*Name some products that we sell
*Tell us a time when you faced a difficult situation
*How have you shown leadership
*How do you deal with rejection?

Interview Question – Name some more drugs that we sell   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
Indianapolis, IN

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed 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


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No Offer

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Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
Champaign, IL

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed 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 Question – Why is a man hole cover round?   View Answer


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No Offer

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Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Saint Louis, MO

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Eli Lilly in February 2012.

Interview Details – Online assesment, phone interview and group panel interview.

Interview Questions


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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
Tuscaloosa, AL

The process took 5+ weeks - interviewed 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

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
Peoria, IL

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed 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 Question – Describe a time in which you had to persuade someone to see your point of view?   Answer Question

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