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Updated Feb 9, 2015
Updated Feb 9, 2015
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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Carbondale, IL
    Anonymous Employee in Carbondale, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Eli Lilly in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Great company recruiting effort. Human Resource department is very knowledgeable and is there to answer any and all questions form potential hires. Application process has moved along very quickly for me. They couldn't interview me in the territory so they paid all my expenses to travel to the closest branch office. Very positive experience so far. Should find out this week if I make it to the next stage.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked " what I thought of the recent Dow activity?"   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Application Details

    The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Eli Lilly in December 2009.

    Interview Details

    1. Recruiter meeting
    2. Individual interview with recruiter
    3. panel interview
    4. 6 1:1 manager interviews
    5. e-mail offer

    Interview Questions
    • Explain your research project as if I were a 6 year old child.   Answer Question
    • How will doctors perceive you first impression vs. after getting to know you?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Eli Lilly in November 2009.

    Interview Details

    I filed out a personality test and then was asked for a one on one interview. For the one on one I met with a HR representative for an hour. Basic behavioral interview, did not receive much feedback but heard quickly after the interview that I did not make the next round.

    Interview Questions
    • She asked why I was coming to be a pharmacueticals rep given my background? (Liberal arts degree and then in my first year of MBA)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Augusta, ME
    Anonymous Employee in Augusta, ME
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Eli Lilly in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    Over the course of 3 weeks, I interviewed. Standard stuff in the beginning...IQ/Personality test, phone interview, 2 manager panel (one RM and one DM) interview that lasted almost 2 hours. I was notified that within 3 hours that I was moving forward. I rec'd a call that evening from the RM that I interviewed with that afternoon. We set up a 1:1 coffee interview at local coffee shop. Asked questions to get to know me and to see if I "mesh" with his current representatives. He felt I would. He set up for me a FULL DAY ride along with one of his best reps. I asked the rep if he would recommend me (I was the 2nd person he had ride along with him) and he said that he would rather work with me than the other person. I got a call the next day and the 2 managers from the panel scheduled a dinner with me for the following week. (I was excited at this point because my brother in law says this is when they will offer you the job). 1 day prior to the scheduled dinner I got THE call. The RM called me and said that he had to take a transfer due to corporate restructuring. YADA YADA YADA! Oh well.

    Interview Questions
    • What motivates me?   View Answer
    • Why Lilly   View Answer
    • This is not a question, but some advice. Follow the instructions to EVERY interview. During my panel, the next candidate just walked in the room where we were interviewing. The instructions stated to wait outside the "Magnolia Room". Once he was ushered out, one of the managers returned and stated, "he cannot follow directions - next!"   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Reno, NV
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Reno, NV
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Eli Lilly in September 2009.

    Interview Details

    First Phone interview, second face to face interview after passing large test of personality questions

    Interview Questions
    • How would you present to a manager a difference of opinion?   Answer Question
    • Name how your gained access to a difficult customer   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Was able to receive moving expenses
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Primary Care Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 11+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    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
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Eli Lilly in May 2009.

    Interview Details

    The interview process, though very long, was very easy, so long that you aren't late or anything. We got to go out to lunch and really didn't talk about the job that much until desert. I got the offer after letting them know how great I did at my last sales job, but I turned it down.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Consultantenior Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Eli Lilly in May 2009.

    Interview Details

    Hiring process was a phone interview, an interview with 2 people who would NOT be your manager then an interview with the manager

    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    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 Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Eli Lilly in November 2008.

    Interview Details

    Great communication. Felt very comfortable. However, did not think the Panel interview was a good set up for a sales rep interview. I think they should have had the third round have more to do with selling and less with some of the random tactic questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe any technical skill you have to us, as if we were 5 year olds.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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