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IMS Health Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 2, 2014

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Analyst Interview

Analyst
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at IMS Health in December 2013.

Interview Details – I first had a phone interview that lasted about an hour. The first forty minutes or so were dedicated to a pretty easy case study, and the last 15-20 to some generic behavioral questions and why I was interested in the company. They got back to me within the day about coming into the office for an in-person interview.

At the office, I met with 4 people. In the first portion of the interview, I had to write a mock letter. Next was two standard case studies, neither of which were terribly hard, and finally, a behavior interview.

Interview Question – Had to write a mock letter. A hypothetical client was asking some complex questions that would take my team a week or two to answer, and as manager, I had to respond to the client detailing the delay and why.   View Answer

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Analyst/Consultant Interview

Analyst/Consultant

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at IMS Health.

Interview Details – Applied through school's website. Initial contact was within a week to schedule a phone interview after 5PM as the team is usually very busy. Interview was a conference call with bad reception and one interviewer had a very hard to understand accent. Of course she was the one to describe the job and I understood maybe every fourth word she said. During the case question, the interviewer sighed very loudly, which I found rude and very unprofessional.

Interview Question – -Tell me about your resume
-Why IMS Health?
-What are 3 strengths/weaknesses?
-How do you work on a team?
Case question: Pharma company X is experiencing a drop in sales... what are some reasons for this?
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Consultant Interview

Consultant
San Jose, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at IMS Health in November 2013.

Interview Details – PHONE INTERVIEW

Interview Question – CASE STUDY AND FEW BASIC BEHAVIOR QUESTIONS   View Answer

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Competitive Intelligence Consultant Interview

Competitive Intelligence Consultant
Harrisburg, PA

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at IMS Health in December 2013.

Interview Details – I got called for first round phone interview two months after I had applied online. It was a 45 minute screening and fit interview, or so they said at first. To my surprise, I got asked to work on mini cases, in which they were not looking for structured consulting like approach, but rather wanted to see if you exhibit a thinking process they seek for in this particular position. Aside from that suprise turn of the interview, it was straight forward fit and screen, resume discussion, and motivation for the position.

Interview Question – Your competitor is XYZ company, and they have discontinued their ABC drug, which you have a competitive drug for in Phase II trial. How would you go about trying to find out what happened to ABC drug?   View Answer

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Consultant Interview

Consultant
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at IMS Health in January 2013.

Interview Details – Three rounds, first two where phone interviews one with HR and the next was with Engagement Manager which did at the end a small business case. (4P)
Once I past that round I was invited to a third round in company headquarters in NY for a full day , where I had three case interviews and one behavioral interview.

Interview Question – Teach me something I don't know?   View Answer

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Engagement Manager Interview

Engagement Manager

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at IMS Health.

Interview Details – Consisted of face to face interviews with 3 Engagement Managers (same level I was interviewing for). Then had to prepare a presentation based on a case study (you get 45 minutes to prepare it). Presented this to the 3 people I interviewed with as well as a Senior Principal level.

Interview Question – The case study was the most challenging. Deciding on how deep to go with answers, was there enough info to make clear recommendations, etc.   Answer Question

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Analyst Interview

Analyst
Collegeville, PA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at IMS Health in September 2011.

Interview Details – IMS Consulting Group is the leader in the pharma consulting industry. Their work is truly amazing and their global reach attracts the biggest clients around the world. It was a 2:1 interview on fit questions only. So candidates really have to see for themselves why they are interested in pharmaceutical and healthcare consulting, because that is all IMS does unlike other strategy consulting firms.

Interview Question – Why IMS Consulting?   Answer Question

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Analyst Interview

Analyst
Philadelphia, PA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at IMS Health in March 2011.

Interview Details – My interview experience with IMS Health was one of the worst ever and I would caution future interviewees to be wary of the interviewing etiquette of this company. There were two interviewers present during my interviewer, and the behavior of one of them (a principal in the company) was nothing short of demeaning. The whole process made me feel devalued and humiliated.

First, he told me that picking my application was a "mistake." Throughout the interview, he would cut me off several times without giving me the chance to fully explain myself. He did this a few times. For example, in response to his question about my strengths, I said, "I value hard work." But he cut me off again and remarked condescendingly, "So do I." When he asked me where I could see myself in a few years' time, I replied, "I think my future career plans can take a variety of forms..." Again, he patronizingly cut me off and insisted he only wanted to hear about one "specific" thing. At this point, it became obvious to me that he was deliberately pushing me into a corner. Later, while I was working on the case study, he got up from his seat, walked around the room and made small talk with his colleague, as if oblivious to my presence.

After considering my nonprofit background (my resume is heavily skewed towards the nonprofit sector) and my professed interest in public service as well as working in the nonprofit sector in the future, the interviewer told me, "We are not going to be helping people here (in our company)." A distasteful remark in the context of everything else.

The interviewer also had inferiority complex issues. At one point during the conversation, I explained I was interested in consulting because as a recent college graduate, I wanted to learn a set of extremely useful skills from a group of smart, intelligent and driven people in the field of consulting. The interviewer, for some reason, took my comment as a personal affront. In response, he *pointed* at his colleague (who graduated from an Ivy League school). For some reason, he thought that my reference to "smart, intelligent and driven people" was tainted with elitist connotations and also somehow precluded him (I believe he graduated from some lower tier college). That was absolutely not my intention, and how he came to that conclusion was simply beyond me.

The interviewers were half an hour behind schedule and my interview was truncated to 20 minutes. They simply assumed they could change their schedules without giving the interviewee any notice.

Their unprofessional behavior was a total embarrassment to IMS Health and reflected negatively on the firm as a whole. When I contacted their HR, all the HR manager told me was that the interview process was "competitive" and that "IMS Consulting is a top tier consulting firm" and the interview was supposed to "assess interest and fit." She went on, "In any interview situation, we recognize that the candidate is also using that time to assess whether or not they are interested in the organization." In any case, she might even be right. If my interview experience is any accurate indication of the IMS Health culture as she proclaims, then I am glad to have seen a preview of it during the interview and to avoid the company altogether. The interviewer should be ashamed of himself for bringing down the company's reputation with his lack of professionalism.

Needless to say, I withdrew my application after the interview.

Interview Question – The question was on proportions.   Answer Question

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Managed Market COnsultant Interview

Managed Market COnsultant
Parsippany, NJ

The process took a day - interviewed at IMS Health in May 2010.

Interview Details – 1st: phone interview
2nd: In person at the NJ office, about 4 hrs. interviewed with consultants and managers while working on your case study. there were 4 other candidates in the room. We presented our case individually.

Interview Question – An eight gallon container is full and both a three gallon container and a five gallon container are empty. Without using any other containers, divide the water into two equal amounts.   View Answers (2)

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Difficult Interview

Director of Marketing Interview

Director of Marketing
Plymouth Meeting, PA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at IMS Health in April 2011.

Interview Details – Interviewed with 4 people. Disorganized interview. Feedback was that Sr. Director said I didn't get an offer because I didn't take enough notes. One other person agreed that I didn't take enough notes. The other 2 said I took just the right amount of notes. I didn't take ANY notes. No follow-up was made by IMS of the outcome.

Interview Question – What would you do if you were part of a team that no one understands in this company?   Answer Question

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