I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Merck in June 2012.
Interview Details –
Company moves somewhat slowly through the interview process. After an initial phone interview with the hiring manager and team leader, two weeks later an on-site interview was extended.
Aside from accomodations being set quickly by the travel department, most aspects of the 1:1 interview were poorly planned. Didn't receive a schedule for the day until right before dinner the night before. Dinner was with two team leaders. The full interview day began with a research presentation followed by a total of 7 1:1 interviews, which ranged from casual discussion to questions about research. Never heard back with either an offer or rejection. Most people were pleasant to talk to; some were quieter than others and required more leading of the discussion.
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Merck in June 2010.
Interview Details – I had applied for a medicinal chemistry job prior to getting this interview and was contacted directly by the hiring manager about a different opportunity. The interview was a full day, in 30 minute increments speaking with different scientists, mainly PhD chemists. They did ask many technical questions, mostly about the research summary I had provided. There was a dinner the night before with two associate scientists so that you could ask questions about the interview etc.
Interview Question – What do you think is going on in this reaction? (Asking about a reaction in my research summary.) Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Merck in November 2009.
Interview Details – It was strictly a social inteview. Can you put a coherent sentence together? It was the simplest interview I've had in a long time but a hiring freeze kept an offer from being extended. In the end, it led to another interview which led to an offer from another department
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Merck in February 2012.
Interview Details – I received an email to conduct a phone interview with a scientist from Merck. The interview was mostly behavioral with some questions about past experience and also questions about what the most challenging things I have done were.
Interview Question – What was a challenging task and how did you solve it? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
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