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    Manufacturing Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  West Point, PA
    Anonymous Employee in West Point, PA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at Merck in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied for position through mercks website. Heard back a month later and took a personality test online at home. I was contacted by HR and set up an interview which was another month after the personality test.

    Interview Questions
    • You are a manufacturing supervisor coming on to a new shift and give out assignments to your biotechs. One of the biotechs is very unhappy with their assignment and causes a scene in front of everybody and now your on the spot. Do you change their assignment because they are complaining? How would you handle the situation?   Answer Question
    • You see someone taking a shortcut in the clearly defined SOP's . How would you handle the situation?   Answer Question
    • Explain a situation where you had to adapt to change rapidly and explain how you handled it and what was the outcome?   Answer Question
    • Why Merck?   Answer Question
    • Walk me through your resume.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Manufacturing Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Durham, NC
    Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Merck in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    Initially I applied online, several days later I received on online personality survey to complete, 4 weeks later I had a brief phone interview, a week later I had a 3 hour on-site computerized test, 2 weeks later had a panel/round robin style interview with three different departments that lasted over 3 hours. 2 weeks later I received a notification by email that I did not get the job.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a problem you encountered and how you solved it and made improvements.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Merck Manufacturing Development Program Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Anonymous Employee in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at Merck in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    Merck came onto the UC Berkeley Campus in Fall 2009 during an infosession hosted by the UC Berkeley Chapter of AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers). After submitting my resume via On-Campus Recruiting (OCR), I was invited for an interview at the UC Berkeley Career Center.

    On the day of the interview, I was interviewed by a man with a Ph.D degree in Chemical Engineering who worked in the vaccines division. Most of the questions were behavioral, asking you to demonstrate instances in which you took charge in a team or had experience with conflict resolution within a team. Make sure to prepare examples for these behavioral-type questions beforehand. At the end of the interview, I was given an open-ended technical problem that I was asked to propose a solution to. This problem regarded the use of fermenters to produce biologics and how to detect contamination of the product or determine when was the optimal harvest times, etc. This problem was probably designed to test how you think as an engineer.

    Overall, I felt that my interview went okay as I felt I could have provided a better solution to the technical problem. However, I felt my interviewer was the typical engineer stereotype in which he wasn't very engaging and didn't smile at me at all; he wasn't friendly or unfriendly, simply neutral and I was unable to tell if he was interested in me at all.

    Two weeks later, I heard back and was not invited back to proceed with the Interview Process.

    The MMDP program I applied for is apparently a very competitive rotational program.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time where you worked in a team and had to deal with someone who had a very different opinion from you. What did you do?   Answer Question
    • (You're given a sheet of paper with a diagram of a fermenter with a stirrer inside. There is a CO2 outlet and sample outlet and a couple of inputs such as cells, nutrients, etc.) The culture within the fermenter relies on glucose as one of its nutrients. How would you test for contamination of a batch with the given system? How would you determine when the product is ready to be taken to the next stage in the product-development process?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Engineering Intern At A Merck Manufacturing Facility Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Merck in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied to Merck's MMD Fellowship Program which is basically a scholarship and a paid summer internship at a Merck manufacturing facility.

    Less than a week after the application submission deadline, I was informed had I been invited to an interview.

    The interview was a 1:1 with a senior engineer. It lasted about 45 minutes. There was only 5-6 questions and were all situational as in "tell me a time when....". So be prepared to tell them when you led a team, when you encountered conflict working in a team ,etc. Also be prepared to talk about a recent project you worked on, also be able to explain a time when you developed an innovative solution to a problem. Finally, know your resume as they may ask you question off it.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time you developed an innovative solution to a problem   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Manufacturing Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 1 week - interviewed at Merck in August 2007.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview screening, then a round robin type of interview with managers. Many behavior questions were asked but the interviews were long. The work culture will take time to adjust. Some people are smart others are completely lazy.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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