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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Interview Questions

Updated Nov 3, 2014
Updated Nov 3, 2014
59 Interview Reviews

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  1.  

    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Panel of interviewers and interview with hiring manager. Two interviews, fairly straightforward questions. Behavioral type stuff with HR. More matter of fact get to know you with hiring manager. That's it. That's all I remember. Stop torturing me.

    No Offer
  2.  

    Phd Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Started with a short on site interview and was asked for references. But no follow up whatsoever. No replies for email inquiries either. Overall the interview was not professional as you never heard back from the hiring manager. Nor did she ever reply your emails.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  3.  

    Associate Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview Details

    Long drawn process with multiple interviews and panels. Unclear on hiring decision timing. Interesting to see the dynamics between interviewers. Lack of communication and not level setting expectations from the interview process was evident based on the questions that were asked during the interviews.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and after 2 weeks I talked to the hiring manager over the phone. He was friendly and professional and we talked about my skills and past experience.
    After a month I went for on-site interview. Surprisingly, I did not know the schedule until two days before, so it was difficult to arrange for acceptable transportation. Even more surprisingly, Novartis did not provide any lunch or assistance to get one, although 'lunch' word was on the agenda. Moreover, the hiring manager turned out to be an intimidating person, or I should say, was the master of intimidation. Fortunately, everyone else was just opposite - professional and friendly. I left with very mixed filings.
    Despite I was disappointed with the image of Novartis I still decided to follow up - wrote a nice letter to the manager asking how things move. Zero response for next two months. Probably my email ended up in spam, how otherwise lack of response for such a long time can be explained??? By the way, they never reimbursed my expenses I had during the interview.
    EDIT: to be fair - I just got the reimbursement check.

    Importantly, after couple more months Novartis re-posted the same job description under a DIFFERENT Job Title and number; an entry level position this time!!! Cannot make up your mind, or too busy with internal reorganizations?

    What a cool example of good business conduct.

    Interview Questions
    • HR question: How did you get your last position at XXX, did you know somebody?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Process Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Called in for interview. Was interviewed by three groups consisting of four in each group. They asked
    some very good questions that I was prepared for, but they did ask one question I had never heard before that was challenging.

    Interview Questions
    • This question was totally unexpected, they asked me who was my worst enemy.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Senior Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in East Hanover, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in East Hanover, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I wasnot able to have a in-person 1:1 discussion with my hiring manager, just had a phone interview with the person.
    One of the people interviewing me didnot see my CV in advance, instead skimmed over it in front of me.
    Had an impression that people are quite aloof in the department and not that welcoming to a candidate

    Interview Questions
    • 1.You have worked in so many places, what is it that you are looking for?
      2. Describe a situation where you were involved in a work place conflict and how did you solve it.
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Formulation Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Was interviewed by 2 scientists and 1 HR person. The interview with one of the scientist was an on-site phone interview which caught me totally by surprise as I was not expecting that. The interview went fine but the phone interview with the PI was a difficult one. No technical questions asked. Only behavioral.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Clinical Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview Details

    Interviewers hadn't read my resume. Was not clear who the hiring manager was. It has taken an absurdly long time to hear back about the position.

    Interview Questions
    • None of the questions were too difficult or unexpected.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Senior Bio Statistician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Phone interview, followed by HR phone interview, followed by on site interview. Hiring for rrecent PhDs

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Statistician Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    It took about one hour. The contents of the job is introduced in details. Discuss about the problems to be solved in intern and research experience of the related work are asked. Then the projects in the resume are asked. No specific technical questions are asked. It took about two weeks to process.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer

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