Novartis Pharmaceuticals Interview Questions

Updated Apr 14, 2015
Updated Apr 14, 2015
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    Senior Sales Consultant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview

    They asked typical interview questions. You should answer in this format: Situation, Action Result. Also do research on the promoting product and MOA. Be able to verbalize the product and benefit during the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you create a launch strategy for a new product?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The offer was fair

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    Scientist Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview

    Phone screening then brought in for a 1/2 day with a panel (peers) and a couple of one-on-one interviews. Time from applying to getting the offer was less than a month.

    Interview Questions

    • Very standard behavior-type questions (describe how you have handled a difficult co-worker, etc.) and several specific technical questions relating to the position.   Answer Question
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    Chemist Interview

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview

    Participated in on-campus interview process in fall. Prior to on-campus interview, also had a phone interview. Waited ~1.5 month before receiving an invitation for on-site interview. Fairly typical on-site interview process. Dinner night one with 'peers'....seemed more interested in holding their own conversation than in getting to know me. Next day, presentation early am, followed by a series of one-on-one interviews from various levels of people.

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    Associate Director, Senior Applications Architect Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (East Hanover, NJ).

    Interview

    Hiring manager usually does the real interview, sometimes there will be a follow-up interview by others in the team. After that you will progress to the next round with department head along with HR

    Interview Questions

    • Architecture related case studies, GxP validation related questions will most certainly be asked   Answer Question
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    Human Resources Director Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    SImple and easy; they were dazzled by rich anecdotes and optics, not so much on substance.

    Interview Questions

    • Philosophical querstions, like "what do you believe is the purpose of..."   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiating. They came in with an offer that was their best and final, which I thought was fair.

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    Finance Manager Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    There is a interview guide with set questions from HR, but no input from HR so the STAR questions "tell me of a time" are not coordinated from interviewer to interviewer.

    Interview Questions

    • Typical "tell me why you are looking" "tell me of a time when you had to.... and so on and so on."   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Not any negotiation and the hiring manager wouldn't even give 24 hours to think about it. I had to do a verbal yes on the phone before seeing the written offer.

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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview

    I was able to get an interview because of a friend. The district manager was fine, but the regional manager was tough. He kept glancing at my watch and made me feel unwanted and under valued. I ending up getting the job, but I swore I was out.

    Negotiation

    No, I tried to negotiate because it was 8k lower than where I was at; however, I was unemployed at the time and they told me there were five more people lined up to take my job and that was all they could give me since I had barely two years of sales experience.

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    Neuroscience Sales Specialist Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview

    It was a casual interview. No trip up questions. Asked more about my needs and goals for myself. Seemed more interested in my level of understanding of the position and my business approach.

    Interview Questions

    • I do not remember any difficult questions. They were all inquiring about my approach to business. I was honest so they were easy and the interviewer seemed to recognize that.   Answer Question
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    Clinical Safety Scientist Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    I had 3 rounds of interviews

    Interview Questions

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    Director Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Worked as consultant and moved into permanent position

    Interview Questions

    • Since I was there as a consultant, I did not have a formal interview process   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    N/A

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