I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in August 2012.
Interview Details – 4 step interview process. HR screen, manager, seperate manager, then regional manager. They use a behavior based interview model. Answer all question using the STAR model.
Interview Question – "With physician access being an issue in today's pharmaceutical sales market in the past what have you done to overcome this." Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in August 2011.
Interview Details – I was invited to attend a "cattle call" type interview at mid-level hotel ballroom. After telling the audience about the company and position, the host asked who wanted a position. At that point, what they are really looking for is go-getters to get up and get in line - literally, it took all of us about 60 seconds to "get it", but eventually everyone got up and got in a big line. As you worked your way to the front, you were asked to give a 30 second commercial of yourself, if you pass this test, they invite you to another room to talk to two company recruiters, if you pass this test, they schedule an interview at a later time with two other recruiters. At the call back interview, they ask you to bring your grades, and all other proof of acheivement. This is as far as I decided to go. It was obvious that they are looking to see how aggressive you are, without being offensive and pushy. If, in the ballroom, you can't get their attention in 30 seconds, the assumption is, you won't be able to get a docs attention either.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you failed and what the outcome was. Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in July 2010.
Interview Details – Literally a 4 minute interview thru a job fair. Will never attend one of those again. Interviewer had a set lis of questions, about 8, and the interview was then over. Never heard back from them.
Interview Question – Why do you want to work for us? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in December 2009.
Interview Details – Phone interview, face to face, ride along, another face to face and finally with regional manager
Interview Question – Describe your strengths Answer Question
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