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Quintiles Clinical Trial Assistant Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 11, 2014
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Clinical Trials Assistant
Durham, NC

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Quintiles in January 2014.

Interview Details – Had a phone interview and then got asked for an in-person interview. Received an offer within 48 hours. The in person interview was with two of the line managers and one current Clinical Trial Assistant. It was based off of behavioral questions.

Interview Question – If your employer asks you to do something that is against your opinion how would you handle the situation.   Answer Question

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Clinical Trials Assistant

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Quintiles.

Interview Details – First interview by telephone, followed by face to face interviews with 3 managers. Typical interview questions were asked, as well as extensive questions following each job and skills listed on the resume. Managers were encouraging, not judgment or arrogant. Explained the potential job and answered all my questions with detailed answers.

Interview Question – Most difficult question was the weaknesses and why are they weaknesses.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotation was easy since there is a cap for the position. I was given a generous offer and only had to counter once.

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Clinical Trials Assistant
San Diego, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Quintiles in January 2013.

Interview Details – Initial contact was over the phone. Followed up with email.

Interview Question – N/A - lots of cliche questions "what are you strengths/ weaknesses"?   Answer Question

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Senior Clinical Trials Assistant

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Quintiles.

Interview Details – Applied online through the quintiles website. received a phone call which was the initial phone interview. no scheduling, was just done right then and there. This consisted of basic interview questions, "why do you want to work here", "what are your strengths/weaknesses", etc. Then was called back a week later for a F2F interview. 2 managers were present.. also asked a lot of the same basic interview questions as in phone interview. none were particularly difficult.

Interview Question – Describe an instance in a job you have had where you disagreed with your manager and how did you handle it?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – did not negotiate.

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Clinical Trials Assistant Interview

Clinical Trials Assistant
San Diego, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Quintiles in May 2012.

Interview Details – Phone interview - Explanation of position, Questions about Past Work History, Questions about Interest, Invitation for Face to Face Interview
F2F Interview - Detailed Discussion of Work Details, Discussion of Past Work History, Discussion of Salary Expectations.
Boss Phone Call- Job Offer, Discussion of Salary Assigned
HR Phone Call- Paperwork to be Emailed
Drug Test/ Background Check

Interview Question – The work can be very tedious, are you sure you want to do this?   View Answer

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Clinical Trials Assistant Interview

Clinical Trials Assistant
Durham, NC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Quintiles in August 2008.

Interview Details – I was interviewed by 7 people, and the process took approximately 3-4 hours. You need to be able to answer questions such as "what are 2 of your weaknesses." But, all-in-all, it was a relatively pressure-free process.

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Negotiation Details – There are NO salary negotiations for a role such as mine. If you need a job, take the offer because it's a pretty good company to work for so far.

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Clinical Trial Assistant

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Quintiles.

Interview Details – The 1st interview was conducted by Clinical Operations Manager in person.

The 2nd interview was conducted by Clinical Operation Director via phone.

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Sr. Clinical Trials Assistant Interview

Sr. Clinical Trials Assistant

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Quintiles in January 2008.

Interview Details – The company's HR contacted me about my application. They asked a few basic questions about my experience and then we scheduled a face to face interview. Quintiles almost always has 2 people interview you. One in-person and one via teleconference by one of their managers who work from home. The secretary took me to a small conference room where the telecon was already set up and I spoke on the phone with one of their managers. Shortly after that, I had the face-to-face interview with another manager who is office-based. They generally asked the same questions. They started with asking me about my previous experience and what I did there. Then, they explained a little bit about the job. They asked questions about how I would handle a large workload with competing deadlines (since you are usually put on multiple projects and report to differen't team leads for each project). They asked what kind of management style I like - someone who is very involved (micro-manage) or someone who doesn't get too involved but is there for you when you need it. They asked me how I handle stress and about my work habits. They asked me to describe myself in 3 words. They also ask a little bit about the company's core values so you have to "study" those on their website. They might ask you to name some of the core values and what they mean or how yuo would apply them. There is a chance for you to ask questions, too. the manager on the phone was not so friendly and seemed a bit abrupt. The manager in-person was much nicer and the interview was very conversational.

Many Quintiles employees are home-based and when you are put on a project, it is usually on a team of people located pretty much anywhere but the office you are in. So on my projects, my clinical team leads were all home-based and other team members on the projects were in other Quintiles offices all over the world. It is rare that you actually see these people face to face unless there is a big meeting you have to travel to or if your clinical team lead comes in office for a file audit, etc.

Once you are hired, they will fly you to their North Carolina HQ for a 2 day orientation. Other than a few administrative things like giving you IDs, etc. they pretty much use the time to toot their own horn and make you psyched about the company. You will also come home with a lot of useless Quintiles swag. this company is definitely a good 'starter' company. I have learned A LOT about the clinical trials process while here but CTAs (the position I am in) do not stay long. Their life span here is generally about 1-2 yrs. Most people take this job in order to get to the next level of CRA. If that doesn't happen soon enough, they usually leave to work for private pharma companies who pay a lot more for often the same work. Quinties can't compete in terms of pay.

The line manager you get can make or break the experience. Some are laid back and very flexible about things like vacation, time off, your daily schedule. Some watch you like hawks and are strictly by the book. Some are just plain jerks (like the one who interviewed me on the phone...as I later found out). I have had all positive experiences with my clinical team leads. They are pretty easy-going and don't treat you like you're lower than them. they were always asking me for my input and understanding and flexible when you were in a difficult circumstance.

To sum up, I would recommend this company as a good starting point. Stay here and learn for max. 2 yrs and move on to bigger and better things. Quintiles is known for it's training so definitely try to get as much of that as possible before you leave. The way I see it, this company is good for the two ends of the spectrum -- newbies to gain experience and people who can be hired in more senior level positions (Managers, etc.). The higher level employees have a lot more flexibility - can work from home, etc. so it's good for working moms. Also, in general Quintiles has good job security and benefits/perks. Job security is one thing private pharmaceutical companies can't offer.

Interview advice: Explore the company website and familiarize yourself with it and definitely learn the core values because they will ask you. Find out about the position you are interviewing for and sell yourself for it at the interview. Ask questions even if you don't really have any -- they like to see the motivation.

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Negotiation Details – They pretty much gave me what I asked for. I made the mistake of putting a single number rather then a range on the application (you fill one out at the actual interview). Always put a range (e.g. 40-45K, etc.) and put it on the high end. Although I didn't, they do negotiate with competing offers but there's not guarantee you will get that much more -- it all depends on the position you are trying to get.

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