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Research Associate Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Roche.
Interview Details – First a phone interview and then on-site. Interviewed by 2 people and also interacted with the team.
Interview Question – Did you ever have a disagreement with your last boss and if so, how did you resolve it? Answer Question
Group Manager Communications Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Roche in January 2014.
Interview Details – Online application, phone screen by recruiter, then full day of interviews. 8 interviews, one hour each back to back.
Interview Question – If I called your last two bosses, what would they say they did not like or appreciate about you or your work ethic? Answer Question
Human Resources Associate Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Roche
Interview Details – The questions I asked were bizarre and not related to the position. I cringe every time I am asked where do you see yourself in five years. It's just a bad question.
Interview Question – I wouldn't say it was difficult, just irritating. When you are trying to move up in your career and it is quite clear from your interviewer you would be be taking a step back. Answer Question
Training Consultant Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Roche.
Interview Details – Applied for the position through the internal job site. Received a call for a 1:1 interview in a reasonable time. First interview was a bit unorganized but did involve the hiring manager bringing in the department's other training consultant to explain the position in more detail.
Second interview was a panel interview with a mandatory 20 minute presentation. Spent a close to two hours answering several questions from several panel members. Presented training (topic: my choice) for exactly 20 minutes as requested.
Also, I had to take one of the awful "not right or wrong" personality tests. The tests that have been debunked for years of having any value whatsoever.
After a four-week period of this process, I was told they selected six people to interview, three for a second interview, and hired none of us. I found this out from a phone call from the manager telling me they were re-posting the position on the job site and heavily implied that I do not waste my time applying again.
Interview Question – Having been through two other separate interviews with Roche, none of the questions were any more difficult than the other two. The questions are generally thought provoking and open-ended, but if you are not prepared to answer such scenario questions, you most likely will be buried in any interview anymore. Answer Question
Human Resources Intern Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Roche in April 2012.
Interview Details – I had mixed feelings about the phone interview. They asked questions about how my major may be relevant to the job. One of the questions they asked was "What will your daily job life be like?" In my opinion, shouldn’t they be the one to tell me what daily working life there is like instead of me guessing and hoping that I am saying what they want. They never told me when they would get back to me and I have no way of contacting them.
Interview Question – What is your daily job life going to be like? Answer Question
Sales Training Developer Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Roche in March 2012.
Interview Details – My initial contact was with a recruiter for Roche, responding to my resume submission. After an excellent interview I was referred on to the next step; a phone interview with hiring manager. That interview also went very well after which I was invited in for a 1:1 interview. The day of the interview I again interviewed personally with the hiring manager, a peer with responsibility for a different segment within the group, a marketing team leader, and the director responsible for the entire group. Each of my interviews went exceedingly well. The problem that I have, and want disturbs me the most is that I made it perfectly clear in each step along the way that I did not possess a certain skill set. My skills related directly to the missing piece, but I was not a perfect fit. Each person I spoke with directly addressed this "gap" and indicated that it was not an issue. This was the case up until my interview with the director who determined that it was a big problem. My interview was terminated and I was not allowed to complete the presentation component. In the end, I respect the decision and it is probably for the best for everyone concerned. While I remain convinced that I would have excelled in the role; there seems to have been a major disconnect between the recruiter, the hiring manager, the team and the directors vision for the role. I am extremely disappointed by the process and it has left a poor impression of Roche. This is unfortunate because everyone with whom I interacted was extremely professional, highly intelligent, friendly and seemingly competent.
Interview Question – Please give an example of a difficult situation you encountered and how you resolved it. Answer Question
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Roche in April 2010.
Interview Details – 2 Dm interview, typical questions, likes lots of documentation, to much if you ask me.
Sales Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Roche in August 2010.
Interview Details – I started off with a phone interview with the district sales manager, then met 1:1 with the same sales manager for an in person interview. This was followed by a panel interview in which I interviewed with the District Manager, Regional Manager, Automation Specialist and a Sales rep. The panel interview was the toughest part of the process.
Interview Question – Tell me about your toughest sales loss. Answer Question
Sales Representative Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Roche in April 2010.
Interview Details – Process started with a phone interview followed by by a face to face with the hiring mgr and 2 clinical support reps. This led to a 2nd interview with the hiring mgr and one of the clinical support reps. About a month later I was flown out to Indianapolis for a morning of interviews with 3 different execs. Interviews were based on the STAR process in addition to general background type questions.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had to deal with an employee who wasn't pulling his/her weight. Answer Question
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