Takeda Pharmaceutical Interview Questions

Updated Sep 8, 2014
Updated Sep 8, 2014
18 Interview Reviews

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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceutical in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online through a company referral for an Entry Level position. Contacted by phone the next day with a representative from the contract company Quintiles. Representative gave me an overview of the position, pay, benefits, etc.. then proceeded to ask me basic questions regarding my resume, education, and why I want to work in this industry. Had to do a personality assessment online and would be contacted if "approved".

    Next day received an email inviting me to the Face-to-face interview in Houston. The email also listed items to bring- brag book, presentation to sell, copies of my resume. Flew me out (all transportation covered) and met with the hiring manager. Be familiar with the STAR format to answer the behavioral type questions. "Tell me about a time..." Very comfortable and easy interview if you come prepared with "stories" to answer the questions. No presentation of "sell me something" was asked.

    Couple of days later I received a phone call letting me know I was advancing to the final interview in Dallas. He sent me an email with ways to prepare for the interview, once again flew me out to Dallas where I met with the District Sales Manager and Regional Manager of Takeda. Very comfortable setting, asked me about myself, a few behavioral type questions, why I want to work here and what do I know about the company. Over all very easy process.

    Interview Questions
    • "Tell me about a time you found it difficult to persuade somebody to buy your product"
      "Tell me about a time you were put in a stressful situation, and how did you overcome it"
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Excellent pay, benefits, bonuses, company car... No negotiation necessary
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceutical in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    The hiring for the internship was relatively lengthy. Apply online to various positions posted on the website in the Fall for the subsequent summer internship. Requirements include work experience and education. The next step of the process was to fill out a questionnaire for positions Takeda considered your application for. Finally, you were given an interview and notified within a week with an offer.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceutical.

    Interview Details

    Three rounds of interviews seemed like a bit of overkill, but they were pleasant and low pressure. I was impressed. The panel interview was the least productive, but it was not a pressure situation. The entire process dragged out over a few months which was difficult.

    Interview Questions
    • The obsolete strength and weaknesses question was asked.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceutical in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    My personal interview experience with Takeda was incredible! First I had a telephone interview, then an online assesment, then a F2F interview, and finally I was flown to Atlanta for my final interview. The phone interview was very basic, "Tell me about yourself." "Why do you want to be n pharma sales?" The F2F was completely behavioral based, "Tell me about a time when.." It took about 2 days to find out that I was accepted for the final interview. In Atlanta I met with two different Takeda employees. The first was again all behavioral questions, and I was asked to sell something in the room. The second interview was similar to the first. Both were extremely professional, and VERY comfortable. I received a call 2 days later with the job offer.

    Interview Questions
    • There really were not any difficult questions. Just prepare yourself for behavioral questions.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Market Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Deerfield, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Deerfield, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceutical.

    Interview Details

    Applied through a recruiter. HR phone screen then phone interview with hiring manager. Given basic business case (small amount of data along with questions which needed to be answered using 10 PowerPoint slides) exactly one week before onsite interview. Onsite interview with hiring manager, hr, 2 peers, 3 managers, and 1 director. Got an offer the next week but background check took an additional 3-4 weeks (I think it was just red tape; I don't have a criminal record or financial issues).

    I rated this interview as difficult because the business case took a few days to complete and I was asked analytic-thinking questions (not just behavioral questions or questions about past job experiences).

    Initially wasn't interested in relocating to Chicago (I lived out of state) but my experience onsite was so positive I accepted their offer immediately.

    Interview Questions
    • What excel function would you use to return customer first names given the following data   View Answer
    • When would 2 trains traveling at different rate of speeds meet, when would 2 cars traveling at different speeds catch up to one another   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation because the base salary was exactly what I told HR I was looking for (so be sure you have a number in mind!). The rest of the package (bonus, relocation, vacation, etc) was generous so I didn't feel the need to negotiate those either.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Sales Operations Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceutical.

    Interview Details

    The first round was a thirty minute phone interview which consisted of standard behavioral questions followed by more information on the day-to-day expectations of an intern. I was invited to tour the office and have three more thirty minute in person interviews. Nothing out of the ordinary; more behavioral questions and the chance to meet a variety of employees.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  8. 10 people found this helpful  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceutical in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    Phone Interview: Questions I was asked:

    When you have experienced organizational change in a workplace, how did you respond?
    How will you bring new business?
    How will you identify when and what sale to make?
    What is a weakness and how did you turn it into a strength?
    What is the most challenging sales environment?
    What is your most recent professional achievement?
    How would I find ways outside company resources to improve sales performance?

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Very hard interview, need to do your homework

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  10.  

    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceutical.

    Interview Details

    very efficient, fast, good recruiting process

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    fair
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Sacramento, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sacramento, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceutical in June 2009.

    Interview Details

    I first had a phone screen after I submitted my resume and followed up about 5 times with the hiring manager. We then agreed to meet the one on one interview. I was then flown to the regional HQ to meet with the Regional Sales Director. I had to sit around and wait to speak with the RSD for almost 2 hours and then had about a 20 minute interview.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were all normal and nothing stood out as unexpected.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The position was contingent on the approval of a new drug so I had to wait about a month before I knew if I actually had the job.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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