Takeda Pharmaceuticals Interview Questions

Updated Oct 15, 2014
Updated Oct 15, 2014
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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview Details

    I received an email to perform a video recording of myself on hirevu. Similar to skype. Only I was watching myself and it records me and someone somewhere reviews my responses and that's all I have. No one has answered me or anything. All automated emails so I have no one to reach out to either

    Interview Questions
    • A lot of scenario questions based on real life examples   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview Details

    I had the first interview over HireVu and it was a pretty weird interview if you've never done one like that before. It seems strange talking at a computer. I got through to the next round where the lady spent only a couple minutes with me on the phone and they decided I didn't have enough experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Almost all of the questions were related to past B2B sales experience and I was right out of college so I felt that wasn't great on their part considering they were looking for someone to fill an entry level position.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  3.  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative - Team I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbus, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbus, GA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a 3rd party hiring firm about a position the company had been trying to fill in a more rural type location. She walked through a basic phone interview and reviewed my resume. I was sent to a "video" interview link using an app called HireVue the next day. It was pretty simple to use and they allowed 3 days for completion at my time convenience. (Use the "sample questions" and get familiar with the process before you jump right in.)

    They asked 5 basic questions semi related to sales in general and one "type your answer" question asking if I'd be willing to relocate with no financial assistance. The video interview wasn't my favorite style because you're unable to know specifically what their looking for with such broad questions. It was just pre determined questions that you're given thirty seconds to prepare for and 3 minutes to answer.

    Questions:
    1.) Why are you interested in working for Takeda?
    2.) What would you consider the toughest sales job?
    3.) What do you think makes a good sales representative?
    4.) Tell about a when you experienced an interpersonal problem at work and how you handled it.
    5.) Tell about the time when you had to sale a product to someone who didn't know you.

    The process took only one day from the time I was initially contacted by the 3rd party hiring agent to get the video interview completed. After that was submitted, I didn't hear a "yes" or "no" regarding their decision for almost two weeks. I then contacted the hiring agent and inquired about a response because I was offered another sales position with one week to respond. I wanted to make sure all offers were on the table before I accepted any position. Eight days after my deadline to accept the other company's offer (which I did thankfully instead of waiting for a response) I was contacted by email saying Takeda "was going to seek other opportunities and they wished me the best in my new career."

    *** Disclaimer: I had no experience in pharmaceuticals, healthcare, or anything thing remotely related to Takeda's industry. I was an account manager / outside sales representative for 3 years with a web development company. I'm not really sure why they were interested in contacting me besides they had been trying to fill the position for 3+ months.

    I did hours upon hours of research about the company and the products they sold to prepare for more technical sales questions. There was no opportunity to get in depth for anything relating to that though. Takeda does seem to be a very successful company on a global scale. They pay their representatives much more than other pharmaceutical companies.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you consider the toughest sales job?   View Answer
    • Tell about the time when you had to sale a product to someone who didn't know you.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview Details

    Started with a video interview which was a recorded, one-sided Skype session based on a series of questions. If you haven't read any books on how to handle interview questions these may be difficult to answer off the top of your head.
    Next was a phone interview where they basically asked you to confirm what you have on your resume. He also asked me why I wanted to leave my current job in another field. Then he went over all of the benefits/compensation details. Make sure you have a question or two of your own ready before the call.

    Interview Questions
    • The video interview with no one on the other end took some getting used to, but they give three "practice questions" that you can repeat over and over until you become comfortable with the set-up. I highly recommend taking advantage of this feature.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview Details

    The interview process is long, and slow with this company. The actual interview with the District Managers is your typical sales interview type question like: Tell me about a time when..... It was a low pressure interview but lengthy, I spent about 45 with each person. I brought a Brag Book as suggested by the interview instructions, but no one asked to see it.

    Interview Questions
    • If you had to choose another career, what would it be.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

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

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    It was pretty much to be expected, but unfortunately I was so tired I completely bombed the interview...luckily I was so tired I didn't even care about it. They flew me down to LA in the early morning and I did not get enough sleep the night before to be on my A game...BOO, but everyone was very nice and there is no need to be nervous.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Statistician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    phone interview, talk about research project, location preference.

    Interview Questions
    • pretty normal, nothing difficult, maybe somewhat unprepared when the interviewee introduced the internship project to me and ask my opinion?   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Graphic Designer Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by Randstad, the company Takeda works with for HR. Pre-interview was handled very professionally. On-site interviewing process was a bit off-putting - I was taken around to three different people's offices and sometimes felt awkward because there were personal effects visible - would have been better in a conference room.

    Interview Questions
    • Not really a difficult questions, just irritating that I was asked the same or similar questions three times because I met with each person individually.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and received an email requesting a phone interview 2 months later. There were two people interviewing on the call. Fairly standard interview: tell me about yourself, walk me through your resume, why are you interested in this position, and then several behavioral/tell me about a time when... questions. I was told I'd hear back from them in 2-3 weeks and never even got a generated email response saying they were going to pursue other candidates...

    Interview Questions
    • Can't remember specific questions, I think the behavioral questions were primarily teamwork focused.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Phone screen, DM interview then RSD interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a difficult counterpart to work with, what did you do.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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