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Senior Scientist I Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at AbbVie in July 2014.
Interview Details – Applied through a recruiter and was invited to a phone interview within a week of applying online.
Phone interview was 30 min long, nothing unexpected, done by the hiring manager and an associate in his lab. They provided a quick description of the job and what they were looking for followed by a number of questions regarding my technical lab experience and background.
About 3 days after the phone interview the invitation for the onsite arrived. Scheduling went well and they put me up in a hotel across the street from their Worcester, MA site. The day began with a 60min talk about my research followed by about 10 interviews with people of various grades. Most of the junior staff were done in pairs for 30-60min, while the senior people interviewed alone but were shorter (20-30min). Questions typically centered on my talk and then expanded to why I wanted the positions. I found the junior employees were much more interested in asking me technical questions where as more senior people wanted to know more about my background and interests. Questions were difficult but always fair.
After interviewing I followed up with a thank your email and asked for any feedback they were willing to give me. I received their response about 2-3 days later with some helpful feedback as to why they did not believe I was an ideal person for the position. Overall a very fair and educational experience, too bad it didn't work out.
Interview Question – My research background was quite different from the models and systems they were studying at this site, and thus questions regarding how my background could contribute to what they were doing were not unexpected but difficult. Answer Question
Human Resources Coordinator Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through a staffing agency and interviewed at AbbVie.
Interview Details – The interview was set up by a recruiting firm that I went through. It took a few weeks to set up the interview. I went in and 3 different people interviewed me separately. It was pretty basic. They asked about situations where I was faced with a difficult task/ challenge and how I handled it. They put a lot of emphasis on your organizational skills and ability to keep up in a fast paced environment.
Interview Question – What would you do if you had an overwhelming amount of scheduling to do? Answer Question
Senior Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at AbbVie in May 2014.
Interview Details – The initial process was very quick. I was contacted for a phone interview swiftly and spoke with two of the hiring supervisors within two weeks of application. I was then selected for an in person interview and that process dragged on longer than expected. When I did finally meet with the hiring supervisor the interview went very well and I was highly impressed with the interview.
Interview Question – There wasn't any question that was unexpected. It was more of a conversation. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – The hiring supervisor was pretty clear what the job was going to be and it ended up not being the job that I wanted.
Senior Project Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at AbbVie in June 2012.
Interview Details – Hiring process is normally standard. If the hiring manager likes you, you are through. Not much background vetting is done in the interview process. Depending on the interview, they may give you some situation analysis questions; you will have to demonstrate background and experience by providing some examples.
Interview Question – Nothing out of the ordinary with respect to job profile Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They offered and I accepted. Lesson learnt to negotiate harder first time :-)
MSL Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and interviewed at AbbVie.
Interview Details – pretty straight forward. it wasn't unique to any other company during the process. that is all i can say. I heard back right away with an offer. I really like the people on my team and that I met at the interview.
You Don't Want This Job Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at AbbVie
Interview Details – They will treat you like a human being at first. They have no idea what they were looking for. They did not really ask me any questions, but they just went on and on about how much of a great place it was to work. After I decided to go forward with the interview process, I reached out to follow up. I heard back from them weeks later. They used a form email letter to respond to me after they have reached out to me when I wasn't looking. I would never work here.
Medical Science Liaison Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at AbbVie in March 2010.
Interview Details – Company pays for flight, hotel to Chicago. I was interviewed by the hiring manager, director and medical director of the therapeutic separately. Everyone was professional and fair.
Interview Question – Most of the questions were straight forward. They did ask What I can bring to the table based on my experience that was considered unique. Answer Question
Intern Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at AbbVie
Interview Details – Two phone interviews. I believe this was due in part to the poor weather during the time period of intern interviews. My recruiter said they would have flown me out to the North Chicago site to do the interviews, but the phone interviews were very casual and nothing to serious.
Interview Question – Very standard interview. Typical questions were asked about leadership activities and ways I handled a difficult problem. I would be very knowledgeable not only of your classes and extra-curricular activities, but how you conducted yourself in each of those scenarios. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation regarding pay. I did have three different start dates to choose from.
Senior Medical Writer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at AbbVie.
Interview Details – After two phone interviews, I had one on-site interview that consisted of two one-hour group interviews (3 people each time). Each person was designated specific behavioral interviewing questions they had to ask. They all wrote down my answers describing each situation, action, and result. They also gave me the opportunity to ask them questions at the end.
Interview Question – Have you ever corrected your boss? Answer Question
Senior Scientist III Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at AbbVie in February 2014.
Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter and I had two telephone interviews very reasonable. Nothing specially difficult, about 20-30 min long each and one week appart.
Interview Question – There were no difficult questions. I had two telephone interviews. View Answer