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Updated Mar 27, 2014
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Senior Research Associate Interview

Senior Research Associate

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amgen.

Interview Details – I got in touch with the position through recruiter. I had a straight forward phone interview. After that I had a full face to face interview with upper management and the entire group.

Interview Question – How do you deal with challenging co-workers.   View Answer

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Senior Regional Medical Liaison Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and interviewed at Amgen.

Interview Details – CV submission, in person interview, offer all went pretty smoothly and quickly for me. Depends on team. Overall, they really put a lot of emphasis on whether you fit into Amgen's culture. Once they identify that you do, they want you and things move fast.

Interview Question – No unexpected or really difficult questions if you're well prepared. Some typical "scenario" type questions but really they just want to get to know you, what motivates you and how you work.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Nothing was negotiable. By the time the offer came, it was very fair. My base salary offer was slightly less than what I wanted (but higher than my previous company), but they exceeded expectations for sign on bonus and sign on stock options.

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Accepted Offer

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Amgen/Senior Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
Thousand Oaks, CA

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Amgen.

Interview Details – It is a long process. It takes time to even get the first call and then when you do expect to interview with anywhere from 5-7 people. Some of those will be panel interviews. Expect behavior based interviewing questions.

The work culture, unfortunately depends on the department. Middle level management needs to be trained more on how to manage people.

Interview Question – These questions aren't necessarily difficult but you will be judged highly on your answer. For example "tell me about a time when you had a conflict with your manager and how it was resolved." Depending on the type of job you are applying for, you might be given a case study.   Answer Question

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Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

SDTM Programmer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Amgen.

Interview Details – 2 Interviews. The interviews were sophisticated insofar as the questions were open ended. Therefore, preparing for such an interview solely utilizing rote memory of familiar topics would most likely prove ineffective.

Interview Question – No particularly difficult or trick questions, just an assessment of overall subject matter understanding versus regurgitating technical details from rote memory.   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Marketing Manager Interview

Marketing Manager
Thousand Oaks, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Amgen in November 2012.

Interview Details – Quick and painless. Amgen decision managers don't waste time. They come prepared to the interview and respect your time. They know what they want, and they are able to make quick decisions about who they ultimately hire.

Interview Question – Tell us about the greatest achievement in your career? Also, will you be able to be really tough on upper management if you have to be?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation - a great package.

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Senior Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
Thousand Oaks, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Amgen in July 2010.

Interview Details – It was a quick and painless process. The on site one day gauntlet interview is an endurance test, but the people are very nice so it is an enjoyable experience.

Interview Question – If you were deserted on an island what would you bring? Wasn't expecting that one.   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

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Bio-pharmaceutical Representative Interview

Anonymous Employee
Newark, NJ

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Amgen in July 2012.

Interview Details – Everything was summed up in 3 Round Interviews. 1st round with 2 district managers. 2nd round with 2 district managers. Final round with regional director and a person from HR. Interviews are similar to all others in any industry. Talk about yourself. Answer behavioral questions, technical questions and whatnot. Follow up was always prompt.

Interview Question – How do you build trust?   Answer Question

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Manager Interview

Manager

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Amgen in February 2013.

Interview Details – Phone screening with hiring manager, met for coffee, and he was frank about assessing my "personality" to ensure a good fit. Made a comment about my personal appearance which was strange. I was told I would get a formal interview. Had back to back interviews with senior leadership team.

Interview Question – Business cases were more challenging than anticipated.   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Director Interview

Director
Juncos, PR

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Amgen in July 2009.

Interview Details – Very amicable, agreeable interview process. Company took great efforts to convince me to join even knowing I was very reluctant to make the move. Process was surprisingly quite informal and only required interviews with 2 people.

Interview Question – No really difficult questions were asked during interview. Company had already received good references and knew my capabilities and experience.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiation was very easy as company offered much higher salary and promises of career growth and opportunities.

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Scientist Interview

Anonymous Employee
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Amgen in September 2013.

Interview Details – 1.Applied via Amgen website.
2.Being contacted by hiring manager (Executive director of the Dep.).
3.Being invited for on-site interview. very intensive 2 days of interview with all people on site and in other location (1:1 meeting) + 1 hr presentation + 1 hr Chalk-talk.
   (I felt format-wise it was very similar to academic interview.)
4.Another phone call from the head of the dep. for 45 mins of science talk.
5.The Hiring manager did reference check via direct phone calls (45 mins for each of my reference people: 3 refs).
6.Being invited for the 2nd on-site interview only with the Executive directors of the Dep. + Head of Dep. Being asked so many tough science questions. The Head tried to evaluate my scientific in-depth knowledge in general.
7.A recruiter contacted me and background-check initiated
8.Being offered the position

Interview Question – I did not expect 1 hr chalk-talk during interview (topic: design of exp. to find out a drug candidate for a disease). I got informed about the topic a day before afternoon (only had couple of hrs to prepare for it, did my best and tried to enjoy it).   View Answer

Negotiation Details – no negotiation required since it was THE BEST I can imagine.

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