AstraZeneca Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 18, 2014
Updated Aug 18, 2014
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 2 days - interviewed at AstraZeneca in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was interviewed by 5 people. Starting with the lowest in rank and ending with the highest, a senior VP. Questions were fairly straightforward, no tricks or anything. Everyone was very kind and courteous.

    Interview Questions
    • "Case style" question asking what I would do in a certain situation when a doctor was being particularly difficult   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    To accept a position at a different company

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Senior, Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 3 months - interviewed at AstraZeneca in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    interview process took a long time, multiple days with many different departments. Very thorough process. Background checks, references and situational questions. Only frustration was the length of time it took to get to an offer. I would suggest being very prepared with good examples of results generated in past jobs. Be ready also for very long days of interviewing.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time in which you made a poor decision. What did you do to correct it?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    easy, straight forward, transparent
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through other source. The process took 2 months - interviewed at AstraZeneca.

    Interview Details

    Phone screen, 2 face to face interviews than ride-a-long day with a rep. very typical process with final interview being a panel of managers. Did not interview with a regional manager but most do.

    Interview Questions
    • All behavior based questions, must use STAR format...if you have examples of challenges and accomplishments ready you can fit them into most of the questions as examples   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
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    Data Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Waltham, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Waltham, MA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at AstraZeneca in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    two phone interview, went pretty well, first one took an hour very good discussion with the hiring manager about what the work is about and my experience and project that i have done

    Interview Questions
    • nothing unexpected just what i have done and question about the CV   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    didn't negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at AstraZeneca in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    Will require at least two interviews in addition to a phone screening and a personality test. Remember that they are looking for a sales person-- you have to directly ask for the job on the phone interview (close!).

    Interview Questions
    • Make sure you have several examples of times when you overcame some sort of challenge, and frame them in STAR format (Situation or Task, Assesment, and Result).   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I negotiated and got $2,000 more than they initially offered.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral - interviewed at AstraZeneca in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Online application, then got an email for a 20 minute phone interview with a third party. Asked about a time I gave a presentation to a group. Then got an email with 2 links to fill out 200+ question personality tests. Passed these and was asked to fill out an official online application.

    Received an email to set up a face to face interview for the next week. Met with two managers for an hour interview. Was asked 4 behavior - STAR questions. Great interview, but they called to say they wanted someone with experience specific to the industry.

    Interview Questions
    • Ethical dilemma, conflict with someone, and a time you had to persuade someone.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Wilmington, DE
    Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at AstraZeneca.

    Interview Details

    Found out about job through a recruiter. Phone screen with HR, then hiring manager a week later. Given a small packet via email describing STAR interview format prior to onsite interview. Had to fill in detailed job application online listing references, previous salaries, etc. prior to onsite. Onsite was a single one-hour panel with hiring manager and 2 other people I would potentially be working with. They read questions off a sheet and took note of my answers in 3 columns literally labeled situation, task/action, and result. Received feedback a few days later that I did not get the position. Form letter email that said they went with someone else came a few weeks after that.

    Interview Questions
    • Given a small packet via email describing STAR interview format prior to onsite interview. Don't ignore this! The questions they asked were on print outs so I think they were all from that packet.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Fresno, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at AstraZeneca in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I had an employee referral and I applied online. Within a few hours of applying I received an email to complete a more extensive application. The next day I received and email to schedule a phone interview, which I scheduled for a week later. The phone interview consisted of basic resume questions, salary expectations (do your research), and about your driving record. My phone interview only lasted about 10 minutes. After the phone interview (about 2 minutes later) I received an email to complete 2 personality surveys. After I completed the surveys I received an email to schedule a face to face interview with the District Sales Manager.

    The face to face interview was so fun and relaxing! I got an email that said I had to prepare a 10 minute persuasive argument for the interview, but when I got in he said it could be 5-6. The questions were fairly easy. Make sure you know a lot about the company and also why you want to do Pharmaceutical sales.

    I am still waiting to hear back from the hiring manager - fingers crossed!

    Interview Questions
    • 1. Tell me about a time you had to deal with an ethical delimma.
      2. Tell me about a time you had to reach a goal.
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    PDI contract, after 1 yr, hired on at AZ. Rare, but if you really push to shine, do as much or more that the AZ reps do, you will be noticed, not treated as a contract team member. You have to work to earn it!

    Interview Questions
    • Do not remember, but hired internally, so had demonstrated by abilities.Do remember it was STAR format   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not much negotiation, offered a salary package, take it or leave it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  11.  

    Regional Sales Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Wilmington, DE
    Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at AstraZeneca in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Great up front work but poor back end

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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