Bard Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Clinical Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Bard in September 2012.
Interview Details – several phone interviews, 2 live interviews, math and personality tests
Interview Question – sales reps come off as laid back and friendly to test professionalism Answer Question
Reason for Declining – culture
Financial Systems Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Bard in June 2012.
Interview Details – Met with 3 people including the hiring manager for the physical interview. The hiring manager seemed like she was fed up with interviewing people which was understandable as I found out later 100+ people from the Tri-State area were interviewed fro this job and 3 of my colleagues that I know of so CR Bard has a bad reputation of having high expectations and wasting people's time.
I received feedback from the recruiter that I was not technical enough for the position and I was shocked as I had formal training in the software and more years of experience in Administering the software then the hiring manager had.
The pay they are offering was not competitive for the few Hyperion products they had and the laundry list of skills they expected this person to have as it is a small HQ with not a lot of complexity or team to learn from.
Interview Question – What kind of Manager do you like to work for? Answer Question
Regulatory Affairs Specialist Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Bard in June 2012.
Interview Details – Phone interview scheduled approximately one week after applying online. Interviewers were obnoxious, pushy & arrogant on the phone. After calling for an update following the interview, an in-person interview was scheduled. First interview was with the director of HR who clearly did not review my CV before the interview and, instead, chose to have me verbally walk her through it. She was not friendly and was overly confused about my qualifications for the position. Second interview was with the director of regulatory affairs and his sidekick. This was more of a "meet and greet" than an actual interview and they had no real questions prepared. 18 days after the interview, multiple phone calls and e-mails to HR, I received an e-mailed response that "the business had chosen to go a different direction." Thanks, 3 weeks after the fact. HR department is horrible and a waste of your time.
Marketing Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Bard in November 2011.
Interview Details – Began with an informal 45 minute interview with the standard questions. Low pressure, went over my resume, discussed what I knew about the company, and what the internship entails.
I was never contacted again after the interview and was never told the position went to someone else. The HR department in Tempe seems extremely disinterested. Interviewer was very friendly and the position sounded very appealing.
Interview Question – Explain a time when you failed Answer Question
Marketing Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Bard in March 2009.
Interview Details – Very fast process with a lot of interviews in one day
Interview Question – Regarding people management and experience managing multiple people. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Able to negotiate. If considering it doesn't hurt to counter
Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Bard in June 2010.
Interview Details – Two phone interviews lasting over an hour combined with two individuals went well. An on-site interview was then scheduled.
At the start of the on-site, the lead decision maker arrived twenty minutes late for a thirty minute interview slot. He appeared annoyed to start and also appeared to have his decision made even before the conversation began.
The remaining six interviews that day were difficult, but appeared to go well. The interview process lasted seven hours in total.
The environment was fine. Most people were friendly and helpful, ready to answer any questions that you might have; Human Resources was especially helpful.
There is a strong push to grow the business, so expect a high pressure environment from the lead decision maker.
No feedback was received after the interview, only that they were looking for someone else through the recruiter.
Interview Question – How would you handle a conflict of opinions between two highly experienced professionals on your project, on the technical direction that the project should take? View Answer
Sales Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Bard in July 2008.
Interview Details – Recruiter set up the interview and screened my resume with previous sales experience. This was a 1st interview and there were 30 other people interviewing over a 3-day period. The company is a very well run company and I heard great things about the job, but was not on my A-game for the interview and was probably not the most qualified to say the least.
Team Member I Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Bard in August 2007.
Interview Details – Seems like a pretty standard cookie cutter interview....if you've been interviewed at Wal-Mart as a teenager, expect roughly the same layout. The only difference is the manual skills assesment test; a pegboard with several small metal widgets that you must assemble and place in the holes in the peg board. When completed, they're about the size of a push pin; you must assemble a certain number (I think it was 25 in my case) within a certain time (1 minute for me).
Interview Question – The manual skills assesment test was more difficult than I expected; I made the minimum standard on the third (and final) try. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Uh...it's a manufacturing job so....expect no negotiations to take place! The pay rate is about $9.76 an hour, with raises every three months for the first year and then annually, and ample opportunity for overtime at 1.5 or 2 times base rate pay.
Finance Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Bard in February 2011.
Interview Details – Mostly personality test in the first round, tougher skill tests in the second round. Opposite of what most do.
Interview Question – Tell me about your background. Answer Question
Sales Representative Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Bard in January 2008.
Interview Details – long interview process consisting of 7 steps
Interview Question – what is the most important skill in sales View Answer
Negotiation Details – they don't negotiate