Bristol-Myers Squibb Interview Questions

Updated Oct 22, 2014
Updated Oct 22, 2014
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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    The hiring manager was late; I was greeted in the lobby by an inarticulate young woman who unfortunately did not take the time to introduce herself or explain who she was; then instructed me to follow her into (loud) the cafeteria during lunch hour. I askedwhere would the interview be conducted and she didn't seem to know, couldn't explain what next setps were.

    She was very disintereted in reviewing the detailsof my work history even when I tried to refer to my resume which she had apparently not read. many questions and she answered with the simple answers of a very inexperienced emplyoee (I learned she had only been employed for four months in her current position). I tried to fill in the awkward silences as lunch chairs banged around us and hungry, happy employees filtered in. The hiring manager was delayed almost 20 minutes. The "fill-in" interviewer apparently had tasks which were more important than interviewing me nor did she want to share too many details about the employment opportunity. She pulled out her ipad and leaned face down into it and poked around, stopping only to crane and twist,awkwardly looking for her manager to arrive. She was obviously in siituation she was not able to handle; inexperienced in talking about project details, seemed unfamilair with and overwhelemd with the work she was trying to explain. Seemed uncomfortable talking with someone she didn't know, was not able to converse well. This interview required much patience and when the hiring manager arrived, Ilearned some of the "facts" iwas given were apparently not factual.

    When the manager arrived, she prompted questions which were apparently planned ahead to be reviewed by the young apprentice: daily hours, start times, typical project processes which had not been reviewed. The hiring manager gave sidewards glances, with annoyed facial expressions at the young "fill-in". The group experience was very uncomfortable. When the hiring manager finally asked relevant questions regarding my resume and in my estimation the interview finally began 30 minutes later, it was peak lunch time and we could hardly hear each other accross the table with the crowds of talking, laughing people all around us. There was no opportunity to talk in detail about any of the many project details and processes I had managed in my many years experience in advertsing agencies and creative services. When the hiring manager realized the time had not been well spent, when my "fill-in" was substituting for her manager, with misinformation/no information given to me in manager's absence, the interview ended abruptly.

    It was the worst interview I have ever been on: rudeness to a point of incivility descibes the young person who was unqualified to be given the task to meet with me. I had an awkward experience and perhaps that is why the hiring manager was (deliberately?) late....? There were obvious issues between these two employees.

    Needless to say, with obvious departmental issues, I was not offered the position, nor did I want the opportunity to be employed with that particular "team".

    Interview Questions
    • Hiring Manager: Did "fill-in" review the daily hours and start time and do you know about the overtime terms?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in East Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in East Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    got a referral from a doctor. no signing bonus. 7 interviews that you must go through. they asked for a resume, cv and a brag book. must pass drug test and background check. must take a personality test. must pass training in NJ in order become a rep

    Interview Questions
    • why do u want to work at BMS and why do u want to leave your current company   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    specialty pharmaceutical representative is better
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Strategy and Analytics Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Las Vegas, NV
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Las Vegas, NV
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

    Interview Details

    There's 3 interviews then a brunch and dinner. They're very brutal with their questions and have a lot of applicants. there's the usual ones like why BMS or why this particular position. They don't like it if you apply for multiple positions in the pharmaceutical field that have little in common. I applied as a pharmacy student at ASHP's clinical midyear

    Interview Questions
    • Give me a time when you were unable to meet a deadline.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Community Product Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    Phone screen with recruiter then face to face, then final interview. Entire process is lengthy. Expect at least 4-6 weeks. The managers I interviewed with in the Pacific Northwest were rather difficult. One was very disengaged while reading messages on his phone, the other was superficially nice, but as the interview progressed had a very aggressive/critical way of interviewing. Examples that I would give of a behavior were restated and belittled by the manager so as to sound negative. I withdrew candidacy after interview. The managers' behavior in the interview is indicative of a culture I do not want to be a part of.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Territory Business Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

    Interview Details

    The interview process from start to finish was quick and smooth.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Plainsboro Center, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Plainsboro Center, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and a corporate recruiter contacted me a week later. Did a 15-20 minute phone screen during which the recruiter was energetic, positive and welcoming. Boy did that change after the interview.

    I did an onsite interview at two locations with six different. I went to one site in the morning, then had to travel to the second site, have lunch with one of the hiring managers, and then finish up my day with three other directors.

    The company didn't ask me anything about my qualifications for the position I was applying for, and were ill-prepared for the interview. Four of the six people I interviewed with asked me the EXACT same behavioral questions in the exact same order. It was more than a difficult interview, it was pointless. The interviewers were also very rude and seemed to delight in asking tangential, offbeat questions that had next to nothing to do with the job for which I was applying.

    After leaving, the recruiter's tone completely changed. Didn't answer any of my followup emails or phone calls. When I finally did hear back she told me the panel felt I didn't have enough experience for the job. I don't see how they could have made that assumption when none of the six actually asked me about my qualifications. And they made this determination despite the fact that I had 12 years experience doing exactly what they were hiring for. It was pretty obvious to me by the time I got that impersonal email that I was just a time filler and that they already had their person picked.

    Never again.

    Interview Questions
    • None were especially difficult, but after answering the same behavioral questions four times in a row, answering became a bit difficult.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Associate Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Paterson, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Paterson, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

    Interview Details

    I went through a recruiting company. I had two phone interviews that were very interesting. One interview cut off the call after ten to fifteen minutes to begin vacation. The other interview was interesting and intriguing. My interviews did not pertain to the position I was most interested in pursuing. I went for an on - site interview. Initially I was supposed to be in one location and ended up at another. This caused many difficulties in arranging travel for an on - site interview. Of the five interviews I completed, only three were helpful and answered my questions. (Although, my questions about the change of location of the interview or the change in position I wanted were never answered). The other two interviewers were rude and egotistical. I had to give a presentation which was particularly difficult because of the confidentiality clauses I signed at my previous employers.

    Interview Questions
    • These questions all pertained to behavioral type questions that were poorly worded. If the questions, were more straightforward, the answers would have been easier to answer. One interviewer asked about my previous company and explained the problems BMS had with them. I felt pressured to say negative things about my former company. Instead, I chose to discuss the positive points and colleagues I worked with. Overall, this interviewer was not someone I would want to work with and has a poor demeanor.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Scientist I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

    Interview Details

    Phone screening through HR, Follow up call from PI, present a 1 hour seminar and Q&A session, followed by one on one meetings with various staff, peers, and director.

    Interview Questions
    • Defending your science presentation, why didn't you do this set of experiment instead of the one's you choose to do.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was called by HR with an offer and time to make the decision. I wanted some time to discuss the position with my family and I was wondering how I might negotiate the position for a little more money. I choose not to negotiate for more money since I was looking to leave my last science position because I was overlooked for a well deserved promotion by someone that I was responsible for training. She applied for another internal position and was perceived to be leaving so they promoted her instead of me. So I decided to look for a position at BMS.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Research Investigator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New Brunswick, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New Brunswick, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    I had an on site interview that included a 1 hour seminar and 11 different one on one interviews, some in person, while others were on the phone. I found this number to be a bit excessive/unnecessary.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions did touch on technical what if scenarios, so be prepared for this. In addition to technical questions, a number of behavioral questions were asked.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Media Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Plainsboro, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Plainsboro, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    There are usually 3-4 in person interviews with hiring manager and those that you'll be working closely with in the position. A rubric is used when asking questions in the interview. The interviewer will ask generic questions about your resume and experience then based on a behavior guide.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you were a key member of a project team and the project did not go as anticipated.
      Tell me about a time when you built a relationship with a challenging external or internal colleague.
      Tell me about a situation in which you had to implement a significant change.
      Tell me about a recent project or initiative that was challenging to complete.
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They offered me a little lower than I expected, I nudged a little and was given a slightly higher offer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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