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- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb (Ithaca, NY) in November 2014.
I applied online through the university's website and was picked to do a 45 minute on-campus interview. I interviewed with two people, one was the Director of Global Manufacturing and Supply and the other was a Senior Scientist working in the same department. They first told me their story of how they got to working at BMS, then told me about the company and the position. They then asked me if I had any questions. Afterwards, they pulled out a long list of behavior questions, and asked me several of them. Afterwards, they asked if I had questions again and then the interview was over. I sent a follow-up and they got back to me in a month telling me they were not pursuing my candidacy any further.
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb (New Brunswick, NJ) in November 2014.
Saw and applied via the website for the aforementioned position. Totally did not expect the phone call a few days later informing me that they wanted to fly me out for an onsite visit. They didnt even want to phone screen me which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending all on the current situation you are walking into. Onsite i interviewed with the global HR manager via telephone followed a seemingly intimidated site HR manager who "wished me well." ( This is when i realized this interview was not going well. :) I really think the high salary disturbed him. Next, i was walked clear across campus to the a global ops manager who was very personable and informative. He explained the situation to me in total leaving nothing to the imagination. Next was the director of quality who asked me all the behaviour based questions in one long run-on sentence and im not joking. and that struck me as very very odd. obviously she had not interviewed before based on that fact and the fact she seemed extremely nervous. around this time i was thinking no matter how much money they offered, i most likely would not accept this job, this was a very high profile job with much much responsibility and without the proper backing you are doomed to fail. Lastly i met my potential new boss. He was very relaxed and he offered the flip side of the coin about the current situation i might be dealing with in my new role. In fact, he offered so much information i felt i might actually be offered the job. But this was not the case. I left the interview feeling i wasted my time, and this particular site was very unprofessional in manner in which they handled the interview/ site visit. i still have yet to receive my reimbursement for my travel expenses as well. This alone is beyond ridiculous.
- When questions were asked they were an attempt at behavioural based platforms. Other wise they were just statements Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb (Pennington, NJ) in October 2014.
The supervisor (decision maker) was unavailable to participate in the interview because he had to give a tour of the lab to the FDA. Interview was carried out in turns by two groups of employees, the upstream processing associates (the position you are interviewing for) and the managers(?). The associates told me that their feedback have no impact whatsoever. I was told from the start that the interview is informal since it is only a one year contract. Questions asked were about my school, strengths/weaknesses, experience in research, and knowledge/skills regarding aseptic technique, mammalian cell cultures, and bioreactors. The managers(?) and associates claimed that I had all the skills and experience required to perform the job. However, I did not hear back from Bristol-Myers Squibb. I am assuming I did not because I probably did not have as much experience as the other interviewees since I am a recent graduate. Another factor may be that I did not get to interview with the supervisor personally.
- "Do you have any questions for us?" Considering I asked questions to the previous group, no. Unless I ask the same ones acting clueless. Answer Question
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
First run phone interview with HR. Second run phone interview with hiring managers. Third run on-site interview with hiring managers and other group members one-to-one for 5 hours including lunch interview. All the people there are very nice and I was comfortable with the interview.
- How do you deal with conflict with others at workplace? Tell me a example that you used a new method to help the team finishing a project. Strengths and weaknesses. Answer Question
- No OfferDifficult Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Process took 2 months Couple of phone interview and 1 face to face Interview last for 4 hrs Met 5 team members 1 hr presentation of PhD work + one hr phone call interview
- Accepted Offer
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Had a phone interview a couple of days after applying. I was asked standard behavioral interview questions. Received a follow up call from the contractor the next day and was asked additional questions regarding salary, benefits, hours, dates etc. Accepted the position on the spot
- Biggest challenge you've ever overcome Answer Question
- No OfferAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
I meant a recruiter at a career fair and I was asked on an interview for the same day at my school. On the interview I was asked questions like: What are your weaknesses? Do you have any technical writing skills? and other questions like that. There were only about 10 questions.
- What challenges have you been faced with and how did you face them? Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb in September 2014.
Submitted resume online. HR got back to me pretty quickly and basically made sure I had all the basic skills posted in the job. Couple of week later came the phone interview with the hiring manager who told me he'd like me to come to give a lecture and interview session. Lecture went well and people asked relevant questions. One-on-one interviews also went well. Talked with scientists of similar or higher rank mostly. People seemed to appreciate my skill set. Majority of the people didn't ask any "situational" question supplied by HR. Site visit was followed by 2 more phone calls with higher ups, another discussion with HR which included description of benefits and such and them checking my references. After all this, I must say I was surprised not to get an offer.
- No specific "difficult" question. Mostly just discussions regarding work and research Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb (State College, PA) in September 2014.
She asked me about my research experience in the data mining area. She asked me about the data scare and processing techniques and the conclusion. After that she asked me to talk about the accordance requirement
- what's the most attracted feature that you like Answer Question
Helpful (3)Accepted Offer
I applied through other source. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
It was a convoluted and drawn out process with a little keystone cops thrown in for good measure. Lots of phone interviews mixed in with in person and back to phone. Was not even sure that I got the job even after getting the offer! Definitely need to improve the process since I hear it still can be bad.
- It's been a while but many were arbitrary and had nothing to do with the job. Answer Question
They were taken aback that I would dare ask.
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