Covance Program Specialist Interview Questions

Updated Sep 13, 2014
Updated Sep 13, 2014
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Program Specialist Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
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Application Details

I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Covance in October 2010.

Interview Details

I applied online and my initial interview was done by phone. Within about a week I heard back from the recruiter and was scheduled for a panel interview. There were three people from Senior management that conducted the interview; it was in targeted selection format (hint: this is the format for all of the companies interviews, apparently). I was hired as a Program Specialist a week after my panel interview. Once hired I learned that typically for the Call Center Department all employees were typically first temporary staff hired through a staffing agency and then hired as a full time employee after at least working for 1 year or more temporarily.

Interview Questions
  • Explain a time you were placed in a situation where you were asked to do something unethical. What did you do?   Answer Question
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

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    Program Specialist Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Covance in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Got hired through Sedona staffing. They will hire anyone for this place since they go through on average 20 hires/fires a month. Went in and took some computer test that lasted about an hour, anyone who completed high school can finish it and then viola I had the job.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiation phase you are brought on a temp employee at a rate of 13 an hour/
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Program Specialist Interview

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

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Covance.

    Interview Details

    Used a third party Job Agency to do interviewing in the San Diego area, where it was explained that, the job was a "temp-to-hire" position, however, when I checked their website, there were plenty of full time positions available. My fear is they are cutting corners to get employees recruited and paying them at different levels.

    They hire, based on what the Job Agency advised them of will supporting material in the form of: resume and test cores, consisted of Office, Excel, example email, and other such materials.

    Interview Questions
    • All very simple. Just getting an idea of if you an do the job.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Program Specialist Interview

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

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Covance in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed with a panel of two program supervisors. Questions were pretty standard with a focus on predictive behavior. Examples: name a time you had to go above and beyond the call of duty, name a time when you saw someone do something unethical, name a time you had to innovate something, etc.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Non-negotiable.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 days - interviewed at Covance.

    Interview Details

    I worked for Covance as a temp for 3 months and then received an invite for an interview via the web. I was interviewed by 3 people at the same time. They asked questions regarding handling difficult calls and irate customers. They also asked how well I work under pressure and my future goals. They also wanted to know if I had any question that they could answer regarding the company.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult question was, "Tell us how you could make the company better."   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Program Specialist Interview

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

    The process took a day - interviewed at Covance in February 2008.

    Interview Details

    Overall, it was a good process.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Gaithersburg, MD
    Application Details

    The process took 1 week - interviewed at Covance in January 2007.

    Interview Details

    The interview process started with a phone interview with a Manager in HR. She asked me basic questions about my past experience, questions about my resume, etc. After this initial interview, she told me I would interview in-person sometime the next week. I was contacted about the details of the formal interview. It consisted of filling out a behavioral questionnaire (all behavioral questions). After filling this out, I met with 3 different managers in varying positions throughout the company. First, a 1:1 with the HR manager that I had spoken with on the phone, then a Manager in the Department I would report to, and finally, the Vice President, and the Operations Manager, my Manager reported to.

    Interview Questions
    • Please describe an experience where you went above and beyond your "job description," and the outcome.   Answer Question
    • Please describe an experience that you feel you failed/made a mistake, etc. The steps you went to fix the problem caused, and the outcome. Please be as detailed as possible in the steps you used.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was not able to negotiate. I knew what the salary would be upon my interview. If you want a higher salary that that offered, I would research other positions in the company that might offer a better salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Covance in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    interviewed with a panel of 3 managers after a telephone interview/screening. basic interview questions asking re prior experience and former workplace scenarios.

    Interview Questions
    • name a time when you had to overcome a difficult situation and how did you resolve it?   View Answer
    • why did you leave your last job   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    got a better offer.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at Covance in January 2009.

    Interview Details

    Situational Questions. Don't try to be something/someone you're not.

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time when you had to solve a problem. How did you do it? What steps did you take to solve that problem?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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