GlaxoSmithKline Interview Questions in Brentford, England

Updated Jul 5, 2015
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    Future Leaders Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brentford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)) in June 2015.

    Interview

    The process began with a standard online application. I completed 4 online tests (this included verbal reasoning, company values fit, numerical reasoning and logical reasoning tests). I was then informed by email that I had passed the online tests. After a couple of days, I was then given a date for an Assessment Day. This included a group discussion, presentation, role play, compentency-based interview and another group discussion.

    Interview Questions

    • Give me an example of a time when you facilitated a team member or employee's development.   Answer Question
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    IT Graduate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Brentford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    the day was pretty packed - but they supply you with lots of food throughout to ensure you have the energy to do well. the assessment centre pretty much consisted of: interview role play 2 group exercies presentation (infront of one person only - not indimidating) the interview: they read a long paragraph (an example) before asking you the question, this did put me off a little- an advice would be not to get so bogged down with what you read out - just pay attention to the question, they ask questions like: give a time you had to persuade other team members to do something/or make a (hard) decision for the team's benefit - how did you get everyone on board (i did give an example with the end result and explained what i did, but that didn't seem to be enough for the interviewer, he wanted a breakdown of how/why/motives etc. - so make sure you've prepared to give a 'juicy' answer in the star format, because i did see him put my answer in a STAR format on his sheet. another question was : give an example of a time you had to work in a way to enhance something. tell me the result. the role play: you have one hour to read a booklet about this particular employee to prepare you for the role play (which is with this fictional employee(. they include emails/work tasks of other people in the team etc. i did enjoy this part, just make sure whilst you're reading the booklet you write down questions to ask in the role play room. the subject of mine was, this employee who has a lot of potential is really struggling, and you have to find out why and offer a solution (eg. ask questions about his relationship with his team, maybe suggest a way to improve the relationship, if he's going on holiday remember to ask him to do the handover to another employee - cause he has an important call etc.) remember when you go in the room , act the part immediately, i.e. introduce yourself as the manager. the group exercises are merely a way to see how you act in a group remember to: (three tips: be supportive of others, offer good ideas and also make sure you somehow lead the conversation (do not be dominant, that is something they don't like). the first ggroup exercise was about this company who wanted to do something in a particular country (they have goals like helping the environment or helping the locals start a business etc.) and you have to come up with two things this company should do each and discuss. it isn;t tough at all- (you don't need to present), especially since they give you a few examples you can use in the booklet too. the second group exercise was about a start up company/they ship this particular product and something happened and you all have to come up with a solution - ie. transport surplus of products from one country to another. then they give you a crisis (fire in the company - so all stock go) what do you? don't forget about health and safety etc.) you have to generally sum up your points and tell them to the interviewes in the room, nothing to worry about. presentation: they give you a booklet about 3 different products and you have to choose one which is appropriate to your country (they all sound good, but i went with the spray one, the majority seemed to have). make sure to include the following in your prsentation: benefits of your chosen products, challenges, why yours is better than the other two/or why the other two are not good. because after the short presentation, the interviewer asks you to sum up these points and he'll write them down. nb. the night before they give you a booklet to read, pay attention to the company's values - dalys (you can use them in your presentation). again don't get bogged down with the minor detail, but make sure you understand (no need to memorise). i didn't get the role, but hopefully this will help someone to :) i'd say relax, everyone is lovely and understanding

    Interview Questions

    • the interview: they read a long paragraph (an example) before asking you the question, this did put me off a little- an advice would be not to get so bogged down with what you read out - just pay attention to the question, they ask questions like: give a time you had to persuade other team members to do something/or make a (hard) decision for the team's benefit - how did you get everyone on board (i did give an example with the end result and explained what i did, but that didn't seem to be enough for the interviewer, he wanted a breakdown of how/why/motives etc. - so make sure you've prepared to give a 'juicy' answer in the star format, because i did see him put my answer in a STAR format on his sheet. another question was : give an example of a time you had to work in a way to enhance something. tell me the result.   1 Answer
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    IT Summer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brentford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)) in May 2014.

    Interview

    Interview process was well organised. There was a meal organised the day before the assessment centre for everyone to get to know each other. The next day all candidates were placed into a room, there were around 5-6 different tasks and some people would be removed from the room to do individual tasks and interviews. The group exercises were intertwines with the individual presentation in the sense that you presented to the group and then collectively you decided who's idea was the best.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you have collected your own data for use in a project.   Answer Question
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    Finance Manager Planning and Analysis Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Brentford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)) in March 2014.

    Interview

    telephone interview (30 mins) followed by face to face interview with hiring manager and its line manager (Finance Director). focus on competencies and work related examples for different situations. no feedback after the interview, even if it was one hour and a half long and they were impressed by my experience and my technical "textbook knowledge" I requested a formal feedback and they told me that they are "are in the final stages of making a decision", no further details, but never heard of them back again

    Interview Questions

    • predictable questions, no formal introduction of the interviewers (they never presented themselves with their job names, I had to search them on Linked in to know who they were), the hiring manager was the one to coordinate the interviews (dates, time, location) - no HR involvement whatsoever in the recruitment process   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brentford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)) in March 2013.

    Interview

    The process started by the exchange of a few emails with an HR manager. After the submition of my CV and cover letter, she put me in contact with my future manager. Then, I got a phone interview with this manager and her boss. After several questions on my CV and my experience, they asked me why GSK, why Procurement and ultimately, to describe a discount I had nogatiated in my life.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a discount you have negotiated in your life. It could be anything.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I was asked what were my expectations in terms of salary. I replied I was not asking much but I wanted to be financially independent so I would appreciate to have enough for food and accomodation. The manager said, without mentionning any amount, that they would give me a small compensation. Eventually, £1200/ month was more than enough

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    Supply Chain Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brentford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)) in May 2011.

    Interview

    Competence based interviews

    Interview Questions

    • Can be prepared for using the published information (internet)   Answer Question
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