Very Difficult Interview
I applied in-person and the process took 5 days - interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline in June 2009.
Interview Details – I first saw the manager at a recruitment event in Knoxville. If I wasn't young looking for my age (34 at the time) and attractive, I bet I would not have been offered the next step. First, there was a phone interview. Next, the company had a face-to-face interview with three different managers. There was a call back and an interview scheduled for the next week, again. After passing that test, the company had another face-to-face interview with the local managers. They told me to find out as much as I could about Advair, their current promotion. I researched and memorized as much as I possibly could. I knew details by memory that some of their seasoned reps probably didn't know about the drug. Each interview seemed to hinge on the same question-"Why do you think you can do this job if you've never been in sales." I didn't have sales experience or a business degree and this seemed to bother the district manager even though I possessed two graduate degrees and better grades than him ( He revealed this in the interview process.) in science courses in college. After the second-to-last interview, he said he would have liked to see a business plan. (He didn't mention wanting one for the interview.) I told him that I could get him one and drove back into Knoxville with one in an hour. After completion of this task, I was offered a ride-along, the coveted last step in the interview process. My ride-along partner pretty much assumed that my job offer was in the bag. The GlaxoSmithKline rep and I were in the middle of the day when we were told to meet the rest of the team for lunch ( a surprise) at a downtown restaurant. All the reps did was to talk badly about the manger and about what a jerk he was to work for. After the rest of the afternoon calling on doctor's offices and pharmacists, the rep was called and the manager asked if I could drop by to interview again. Another surprise awaiting me was the appearance of the regional manager who was sneering at me as I walked through the door. He was very negative as he looked at my resume and asked me questions. I had the feeling his mind was made up against me as I walked through the door, but I remained confident. The district manager asked me about the lunch and what we talked about. I did not mention his employee's comments, but maybe I should have. Maybe this was another of the company's interview tactics. One word of advice to GlaxoSmithKline candidates: the Knoxville group is full of local "celebrities" including an ex-weatherman and a former U.T. cheerleader, and they seem to take pride in that. Another successful candidate was an ex-Yellowbook rep who seemed a little too provacative in her dress. Business black suits must go after you're hired, I guess.
Interview Question – Every team has a group of people designed to meet different needs. Would you saw you are a leader, a cheerleader, a data cruncher or a follower when it comes to one of the roles needed on my team? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline in November 2010.
Interview Details – It was a very pleasant experience. The recruiter contacted me via phone and asked me about my courses and projects related to the qualifications they were looking for. He described the position to me.
Later I was called for an onsite interview. The whole team talked to me in groups of two and asked me several questions and kept asking tools and languages I used for doing my academic projects. The whole process was very smooth and each and every one of them made it really comfortable. They key is to have general software skills and a burning desire to learn and excel.
Interview Question – What type of databases, repositories and languages you used for you academic projects? View Answer
Very Easy Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline in April 2010.
Interview Details – I applied through my school and was contacted by telephone. I received an overview of the position and was asked some basic questions about my experience, resume, and skills. During the phone conversation I was asked to come in for an onsite interview. Once onsite, I met with various scientists throughout the day. It was all very informal and casual. I was asked the basic behavioral questions that people find online, but they were more interested in me just telling them about my skills & understanding of the position. Overall, it was really easy - they just wanted a competent co-op.
Interview Question – Describe enzyme / inhibitor relationships. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – None.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline in September 2009.
Interview Details – first it was a phone interview, then i received a call to come in for an in person interview. i had several one on one interviews. then i had a panel interview. at the end i was able to ask questions and discuss next steps.
Interview Question – tell me about a time you disagreed with your manager. Answer Question
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline in May 2010.
Interview Details – First went through a phone screen, then two managers interviewed me face to face, the hiring manager who was one of them then had me speak to the VP --her boss on the phone. A week later an off was made and accepted.
Interview Question – Tell me about a conflict you had with a coworker and how it resolved. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Was able to change start date. My usual advice is to take the offer!
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline in October 2009.
Interview Details – Go to GSK's website and find their interview information. They explain the questions you'll be asked. The questions are all like, "explain a time when you....". Be prepared with specific examples! You usually at least get a lunch. Do not expect HR to call you back or send you a letter stating the position has been filled.
Interview Question – Explain a time when you did not agree with your supervisor. How did you handle the situation and what was the outcome? Answer Question
The process took a day - interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline in June 2008.
Interview Details – Interviewed with District Sales Manager. Initial questions were about past success stories. Then some hypothetical situations. Closed him and was top candidate. He chose another candidate with more vaccine experience.
Interview Question – Decribe one of you most difficult successful outcomes. View Answer
Very Easy Interview
The process took a day - interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline in September 2009.
Interview Details – Very easy going, mostly behavioral. Applied online from www.gsk.com and then 2-3 months later got a call from the manager. Manager was very nice and asked very straight forward questions. Listening is key.
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Pay is VERY fair.
The process took a day - interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline in December 2009.
Interview Details – I got a phone call from the manager to schedule an onsite interview. Onsite, the interview was mostly behavioral, things like how did you handle such and such situation in your previous projects etc.
Interview Question – How would you handle such and such situation? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline in April 2008.
Interview Details – It was all pretty easy. They called me up and asked me to pretty much sell myself. I 'm pretty good at doing that so it went well. Some of the questions they asked me were pretty random like "If you could be any brand of cereal, which brand would you be?" I thought it was a joke, so I treated it like a joke. Something must have went right because I got offered the internship.
Interview Question – "If you could be any brand of cereal, currently on the market, which brand would you be and why?" Answer Question
Negotiation Details – None. Interns are not allowed to negotiate- you take what they offer.
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