I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at IMS Health in September 2013.
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I have a friend inside the company, so he referred. After his referral (almost the same day), I got a call from HR discussing the interview availability. A week later, HR called me and discussed about my experiences, my master program, my earliest start date. He also asked me what would I consider as my analytical skills. All you need to prepare is to be ready to talk about your past working experiences and your strengths, and, don’t forget to smile☺
A week later, HR contacted me and invited me to have on-site interview. I had three 1:1 interviews (1 hour for each) with different engagement managers, and a case interview. The case interview was pretty straightforward. They gave me a short case, and I would analyze the problems and provide my solutions. I had 45 minutes to prepare for the case (they would leave you alone, and give you a laptop without internet access), and another 1 hour to do the presentation and answer questions. I presented my PowerPoint slides in front of 4 managers, and they asked several questions after I finished.
I felt the case not that hard. As long as you have the case interview training and a framework to analyze business problems, you should be fine. Managers wouldn’t challenge you a lot if your assumptions are reasonable and solutions are practical.
Interview Question – How many people would you bring with you if you go to client's site and solve their problems? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I am pretty satisfied with the salary and benefits, so there is not much to negotiate.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at IMS Health in October 2012.
Interview Details – Went through 2 Rounds of interviews: 1st- with middle mgr and sr mgr. and the 2nd- was an all day round robbin with 5 different employees representing different departments.
Interview Question – How do I know that you won't only stay for a couple of years and leave? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – they came in much higher than expected. no negotiation.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at IMS Health in May 2012.
Interview Details – IMS Consulting Group is the leader in the pharma consulting industry. Their work is truly amazing and their global reach attracts the biggest clients around the world. It was a 2:1 interview on fit questions only. So candidates really have to see for themselves why they are interested in pharmaceutical and healthcare consulting, because that is all IMS does unlike other strategy consulting firms.
Interview Question – Why IMS Consulting? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at IMS Health in September 2011.
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My interview experience with IMS Health was one of the worst ever and I would caution future interviewees to be wary of the interviewing etiquette of this company. There were two interviewers present during my interviewer, and the behavior of one of them (a principal in the company) was nothing short of demeaning. The whole process made me feel devalued and humiliated.
First, he told me that picking my application was a "mistake." Throughout the interview, he would cut me off several times without giving me the chance to fully explain myself. He did this a few times. For example, in response to his question about my strengths, I said, "I value hard work." But he cut me off again and remarked condescendingly, "So do I." When he asked me where I could see myself in a few years' time, I replied, "I think my future career plans can take a variety of forms..." Again, he patronizingly cut me off and insisted he only wanted to hear about one "specific" thing. At this point, it became obvious to me that he was deliberately pushing me into a corner. Later, while I was working on the case study, he got up from his seat, walked around the room and made small talk with his colleague, as if oblivious to my presence.
After considering my nonprofit background (my resume is heavily skewed towards the nonprofit sector) and my professed interest in public service as well as working in the nonprofit sector in the future, the interviewer told me, "We are not going to be helping people here (in our company)." A distasteful remark in the context of everything else.
The interviewer also had inferiority complex issues. At one point during the conversation, I explained I was interested in consulting because as a recent college graduate, I wanted to learn a set of extremely useful skills from a group of smart, intelligent and driven people in the field of consulting. The interviewer, for some reason, took my comment as a personal affront. In response, he *pointed* at his colleague (who graduated from an Ivy League school). For some reason, he thought that my reference to "smart, intelligent and driven people" was tainted with elitist connotations and also somehow precluded him (I believe he graduated from some lower tier college). That was absolutely not my intention, and how he came to that conclusion was simply beyond me.
The interviewers were half an hour behind schedule and my interview was truncated to 20 minutes. They simply assumed they could change their schedules without giving the interviewee any notice.
Their unprofessional behavior was a total embarrassment to IMS Health and reflected negatively on the firm as a whole. When I contacted their HR, all the HR manager told me was that the interview process was "competitive" and that "IMS Consulting is a top tier consulting firm" and the interview was supposed to "assess interest and fit." She went on, "In any interview situation, we recognize that the candidate is also using that time to assess whether or not they are interested in the organization." In any case, she might even be right. If my interview experience is any accurate indication of the IMS Health culture as she proclaims, then I am glad to have seen a preview of it during the interview and to avoid the company altogether. The interviewer should be ashamed of himself for bringing down the company's reputation with his lack of professionalism.
Needless to say, I withdrew my application after the interview.
Interview Question – The question was on proportions. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at IMS Health in April 2011.
Interview Details – Interviewed with 4 people. Disorganized interview. Feedback was that Sr. Director said I didn't get an offer because I didn't take enough notes. One other person agreed that I didn't take enough notes. The other 2 said I took just the right amount of notes. I didn't take ANY notes. No follow-up was made by IMS of the outcome.
Interview Question – What would you do if you were part of a team that no one understands in this company? Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at IMS Health in April 2011.
Interview Details – One hour phone interview including behavioral questions and a case study with a senior position. The interviewer was nice and did not try to make the interviewee confused or insecure. The case study came after the behavioral questions. If the phone interview goes well, then the applicant is invited to the office site for a second-round full interview (5-hour process).
Interview Question – The case study question was: your client (pharma) wants to introduce a new drug to the market. Given these details about the drug and its competition, what strategy would you take and how successful do you think the new product will be? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at IMS Health in April 2011.
Interview Details – First interviewed on campus- half hour interview w/ behavioral/fit questions; half hour math test. Then second round interview was on site. Began with lunch, where all of the interviewees got a chance to meet and ask current analysts questions about the job. Then 3 half hour to forty-five minutes interviews with 1-2 interviewers each. Also, had to do a case. I was give thirty minutes to read through case and consolidate my results. Then, I presented my results informally (no powerpoint) to a group of about 10 interviewers in 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes of Q &A
Interview Question – Should Pharma company X acquire biotech company Y when considering the product/market size/etc. Answer Question
The process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at IMS Health in August 2010.
Interview Details – I got a call first by their HR sometime late in April to see if I was still available for an internship. Next I got a call 3 weeks later and it was a typical HR phone interview following which 3 days later I was interviewed over the phone by the manager based on my past experience mentioned on my resume. I was then invited a week later to do a presentation on a topic I chose from 3 given topics. Some questions at the end about why I want the internship and why pharma and so on. The same day while I am driving back I get the call that I am hired!
Interview Question – Describe the impact of economic downturn on Pharma inudustry. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiation
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 months - interviewed at IMS Health in January 2010.
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It was very slow. Scheduling the first (phone) interview took a month. It was done by two practice leaders, who were evaluating which practice I would better fit with and for what position level they would consider me.
The next (face-to-face) interview took 2 months, with a number of reschedules. The people were nice, seemed relaxed. I met with 6 people, including sales, head of the practice, my future would-be boss, and a number of delivery leaders. They all seemed impressed, and the feedback from HR person was that they will make an offer soon.
It took another 2 months to make an offer. By that time I already got two more offers, one comparable and one much better than theirs.
Interview Question – What would be the biggest benefit for IMS from hiring you View Answer
Reason for Declining – I got a better offer elsewhere
I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at IMS Health in November 2009.
Interview Details – Phone interview followed by two full days of face to face interviews. Everyone seemed happy with roles.
Interview Question – Wanted point of view on plans. View Answer
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