Merck Interview Questions

Updated Jun 30, 2015
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Point, MS
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Merck (West Point, MS) in April 2014.

    Interview

    You had to go through a lot of red tape for the interview process. Merck was hiring for a project that they were not even prepared for. Very slow moving project that did not go anywhere. Merck and their employees treat contractors very unfairly. An employee blamed me for their computer system not working, and ended my assignment after 7 months.

    Interview Questions

  2.  

    Clinical Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Kenilworth, NJ
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Merck (Kenilworth, NJ) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Contacted via email to schedule face to face interview after submission of resume online. Scheduled for interviews with HR and multiple managers. Initial interview was with HR via telephone . Remainder of interviews were with management staff. Interviews occurred one at a time (not as a group). Initial questioning was based on STAR method, and the remainder of each discussion was position and experience based. Interviews were approximately 30 minutes each.

    Interview Questions

    • If the position were offered, what would prevent you from accepting it?   Answer Question
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    Senior Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baltimore, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Merck (Baltimore, MD).

    Interview

    They get a ton of people together in a cattle call, herd everyone into a main area then cull people one at a time into a series of rooms with Business Managers sitting in them. If you are there late in the day there is a good chance they will forget who you are.

    Negotiation

    Here is the offer, take it or leave it.

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    IT Internship Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Merck.

    Interview

    I was initially contacted by email. I have only had one interview so far. I had two batches of interviews with different groups of people. They seemed to be very friendly. This interview was more of a behavioral interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What is something about the industry that interests you?   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Merck (Boston, MA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    I interviewed in person with 5 people at the research center. Most questions focused on my past experience and course work. Also, I was encourage to ask questions as well. I was given a free lunch and was able to talk with a former intern who now works for Merck full time.

    Everyone was extremely nice and helpful.

    Interview Questions

    • There wasn't a most difficult question really. Perhaps what I wanted to get out of the internship.   Answer Question
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    Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Merck (Boston, MA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online through the Merck career portal to two internships.

    After several weeks I received an email requesting a phone interview. I interviewed with one of the senior scientists in the department to which I applied and he asked me specific questions about my resume and experience. He did not disclose information about projects or the internship when I asked, but gave me valuable information about the general organization of the department. He informed me that he would have his assistant contact me to schedule an in-person interview at the end of the call.

    A week later I received an email asking me about my availability from the assistant, and an email from the senior scientist requesting letters of recommendation. A few days later I received an itinerary for my interview, which included meetings with the department head, division leaders, senior and staff scientists. What was most interesting was that I was meeting with two different groups who would collaboratively decide my placement.

    The interview lasted several hours and included a tour of the facilities, and introductions to other team members. I wasn't asked questions about science, but I was expected to ask questions about the research projects and show my understanding of the principles through those questions. The interviews were quite relaxed, and seemed mostly geared towards determining if I was a good fit for the group rather than if I was capable of being successful since this was the final step after the experience on my resume was corroborated. An interesting moment was when I was told that I was all but hired and needed to decide if I was more or less comfortable working in a particular environment because it would determine if the team would try to place me into their division.

    I was informed at the end of the interview that I would hear back within two weeks. I received an offer letter a week and a half later. Upon submitting my signed letter, I was matched with an HR representative who facilitated my background check and drug screen. Upon successful completion I was sent my welcome information.

    Interview Questions

    • Which division do you most want to work in?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation necessary. I received an offer letter with a generous stipend.

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    Senior Pharmaceuticals Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Point, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Merck (West Point, PA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Behavioral questions tell me about a time you had a challenging customer. Tell a time things did not work out like you wanted. tell me about a time you are proud of an accomplishment

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a difficult manager you have had and what did you do   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kenilworth, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Merck (Kenilworth, NJ) in March 2014.

    Interview

    After waiting a months after my online application I received an email invite to interview with my boss-to-be and one other principal scientist. After setting up a date the interview was conducted over the phone and finished in about 45 minutes after some back and forth questions. I had the exact qualifications/experience they were looking for so the offer letter came a week after the interview. Great, smooth process with no hassle.

    Interview Questions

    • Review past experience on your resume and tell me more about beyond what's on the paper.   Answer Question
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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    I was an interview candidate for an internship in their RNA Therapeutics department. Everyone I interviewed with was incredibly intelligent, and though there was clearly a lot on their plates with regard to research, they spent time trying to see if I was a good fit for them (and vice versa). Not only was impressed at how forward thinking the department was, but also with the company's focus on employee health and wellness.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle pursuing your own research interests given your project?   Answer Question
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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Merck in February 2014.

    Interview

    Brought in for an interview after applying online. The interview consisted of two 30 minute sessions, I was asked behavioral questions like "describe an experience when you were faced with a problem, what did you do to mitigate the issue and what impact did it have on your work environment". I was also asked a question asking if I had ever worked on multiple projects at one time and how I managed that work load.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation where you had to make a tough decision   Answer Question

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