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Updated Nov 4, 2014
Updated Nov 4, 2014
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  1.  

    Bio-Process Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Application Details

    interviewed at Merck Sharp & Dohme in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    Interesting hiring process. First interview consisted of several candidates and a single hiring manager. Typical interview questions were asked. After inital round of questioning some candidates were given an individual interview. Second interview was one on one. After Drug screen and background check certain behavioral questions were asked. Additionally a three hour "competancy" test was given. HR contacted candidates several days later with an offer. Dont try and negotiate for this position it will not work.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you expect to accomplish in the first 90 days in this position.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Quality Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Point, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Point, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Merck Sharp & Dohme in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    It was the most efficient interview and hiring process I have ever encountered. The 1:1 interview took about a half day with a one-hour teleconference with HR on a separate day. Offer was extended to me a few days later. The key is that they really know what they are looking for to fill the position and don't waste any time on decision making process.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe my past expereience in dealing with difficult people   Answer Question
    • Give an example of how I design, create and implement a new program (or process) in my current or past positions.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Bio Process Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Merck Sharp & Dohme in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    After you submit your resume they send you an email with details for an online assessment. It is a personality test with questions like, "Do you run yellow lights?". If you pass the online assessment they send you an email for an on site assessment which is also computer based. This takes about 3 hours to complete with problem solving questions, IQ questions, mathmatical questions, and judgement questions. If you pass the on site assessment they have you come back for a panel interview where you interview with multiple panels for about 3 more hours. If you pass the on site interviews, you will recieve a phone call and have a phone interview. If you pass all of that they email you the job offer and you have to start the drug screen process, back gorund check, and education check.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time where you had to resolve a conflict with a manager or emplyee.   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you were given a project to complete. What were the factors that led to you completing the project on time. Did you suceed or fail?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    This was an entry level position mostly for recent college grads. No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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  5.  

    Biotechnician I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lansdale, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lansdale, PA
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Merck Sharp & Dohme in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    Had a phone interview in January. Was then scheduled for a Skills Test (all Union candidates/employees must pass) in February, which was a computer test that took about 3 hours. Was told the next day that I passed the test and was scheduled for an interview in early March. Went in with 2 other candidates and was given a 30 minute overview about the position and benefits. Then we were each taken to a separate room for a panel interview with 3 people: 2 supervisors and 1 biotechnician. They asked about my resume and then asked behavioral and situational questions. The panel interview lasted about an hour and a half. I was told that I would know by email by the time I got home if I would be put on their "bench list" of people waiting for a position to open. I had thought the interview went well but was surprised to find out they had decided not to put me on the list.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if you saw a fellow employee taking a shortcut in a process?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you didn't get along with a group.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Engineering Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Point, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Point, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Merck Sharp & Dohme in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interview was only situation questions. And asked me what kind of department I would want to work for. They really like Lean Six Sigma training and work experiences.

    Interview Questions
    • "Tell me about a time when you failed to meet expectations and what would you change about that now?"   Answer Question
    • "Tell me about a time when you had to make a difficult decision, how did you choose, and what were the results of your choose?"   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Senior Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Merck Sharp & Dohme in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    Got phone interviewed with HR representative and followed with a 4-hour group/panel interview. Group interview consisted of 2 people from different area and with a pre-determined questions. Questions primarily consisted of giving examples for a situation. Nice people. After 2 weeks of waiting and was notified of no offer. Follow-up with hiring manager and got mixed feelings.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    NAE Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in North Wales, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in North Wales, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Merck Sharp & Dohme in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    A rigorous processs of multiple, face to face, individual and team interviews. Equally rigorous back ground check. Physical exam. This is an extremely thorough process, detailed and exacting. You need to have your act together for each and every phase of the process. You will do well to understand exactly who you will be interved by, what their biases, likes and dislikes are, and be diplomatically saavy during the panel interviews - evryone must give you a thumbs up. Anyone can shoot you down.

    Interview Questions
    • I really am unable to remember, it was 20 years ago. Suffice it to say you will be asked all of the typical career questions according to whatever consultants they are working with at the time of your interview.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Because I was uniquely qualified, they were very accomodating. You will need to document and confirm salary history.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Director Finance Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Merck Sharp & Dohme in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    The hiring and interview process are straight forward and generally pretty easy. They are looking for a fit, and sell yourself on your capabilities and the value you can drive in the organization. One simple way to do this is to try to ask what areas are weaknesses and how you can play a role to fix gaps in the organization.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about your background. What have you done in your past related to this role?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Yes. This is dependent on each unique situation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    IT Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Whitehouse Station, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Merck Sharp & Dohme in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    I applied online through Merck's website after multiple tries (it kept freezing) and received an e-mail about a month later saying I had been approved for a phone interview at a certain time on a certain date. I replied accepting the time slot. I had a 45 minute behavioral interview asking how I had handled critical situations in the past and the results I saw. I wasn't asked any technical questions. My interviewer was friendly but professional and to-the-point.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the best example of a process you have made more efficient in your life? How did you do it?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Accounts Receivable Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Charlotte, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Charlotte, NC
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at Merck Sharp & Dohme in November 2009.

    Interview Details

    A Human Resource Manager called me and I went to the charlotte office for the interview. The Hiring Manager explained thoroughly Merck Mission of being life savers and the work you will do does just that.

    Negotiation Details
    cut and dry the salary layed before you.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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