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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Interview Questions in Cambridge, MA

Updated Jul 24, 2014
Updated Jul 24, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and after 2 weeks I talked to the hiring manager over the phone. He was friendly and professional and we talked about my skills and past experience.
    After a month I went for on-site interview. Surprisingly, I did not know the schedule until two days before, so it was difficult to arrange for acceptable transportation. Even more surprisingly, Novartis did not provide any lunch or assistance to get one, although 'lunch' word was on the agenda. Moreover, the hiring manager turned out to be an intimidating person, or I should say, was the master of intimidation. Fortunately, everyone else was just opposite - professional and friendly. I left with very mixed filings.
    Despite I was disappointed with the image of Novartis I still decided to follow up - wrote a nice letter to the manager asking how things move. Zero response for next two months. Probably my email ended up in spam, how otherwise lack of response for such a long time can be explained??? By the way, they never reimbursed my expenses I had during the interview.
    EDIT: to be fair - I just got the reimbursement check.

    Importantly, after couple more months Novartis re-posted the same job description under a DIFFERENT Job Title and number; an entry level position this time!!! Cannot make up your mind, or too busy with internal reorganizations?

    What a cool example of good business conduct.

    Interview Questions
    • HR question: How did you get your last position at XXX, did you know somebody?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Formulation Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Was interviewed by 2 scientists and 1 HR person. The interview with one of the scientist was an on-site phone interview which caught me totally by surprise as I was not expecting that. The interview went fine but the phone interview with the PI was a difficult one. No technical questions asked. Only behavioral.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Learning Management Systems Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    I had an initial phone interview with the temp agency. Then an in person interview with 4 people on site.

    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Engineering Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    what is the greatest achievement in your life.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    good
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in May 2009.

    Interview Details

    4 INTERVIEWS WITH ALL MEMBERS OF THE TEAM

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Associate Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in April 2009.

    Interview Details

    I had one on-site interview with Novartis and it went very well. I waited for their answer for 3 weeks then wrote a kind email, the answer was that we won't be able to hire you right now. Later I heard that they got into a hiring freeze.

    Interview Questions
    • Would you be interested in a different position than one you are interviewing for right now?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in July 2008.

    Interview Details

    After an initial phone interview with the director of the postdoc program, I was invited for an on-site interview and presentation. During the on-site interview, I met with a 8 - 10 investigators and 2-4 current postdocs. It was not clear if all of the investigators were interested in taking a postdoc or if they were evaluating me. As it turns out, there was probably just two who were considering me. It took more than 6 weeks for them to get back to me. The final hurdle in the Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship program is to be invited to write a proposal. The proposal writing phase of the application is slow. I completed the proposal in 2 - 3 weeks, but it took 4 months to get final clearance of the proposal and receive an actual offer. The procedure is slow and not efficient.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    All the postdocs get the same starting salary. There may be some negotiation in the relocation package - but mine was very generous.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Scientist I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in April 2008.

    Interview Details

    Received a call after applying for a job, standard phone interview with a few Q&As. 1 week later, I interviewed in person with HR, hiring manager, and peers. Mostly consisted on one-on-one interviews, had one panel. Felt like I had the offer leaving the interview, received an offer a week later.

    Interview Questions
    • Asked a situational questions, "If you found a colleague breaking a company policy, how will you respond?"   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in March 2007.

    Interview Details

    Extremely passive-aggressive in their interview style and interest. An initial contact was made from an internal recruiter, where a standard phone interview was given. I received feedback the next day that it went well and I will move on to the 1:1. Then they went away for almost 6 weeks. I was then called after-hours on a Friday (I don't care about that personally, it goes to the company mindset) begging me to come in the next Monday because they HAD to get the position filled.

    Had 2 1:1 interviews (HR, hiring manager) and received great feedback for both, I was on to the next round which was to consist of interviews with senior management and a full day of testing and tours.

    After that, I heard nothing for 3 months (wrote the interview off after no response from the company) and then after the 3 months I got a lame excuse from HR saying that everyone I interviewed with was gone and he was out of the office.

    I understand that things happen in business, BUT NOT THAT MANY. This was nothing that an email couldn't fix, and I figure if it is this difficult getting in, what is it like when one IS in?

    Interview Questions
    • Given your extensive travel and experience, how would you cope with a position where you will not travel?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

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