Novartis Pharmaceuticals Interview Questions

Updated Aug 20, 2015
94 Interview Reviews

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview

    They will call you to ask you questions, I got an interview with two managers, both of whom became my mentors there. They are super friendly and focused on my resume questions, no tech questions at all.

    Interview Questions

  2. Helpful (3)  

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview

    1st - Phone interview with recruiter/HR going over background and the position 2nd - Panel Interview with HR/hiring managers All questions were behavioral questions, so be prepared to answer in STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) format. Normally they say this process is 10 days, but it was dragged out a lot longer due to people being on vacation, etc.

    Interview Questions

    • What is an example of a conflict you had with another employee?   Answer Question
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    Licensed Practical Nurse Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Somerset, NJ) in June 2015.

    Interview

    I was contacted via phone and email. The interview was actually a good interview...not too many hard questions. I was asked to write down some interesting things about myself. The staff was very curtious and professional. The interview enviorment was very comfortable. At the end of the interviews i was told to expect a phone call or email within 2 days informing me if i was hired or not

    Interview Questions

    • The question were direct and straight forward. No trick questions or any personality questions to answers   2 Answers
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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Philadelphia, PA).

    Interview

    STAR format - a panel of two managers or more if needed. Pleasant but nerve recking. They are straight forward about the information that they are looking for. No trick questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Be prepared to give solid examples of your work.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I did need to negotiate my starting salary. The process went back and forth three times. I was looking for more time off which I did not get but after 1 year the PTO was adjusted to provide more time.

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview

    They asked typical interview questions. You should answer in this format: Situation, Action Result. Also do research on the promoting product and MOA. Be able to verbalize the product and benefit during the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you create a launch strategy for a new product?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The offer was fair

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview

    Phone screening then brought in for a 1/2 day with a panel (peers) and a couple of one-on-one interviews. Time from applying to getting the offer was less than a month.

    Interview Questions

    • Very standard behavior-type questions (describe how you have handled a difficult co-worker, etc.) and several specific technical questions relating to the position.   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (1)  

    Chemist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview

    Participated in on-campus interview process in fall. Prior to on-campus interview, also had a phone interview. Waited ~1.5 month before receiving an invitation for on-site interview. Fairly typical on-site interview process. Dinner night one with 'peers'....seemed more interested in holding their own conversation than in getting to know me. Next day, presentation early am, followed by a series of one-on-one interviews from various levels of people.

    Interview Questions

  9. Helpful (1)  

    Associate Director, Senior Applications Architect Interview

    Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (East Hanover, NJ).

    Interview

    Hiring manager usually does the real interview, sometimes there will be a follow-up interview by others in the team. After that you will progress to the next round with department head along with HR

    Interview Questions

    • Architecture related case studies, GxP validation related questions will most certainly be asked   Answer Question
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    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    SImple and easy; they were dazzled by rich anecdotes and optics, not so much on substance.

    Interview Questions

    • Philosophical querstions, like "what do you believe is the purpose of..."   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiating. They came in with an offer that was their best and final, which I thought was fair.

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    Finance Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    There is a interview guide with set questions from HR, but no input from HR so the STAR questions "tell me of a time" are not coordinated from interviewer to interviewer.

    Interview Questions

    • Typical "tell me why you are looking" "tell me of a time when you had to.... and so on and so on."   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Not any negotiation and the hiring manager wouldn't even give 24 hours to think about it. I had to do a verbal yes on the phone before seeing the written offer.

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