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Scientist Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed 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 Question – HR question: How did you get your last position at XXX, did you know somebody? View Answer
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Scientist Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Easy Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in March 2010.
Interview Details – I applied through one of the job boards then received the call from the hiring manager in a week. I was then called for a personal interview (half a day) with five people (RA, SRA, Scientist, hiring manager and Director) 1:1 talk. Almost all of them felt that I was overqualified for the position and they frankly told me that. Anyways, it went on well and I already got the feeling that they might go for another candidate. In a week, I received the email from HR/HM that they went for another candidate suitable to the job description. Overall, it was a good experience.
Interview Question – How would you solve a problem between two co-workers that you manage? View Answer
Scientist Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in April 2009.
Interview Details – I had to give a 30 minute seminar for an MS level bench scientist position. It was an all day interview consisting of the seminar (~40 minutes) and 30 minute meetings with individual team members, up to the VP, as well as a tour of the facilities. We had lunch in the the company cafeteria, courtesy of the department, and the food was above average. Overall, it was a good interview experience.
Interview Question – Why do you want to work here? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I declined due to personal circumstances. Otherwise, I would have gladly accepted the offer.
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