Novartis Pharmaceuticals Scientist Interview Questions

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Scientist Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Accepted Offer
Neutral Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge, MA).

    Interview

    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?   1 Answer
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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (San Carlos, CA) in March 2010.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • How would you solve a problem between two co-workers that you manage?   1 Answer
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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (East Hanover, NJ) in April 2009.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    I declined due to personal circumstances. Otherwise, I would have gladly accepted the offer.

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