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Novartis Scientific Associate II Interview Questions

Updated Jul 30, 2014
Updated Jul 30, 2014
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Scientific Associate II 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.

Interview Details

The interview process starts with HR over the phone, then a phone interview with the hiring manager to determine if you should come in. The in person interview is an all day, 8-hour, interview with multiple parties- hiring manager, other PIs in the dept/lab, associates you would be working with, etc. Depending on the size of the group, some interviews are with several people and some one on one. Lunch is provided in the cafeteria where you have a chance to eat with your prospective coworkers.

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  • For science positions, understanding of the biology, pathways, and technology is critical. I was asked about familiarity with specific oncogenic pathways related to the lab's specific focus. Mostly they want to know exactly what your skill sets are and how much of your work you have done independently.   Answer Question
Negotiation Details
There was no negotiation and it took 2 months to bring me on because they lost the position and had to repost it.
Accepted Offer
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    Scientific Associate II 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 in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    It was pretty straight forward. Standard phone interview one day followed by a half day interview with several group heads.

    The questions were standard,. Met with the recruiter who was very nice.

    Interview Questions
    • Asked me to go into detail about a paper I had published several years ago.   View Answers (3)
    Negotiation Details
    They made me a generous offer that I accepted. I didn't bother to counter. It would have been in poor taste given the raise they were offering me.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Scientific Associate II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Novartis in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    approx 10 half hour interviews with one or two people per session. Interviewers were scientists of varying levels in the department and one interview with HR. The questions ranged from technical, describing my research and some personality. Nothing surprising. Expect the usual "how have you resolved conflicts" Wear a suit and be confident.

    Interview Questions
    • You published on the XXX disease, how did you apply XXX technique in your research?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I had a 2nd job offer so I was able to negotiate moving expense and about $5K salary increase
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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