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Senior Analyst, Resource Management Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PAREXEL.
Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter in a week after I sent my CV through the company's website. The same week I had a screen phone interview for 30 min. The following week I had a phone conversation with the hiring manager and was invited for the in person interview. I met with two VP's for 45 min each and received the offer the following day. The whole process, starting from sending my CV to the offer letter, took three weeks.
Interview Question – No behavioral questions, just probing on the possible business case scenarios. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation; take or leave it.
Senior Clinical Research Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at PAREXEL.
Interview Details – Initially I applied for the position on the company website less than a week later I received a phone call from a recruiter scheduling an over the phone interview. After discussing my CV with the recruiter (1 hour) she gave me a broad description of the position and advanced me to speak with a Human Resource Manager. A week later I spoke with HR Manager (30 mins) we discussed my experience and how it matched the vacant position, she shared with me the benefits of working with PI and advanced me to speak with the Line Manager. A few days later I interviewed with the Line Manager (1:30 mins) we cover all aspects of the position, behavioral questions and tell me about a time. This was the most challenging of all the interviews, but very informative and forthcoming of what the position entailed. A week later I spoke with a GRO Manager (30 mins) discussion ranged from experience, responsibilities, therapeutic area, onboard training, EDC, etc.
Interview Question – What would you do if the sponsor in the middle of the trial applies the 5th amendment and the investigator becomes really upset about it? Answer Question
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Program Coordinator Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at PAREXEL.
Interview Details – I applied to the position using the companies' internet site, I learned about the position using the site Indeed. I was contacted via phone by a recruiter within a week after submitting my application. The recruiter asked me a couple of general questions e.g,, (Your last date of employment? How many interviews have you been on? The spectrum of your expected compensation?). After that initial contact, I was then scheduled to Iive interviews with the hiring team (that is correct - hiring team, not manager). I interviewed with 6 different team members including 2 conference calls. As expected the questions asked by the team became redundant. The questions were mostly technical questions, some situational and behavioral questions. The common theme became that they were looking for someone who could deal with "difficult personalities". The culture seemed to be that you do what you are asked and even trained to do, follow protocol and procedures and you will be successful. As one hiring manager put it to me - she said, "There is not much growth here, if you are looking to grow professionally this might not be the place for you - like I would have to die for you to apply to my position." (no paraphrasing here). I was interviewed three more time more times after the first set of interviews. I was also contacted by the recruiters several times in the interim. All were very general interview questions.
Interview Question – The questions weren't difficult, as this was an entry level position. The difficult part was answering the same questions, 7-8 times. Answer Question
Principal Statistical Programmer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 days - interviewed at PAREXEL.
Interview Details – I had a good interview with the company.. The interview was online, using Hirevue.. It was a panel interview with 2 managers and one principal programmer. The managers mostly asked situational and operations related questions And the principal programmer asked technical level questions.. Overall it went very good.. They came back with an offer in less than 2 days..
Interview Question – One person asked pros and cons of working with people in different time zones Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I am still negotiating..
Principal Statistical Programmer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at PAREXEL in June 2012.
Interview Details – It was very pleasant. They asked technical, leadership, managment and other tupe of questions. They handled the whole process very professionally!
Interview Question – There were no unexpected questions, all within standard of interview and industry. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Fast
Senior Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at PAREXEL in October 2013.
Interview Details – The HR contact was via email phone and the screening was efficient and professional. This was followed up by a phone screen with the hiring manager which was once again cordial and productive. HR did a great job of expediting the interview process and getting an onsite interview scheduled. The principle interview process was conducted by the VP of Infrastructure who made very clear from the onset that he would play the role of the alpha male. While the specific wording of his questions was mostly appropriate, the attitude with which they we're deliver was clearly geared to intimidate. When called on this his response was "..that's the way I am.." Worst interview I've ever had...walked out on it
Interview Question – The opening presentation was about how tough an organization it was, that the job wasn't for "wimps", that you needed to "have a pair..." in order to fit in, that you needed "stamina"...and when this diatribe ended their was an expectation that it had served as a question. My response was "sure" which was criticized...I already could tell by the tone that this wasn't a good fit. I was later asked.."I have six engineers already who look exactly like you on paper so why should I hire you?" My response was that it was impossible to distinguish myself without knowing those folks...I was told it really wasn't hard "..if I'd just think about it". Entire interview tone was confrontational. Answer Question
CRA II Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PAREXEL.
Interview Details – I applied online. I was emailed and did a phone interview with a recruiter. Ist interview was (15 mins), set up for a 2nd interview w/ same recruiter about my experience (45min) was pushed through to HR for 1 hour and 4th interview with a Manager (all by phone).
Interview Question – No real difficult questions: How do you organize yourself, what components should be in ICF, what would you do if you went to a site where patients had not signed HIPAA View Answer
Drug Safety Associate Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PAREXEL.
Interview Details – It started with 3 phone interviews over a 2 week period and then a 3 hr , staggered in person interview with 3 different people. It was exhausting and draining and all of the interviewers asked the SAME questions. The usual behavior style questions nothing out of the ordinary just the same ones,They all gave off this palpable level of being very stressed and strained.,when it was FINALLY over I knew I DID NOT want to work there.
Interview Question – No really difficult or challenging questions...they were just redundant. Answer Question
Data Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at PAREXEL.
Interview Details – Applied via their career website. I got a call from the HR personnel after a week of application. Had a 15 min interview with the recruiter, followed by 1 hour interview with one of their test leads. Was later called for an in-person interview. In-person interview consisted of three set of rounds:
- 1st round was a 1 hour session with 2 BA's/DA's out in London. Discussion was about basic
BA stuff of what kind of documents you have created, situational questions.
- 2nd round was with 3 Developer/Data Modeler for 1.5 hours. This session was more concentrated on data modeling concepts, SQL questions by writing actual SQL statements, draw use case scenarios, activity diagrams.
- 3rd and last round was with their director and Test Lead which was more focused on how I would handle new data coming into the data warehouse and what all measures I would take to make sure it usable and retrievable after it's in the data warehouse.
Interview Question – Difficult questions were mainly about data modeling concepts (which is not my forte). They gave a business use case of how I would store data coming from different point of sales. View Answer
Statistical Programmer II Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at PAREXEL.
Interview Details – Had phone screening by recruiter . I was asked HR questions and then got the call for face to face interview
Interview Question – What is that you wanna change in the existing company Answer Question
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