Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview Questions

Updated Apr 11, 2015
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Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Pfizer.

Interview

recruiter phone screen, Manager Phone interview, face to face interview. I posted online for multiple positions in my area, I interviewed over several months for different positions that I qualified for...I also had 3 different interview processes. I interviewed for one position and got to a face to face, but was not hired. Next, I was contacted to phone screen for another position, but did not progress in that process. Final position, I phone screened, then interviewed face to face and was ultimately offered the position. Received a verbal offer, then received a written offer. I accepted the offer electronically.

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  • mostly star questions from interview guide, but also interviews not on the interview guide   Answer Question

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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Pfizer (San Jose, CA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Phone screen, group interview. STAR questions.

    Interview Questions

    • What would your peers say or how would they describe you after training?   Answer Question
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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Pfizer.

    Interview

    Applied online. Phone interview about 1.5 months later followed by a 1:1 with DM the next week. References, background check, driving history etc. a couple of weeks later together with field ride. Notification that a candidate had been chosen a couple of weeks later.

    Interview Questions

    • Standard STAR based questions. Nothing unusual or unexpected. Research the company and why you want to work for Pfizer and why they should hire you.   Answer Question
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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Pfizer.

    Interview

    Applied for the entry-level position through the website and was contacted about 2 weeks later for a phone screening. About a week after that, I was contacted by the DM for a face-to-face interview. The process was fairly routine with the STAR format being used for all questions. Lack of pharmaceutical sales experience was brought up multiple times, which I felt was odd for an entry-level position.

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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Screen interview & flew me out to CO, which I assume was an end-of-year tax write-off for them. Was supposed to be a town car picking me up at the airport, which ended up being a mini van. During the f2f, the hiring manager said, "I wish you had more experience". Really? You couldn't have seen that on my resume? I then received an automated rejection email, and when I attempted to obtain feedback, they wouldn't give me any.

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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Pfizer (Sarasota, FL) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Phone screen to assess your sales ability

    Interview Questions

    • What are you analytical skills, and how to use the data?   Answer Question
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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Pfizer in June 2011.

    Interview

    Have to submit/apply for positions through the company website, although current employees can recommend you and if you get hired, will receive a referral bonus. For the most part, the questions will are behavioral-based questions, looking for examples of times when you demonstrated a given behavior in the past. Questions are best answered in the "STAR" format (Situation-Task or Action-Result), so that you most efficiently and completely convey your experience. Listen to the question and answer the question being asked. Be prepared! Take initiative to learn about the position, talking to current employees or customers, this all shows interest and demonstrates that you do want the position. Be sure to ask for what you want at the conclusion of the interview, which means understand what the next step is and ask for to be a part of that. Follow-up quickly and specifically - email is good because it allows you to follow-up quickly, but you might also consider a hand-written note (in-addition to email).

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you set a goal for your self, but failed.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Salary range is based on your experience. make sure your resume accurately depicts applicable experience.

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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Pfizer in August 2010.

    Interview

    Normal pharma process, just tough to get in because of employees relocating that we're displaced.
    Network as much as possible and do as much homework as you can on the hiring manager and products.

    Interview Questions

    • How did you prepare for the interview   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Not much negotiation

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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Pfizer (San Francisco, CA) in December 2009.

    Interview

    Applied through a Monster.com posting and was contacted by a recruiting agency. There was one phone interview with recruiter who passed on the resume to the Pfizer District Manager. There was one thirty minute phone interview with the District Manager with basic background questions. Then there was a face to face interview with the District Manager held in a hotel conference room for an hour. This delved into hypothetical questions about how to be persuasive, and detailed questions on past projects and why I was interested in a sales position. They seemed to be most interested in past sales experience, which I was lacking.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation where you had to persuade someone.   Answer Question
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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MS
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Pfizer (Jackson, MS) in October 2009.

    Interview

    Interviewing for entry-level sales position in the Southeast U.S. There appeared to be two full days of interviews of about 30 minutes each. The interviewer was an acquaintance from college and friend of my husband - which I thought might give me a leg up.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you describe a normal day in this position.   1 Answer

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