I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development.
Interview Details – 1. Initial Phone screen with recruiter. 2. Phone interview with another human resources person. A mix of technical questions based of experience listed on my resume and a few behavioral questions. 3. On-site interview with 3 different people. First interview was solely technical, based off of experiences listed on my resume. Second interview was a mix between behavioral and technical. Third interview was entirely behavioral. 4. Conference call between PPD staff and staff members that PPD was currently working for. Only asked technical questions.
Interview Question – Technical questions were basically asking me to walk through the steps of preforming an experiment and why you would preform said experiment. Behavioral questions are hard to prepare for since they can be about almost anything. Searching for examples on the internet is usually a good way to prepare. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation, compensation is stated in job posting.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development in November 2013.
Interview Details – Interviewed 2 times
Interview Question – How well do you work with no supervision View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development in October 2013.
Interview Details – Met with Line Mgmt. in S.D. office; very pleasant and optimistic. Performed a presentation during the interview when give topic. Very comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Discussed concerns regarding negative reviews of company - was reassured that it would not be the case. S.D. office was different.
Interview Question – Given 20 minutes to develop a presentation to give on topic received when arrived. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Was given low end of range that I requested but was also given a 10K sign-on bonus.
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development in August 2013.
Interview Details – Phone Interview three times, then flown inn for one on one with two other line managers in Durham NC, this was a great experience. The first interview went pretty well as expected, the second was more deeper into experience than previous, but it was an experience that worth having.
Interview Question – Tell me a time when you have a system crashed, what did you do, what data were lost, what actions did you take and what are the outcome of your actions? Answer Question
The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development in August 2013.
Interview Details – The first interview was a phone interview with HR. Then a brief interview with the hiring manager a few weeks later. This was followed by a face to face interview with the hiring manager and others that I would work with (including UK colleague).
Interview Question – There were no unexpected questions. Pretty standard situational questions. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Other offer.
Interviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development
Interview Details –
The first round is the phone interview, behavior questions, some technic questions such as how to calculate the sample size, what is the most widely used method in survival data analysis.
The second round is on-site interview, mostly are behavior questions, usually ask you to list your experience for different situations, such as how do you achieve your clients' goal.
Interview Question – What is the most widely used method in survival data analysis? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development.
Interview Details – You have to apply online many many times just to get a phone call. I received a quick phone call to set up an in person interview. I was interviewed for an hour with multiple scenarios presented to me. You need to be confident and have a good idea of the clinical research organization process.
Interview Question – Name a time you implemented something and it did not work. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I countered their initial offer and got about $500 more per year but they were strict on their salary requirements.
I applied online and interviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development.
Interview Details – Initial phone screening (15 minutes), On-site interview with 3 employees (~45 minutes each), never heard back from recruiter
Interview Question – Provide an example for when something didn't go your way. What did you do and what was the outcome? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development.
Interview Details – Contacted by supervisor for phone screening, then set up face to face with same person. Sometimes more than one supervisor present. Pretty normal questions, strengths, weaknesses, conflicts, etc.
Interview Question – Open availability Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 7 weeks - interviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development in March 2013.
Interview Details –
I initially applied with a referral from a friend who currently works though, so I think that helped out in the interview process. But overall, I believe the process is very similar all through.
I applied online for the position right before Christmas. Immediately, I got a call from HR for an initial phone screen. This was a brief 20 min interview which just asked about my background and technical skills that were related to the position (if I knew HPLC, SDS-PAGE) and any other lab technics. Honestly, I've never used these machines, but I stated I was a fast learner and was eager to try new things. The HR person said they'll contact sometime after the holidays
I then had a phone interview with some of the program/hiring mangers from the on site group at King of Prussiaa week after New Years. This was basically and extended version of the first screen. They just asked about my self, my resume, my past experiences and my technical skills that would be relevant to the position. Additionally, there were some behavioral.
About a week later, I was invited to an onsite interview that happened 2 weeks after scheduling it. This was all behavioral, with 3-30min 1:1 interviews with the hiring managers. They were extremely nice, and it was very laid back. They kept saying that this part was just a formality, but it was a great chance to meet the people in charge.
I heard back about a week and a half later that I got the offer, but they only gave me a day to decide, and I defintely need more time.
Overall, it was nice experience. The HR contact was very nice and would always stay in contact throughout the process. The really expect that if you apply there, you are ready to work there right away, since they are a contractor group.
Interview Question – When was there a time where you exceeded expectations / or when you had to exceed expectations? Answer Question
Reason for Declining –
When I got the offer over the phone, they literally told me I had A DAY to decide, and that my start date was in 2 weeks. Additionally, the offer is a little lower then I was expecting and nothing was negotiable.
All in all, I decided to choice another route and try other opportunities.
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