Pharmaceutical Product Development Interview Questions in Wilmington, NC

Updated Apr 18, 2015
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    Commercial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development (Wilmington, NC) in August 2014.

    Interview

    Recruiter sent me an e-mail detailing their interest in me and wanted to schedule an on-site interview for that following week. I was then sent an agenda for the 2 hour interview. I met with the recruiter first, then 3 separate interviews with members of the department I was interviewing in. PPD uses a targeted selection-style interview format...alot of "What would you do if...", and some questions were about the past experiences you've had professionally. I faced a few repeated questions in the three separate interviews, so I definitely found myself repeating experiences.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer who had unrealistic expectations...   Answer Question
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    Senior Clinical Project Manager Interview Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development (Wilmington, NC) in July 2014.

    Interview

    HR at PPD contacted me via an online career website where my resume was located. The phone screen was set up in a week and i visited PPD HQ in NC a couple weeks later for the F2F interview.

    Interview Questions

    • The scenario I was presented was a clinical trial in which there were issues with a couple countries in study approval/recruitment and i had to develop a risk management plan to get the country to enroll sooner before the enrollment period was over. The country had local issues with the protocol and had protocol questions so could not approve the protocol and could not enroll patients. I had to describe how i was going to get the country to approve the protocol and start enrolling patients ASAP. There was a data base lock coming up as well so that created data collection problems.   Answer Question
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    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wilmington, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development (Wilmington, NC) in June 2014.

    Interview

    Very well-organized; timely agenda and process; best experience ever in this regard. Phone interview, followed by 1:1 in person, followed by panel interview. Two weeks total process. Background check and drug screen required. Very professional and all correspondence was timely, as promised and everyone was very prepared, friendly, and welcoming. I really enjoy being at PPD and the quality of people there is above average.

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    Safety Administrator II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wilmington, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development (Wilmington, NC).

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • Name a time you implemented something and it did not work.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I countered their initial offer and got about $500 more per year but they were strict on their salary requirements.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development (Wilmington, NC).

    Interview

    Applied online through school job board. Contacted via email by a recruiter to set up a phone interview. Phone interview went well, asked about technology and team work. Sent another email by the recruiter to setup in person interview. Interviewed by several different employees within that department, all at different times. They asked about my resume and where I wanted to be in five years.

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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wilmington, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development (Wilmington, NC).

    Interview

    Interview was scheduled fast; no issues. Interviewers asked basic questions, nothing special. Many unnecessary question (they had script). Given topic to present. Was very easy and I cannot see what they gained from that.

    Negotiation

    Easy

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    Principal Clinical Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    Declined Offer
    Difficult Interview
    Declined Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development (Wilmington, NC) in June 2012.

    Interview

    Very long and intense interview. Met with several different interviewers over 3-4 hours total. Situational interview questions used and very specific and detailed answers required. Interviewers primarily ask questions and do not provide any supplemental information regarding the position. Feedback was quick but offer was below industry average for pay. Very challenging interview process for average offer at best.

    Interview Questions

    • No unexpected questions, questions are very specific and responses are required to be very detailed and thorough.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Salary

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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development (Wilmington, NC) in May 2012.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • There were no unexpected questions. Pretty standard situational questions.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Other offer.

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    Clinical Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development (Wilmington, NC) in January 2011.

    Interview

    It starts with a phone interview for screening. If you pass, you take TWO skills tests: one for medical terminology and one for computer skills. They are not as straightforward as you think and are designed so nobody gets 100%. One I passed those, I was flown to corp HQ for a series of in-person interviews. I was not impressed, they were NOT well organized. The staff was nice enough but they low-balled the title and the offer, which if you know PPD you can pretty much expect.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you had a boss that was a micro-manager? How did you deal with that?   1 Answer
    • Tell me about a time that you had a problem site. What was the problem? How did you identify it? How did you solve it?   1 Answer
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    Project Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Pharmaceutical Product Development (Wilmington, NC) in January 2011.

    Interview

    Interviewed by the team and the team leader one by one.....took most of the morning

    Interview Questions

    • Have you worked with budgeting before?   1 Answer

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