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Getting an Interview
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Helpful (4)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 2 days – interviewed at Roche.
3 interviews. Telephone IV1, Technical knowledge formal 1:2 IV2 and Social personal formal IV3. Be prepared to look at schematics etc for engineering type jobs at IV2. If you are already an engineer you should find this easy. Keep it simple and honest. IV3 is more based on you as an individual and how you will fit in with the team. Good luck and if you join the company you won't look back.
- Nothing out of the ordinary. Very laid back but formal. Answer Question
Very one sided from Roche. They get the best for good reason :0)
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 6 days – interviewed at Roche (Burgess Hill, England (UK)) in May 2014.
I applied through a recruitment agency and got an interview within a few days. When I arrived I was given a 'personality test' to complete by the receptionist. This involved having groups of 4 words to choose from and you had to select which was most like you and which was one least like you. They were things like 'aggressive' 'even tempered' 'competitive' 'laid back' etc. At times it was tough as sometimes all 4 words would be quite negative, and I found myself putting what I thought they wanted to hear rather than the truth. I then went into the interview which was held by 2 people. They were friendly and it wasn't as corporate as I expected. They asked me to talk through the last few years of my CV, they did ask why I left all my old workplaces. They then asked me questions, some on what I knew about the product I'd be selling, a little about what I knew about the company, why do I want to work there, the usual things. I had prepared for lots of competency based questions and they didn't ask me any! Other questions were "have you ever implemented a change in the workplace that was successful" "and have you implemented one that was unsuccessful" "where would you like your career to go" "what is your ideal working environment". It was quite relaxed, but I didn't feel they asked me questions which showed my full potential. The offices are big, modern and really nice, I was looking forward to using the free onsite gym but I got the impression it was quite a boring place to work, the people seemed very nicey nicey and not very outgoing.
- What is the difference between sales and customer service? 1 Answer
- Accepted Offer
Phone interview followed by face to face. Pretty straightforward review of experience and reasons for leaving current and choosing Roche.
- None in particular. Answer Question
Not much negotiation. Salary offered on a take it or leave it basis.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Roche (Burgess Hill, England (UK)).
2 step interview. First interview is a screening interview with the hiring manager and an HR Manager Second interview will include a presentation by you on a topic given by the hiring sales manager. You are usually given at least a week to prepare. There will usually be a 2 sale managers or a manager and a business area director present.
- How do you think this interview is going? 1 Answer
I was able to negotiate a better pay offer but I did not get what I wanted or expected.
Helpful (1)No OfferAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Roche (Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)) in September 2012.
Cover and CV online; Invitation to Assessment Center; Presentation, group task and 1-2-1 interview with two managers- A bit of a long winded process however they only choose 6 to come to the graduate assessment day. Some of the people there were PhD students and international students.
- How to compile an eCTD? 1 Answer
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Roche (London, England (UK)) in April 2011.
Site tour, technical competency test, HR asking personal questions, meeting the team. About 45 minutes for technical competency, 45 minutes for personal questions from HR, about 30 minutes for a presentation, 45 minutes for meeting the team lunch.
- Expected me to state a salary range without having offered me a job. When I asked if we were at the stage of them formally providing an offer of employment, I got a nothing response. Effectively, they wanted to pressure someone into working for peanuts. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Roche (Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)) in June 2010.
Met with the Hiring manager, standard personality, problem solving, project management and technical interview followed by HR grilling Overall pretty straight forward just ensure you have lot examples to back your answers
negotiated was offered a tiny bit more
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 1 day – interviewed at Roche in May 2009.
I was contacted at short notice to attend an interview at their HQ in Welwyn Garden City, having applied directly for a post via their website, not through a third party agency. Although it was difficult to organise time off, as I'm in a busy full time job- and a long drive- I knew that it would be a worthwhile experience. I'm in the NHS, trying to return to pharma (where I started my career several years ago) and have felt hampered by not having the ABPI or recent product sales experience, even for non promotional roles. It was refreshing to see recruitment handled directly, and to meet the line manager straight away, rather than at the final stage of an agency led process. The questions were well thought through and I didn't feel at a disadvantage not having recent selling experience. They seemed open to new approaches and viewpoints, particularly from a PCT commissioner (which is what I do). I had plenty of opportunity to ask direct questions and had done some research by talking to company reps I know in other areas. Although I didn't get the post as there was a better qualified candidate on the day, I was given some very useful advice and encouragement (which would've been hard to find out on my own). I learnt a lot and will continue to apply for posts with the company- the high calibre of their reps is reflected in that of their national/ senior managers.
- If I had some funding available for training for your development, what would your line manager say it'd be good for you to do? 1 Answer
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 1 day – interviewed at Roche (London, England (UK)) in September 2007.
After I was made aware of vacancy through a friend, I applied via a link on the careers site and they arranged an interview a week after. I was interviewed by two seniors members of staff and asked to provide examples of situations and how I reacted to the challenges
- How do you deal with a large overwhelming set of task? 1 Answer
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