Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at Takeda Pharmaceuticals
- Sales Representative (11)
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- Pharmaceutical Sales Representative (5)
- Intern (3)
- Statistician (2)
- Professional Sales Representative (2)
- Project Manager (2)
- District Sales Manager (2)
- Quality Assurance (2)
- Pharmaceutial Scientist (2)
- COMPLIANCE EMERGING MARKETS (1)
- Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative - Team I (1)
- Senior HRBP London (1)
- Pharmaceutical Supply (1)
- No Direct Reports Manager (1)
- Category Analyst (1)
- Territory Sales Representative (1)
- BD (1)
- Systems Engineering (1)
- Graduate Scheme (1)
- Communications (1)
- MSL (1)
- Graphic Designer (1)
- Director (1)
- Sales Operations Intern (1)
- Associate Director (1)
- Intern - Hourly (1)
- Market Research Analyst (1)
- Associate Scientist (1)
- Senior Director (1)
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I applied online. The process took 4+ months – interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
thorough, lengthy. slow but worth it. be prepared as detailed questions about competencies will be asked. real life example go a long way. you may end up interviewing a few times with different people, which i think is a good thing.
- tell us about a situation where you faced obstacles and what you did to overcome them. Answer Question
lengthy and needed to escalate to hiring manager because i had another offer
Helpful (2)No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals (Seattle, WA) in March 2015.
I was referred by an old co-worker. I received and email asking me to do an "on demand" video interview. After I submitted that, I received an email asking for 7-25 references. They use an online reference checker where they send an email and ask those references to answer a series of questions. However, regardless of whether your references are a direct supervisor or a fellow coworker, the questions are asked as if they were all supervisors. I then got a face to face interview with the divisional manager.
Next step would've been an interview in Chicago with top management.
- If I were to call your manager after this interview, what would he/she say is your biggest weakness or something you need the most work on? Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals (Los Angeles, CA) in March 2015.
I applied online, and received an automated email the following day to complete the next step in the hiring process which was an online recorded interview. Takeda uses an outside vendor called HireVue for their recorded interview. I completed it a few days later. Less than a week later, I received confirmation from Takeda saying they received my recording and were reviewing my information. Nine days later, I received an email inviting me to a face-to-face interview with the hiring manager. The interview took place at a nearby hotel, along with another manager. They informed me that they are looking to fill the position by the end of the following month and had several other candidates to interview. I never received a follow-up directly from them. Only after checking my online profile did I find that I did not pass to the next step.
- Basic interview questions to assess your experience level Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals (New York, NY) in February 2015.
The process is lengthy... I applied online and got a video interview first.. You need to answer questions from a computer with no people on the other end. The next step is a phone interview with district manager that spent 15 minutes with you on the phone to determine how well you fit. Then I interviewed face to face with 2 district managers which went really well. The final interview was with regional sales director. We spend an hour to talk about the position and company, the industry. Overall it is a good experience.
- Why pharmaceutical sales?
Why do you want to work for Takeda? Answer Question
- Why pharmaceutical sales?
- Accepted OfferAccepted Offer
Interviewing process was extermly relaxed and no technical. Most of the time you are being walked throught the facility on a tour. Low expectations as to what you are already expected to know about their process coming in. Most difficult question is to make a reagent to a specific molarity and volume, the most important thing to do is let them know if you have no idea how to do it but that you are willing to learn.
- make a reagent solution to a specific molarity and volume 1 Answer
- No OfferNo Offer
Called by the hiring manager for phone interview. Two weeks later received news for on site interview. On site interview includes presentation and face-to-face meeting with 8-10 people from HR and different departments
Helpful (3)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
Straightforward and formal process. First phone interview, then first in-person interview. Next interview with district manager, then flown out to final interview with regional sales manager. Lots of behavioral questions. Be prepared with answers in STAR format. Online sales/personality test as well. Overall what I expected from the process
- Tell me about a time you had to persuade someone. Tell me about a time you could not overcome objections. Tell me about a time you closed a sale and what techniques you used Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
I received an email to perform a video recording of myself on hirevu. Similar to skype. Only I was watching myself and it records me and someone somewhere reviews my responses and that's all I have. No one has answered me or anything. All automated emails so I have no one to reach out to either
- A lot of scenario questions based on real life examples Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNo Offer
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
I had the first interview over HireVu and it was a pretty weird interview if you've never done one like that before. It seems strange talking at a computer. I got through to the next round where the lady spent only a couple minutes with me on the phone and they decided I didn't have enough experience.
- Almost all of the questions were related to past B2B sales experience and I was right out of college so I felt that wasn't great on their part considering they were looking for someone to fill an entry level position. Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy InterviewNo OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals (Columbus, GA) in September 2014.
I was contacted by a 3rd party hiring firm about a position the company had been trying to fill in a more rural type location. She walked through a basic phone interview and reviewed my resume. I was sent to a "video" interview link using an app called HireVue the next day. It was pretty simple to use and they allowed 3 days for completion at my time convenience. (Use the "sample questions" and get familiar with the process before you jump right in.)
They asked 5 basic questions semi related to sales in general and one "type your answer" question asking if I'd be willing to relocate with no financial assistance. The video interview wasn't my favorite style because you're unable to know specifically what their looking for with such broad questions. It was just pre determined questions that you're given thirty seconds to prepare for and 3 minutes to answer.
1.) Why are you interested in working for Takeda?
2.) What would you consider the toughest sales job?
3.) What do you think makes a good sales representative?
4.) Tell about a when you experienced an interpersonal problem at work and how you handled it.
5.) Tell about the time when you had to sale a product to someone who didn't know you.
The process took only one day from the time I was initially contacted by the 3rd party hiring agent to get the video interview completed. After that was submitted, I didn't hear a "yes" or "no" regarding their decision for almost two weeks. I then contacted the hiring agent and inquired about a response because I was offered another sales position with one week to respond. I wanted to make sure all offers were on the table before I accepted any position. Eight days after my deadline to accept the other company's offer (which I did thankfully instead of waiting for a response) I was contacted by email saying Takeda "was going to seek other opportunities and they wished me the best in my new career."
*** Disclaimer: I had no experience in pharmaceuticals, healthcare, or anything thing remotely related to Takeda's industry. I was an account manager / outside sales representative for 3 years with a web development company. I'm not really sure why they were interested in contacting me besides they had been trying to fill the position for 3+ months.
I did hours upon hours of research about the company and the products they sold to prepare for more technical sales questions. There was no opportunity to get in depth for anything relating to that though. Takeda does seem to be a very successful company on a global scale. They pay their representatives much more than other pharmaceutical companies.
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