The United States Pharmacopeia Interview Questions

Updated May 14, 2014
Updated May 14, 2014
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at The United States Pharmacopeia.

    Interview Details

    1. Online screening questions about the job and why you are interested had to be completed first.
    2. If you pass that screen, you have phone interview with recruiter
    3. Once passed that screen, I interviewed with the hiring manager then came back to interview with others in the organization.

    Negotiation Details
    Straight forward
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at The United States Pharmacopeia.

    Interview Details

    A full-day schedule but would not be exhausting. HR, then seminar, then meeting directors, hiring manager, possible peers, etc. People were very nice and did not ask tricky questions. I did get many scientific questions after my technical seminar.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Don't Want to Say- Too Recent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at The United States Pharmacopeia in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    The people in HR are very very nice- My actual interview consisted of speaking to several people for a short while each. Each of the was very nice and cordial. I think they would be good to work with.

    I wanted to mention that that actual person - not an HR person - who I would report to asked me directly what year I graduated college. He specifically asked that- did NOT ask what degree, did I finish etc. I am 50 and this is not information I ever volunteer in an interview. Not good.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at The United States Pharmacopeia in December 2009.

    Interview Details

    It was good in general. First, there was a screen interview with HR generalist, and then a full day of interviews with possible fellow team members and supervisors. The interview itself was composed of technical and non-technical questions with a lot of situational Q/A. Everyone seemed nice, knowledgeable and happy to work with each other. Two weeks later I was given a call with the offer

    Interview Questions
    • What do you think is the most challenging about a non-profit?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was very little room to negotiate the offer, but it was really competitive for a non-profit.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Scientist IV Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at The United States Pharmacopeia in June 2008.

    Interview Details

    Was a long time ago but I had one interview with 5 manager level employees. I was asked an assortment of questions . Both to guage my scientific skill and personality. My questions about the company were answer truefully and honestly ( as I found out once joining the company) I believe It gave me a good guage of the company as well as gave them a good impression of me.

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    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate but the opption is there and I woiuld advise any prospect to do so.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    screening of incoming resume
    call based on resume and specially for references
    personal interview- technical and HR Round

    Interview Questions
    • general questions related to SOP, Technical principles, Documentation, Guidelines   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Senior Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at The United States Pharmacopeia.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by recruiter, who noticed my LinkedIn profile. Very professional, and interview process was complete. 1) recruiter phone call; 2) screening phone call from hiring manager, 3) onsite interview. All were completed within 2 weeks.

    Interview Questions
    • Much of live interview was scenario based; well thought out and highly applicable to the actual position. There were no unexpected questions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They were amenable to negotiation, although the salary band and bonus were essentially non negotiable. There are great benefits at USP, especially for those interested in pursing additional education.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Web Content Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a weekinterviewed at The United States Pharmacopeia in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interview committee was engaging and enthusiastic. They were passionate about bringing in the right person for the job.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Validation Lab Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at The United States Pharmacopeia in July 2009.

    Interview Details

    The ad described acceptable experience as "Masters Degree and 10+ Years Experience or PhD and 5+ Years Experience". I passed the HR screen and told them quite clearly that I had a MS and 10+ years experience. I was then called by the hiring manager, whose first words were, "Do you have a PhD? We're really only looking for PhD's." I explained that I had the requisite experience according to the ad and that their Human Resources had passed me as a candidate, but to no avail. The interview lasted less than 60 seconds.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

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