UCB Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Associate Director Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at UCB in June 2012.
Interview Details – Targeted Selection (behavioral questions). Phone interviewed with the in-house recruiter, travel arrangements were made for on site visit. Interviewed with a team of five individually plus two additional phone interviews. After completing that round came back for second full day of interviews. Two weeks later an offer was made.
Interview Question – How to deal with difficult employees and personalities? Answer Question
Payroll Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at UCB in February 2009.
Interview Details – UCB uses a practice called targeted selection. Candidates should be aware of sample interview questions so they aren't caught off guard. These questions can be difficult. UCB also has a very long interview process. Candidates can be asked to come in numerous times and still not get the job. Candidates should also ask for a signing bonus as this is a general expectation with UCB.
Interview Question – Questions about family or marital status. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Very straightforward. It's a take it or leave it company.
Desktop Support Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at UCB in October 2009.
Interview Details – You will be contacted by a contract agency representing UCB. You will be asked to go to an interview where you will want to dress in a suit and tie. You will receive a schedule from those whom you will be working with and whom you will be interviewing with. Each person will discuss different topics lasting anywhere from 15-30 minutes (or more if they like you and have time).
The decision will usually be made within a day or two and you will be contacted very shortly after that.
Interview Question – Some of the technical questions will throw you a bit. Such as, "What are your thoughts on mobile technology in the near future?", "Describe in detail a situation where a user you were helping was rude and you came out making the happy.", etc. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There wasn't much of a negotiation phase. The contract agency will tell you how much they are willing to pay and that's pretty much it.
Marketing Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at UCB in September 2012.
Interview Details – Interview process included a phone screen followed by 2 rounds of in-office interviews. Both in-office interviews required 4-5 hour time blocks to accommodate multiple strings of interviews. Interview questions were not overly difficult: most were simply conversations and basic probing to ensure my marketing expertise.
Interview Question – For the marketing role, questions were much more personality based: the hardest asking for specific examples where insight, strategy, tactics, and metrics aligned for a successful marketing execution in the past. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiation was basically OFF the table.
Business Analyst, Contract Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at UCB in February 2012.
Interview Details – I got a phone call from the recruiter for an accessment of my qualifications. Later, on the same day, I spoke with the hiring manager who seemed very interested in meeting me in person.
I interviewed 2 weeks later with the hiring manager and another director. I met with the recruiter on the same day of the interview.
A week later I was informed that they went with another candidate.
The company seems to be a great company. Their benefits package was great and competitive. The people were nice and I have no complain.
Interview Question – How does your past experience relate to this position? Answer Question
Senior Financial Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at UCB in January 2012.
Interview Details – 1.- The Human Resources recruiter contacted me via Linkedin message.
2.- One on one interview with Human Resources recruiter.
3.- One on one interview with Human Resources Director.
4.- One on one interview with Senior Financial Analyst.
5.- One on one interview with Finance Director.
6.- One on one interview with General Manager.
Interview Question – It was merely behavioral questions. For example: tell us how how you reacted when you faced a problem? Main strengths and weaknesses? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate. Got an 18% increase on base salary compared with first proposal.
Associate Scientist Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at UCB in February 2009.
Interview Details – Applied directly to UCB and was given a date for a on-site interview. I was interviewed by 2 of the senior scientists in the group and given a lab tour by another one of the group memebers. The interview itself was relatively relaxed, I was asked about my qualifications and why I was suitable for the job. Following this I was asked to come in for another interview with the group leader and then HR. The group leader focussed a lot on technical details and wanted to check my aptitude for the job. The HR interview was more of a Q&A.
Very Difficult Interview
Clinical Trial Associate Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at UCB in December 2010.
Interview Details – I interviewed with a total of 12 people and had to take two days off work at my current job in addition to two phone interviews. My biggest complaint about the process was that it was indicated to me that I had the job and they were deciding where to place as far as teams were concerned and then there was no offer. I felt like the process was a waste of time.
Interview Question – Do you have any questions? View Answer