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GlaxoSmithKline Interview Questions in Brentford, England

Updated May 10, 2017
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Brentford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)).

    Interview

    online application (CV and supporting cover letter), phone interview with HR , skype interview with manager, face to face with four directors. Lots of time in-between each stage - 4 months from start to finish - but great communication and clear instructions.

    Interview Questions

    • how do you ensure that stakeholders are engaged and bought in to a project?   1 Answer

  2.  

    Future Leaders Programmer - Business and Technology Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Brentford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)) in March 2017.

    Interview

    Online application, Online tests - easy if you practice with psychometric testing. one online test is based on GSK values fit assessment to see if you fit their four core values which are at the heart of each stage, Motivational questions about programme and gsk. Video interview - competency based questions then Assessment centre (1.5 days) - 2 group assessments, 1 roleplay (simpler than it sounds), 1 presentation and 1 competency type interview with different wording.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us a time when you received feedback, how you changed it and did you go looking for it?   Answer Question
  3.  

    SAP Graduate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brentford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)) in March 2017.

    Interview

    group exercise, then presentation, then role play as project leader dealing with some issues, then a long group discussion and an emergency situation meeting. It was quite challenging and fast paced. The case studies and presentation were not hard to understand. there was a very strong emphasis on company culture affecting decision making.

    Interview Questions

    • name one time you helped solve a conflict?
      explain one time you led a change?
      explain one time you led a team?   Answer Question

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    IT Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brentford, England (UK)
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Very rigid situational questions, leaving little room for common sense exchange.
    This is probably a pointer to an equally rigid corporate ethos in the company as a whole.
    One interviewer did let slip that she had been off work for stress, which was a welcome human interjection.
    For the presentation to panel, you basically have to make as much noise as possible - it is important to say something whatever it is.

    Interview Questions

    • Name a situation where xxx happened? What did you do? What was the outcome?   1 Answer

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    Data Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brentford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)) in December 2016.

    Interview

    Contacted by external recruiter. Face to face interview with onshore Team Leader and then 2nd phone interview with 2 offshore Manager/s based in Europe. Role went to other candidate. Only feedback I got from external recruiter was they said I interviewed well. No other feedback. I believe age discrimination was a factor in not getting role (but can't prove it of course) due to giving my DOB when asked in 2nd interview (female mid 40s). Not sure if GSK are known for this?

    Interview Questions

    • 1st interview was usual stuff regarding my skills/CV, why I thought I was right for the role, what skills I could bring to the role etc. Similar questions by offshore managers for 2nd interview but also asked my DOB!! Gave it as I was bit put on the spot and didn't want to appear difficult.   1 Answer

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    Business and Technology Consulting Grad Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brentford, England (UK)
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)) in April 2016.

    Interview

    Applied online. First is a CV screen, then numerical, language and personality tests. Then came a video interview. The first 3 stages where quick, but had to wait 3 months for the assessment day. Assessment day is really long, and consists of 2 group exercises, role play, presentation and interview. Had to wait 6 weeks after to receive an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Vid Interview: Why GSK, why this role, describe a scenario when you led a group of people, describe a scenario when you had to work with a new group of people.

      Interview day: Interview- Why a grad program? Describe a time when you experienced failure. Describe a time when you had to make an unpopular decision.
      Role-play: Was a manager that had to figure out why an employee was missing deadlines- then had to help her get back on track.
      Presentation: Had 1 hour to prepare a pitch for a new product launch, then had 15 mins to present.
      Group Exercise: First one was working with the group to launch a new CSR program, second one was working with a group to figure out why the new product launch was not working according to plan.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Received a more competitive offer.


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    Industrial Placement Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brentford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)) in February 2016.

    Interview

    Intially i had to do online application about myself and why i wanted to work for GSK, then a couple days later i had serval online tests such as numerical test, logics test ect. ,of which I was soon told i passed them. Then about 2 months later I was invited to the assessment center which i have to prepare a 7 minute presentation on a brand and have several interviews and group exercises. Still waiting to do assessment center........

    Interview Questions

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    IT Industrial Placement Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Brentford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)) in January 2016.

    Interview

    Easy day, very relaxed. Welcomed by the students working there. Even though there were three people interviewing, they did not try to catch out with anything. The interview was relaxed as long as prep has been done

    Interview Questions

    • What was one skill you knew you are lacking in? what did you do to improve that skill, and how did you know you achieved this   Answer Question

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    Future Leaders Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brentford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)) in December 2015.

    Interview

    Initial online application with motivational questions, followed by relatively simple online tests. Invite for Video Interview roughly 3 weeks after deadline - question about chosen department, and competency questions. Assessment Centre invitation roughly 2 weeks later - which took place over two days - all accommodation and travel paid for by GSK. First afternoon was not assessed and gave an introduction to GSK, and opportunity to meet current graduates informally. Following day 9am - 5pm, involving various group tasks, presentation, role play, interview based on case study provided day before. Heard unsuccessful a week later, feedback provided but not many points given on how ti improve.

    Interview Questions

    • How does you chosen division fit in with GSK and pharmaceutical industry?   Answer Question

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    Future Leader Finance Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brentford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)) in December 2015.

    Interview

    The whole process took roughly 2 months:
    1. Online Application
    2. Online Tests (Numerical/ Verbal)
    3. Video Interview
    4. Assessment Day (1 and a half day with 5 different tasks)
        - Individual presentation
        - 2 group discussions
        - 1-1 role play
        - 1-1 interview

    Interview Questions

    • What is your weakness?
      What is your biggest achievement?
      mostly ompetency-based questions   Answer Question

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