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GlaxoSmithKline Investigator Interview Questions

Interviews at GlaxoSmithKline

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Investigator Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Collegeville, PA
No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Collegeville, PA) in February 2017.

Interview

The interview process was extremely long and painful. I finally concluded that it was the admin/secretary that was the root of these issues. The whole thing was a disorganized mess. I had two phone interviews and one on-site interview in Collegeville, PA. The phone interviews were strange because I had a conference call with two hiring managers, then the HR screening call was after that. Both were purely on my past experience was had no "test-style" questions. The on site interview consisted of a 1 hr presentation, and lots of 30 min meetings. Everyone was very nice, but you could tell the position was not planned out very well. I am thankful I did not get the job cause the disorganized department would be too much to handle. To prove my point about being disorganized, I interviewed over 6 months ago and they still have not processed my re-imbursement. Not sure if I will ever get it back honestly.

Interview Questions

  • What experience do I have in sequencing projects? What experience do I have in cell engineering?   Answer Question

Other Interview Reviews for GlaxoSmithKline

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    Investigator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Collegeville, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Collegeville, PA) in March 2017.

    Interview

    I was first contacted by an HR person who told me a hiring manager was very interested in my application. I had a phone screening interview with the HR person the next day and was moved on to the next process- technical phone conversation with the hiring manager and the rest of his/her team 10 days after. The conversation took about an hour with very intense technical questions from each member of the team.
    I was then invited for an onsite interview 5 days after the phone interview. It took exactly a month to schedule that onsite interview due to some disorganization.
    The interview:

    Greeting by hiring manager in the morning
    presentation in the morning
    lunch with the team (5 people)
    personal interviews 1on 1 30min with a lot of people

    Interview took the whole day. It was rather very exhausting and intense.

    Got a email 5 days after with an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to leave academia   1 Answer

  2. Helpful (8)  

    Investigator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Collegeville, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Collegeville, PA) in June 2016.

    Interview

    There was a 30 min phone interview followed by an onsite interview which lasted for an entire day. The day comprised of meeting 8-9 scientists and team leaders, and also a 1 hr scientific presentation. I was predominantly asked technical questions about skills, experimental design, and problem solving as well as the STAR based questions which were mostly situational or behavioral. There were a few technically challenging questions. I was given a verbal offer within 10 days of my onsite interview and the official offer was extended almost 2 months after the onsite interview.

    Interview Questions

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    Investigator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline.

    Interview

    Pretty short interview compared to other big pharmaceuticals I interviewed at. Gave a research talk (45 min with questions after). Besides research talk, rest of interview was not that technical. There were 5 one on one interviews. they have questions that you answer using the star method. So they ask situational questions where you dealt with a difficult teammate or implemented a process improvement, stuff like that. People were very friendly and made sure I had time to ask questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Most difficult questions were from senior scientific managers during my talk   Answer Question

  4. Helpful (1)  

    Investigator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Received and initial email from the hiring manager in which we agreed upon a set time for a phone interview. During the phone interview, the hiring manager was completely inappropriate. The interview started off great, and was asked where I wanted to be in 5 years. Once my answer was given the manager seemed as though they felt threatened and were completely rude the rest of the interview. I was emailed to set up an on-site interview, though I declined due to the uncomfortableness I encountered with the hiring manager.

    Interview Questions


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    Investigator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Collegeville, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Collegeville, PA).

    Interview

    Full day; Packed agenda - starts with HR and meet various group members; asked to give a talk; Had lunch and dinner with group members; Heard back very soon with positive news

    Interview Questions


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    Investigator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Research Triangle Park, NC) in March 2015.

    Interview

    several Situation Task Action Result questions with panel, very pleasant interviewers, should have asked many more technical questions, although I got an interview, I do not feel like others got a fair chance at getting the interview. There were many qualified candidates that did get an interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What makes you most qualified for the job?   1 Answer
    • How do you deal with stress as many different tasks are competing for resources?   Answer Question

  7.  

    Investigator Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Following online application, I had a phone interview a week after applying and was invited for an in-person interview 4 days after. The people were very friendly however, the interview process was very long and tiring. They didn't send the interview schedule and I was only made aware on the day so I wasn't prepared for the several interviews lined up. Before the interview was a tour of the labs. Then a presentation for the entire team (again, had no idea I was presenting to 15-20 people), then one on one with the PI and team member, then informal meeting with members of the team which is basically team members asking question which seemed pre-set. Then another interview with someone else, maybe hiring manager (too many people to remember their roles)? This was by far the most frustrating as the questions were open-ended and interviewer tried to steer my opinions. Finally, skype interview with a partner in the US. This was the best part as interviewer was receptive and genuinely interested in my background. By the end of the day I was completely drained. The interview process needs restructuring.

    Interview Questions

    • Why transition from academia to industry?   1 Answer
  8.  

    Investigator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 days. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline.

    Interview

    Extensive, includes wide range of area around my current work. Some approach to unmet problem. Questions relating to tool I have used. Questions relating to work environment, questions relating to the composition of team, questions relating to experience with other team members. Questions relating to conflict I came across in the team and how I come over

    Interview Questions


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    Investigator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (London, England (UK)) in May 2016.

    Interview

    Very efficient and STAR based interview. Staff were very welcoming and able to put interviewee at ease. Panel or 1:1 were able to me interviewee at ease with general questions before deep dive knowledge testing / personality testing in scenario based protocols.

    Interview Questions

    • Give me an example of a failure and what lessons were learnt?
      Give me an example of a success and what lessons were learnt?
      How do you overcome adversity?   Answer Question

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