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Merck Interview Questions

Updated Oct 17, 2018
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  1. Helpful (12)  

    Paralegal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kenilworth, NJ
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Merck (Kenilworth, NJ) in July 2015.

    Interview

    They put me in a conference room and 5 interviewers took turns coming in the room. Questioning was not intensive but they all asked the same thing. It didn't come across that they were trying to see if I would say the same thing, rather they were just winging it and asking the usual questions. But they made me feel very comfortable and no games.

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  2.  

    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Merck (Los Angeles, CA) in April 2016.

    Interview

    It was by far one of the best interviews I've ever been through. All the managers at Merck are very professional, smart, driven, and comforting. Coming from someone who doesn't have any pharma experience, it was nice to have them ask questions about my background rather than questioning my inexperience. Remember to keep positive and motivated!

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  3. Helpful (6)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at Merck.

    Interview

    Interviewed by the potential district manager. They wanted to see how you would react on the spot, for example: "how would you sell me this pen?". They were looking for strong soft skills, and the ability to interact with many different personalities. A positive attitude plus a very competitive edge combined with the potential to lead among district members (usually 12) was a winner.

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  4.  

    Pharmaceuticals Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Merck (Miami, FL) in May 2015.

    Interview

    It was a behaviour-based interview, the hiring manager was very nice, be prepare to give a lot of examples, during the interview they paid attention to your body language, so you have to stay positive and it will be much easier to project your confidence. After the first interview ended i had the next one the same day, it was someone on the phone, it was much more difficult than the face to face one, so i had to give additional examples.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me a time when you had to make a quick and unexpected decision   Answer Question

  5. Helpful (2)  

    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Merck in December 2014.

    Interview

    No phone screen. Asked to interview in person for a position that needed filled quickly. Met with two gentlemen, one was much more laid back and "down to earth." The other asked a series of "typical" questions (describe a time when you had experienced a conflict at work and how you resolved it). Refer to the STAR format...it works. Decision was made in a week. I was second in line, but given I didn't have pharm sales exp prior, the other candidate was extended an offer.

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    • Describe a time (at work) that your ethical/moral compass was challenged and what you did?   Answer Question

  6. Helpful (2)  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Merck (Chicago, IL) in October 2011.

    Interview

    There was a phone screen with was brief and a interview with three people in a group interview
    Questions were relatively basic and no tricks. Very professional environment
    Was offered the job about a week later. I have heard other drug companies can drag their feet and require much more.
    The sales mangers at Merck actually conducted the interviews and they had a lot of freedom to make decisions.

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  7. Helpful (2)  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kansas City, MO
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Merck (Kansas City, MO).

    Interview

    It was through a third party and consisted of various paperwork, a phone call interview, a video recording answering questions on the spot, and one final 40 min interview with the territory manager.

    Interview Questions

    • "If you had a rare opportunity to give a presentation in front of your district manager, but your presentation was not quite ready, it just wasn't up to pare, but it was still good. Would you reschedule your presentation or give it anyways?"

      "Who is the most important person for you to talk to when you enter a physicians office?"

      "How would you determine what the more important clinics are to go to first?"   1 Answer
  8. Helpful (1)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Merck in August 2011.

    Interview

    Panel Interview with 3 of the managers from surrounding area and 2 different divisions within company. There was two sales reps for good measure and to give an understanding of the role of the sales rep in everyday situations. They also asked a few questions to see if I woudl be a good fit with the team.

    Interview Questions

    • Name me a situation where you had to overcome adversity in your personal life and how that affected your decision process in future challenges   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Negotiated best salary after asking for 20% increase over original offer


  9. Helpful (15)  

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Merck.

    Interview

    Similar to other pharma companies. The standard S.T.A.R. format; The STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) format is a job interview technique used by interviewers to gather all the relevant information about a specific capability that the job requires. This interview format is said[by whom?] to have a higher degree of predictability of future on-the-job performance than the traditional interview. This technique is a behavioral interview technique.

    Interview Questions

    • Situation: The interviewer wants you to present a recent challenge and situation in which you found yourself.
      Task: What did you have to achieve? The interviewer will be looking to see what you were trying to achieve from the situation.
      Action: What did you do? The interviewer will be looking for information on what you did, why you did it and what the alternatives were.
      Results: What was the outcome of your actions? What did you achieve through your actions and did you meet your objectives? What did you learn from this experience and have you used this learning since?   Answer Question

  10. Helpful (2)  

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Juan, PR
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Merck (San Juan, PR) in February 2012.

    Interview

    The interview and hiring process is long and basically by referral. Different people involvedin the interview an hiring process. STAR questions. Very focused on experience and Customer relations. You feel comfortable if you are very prepared for the interview process. If not, the interviewer immediately will show lack of interest in the process

    Interview Questions

    • Which are the most important keys to reach your sales goals?   1 Answer

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