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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Interview Questions in Cambridge, MA

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    Product Transfer Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge, MA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Recruiter contacted me and I was submitted, within the hour she called back telling me I was chosen for a phone screen the next day, which based on results top candidates would get face to face interviews on Friday. Was called on Tuesday by 2 employees, my screen was scheduled for 30 mins, turned out to be 45. I called recruiter after to let her know how it went, we both agreed things looked good so I cleared my schedule for Friday, figuring on a face to face interview. Wednesday afternoon went by and no word from recruiter - emails to her said no feedback yet from Novartis. Thursday rolls around - no word to recruiter. Following Tuesday, recruiter calls me apologizing (and angry) - Novartis finally sent her an email that job was never funded to begin with! So they only wasted my, the recruiters, and 2 employees time in phone screening me. So BEWARE OF FAKE JOBS!!!

    Interview Questions

    • How many years experience did I have specifically in OEM products.   Answer Question

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge, MA).

    Interview

    I applied online and after 2 weeks I talked to the hiring manager over the phone. He was friendly and professional and we talked about my skills and past experience.
    After a month I went for on-site interview. Surprisingly, I did not know the schedule until two days before, so it was difficult to arrange for acceptable transportation. Even more surprisingly, Novartis did not provide any lunch or assistance to get one, although 'lunch' word was on the agenda. Moreover, the hiring manager turned out to be an intimidating person, or I should say, was the master of intimidation. Fortunately, everyone else was just opposite - professional and friendly. I left with very mixed filings.
    Despite I was disappointed with the image of Novartis I still decided to follow up - wrote a nice letter to the manager asking how things move. Zero response for next two months. Probably my email ended up in spam, how otherwise lack of response for such a long time can be explained??? By the way, they never reimbursed my expenses I had during the interview.
    EDIT: to be fair - I just got the reimbursement check.

    Importantly, after couple more months Novartis re-posted the same job description under a DIFFERENT Job Title and number; an entry level position this time!!! Cannot make up your mind, or too busy with internal reorganizations?

    What a cool example of good business conduct.

    Interview Questions

    • HR question: How did you get your last position at XXX, did you know somebody?   1 Answer

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    Formulation Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge, MA) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Was interviewed by 2 scientists and 1 HR person. The interview with one of the scientist was an on-site phone interview which caught me totally by surprise as I was not expecting that. The interview went fine but the phone interview with the PI was a difficult one. No technical questions asked. Only behavioral.

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    Learning Management Systems Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge, MA) in September 2012.

    Interview

    I had an initial phone interview with the temp agency. Then an in person interview with 4 people on site.

    Negotiation

    I did not negotiate


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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge, MA) in January 2011.

    Interview

    Found a friend to refer to the company, then got a phone interview for several rounds. Then, I was invited to have on-site interviewed by several departments. Interview process is two-days interview with so many talks with different levels scientist.


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    Engineering Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge, MA) in January 2010.

    Interview

    what is the greatest achievement in your life.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    good


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    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge, MA) in May 2009.

    Interview

    4 INTERVIEWS WITH ALL MEMBERS OF THE TEAM

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Associate Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge, MA) in April 2009.

    Interview

    I had one on-site interview with Novartis and it went very well. I waited for their answer for 3 weeks then wrote a kind email, the answer was that we won't be able to hire you right now. Later I heard that they got into a hiring freeze.

    Interview Questions

    • Would you be interested in a different position than one you are interviewing for right now?   1 Answer

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    Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge, MA) in July 2008.

    Interview

    After an initial phone interview with the director of the postdoc program, I was invited for an on-site interview and presentation. During the on-site interview, I met with a 8 - 10 investigators and 2-4 current postdocs. It was not clear if all of the investigators were interested in taking a postdoc or if they were evaluating me. As it turns out, there was probably just two who were considering me. It took more than 6 weeks for them to get back to me. The final hurdle in the Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship program is to be invited to write a proposal. The proposal writing phase of the application is slow. I completed the proposal in 2 - 3 weeks, but it took 4 months to get final clearance of the proposal and receive an actual offer. The procedure is slow and not efficient.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    All the postdocs get the same starting salary. There may be some negotiation in the relocation package - but mine was very generous.


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    Associate Scientist I Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge, MA) in April 2008.

    Interview

    Received a call after applying for a job, standard phone interview with a few Q&As. 1 week later, I interviewed in person with HR, hiring manager, and peers. Mostly consisted on one-on-one interviews, had one panel. Felt like I had the offer leaving the interview, received an offer a week later.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked a situational questions, "If you found a colleague breaking a company policy, how will you respond?"   Answer Question

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