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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Interview Questions

Updated Jun 19, 2017
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  1.  

    SAS Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in March 2015.

    Interview

    Extremely compitative. Asked many questions. Browsed all possible avenues. very demanding and details. Asked atleast 25 questions. multiple person were present during the interview. Asked about how to Design or write program specifications based on consultations with Biostatistical programming and Biostatistical staff

    Interview Questions

    • Write an application that maps out a large set of data in as little time as possible.   1 Answer

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    Area Business Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Interview

    The interview process included a phone screen with HR, a Skype type interview with the Hiring Manager and a live interview with two Regional Directors and HR. It was a fairly drawn out process with the live interview having to be re-scheduled.

    Interview Questions

    • Historically, what directive from senior management did I have to do which I ethically had an issue with.   Answer Question

  3.  

    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Houston, TX) in January 2015.

    Interview

    process was simple not out of anything not ordinary--nothing to prepare for at all. just practice in front of your colleagues so you can be comfortable with your communication skills. Not sure what else is required here but the process was simple to me as I have interviewed in various places in my career life.

    Interview Questions

    • describe your childhood and walk them through where you are today. what would you do differently if you have a chance to do it again?   1 Answer

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  5. Helpful (1)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview

    They asked typical interview questions. You should answer in this format: Situation, Action Result. Also do research on the promoting product and MOA. Be able to verbalize the product and benefit during the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you create a launch strategy for a new product?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The offer was fair


  6.  

    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Interview

    Panel of interviewers and interview with hiring manager. Two interviews, fairly straightforward questions. Behavioral type stuff with HR. More matter of fact get to know you with hiring manager. That's it. That's all I remember. Stop torturing me.


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    Phd Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Interview

    Started with a short on site interview and was asked for references. But no follow up whatsoever. No replies for email inquiries either. Overall the interview was not professional as you never heard back from the hiring manager. Nor did she ever reply your emails.

    Interview Questions


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    Associate Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview

    Long drawn process with multiple interviews and panels. Unclear on hiring decision timing. Interesting to see the dynamics between interviewers. Lack of communication and not level setting expectations from the interview process was evident based on the questions that were asked during the interviews.


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    Auditor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (East Hanover, NJ) in September 2014.

    Interview

    Very transparent. 3/4 interviewers. Fixed questions, although some may deviate (just) a little. May take up to a few weeks for all to complete. Accepted and declined candidates are contacted always.

    Interview Questions

    • Fixed questions based on situations / examples like " tell me a time when you..."   Answer Question

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview

    Phone screening then brought in for a 1/2 day with a panel (peers) and a couple of one-on-one interviews. Time from applying to getting the offer was less than a month.

    Interview Questions

    • Very standard behavior-type questions (describe how you have handled a difficult co-worker, etc.) and several specific technical questions relating to the position.   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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