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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Interview Questions

Updated Oct 25, 2017
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  1.  

    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

  2. Helpful (6)  

    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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    Process Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in July 2014.

    Interview

    Called in for interview. Was interviewed by three groups consisting of four in each group. They asked
    some very good questions that I was prepared for, but they did ask one question I had never heard before that was challenging.

    Interview Questions

    • This question was totally unexpected, they asked me who was my worst enemy.   1 Answer

  4. Helpful (1)  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in East Hanover, NJ
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (East Hanover, NJ) in July 2014.

    Interview

    Very formal. Very usual questions, nothing innovative. Interviewers followed a pre-set format in some instances and in others they just winged it. Too long, and too many people to see.

    Interview Questions

    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years.   1 Answer

  5.  

    QC Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Holly Springs, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a week. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Holly Springs, NC) in July 2014.

    Interview

    I was interviewed by the hiring manager, then I was interviewed by a panel of people who also work in the department. The interview was pretty straight forward and easy. Everyone who interviewed me were very nice and the provided me knowledge of that I would be doing in this position.

    Interview Questions


  6. Helpful (1)  

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (East Hanover, NJ).

    Interview

    Hiring manager usually does the real interview, sometimes there will be a follow-up interview by others in the team. After that you will progress to the next round with department head along with HR

    Interview Questions

    • Architecture related case studies, GxP validation related questions will most certainly be asked   Answer Question

  7. Helpful (1)  

    Chemist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview

    Participated in on-campus interview process in fall. Prior to on-campus interview, also had a phone interview. Waited ~1.5 month before receiving an invitation for on-site interview. Fairly typical on-site interview process. Dinner night one with 'peers'....seemed more interested in holding their own conversation than in getting to know me. Next day, presentation early am, followed by a series of one-on-one interviews from various levels of people.

    Interview Questions

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    Manufacture Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Holly Springs, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Holly Springs, NC) in June 2014.

    Interview

    It was a panel interview with 5 department managers. The process was not difficult because I was prepared well. I felt there was nothing that they could ask me that I did not know the answer to.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work for Novartis?   1 Answer
    • Name one time you had a person with worked with   1 Answer

  9.  

    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    SImple and easy; they were dazzled by rich anecdotes and optics, not so much on substance.

    Interview Questions

    • Philosophical querstions, like "what do you believe is the purpose of..."   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiating. They came in with an offer that was their best and final, which I thought was fair.


  10. Helpful (5)  

    Accepted Offer

    Application

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

    Interview

    I was able to get an interview because of a friend. The district manager was fine, but the regional manager was tough. He kept glancing at my watch and made me feel unwanted and under valued. I ending up getting the job, but I swore I was out.

    Negotiation

    No, I tried to negotiate because it was 8k lower than where I was at; however, I was unemployed at the time and they told me there were five more people lined up to take my job and that was all they could give me since I had barely two years of sales experience.


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