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Novartis Scientific Associate II Interview Questions

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Scientific Associate II Interview

Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
Accepted Offer
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Difficult Interview

Application

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

Interview

The interview process starts with HR over the phone, then a phone interview with the hiring manager to determine if you should come in. The in person interview is an all day, 8-hour, interview with multiple parties- hiring manager, other PIs in the dept/lab, associates you would be working with, etc. Depending on the size of the group, some interviews are with several people and some one on one. Lunch is provided in the cafeteria where you have a chance to eat with your prospective coworkers.

Interview Questions

  • For science positions, understanding of the biology, pathways, and technology is critical. I was asked about familiarity with specific oncogenic pathways related to the lab's specific focus. Mostly they want to know exactly what your skill sets are and how much of your work you have done independently.   Answer Question

Negotiation

There was no negotiation and it took 2 months to bring me on because they lost the position and had to repost it.

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    Scientific Associate II Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Novartis (Cambridge, MA) in January 2010.

    Interview

    It was pretty straight forward. Standard phone interview one day followed by a half day interview with several group heads.

    The questions were standard,. Met with the recruiter who was very nice.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked me to go into detail about a paper I had published several years ago.   3 Answers

    Negotiation

    They made me a generous offer that I accepted. I didn't bother to counter. It would have been in poor taste given the raise they were offering me.


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    Scientific Associate II Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Novartis in January 2008.

    Interview

    approx 10 half hour interviews with one or two people per session. Interviewers were scientists of varying levels in the department and one interview with HR. The questions ranged from technical, describing my research and some personality. Nothing surprising. Expect the usual "how have you resolved conflicts" Wear a suit and be confident.

    Interview Questions

    • You published on the XXX disease, how did you apply XXX technique in your research?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I had a 2nd job offer so I was able to negotiate moving expense and about $5K salary increase

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