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Pfizer Interview Questions in Cambridge, MA

Updated Apr 12, 2017
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  1.  

    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Pfizer (Cambridge, MA).

    Interview

    First round phone call (1hr), followed by a standard interview day. A research talk, and then 30min individual meetings with junior and senior team members. It was very typical to academic postdoctoral interview days.

    Interview Questions

    • All questions were science based, and related to the position or the research presented in the talk.   Answer Question

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    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Pfizer (Cambridge, MA).

    Interview

    Started with a behavioral phone interview with an HR recruiter, who told me that in a few days I would be contacted by the hiring manager's secretary for a phone interview with the hiring manager. One or two weeks went by with no contact and no response to my follow-up, then I received an invitation for an on-site. Met with 5-6 people who asked a mix of behavioral and background/experience questions. It seemed to go well with positive feedback from interviewers. Followed up with HR a few weeks later and received no response. Followed up with the secretary who forwarded my email to the recruiter; finally received a response that the decision process would take a few weeks from then. Two months later and no update. No response to follow-up. Overall the worst experience I've had with HR from any workplace; really solidifies my original impression that the company does not care about candidates or its people, just the bottom line.

    Interview Questions

    • Give me an example of time where you had to find a solution to a problem.   Answer Question

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    Senior Scientist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Pfizer (Cambridge, MA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    The entire process took 3.5 months. Received an email from HR one day after I applied online. Talked with him a week later. Then,,, met with the hiring manager for about an hour a week later. The response was positive, but I didn't hear from the manager for another month. Then I was invited for on-site visit. Gave 1 hour presentation, talked with 4 lab heads, and senior level leader at the end of the interview. Originally they told me I would know the result within 2 weeks from the on-site. But then somehow the process got delayed,,, and finally 1.5 month after my on-site, I was told that the position was filled through internal transfer.

    Interview Questions


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    Linux Systems Administrator Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Pfizer (Cambridge, MA).

    Interview

    There were several conversations with recruiter with relatively little technical contact and then phone and in-person interviews with the manager. The manager with the company spoke in a low-key manner and didn't ask much about details of my background. The agency didn't seem to want to know more than what's on my resume. I wasn't told much about their organization -- how some people don't get fixed stations but rather find places to work when they come in, that they use Windows system to provide username-password pairs for this Linux systems, that they are dependent on off-site managers for software support and communication.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your Linux system administration experience?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I negotiated through the recruiting agency. Recommendations? Ask for more. You might or might not


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    Intern Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Pfizer (Cambridge, MA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I filled out the application online. The interview was done over the phone since I was not in Massachusetts at the time. She asked me about what I am studying at school, my lab job at school, and my technical abilities. After I was hired, I had to do a background check and drug test.

    Interview Questions


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    Lab Head Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Pfizer (Cambridge, MA) in March 2013.

    Interview

    Submitted application on-line. Called by recruiter ~2 weeks later to set-up phone interview. Recruiter then set-up a phone interview with the Area Head the post reported to. Invited to a full day of on-site to give a seminar and be interviewed. It was a very long day, but enjoyable and informative. Everyone I dealt with was very pleasant, highly professional and clearly smart. In brief: seminar, several 1:1 discussions with area head throughout the day, six or seven 1:1 discussions with peers, senior colleagues (area heads, COO) and personnel, lunch with more junior, but very experienced staff and dinner with peers and area head.

    I really enjoyed my visit and the opportunity to speak with all involved. I was not offered the post, which was no surprise as my expertise and experience were not the best match. It was however a bit irritating that I had to initiate contact 4-weeks later to find out if I was being considered further. I also asked for feedback, but that was not forthcoming either. Kind of a shame they let themselves down a bit at the end as all other aspect of this process were first rate, even though I was not for them.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing unusual or sinister. All very straight forward. Questions from all concerned were based on my experience and to determine if I may or may not be a good fit for the post.   Answer Question

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    Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Pfizer (Cambridge, MA) in March 2013.

    Interview

    I applied through posting on my school's career site; 1-2 weeks later I got a call from Pfizer's staffing partner company to schedule a phone interview with the hiring manger; had a 30-min phone interview with the manager; then an on-site visit (he told me more about the proposed project details, showed me around the lab and introduce me to his boss); got notification of offer the day after the on-site visit.

    Interview Questions

    • The hiring manager was very interested in the details of my previous research projects.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    -A better offer from a competitor company (more interesting science, better benefits)


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    Intern Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at Pfizer (Cambridge, MA) in April 2012.

    Interview

    I went through an outside staffing agency. Then I applied online and within a week I had a phone interview. The interview was straight forward.
    Questions were based on my resume.

    Interview Questions


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    Intern - Hourly Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Pfizer (Cambridge, MA) in April 2012.

    Interview

    I got the email distributed from our school dean. I guess someone knew our school and would like to have candidates from our school. When I got the work description, I found that was perfetly match my background and I know all of what they required. So the whole application was very smooth, since my background was match and our school has very good reputation.

    Interview Questions


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    Therapeutic Antibody Screening Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Pfizer (Cambridge, MA) in March 2012.

    Interview

    I had one phone screen with the person who would be my direct supervisor and one on-site interview before receiving an offer. The interview process and questions were very standard

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a project you worked on and how you handled a problem related to the project   Answer Question

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