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Pfizer Interview Questions

Updated May 24, 2017
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    Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Barceloneta, PR
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Pfizer (Barceloneta, PR) in September 2016.

    Interview

    active an long interview,whit tree Engineers , people that have a lot a questions about the process experience, equipment's and every knowledge i suppose to now to the process maintenance

    Interview Questions

    • tell me how you do a tank entry in confined spaces area ? every step and who involved in this situation   Answer Question

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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Pfizer (New York, NY) in November 2016.

    Interview

    I was contacted by Pfizer recruiter and asked to complete a one-way HireVue pre-recorded "interview" for two positions for which I had applied (two different locations). The e-mail indicated I should contact the recruiter if I had questions or needed assistance regarding accommodations. I replied immediately and requested a phone interview. I did this for a few reasons. A one-way video recording is not an interview IMO. I nature of an interview is for both parties to discover a match through a live question/answer conversation. I understand the economy is such that many employers feel it is a one-way discovery, but it is not nor has it ever been. The recorded process is unnatural and cold. Further, there are substantial legal permissions which the candidate must accept by the third party vendor (HireVue). These permissions are numerous and largely representprotect the third party vendor rather than candidates. As a candidate, I want to know specifically who owns the rights of my interview, who will view it, the security and length of time "my" video is stored. No computer software is free from being intercepted, even at the highest levels. Having said this, neither Hire Vue nor the Pfizer recruiter responded to my many e-mails asking for details of the recorded interviews. The recruiter did not reply to a single one of my repeated e-mails asking for accommodations for a phone interview. I e-mailed Pfizer HR department and politely explained that I had not heard back from the initial recruiter and asked for an alternate method to interview as per her e-mail. I only receive a reply approximately one onth later from HR explaining that the recruiter had left her position, that I was not being considered as other candidates more closely fit with the position/s. Hence, I was not given the opportunity to fairly interview for either position nor accommodated as per the recruiting departments policies. Moreover, it is bothersome that the employer nor the initial recruiter did not reply to my request for accommodation at all and chose other candidates. It was a very distasteful experience to be treated like this. I wonder if EOE would be interested in the lack of accountability given the laws governing such practices. Furthermore, if requiring photos with resume submissions are not permitted, than neither should one-way "interviews" where the candidate never meets with HR. I am advocating fairness and support in alignment with EOE. Hire Vue presents several behavioral questions which really belong in a psychologist office, not HR.

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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 12+ months. I interviewed at Pfizer in September 2016.

    Interview

    What do you mean by hiring and interview process? I applied via an employee referral.

    Process was awful. You were blindsided by questions that you couldnt answer. You were looking at yourself the entire time which is not helpful because then you focus on your flaws.

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    Country Brand Lead Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria (Egypt)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Pfizer (Alexandria (Egypt)) in January 2016.

    Interview

    The interview began with a case study for a new product newly introduced in the Egyptian market with complete sales overview and market overview with a full picture on market dynamics and rivals performance.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you expect to add to your product line   1 Answer

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Pfizer (San Diego, CA) in June 2012.

    Interview

    Phone interview was fairly standard: tell me about yourself, what are your skills and experience, why did you leave your last job. In-person interview was decidedly prosecutorial. They tried to find a narrow area in which I had little experience then asked many obscure questions about that area, as if they were trying to prove to themselves I was unqualified for the job.

    Interview Questions

    • Since this was a drug metabolism job, they asked if I knew which drug metabolizing enzymes acted on a particular drug. This is something that's easy to look up but you probably wouldn't know unless you had worked with that drug. I didn't know off the top of my head.   1 Answer

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    Professional Healthcare Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Pfizer (San Jose, CA) in February 2016.

    Interview

    Applied for position and received digital interview invite two days later. The process was very unexpected. Interview questions were timed recorded responses. I am generally a stellar interviewee and definitely feel this digital platform contributed to my substandard interview. After two weeks, I did not receive a response either way. To improve I should have spent more time with the digital platform and delivered my responses more succinctly

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    IT Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Pfizer (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Very thorough interview process - 12 sit downs for 30 minutes each, very intriguing questions around company vision, local and global, strategy for 5 years etc This has been an interesting experience which will value your research about company etc

    Interview Questions

    • Well rounded questions?
      Business Relationships?
      Technology Delivery?  
      1 Answer

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    Label Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lake Forest, IL
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Pfizer (Lake Forest, IL) in September 2015.

    Interview

    Hiring manager drilled me with questions, testing to what point I would not have an answer. Eventually, you should reach a point of not having an answer. The hiring manager was mostly interested in how prepared for the interview you were. For example, did you bring a resume, know the job title, know the company, know what's on your resume. The hiring manager was then only interested how you would answer questions while being pressed and if you would give simple easy answers. Most of the answers he was looking for was google it or send links to the information you googled.

    Interview Questions

    • Q: Does the resume you submitted match the resume you brought?
      Q: Do you know what job you are applying for?
      Q: What do you know in excel?
      Q: How do you do something in excel that you do not know how to do?
      Q: If I do not know how to do this thing in excel, how can you teach me?
      Q: If i am technology illiterate, how do you teach me excel?
      Q: What if I still don't get it?
      Q: How do you make it seem like it was my idea so I seem like the successful smart one?  
      1 Answer

  10. Helpful (8)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Pfizer.

    Interview

    Very intense, Digital Interview, then phone, then face to face and then another face to face interview. Mainly meet with the district manager and counterpart. Just be prepared for questions and ask a lot of questions

    Interview Questions

    • Very hard questions. Know your resume and why you want to work for the company. Also bring in your brag book.   Answer Question

  11. Helpful (1)  

    IT Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Pfizer.

    Interview

    Interview was in the context of an aquisition (I was part of one of the companies aquired by Pfizer). Because I didn't have a place in Pfizer, I had to apply to a internal job. Pfizer has an internal Job Posting system, where the employees can apply and I choose one that fit my objectives. It is a great tool for growing in the company.

    Interview Questions

    • Interviews consists in us giving examples of situations where we have acted (during the performance or our job) according to Pfizer values (integrity, owning the business, etc). Then they asked what could I have done better in each situation, and what I have learnt from the situation. My interview was extremely difficult, because there were many candidates and they wanted to find the best one.   Answer Question

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