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Pfizer Interview Questions

Updated 1 Mar 2015
Updated 1 Mar 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Professional Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Melbourne
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Melbourne
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Pfizer in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    Very fast and efficient process. From first interview to offer of employment (with a second interview in between), it was around 2 weeks total.
    I had no sales experience, so a large amount of both interviews consisted of questioning me rigorously as to whether I understood the nature of a sales role, and if I understood what a pharmaceutical sales role consisted of.

    The interview consisted of a lot of competency based questions. Examples include:
    Tell me about a time when you:
    - demonstrated teamwork
    - had a conflict with a coworker, and how did you resolve it.
    - had to influence someone's decisions
    - achieved a project.

    Answers were advised to be in the STAR format:
    1. Situation
    2. Task
    3. Action
    4. Result

    Interview Questions
    • It was the first question, and caught me off guard. In retrospect it was an obvious answer. The question is, what is the role truly about. Answers may include relationship building, helping patients achieve a better quality of life, or something along those lines, but these answers are wrong.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. There was no salary negotiation, just an offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sydney
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sydney
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Pfizer in November 2009.

    Interview Details

    Outsourced to recruitment company

    Interview Questions
    • Had to undertake a written assignment. Wasnt hard but was very time consuming.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Protracted, but very happy with outcome
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Assistant Brand Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Pfizer.

    Interview Details

    Very straight forward with behavioral and case questions. Interviews will be senior members of marketing team. Practice stories in STAR format and research brands very well. Focus stories demonstrating leadership and Pfizer core competencies.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a brand marketed well? What would you do if you were their competitor?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Pfizer.

    Interview Details

    I applied online through the company's website. Two weeks later, I did a phone interview with the hiring manager that lasted for about 30-40min. About ~1.5 month later, I was invited for an onsite interview. The interview was from 830a-330p, with 7 one-on-one meetings, an job talk presentation, and lunch. Everyone was very nice and informative. There were lots of behavioral questions.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Regulatory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Pfizer.

    Interview Details

    Human resources gave a phone interview for about 10 or 15 mins. then proceeded with face to face interview with line manager, next would be the sr manager but i didn't make it that far.

    Interview Questions
    • There are a lot of office politics that could happen, if someone gave you work that should not be yours, what would you do?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Pfizer.

    Interview Details

    recruiter phone screen, Manager Phone interview, face to face interview. I posted online for multiple positions in my area, I interviewed over several months for different positions that I qualified for...I also had 3 different interview processes. I interviewed for one position and got to a face to face, but was not hired. Next, I was contacted to phone screen for another position, but did not progress in that process. Final position, I phone screened, then interviewed face to face and was ultimately offered the position. Received a verbal offer, then received a written offer. I accepted the offer electronically.

    Interview Questions
    • mostly star questions from interview guide, but also interviews not on the interview guide   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    GFS Accounting Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Friendly, easy interview. Phone interview followed by office visit. Panel phone interview. Very transparent about when will hear back, what happens next, etc. Interview hosted by employees in the field, not necessarily Human Resources employees, which was nice.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Commercial Operations Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Pretty run of the mill - people always have the appearance of being too busy and too important. But once you scratch the surface, what they are doing is not all that hard or challenging. You're interviewing someone and subsequently being the face of your company - tone it down - Pfizer is not a secret society or high end golf club.

    Interview Questions
    • Run of the mill questions - mainly situation analysis, for example 'Give me an example of when you have to manage stakeholder expectations? '

      Most difficult question - It is a question that I asked the Pfizer manager interviewing me, 'Do you feel that your skills have grown during your tenure at Pfizer that subsequently allows you to be much more valuable player at other Pharma companies or in other industries?'
       
      Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Culture

    Declined Offer
  10.  

    Engineering Coop Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Pfizer.

    Interview Details

    The process was very easy. I was interviewed by three senior managers from the department that I applied. They were very friendly and nice. The hiring process took a little bit long, but I love to work there. It was such nice experience.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Bioinformatics Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Pfizer.

    Interview Details

    The hiring manager started the Initial interview. Nothing unexpected. Asked about my past projects, my PhD thesis, and career plan in the next five year. The questions about my research were very technical.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Easy Interview

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