Pfizer Interview Questions

Updated 13 Oct 2014
Updated 13 Oct 2014
216 Interview Reviews

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    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
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    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
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    Medical Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Pfizer.

    Interview Details

    This is a very intense process getting through the recruiter, the hiring manager and 3 days of panel interviews of 2 people on each panel. They have people from different areas of the business such as marketing, medical and a panel on behavior questions so brush up on that. If you get past the panel interviews, you will be invited to onsite interviews. If you are not chosen for an onsite interview, you just don't hear from the company. If you are chosen for an onsite interview, you are only contacted if you are to be offered the position. You won't hear from them otherwise. It can be confusing because a great deal of time can elapse from one phase of interviews to another. You don't get feed back which can also be difficult in assessing why you are not moved ahead in the process.

    Interview Questions
    • How to prioritize many high level projects. How do you get deal with people you don't really agree with or get along with.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Carlisle, PA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Carlisle, PA (US)
    Interview Details

    3 face to face interviews on same day, CFO, finance lead and financial analyst. Preceded by phone screen. Carry your photo id and go to the employee entrance. Do not be late.

    Interview Questions
    • What does price and usage variance indicate   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiate for 10% more.
    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    Research Scientist II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    On-site interview for the whole day. Followed by 1 hr long quantitative aptitude test. The response is pretty prompt and you will find out by end of the week of your interview if you are selected.

    Interview Questions
    • Why are you planning to move into industry from academia?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
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    Computational Biologist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    A CV and cover letter was submitted. Eight mini interviews over the course of a day with a variety of scientists and a HR manager. It was a long and arduous day but the scientists were engaging, encouraging an interested and the HR manager asked some fairly standard questions.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Ops Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Behavioral interview for internal colleagues. Alignment on vision and expected value of role. Depends on hiring manager. Core leadership behaviors are the focus of interview, accountability, decision making, integrity, etc.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Assistant Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I applied online to a job posting and was contacted a few weeks later. I went through a phone screen, then two weeks later had another phone screen. I was not offered an in-person interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Really just went right through the resume you submitted to get more information on your experiences   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Pfizer in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Notified for a phone interview 3 weeks from application. Phone interview took approximately 30 minutes. Interviewer was clearly experienced and very professional. Questions were straight forward and not designed to be tricky in any way. I was clearly informed of what they were looking for and their time frame.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were mainly probing for more information about resume. No unexpected questions   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Pfizer.

    Interview Details

    I applied for the intern position through my program's graduate center and was contacted via email to set up a phone screen within three weeks. A few days after completing the phone screen I was called back to set up two onsite interviews. The interviews were fairly standard and simple.

    Interview Questions
    • Fairly standard questions about requisite experience as well as scenario based questions   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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