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Senior Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Pfizer in November 2009.
Interview Details Outsourced to recruitment company
Interview Question – Had to undertake a written assignment. Wasnt hard but was very time consuming. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Protracted, but very happy with outcome
Professional Sales Representative Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed 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:
Interview Question – 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.
Senior Administrative Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Pfizer
Interview Details Very stringent interview processes but it prepares you well for other large corporations. It really makes it easier to interview with smaller companies that don't have such strict and stringent interview processes.
Interview Question – Name a situation where you had to deal with a difficult situation and how did you handle it? Answer Question
Consultant/Contractor Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied in-person and interviewed at Pfizer.
Interview Details Heard of opportunity. Pitched capabilities. Was interviewed by 4 different people. Were curious about my past history although it didn't relate to industry. Several interviewers seemed distracted. It wasn't what I expected. They seemed happy to accept the recommendation of the colleague that brought me in.
Interview Question – Have you ever worked with a Board of Directos? Answer Question
Medical Writer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Pfizer in July 2014.
Interview Details Saw the position online and then sent my materials in-person and it took one week to get feedback. Got a phone interview July 2014. The phone interview lasts for approximately 15 min followed by an email attaching a 1.5 hour test, mainly about medical writing things. The phone interview was quit common, asking some information of background education, courses taken in college, why interested in this job and work experience.
Interview Question – The 1.5 hour test needs professional medical knowledge and writing skills. Answer Question
Medical Writer Specialist Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Pfizer in March 2014.
Interview Details Three people on the conference call, supposed to be lasting for 30 min and going over the job reqs, respon, etc. There was hardly any time to get a clear picture of what they are looking for. They do want to recruit someone not to do writing, but to manage CRO writers from outside.
Senior Scientist Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Pfizer in January 2011.
Interview Details too long too tedious no appreciation and this website design is not friendly at all. waste of time to answer so many questions. average is good and no more questions if you knows well and the website is really offending to be asked for so many questiosn.
Negotiation Details – no negotiation
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency - interviewed at Pfizer in April 2012.
Interview Details 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 Question – What do you like about research? Answer Question
Director Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Pfizer.
Interview Details Lasted around four months and seemed to be pretty unorganized. Should have communicated more with applicants to make it a transparent process. Feedback on reasoning could have also been more direct and helpful when not offered the position.
Interview Question – Nothing unusual Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Inside Sales Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through another source - interviewed at Pfizer in March 2010.
Interview Details I applied for a position through a newspaper posting. I was called in for an interview. I interviewed with 2 people individually. The questions were fair, the conversation was easy, and made for a really good interfiew.
Interview Question – Most difficult question for me was, was I will to travel. View Answer
Negotiation Details – It was much like the interview. The negotiation was painless and I started within two weeks.
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