Pfizer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 18, 2014
Updated Aug 18, 2014
209 interviews

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    Senior Manager Interview

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

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 5 months - interviewed 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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    Professional Sales Representative Interview

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

    I interviewed through an employee referral. 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:
    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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    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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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person - interviewed at Pfizer in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Recruitment was part of a global acquisition process, mainly informal meetings were used for selection of senior manager candidates during the acquisition period, thereafter a thorough mapping process through external consultants and global human resources took place

    Negotiation Details
    through acquisition, no negotiations
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Assistant Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    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
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed 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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    Senior Administrative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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 Questions
    • Name a situation where you had to deal with a difficult situation and how did you handle it?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Consultant/Contractor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person - 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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
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    Medical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. 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 Questions
    • The 1.5 hour test needs professional medical knowledge and writing skills.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Medical Writer Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Collegeville, PA (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Collegeville, PA (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. 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.

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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