My honest response was that my manager had given feedback that I was sometimes too humble about my own achievements and needed to talk myself up more. Regardless, this kind of old-school confrontational questioning was a disappointment coming from a company that tries to present itself as being modern and progressive.
Each organisation is set up differently with ownership of external partnerships living with different teams. The teams I would logically approach would be: X, Y, Z. I would then proceed to... The interviewer then cut me off and asked for names of people I would partner with despite the fact that I have never worked at that organisation or claimed to know anyone from there. When I asked them how they would approach setting up partnerships with Company X, the interviewer shrugged and said they didn't know.
What can you bring to Novartis which is unique to you? WHy Novartis. WHat interests you about Novartis? Why did you leave each of your last roles? Examples of working well with others. Examples of positively leading a team to a positive outcome. What drives you professionally?
I interviewed in Melbourne over a Video link with Engineers and Directors in their SF office followed by face to face rounds with engg heads in the Melbourne office. Imagine my chagrin during the f2f in Melbourne when one of the heads questioned my youthful appearance. Not professional. I then had a chat with the team I was supposed to be leading and a few minutes in I knew I would be wasting my time with them given that they were in denial about their decisions and style of working. The only positive exception was my interview on Software Architecture and Design which I felt was conducted well.
Worked closely with the person to seek to understand the issue and asked what solution they would recommend to solve the problem. Escalated to line manager if the issue was not resolved and the person was not willing to resolve it.