AstraZeneca Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 18, 2014
Updated Aug 18, 2014
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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through other source. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at AstraZeneca in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Referred by an educator who had worked with the company on a product launch. I was initially contacted by a recruiter and we did a phone interview a few days later. It was a résumé overview and a couple of behavioral based questions. I was then scheduled for a face to face with the hiring manager, who was exceptionally warm yet very professional. She was interviewing more candidates this week (my interview was last week) and said she would let me know about the second interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you had to convince someone to do something they didn't want to do?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Clinical Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 4 months - interviewed at AstraZeneca.

    Interview Details

    Hiring process seems to take a very long time with complex, interactions between HR which is basically outsourced and the "hiring manager". I am not sure AZ is really hiring employees these days. Seems to contract with Kelly, Yo, etc. Management teams are in flux many are leaving the organization in the near future. Strange hiring environment.

    Interview Questions
    • AstraZeneca lives by the STAR interview format. Managers seem to think there is "correct" answer to a given question. Suggest that you prepare in advance and provide answers according without saying too much.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Anonymous Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a staffing agency. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at AstraZeneca in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Shortest interview ever, 3 questions. Took about 3 weeks between the agency and AZ.

    Interview Questions
    • Go over your resume, availability, what would you do in this situation?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No need for negotiation, was given what I requested.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at AstraZeneca in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Process took about three months. Submitted resume on line and about 6 weeks later received email to book a phone interview. After phone interview, moved on to personality test. I have face to face interview scheduled this week.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at AstraZeneca.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed first with someone over the phone , passed that interview ..Took an online assessment which I passed, then interviewed face to face two weeks later with hiring managers.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at AstraZeneca in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Submitted separate resumes online for three openings in my general region. Within a week, two were rejected but the submission to the posting closet to me was accepted. The email response presented available days/times for a telephone interview. I chose an appointment for the following day and found the person conducting the interview to be pleasant, professional, engaging and informative. The phone interview consisted of reviewing my resume and clarification of employment experiences. Having passed the phone interview, I was told to expect an email containing a link to two assessment tests. They arrived immediately and shortly thereafter I completed them then submitted them. That was all today, so obviously I haven't heard if I'm selected to proceed. But thus far, the experience has been fair, expected, and efficient.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing out of the ordinary....certainly no "trick" questions. All very professional.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Brownsville, TX (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Brownsville, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at AstraZeneca.

    Interview Details

    Neat and organized interview process. Had my first phone interview which I passed. My next interview is a one on one interview with the DM. Hope all goes well.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Sandwich Placement Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Application form and assessment day(s).

    Interview Questions
    • Practically construct a free-standing tower with marshmallows and spaghetti.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    SFE Lead Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Kiev (Ukraine)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at AstraZeneca in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Was promoted from SFE Analyst after 2 years of working in the company. Hiring process is in 4 steps and is standard. Company gives preference to internal candidates. Before 2012 promotion within the company was highly possible. The hiring process from outside has a step of checking applicant's background through the contacts within the industry

    Interview Questions
    • At interview for MedRep they may ask to sell an object from interviewers table.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Quick hiring process. Average to high salaries, which makes it easier to negotiate :)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at AstraZeneca in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied online to two of the same position in different locations. Sent a rejection email for position 1 and less than five minutes later was sent an interview request for position 2; same resume and everything was submitted for both openings. AZ gave a whopping 24 hours heads-up for completing the phone interview, which I found highly unprofessional and rigid.

    Recruiter from The Right Stuff conducted the interview - very nice guy, we hit it off. He asked basic questions about my resume, why I wanted the job, and what skills I have for it. When chatting at the end of the interview, he critiqued my answers and told me what to emphasize in the next round with the hiring manager. Seemed like a good sign.

    Then came the online personality assessment. It's very close to the typical Myers-Briggs assessment, and I knew this going into it. I also knew that I always land solidly in the ENTJ type and didn't anticipate this being a negative at all for an outside sales role. I was wrong. A few weeks later I learned I didn't pass the assessment (but I did pass it for Lilly, go figure) and was not continuing in the process. I'm told the system "clears" after a while and new applications you submit will go through, but I have no idea what the timeline of this is.

    My advice: If you make it to the assessment stage - most people don't since only 6% of submitted resumes make it through initial screening - and are ENTJ, try to cover this up on the test. You are not what AZ wants. They're a European company and are probably looking for more passive traits than those an ENTJ typically has. Whether you want to work in a sales environment that doesn't value an assertive, goal-oriented, and outgoing personality type - all rather important things in being an effective salesperson - is another story.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing especially difficult. Be prepared to produce a specific example of when you've given a presentation and what the result was in STAR format.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview

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