Theravance Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Senior Scientist Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Theravance
Interview Details Everyone there was really friendly and nice. Did a series of one-on-one or two-on-one interviews. Some of the interviewers seemed nervous or uncomfortable to be interviewing me. It's a small mellow company. I actually had not heard of them before coming across their job posting on this website. However, the people there don't seem like go-getters, which is or is not a good thing for some people. If you're seeking for development or more ambitious not sure if this is the company for you. They seem to just want nice people and I'm not sure if they have their eyes set on people who can actually do the job well.
Interview Question – Actually got no unexpected or difficult questions, which kind of turned me off as it seemed like the company was not serious in choosing a good candidate who can take on a challenge. Which makes me think of the quality of the people working there........ Answer Question
Pharmacology Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Theravance in May 2010.
Interview Details 30 min interview at professional meeting. Invited for onsite interview. Flew into area, stayed over night, and had full interview the following day. It consisted of a few 1:1 and a couple of group interviews and I gave a presentation
Interview Question – Why i felt I was equipped to handle the job without having a postdoc or post PhD work experience View Answer
Assistant Controller Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Theravance in January 2011.
Interview Details I interviewed with a couple of minority women who were interested more in what shoes I was wearing and what hand bag i was carrying that my job skills. It was hard to make of what kind of culture they have here. Appearances seem to be important. Obviously I didn't get the position, but so be it.
Interview Question – Nice shoes. Where did you get them? Answer Question
Chemist Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Theravance in January 2010.
Interview Details I was interviewed for a position over the phone. The Senior Scientist would not describe the job to me in any other detail, then it contained organic chemistry synthesis. The Scientist asked very basic questions that I responded to and then attempted to expand on (experience at different position). I had to pull teeth to get him to talk at all. He stated that due to IP he could not talk about his company, AT ALL. While, my job is all IP, but if its in a patent or on a press release you can discuss what is published, which is usually a very simple concept not involving IP. For example we work with polymers, he wouldn't give me anything. The interview lasted 20 minutes. He emailed me latter saying he wanted me to put together a Power Point presentation on my work and email it to him. I have a BS degree and all my relevent experience is in my work that involves IP, not only did he not talk about IP he wanted me to EMAIL a non-authorized IP inspired presentation to him just to see if he wanted to fly me in for an interview? The Power Point I could make, carefully choosing what to write and draw, emailing it was a definite no, no; And all this when he didn't discuss the position or sell me on the company. Maybe I have the situation screwed up and this is what's expected of an out of state applicant, but I passed on sending him material.Feel free to post thought