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With various jobs across the pharmaceutical industries, recruitment processes for individual positions differ. This page details the steps of the hiring process that you can expect during your application process, including several different types of assessment tests used by industry leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Roche.


What Is the Hiring Process in the Pharmaceuticals Industry?

The hiring process for most positions at pharmaceutical companies is intensive. While the precise steps vary from company to company, your hiring process will likely resemble the following:

  1. Complete an online application and submit your resume and tailored cover letter.
  2. Complete a telephone or video interview: The purpose of this interview is to verify the information that you provided in your online application and to determine that you have the basic qualifications that are necessary for the position.
  3. Take a test online: Depending on the position for which you are applying, you may need to take a personality test, a technical test, or a test that measures your numerical, verbal, or logical reasoning skills. Be sure to check which test you must take beforehand so that you allow yourself adequate time to practice.
  4. Visit the company's offices for an in-person interview: This is an in-depth interview which gives you the opportunity to demonstrate that you are the right fit for the job. This interview may be one-one-one, or it may be a group or panel interview. Try to answer questions using the S.T.A.R. format—describe the situation, explain the task at hand, mention the action you took, and describe the result.
  5. At this point, some companies may require you to come in for a second interview, or to complete another assessment. The second interview may be an interview with a human resources manager, or it may be an interview with the hiring manager who will evaluate your technical knowledge.  

What Will My Interview in the Pharmaceuticals Industry Be Like?

You should prepare to answer questions that evaluate your behavior in a range of situations according to the S.T.A.R. method. The interviewers are trying to understand your preferred working style and your way of approaching work-related dilemmas. Research the ideal attributes that the company is looking for in candidates for this role, and answer questions accordingly. You should be prepared for the following challenges:

  • For finance positions, you will be asked about the company's position in the market, as well as their competitors.
  • For pharmacy technician roles, you will be quizzed on your technical knowledge and experience.
  • If you are applying to be a manager, you will be asked about your managerial style and your experience, as well as problems you may have faced relating to subordinates.
  • For executive assistant roles, the interviewing will be evaluating your organizational and interpersonal skills, so be sure to project a neat, friendly appearance.
  • If you want a job in sales, you may be asked to sell a product to your interviewer or make a presentation. 

What Assessments Will I Have to Complete?

Different companies require candidates to take different tests. You may have to take any of the following tests:

  • Numerical Reasoning Test
  • Situational Judgment Test
  • Personality Test
  • Clerical Skills Test
  • Basic Math Test

 What Jobs Does This Bundle Prepare Me For?

Jobs in the Pharmaceuticals Industry

Executive assistant

Financial analyst

Sales manager
Manager

Sales representative

Pharmacy tech 

What Companies Is This Bundle Applicable To?

Preparation is essential for success. Click on one of the companies below to access our exclusive practice material. 

Pharmaceuticals & Health Employers
Merck & Co. Abbott Laboratories AbbVie Inc.
Abraxis BioScience Acadia Pharmaceuticals Acceleron Pharma
Accredo Acorda Therapeutics ACT Biotech Inc
Acura Pharmaceuticals Aderis Pharmaceuticals Akorn
Alcon Alexion Pharmaceuticals Alimera Sciences
Allozyne Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Alzheon
Ambit Biosciences Ameridose AmerisourceBergen
Amgen Amphastar Pharmaceuticals AMRI Global
Anacor Anthera Pharmaceuticals Apricus Biosciences
Arena Pharmaceuticals Array BioPharma ATyr Pharma
Aurora Biosciences Avax Technologies Benzer Pharmacy
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Biogen Biovest
Biovista Cambrex Corporation Cannabis Science Inc.
Century Pharmaceuticals Ceragenix Pharmaceuticals Chemins
ChromaDex Coherus BioSciences Corcept Therapeutics
Creative biomart CytRx Danco Laboratories
Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Dynax pharmaceuticals Editas Medicine
Emergent BioSolutions Endo International plc Endocyte
Ensemble Therapeutics Esperion Therapeutics Fabre-Kramer Pharmaceuticals
G.F. Harvey Company Galena Biopharma GE Healthcare
Genentech Genervon Gentech Pharmaceutical
GTx Incorporated H. K. Mulford Company Help Remedies
Heritage Pharmaceuticals Hospira ImmunoGen
Immunomedics Impax Laboratories Imprimis Pharmaceuticals
Incyte Insys Therapeutics Intarcia Therapeutics
Intercept Pharmaceuticals ISTA Pharmaceuticals Jones Pharma
KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Kinetic Concepts Leiner Health Products
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Ligand Pharmaceuticals Mapp Biopharmaceutical
Marathon Pharmaceuticals McGuff Companies McNeil Consumer Healthcare
Medical Marijuana, Inc. Melior Discovery Mentholatum
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Meyer Brothers Drug Company Mylan
Myriad Genetics NeoGenomics Nephroceuticals
New England Compounding Center Northwest Biotherapeutics Norwich Pharma Services
NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Novavax NovoBiotic Pharmaceuticals
OraSure Technologies Orexigen Therapeutics Ovation Pharmaceuticals
The Owl Drug Company Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Permeon Biologics
Pfizer Pharmaceutical Product Development Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Philidor Rx Services Plexxikon Prasco Laboratories
Procter & Gamble Prosetta Protein Sciences
Proteon Therapeutics PSivida Puma Biotechnology
Purdue Pharma Qualitest Quark Pharmaceuticals
Reata Pharmaceuticals Recombinetics Regeneron
Regulus Therapeutics Reliant Pharmaceuticals Repros Therapeutics
Retrophin Inc Melinta Therapeutics Rowell Laboratories
Sagent Pharmaceuticals Salix Pharmaceuticals Sarepta Therapeutics
Schiff Nutrition International G.D. Searle, LLC Seattle Genetics
Sheffield Pharmaceuticals Smith Drug Company Spectrum Pharmaceuticals
Spotlight Innovation Standard Drug Company (Meridian, Mississippi) Stiefel Laboratories
Sucampo Pharmaceuticals SUGEN Summit Nutritionals International
Suneris Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Synageva
TAP Pharmaceuticals Tec Laboratories Tesaro
Titan Pharmaceuticals Tonix Pharmaceuticals Trevena Inc
Upsher-Smith Laboratories UrgentRx Vaxess Technologies
VaxGen Ventria Bioscience Verus Pharmaceuticals
Virobay ViS Research Vital Pharmaceuticals
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What's Included

  • Financial Analyst: Basic Math, Numerical Reasoning, Reading Tables and Graphs, Interview Preparation, Case Study Practice, Personality Profiling
  • Customer Service Manager: Basic Math, Reading Tables and Graphs, Personality Profiling, Interview Preparation
  • Manager: Basic Math, Reading Tables and Graphs, Personality Profiling, Interview Preparation, Case Study Practice
  • Pharmacy Technician: Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Basic Math, Numerical Reasoning, Personality Profiling, Situational Judgment Practice
  • Executive Assistant: Vocabulary, Study guides, Clerical Aptitude Guides, Error Checking Practice, Written Communication Practice, Basic Math, Memory Practice, Typing Test, Personality Profiling, Situational Judgment Practice, Study Guides, Interview Preparation, English Comprehension
  • Sales: Sales Situational Judgment Practice Tests, Reading Comprehension Practice Tests, Vocabulary Test Practice, Personality Test and a breakdown of the ideal sales profile, Basic Math and Word Problems, Clerical Reasoning Practice Tests, Study Guides