Pharmaceuticals and Health Employers

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

Sales representative

Pharmacy tech 

What Companies Is This Bundle Applicable To?

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Pharmaceuticals & Health Employers
Arena Pharmaceuticals AstraZeneca Boston Scientific
HCA UHS United Health
R1 RCM    
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