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interview @ Novartis

Hi guys,

I already checked all over the forum and I did find nothing.
So, does anyone know what do they usually ask during an interview?
A friend of mine is going to have an interview for an Associate Scientist position.

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Old 10.05.2017, 00:57
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Meh, don't bother with it, they're a bunch of goons.
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Hi guys,

I already checked all over the forum and I did find nothing.
So, does anyone know what do they usually ask during an interview?
A friend of mine is going to have an interview for an Associate Scientist position.

Cheers
Things like - are you able to log on to an online forum and ask questions?
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Re: interview @ Novartis

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Hi guys,

I already checked all over the forum and I did find nothing.
So, does anyone know what do they usually ask during an interview?
A friend of mine is going to have an interview for an Associate Scientist position.

Cheers
Why do you want to join Novartis?
What are your strengths?
What are your development areas?
Focus on some specific achievements highlighted in the CV and deep dive into that.

The usual script I would guess.
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Re: interview @ Novartis

If you're part of a team of 5 and team bonuses are due to be decided tomorrow, how long a blade do you need to ensure you knife the other four in the back?
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Old 10.05.2017, 22:17
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Are you prepared to exceed legal working hours and be on call on weekends and holidays?
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Old 11.05.2017, 07:38
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I interviewed there a few years ago. It was a half-day process and I spoke with 4 different people (3 scientists and HR) and had to make a short presentation on my research at the time. The chats with the scientists were on the focus of the group, my experience, and the position itself. The HR chat was the usual bullshit; strengths/weaknesses, where will you be in 10 years etc etc.

I didn't get the job .
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The HR chat was the usual bullshit; strengths/weaknesses, where will you be in 10 years etc etc.

I didn't get the job .
Perhaps you can help then. Last time HR asked the question "What would you do if you saw an injured kitten?". Considering I didn't get the job I am wondering if you could help me refine the answer.

"Depending on whether it was big enough I would put it out of its misery - then take it home, skin it to add to the collection, make kitten tikka masala kebabs - and serve them on a warm flatbread with a yoghurt and cucumber dressing"

Was I wrong to choose the yoghurt dressing?

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Old 11.05.2017, 08:07
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Perhaps you can help then. Last time HR asked the question "What would you do if you saw an injured kitten?". Considering I didn't get the job I am wondering if you could help me refine the answer.

"Depending on whether it was big enough I would put it out of its misery - then take it home, skin it to add to the collection, and the make kitten tikka masala kebabs - and serve them on a warm flatbread with a yoghurt and cucumber dressing"

Was I wrong to choose the yoghurt dressing?
Yes, Sourcream would be better.
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Old 11.05.2017, 10:59
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Yes, Sourcream would be better.
I would have gone for a spicy mango chutney, personally.
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I would have gone for a spicy mango chutney, personally.
Not with kitten. BBQ sauce maybe.
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Re: interview @ Novartis

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Not with kitten. BBQ sauce maybe.
You're thinking of slow cooked puppy legs - they work really well with a BBQ sauce.

The kitten is already marinated in a spicy tikka - I went for yoghurt in case it was too spicy - I know some people really don't like eating spicy food.
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Old 11.05.2017, 11:21
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The kitten is already marinated in a spicy tikka - I went for yoghurt in case it was too spicy - I know some people really don't like eating spicy food.
That's why the mango adds a sweetness. If people can't handle spicy food, they don't deserve kitten kebabs, to be honest.
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That's why the mango adds a sweetness. If people can't handle spicy food, they don't deserve kitten kebabs, to be honest.
Hmm! Kitten kebabs, going to try one right after my freshly clubbed baby seal burger.
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Why do all threads regarding Novartis interviews always end up about killing kittens?
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Why do all threads regarding Novartis interviews always end up about killing kittens?
Simple association - in the same way you see your mother engaged in coitus in this picture

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This thread made me going for Indian food tonight.
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Simple association - in the same way you see your mother engaged in coitus in this picture

I see Homer Simpson.
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