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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Interview Questions

Updated 12 Jul 2018
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    Marketing Placement Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bourne End, East of England, England
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals (Bourne End, East of England, England) in April 2018.

    Interview

    Takeda UK. Start at 9:00 am. Consisted of an interview and an assessment center. Very friendly, relatively easy going, low pressure and friendly staff. Lasted 4-4.5 hours.
    The assessment center was based on your knowledge of Excel, attention to detail, powerpoint and prioritization.

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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals (Los Angeles, CA (US)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online, and received an automated email the following day to complete the next step in the hiring process which was an online recorded interview. Takeda uses an outside vendor called HireVue for their recorded interview. I completed it a few days later. Less than a week later, I received confirmation from Takeda saying they received my recording and were reviewing my information. Nine days later, I received an email inviting me to a face-to-face interview with the hiring manager. The interview took place at a nearby hotel, along with another manager. They informed me that they are looking to fill the position by the end of the following month and had several other candidates to interview. I never received a follow-up directly from them. Only after checking my online profile did I find that I did not pass to the next step.

    Interview Questions

    • Basic interview questions to assess your experience level   Answer Question
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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in August 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online and then received email to schedule first interview via email / online. First interview was with two district managers and then 2 weeks later a second (final) interview with DM and RSD. Received rejection email "thank you for your application but position has been filled" about 2 weeks after final interview. Kind of a long process but overall was very fair. Prepare to have some of your responses challenged. Was not asked to sell anything (ea: pen)

    Interview Questions

    • Why Takeda? Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a co worker? What is your greatest weakness? If your best friend were to describe your best attribute, what would it be?   Answer Question

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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals (Atlanta, GA (US)) in March 2011.

    Interview

    Very easy and more of a get to know you... More of a job explanation and talking about customer relationships...asked about previous manager that was difficult to deal with... Also manager explained his expectations for the job. There was another manager there as well ... After than I interviewed once more with regional manager. So 3 in all

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you achieved something you worked very hard at and what was outcome   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I was given an offer and took it.


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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South Bend, IN (US)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals (South Bend, IN (US)) in May 2013.

    Interview

    I received a screening phone interview. Then I received a phone call from the hiring manager with some questions on my resume. Face to face interview was limited to one hour. He was interviewing candidates one right after the other. I saw the candidate before me leave. When he interviewed me, I felt like he already had his mind made up before he interviewed me. At the end when I wanted to show him some things in my portfolio, he said "Make it brief. We want to be fair to the other candidates and not go over on time." He also stated that the hardest part of his job is giving people bad news. This also made me think he was just going through the motions with my interview like he had to do so many interviews to prove to his boss that he had explored all options before choosing the one he wanted. There was also another representative from the field in on the interview. This was completely unannounced that I was going to be interviewing with two people. In the end I received a computer generated e-mail that I had not been selected. I thought that was interesting that the manager did not actually give me the "bad news".

    Interview Questions

    • Why should we hire you over someone else? Do you know the reps that are in this territory?   Answer Question

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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hartford, CT (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals (Hartford, CT (US)) in July 2013.

    Interview

    The interview was conducted by the RDM and DM. There were a lot of STAR questions and going over my resume. I was told that if I was not selected I would be given a feedback on why not. Never happen got the generic rejection e-mail instead. The interviewers tend to speak at you instead of with you. At the beginning they tell you all about the company that is displayed on their website; then during the interview they basically asked you to tell them about the Company again.....I didn't get that

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    • What areas in your life need more development?   1 Answer

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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals (San Antonio, TX (US)) in September 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online through a company referral for an Entry Level position. Contacted by phone the next day with a representative from the contract company Quintiles. Representative gave me an overview of the position, pay, benefits, etc.. then proceeded to ask me basic questions regarding my resume, education, and why I want to work in this industry. Had to do a personality assessment online and would be contacted if "approved".

    Next day received an email inviting me to the Face-to-face interview in Houston. The email also listed items to bring- brag book, presentation to sell, copies of my resume. Flew me out (all transportation covered) and met with the hiring manager. Be familiar with the STAR format to answer the behavioral type questions. "Tell me about a time..." Very comfortable and easy interview if you come prepared with "stories" to answer the questions. No presentation of "sell me something" was asked.

    Couple of days later I received a phone call letting me know I was advancing to the final interview in Dallas. He sent me an email with ways to prepare for the interview, once again flew me out to Dallas where I met with the District Sales Manager and Regional Manager of Takeda. Very comfortable setting, asked me about myself, a few behavioral type questions, why I want to work here and what do I know about the company. Over all very easy process.

    Interview Questions

    • "Tell me about a time you found it difficult to persuade somebody to buy your product"
      "Tell me about a time you were put in a stressful situation, and how did you overcome it"   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Excellent pay, benefits, bonuses, company car... No negotiation necessary

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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in January 2013.

    Interview

    Standard Pharma interview process. The phone interview (approx 20 min) was done by an outside company. I then received an email requesting a live interview, with a link to choose the time and date that would work for me. I did two live interviews with the district manager and was asked all your standard STAR format questions ("tell me about a time....") but I could tell they wanted someone who had more experience in the territory they were hiring for. I did not hear back from Takeda until nearly 3 weeks later (via email).

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had an interpersonal conflict with a colleague.   Answer Question

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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 7+ weeks. I interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in April 2017.

    Interview

    Phone screen followed by remote interview via laptop then a face to face interview. I actually drove a very long way to interview and they were to reimburse the mileage but I was never reimbursed.

    Interview Questions

    • Basic STAR questions: name a time you had a difficult time with a coworker.   Answer Question

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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in June 2017.

    Interview

    Applied for position and had to create an online account to check the status of my application. Two weeks after applying I received an email requesting for a phone interview. The phone interview consisted of normal walk me through your resume questions a few STAR format questions. A few days after that I was invited by email to take a digital interview called HireVue where you have one chance to record an answer for a 5 STAR type questions and other situational questions. The following week I received another email asking me to schedule for an in person interview. There were only a few timeslots available. The first interview went very well and was very conversational with the district manager. The following week, I received another email asking me to schedule an in person interview for the following day. The Second interview was much like the first, with several situational questions and discussion of other information about the position. I was told if I made it to the next step there would be an interview in Chicago with the regional sales manager and that only 1 to 2 people would be interviewing. I called the HR recruiter who did the phone interview with me afterwards and she said she would call me immediately after she spoke to the district manager. However I never got a call back as I got an email a week and a half later asking for 5 to 25 references who would be emailed questionnaires to fill out about me. After all my references finished their questionnaires I called the recruiter and she told me she would call me as soon as she heard something else as I was down to the top two or three candidates. Two weeks passed with radio silence. The recruiter in HR did not return my calls or contact me. The day after I was told the position would need to be filled I checked my online account and it had been updated to say they had chosen to move forward with someone else. They did not even email or call me me to let me know I did not not get the position even though I was down to the final two or three candidates. Although Takeda is a great company their communication and the entire interview process was extremely frustrating. It's hard to move on to another position in your job search when you get radio silence and no updates for weeks and weeks.

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    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Takeda Pharmaceuticals (Atlanta, GA (US)) in July 2016.

    Interview

    I was an employee referral. I went straight to a face to face interview. The interview went really well. Asked me to come back later that same day for a final interview. It took ONE month to hear from a rep that I didn’t get the job. I eventually got an automated rejection email.

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