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Abbott Laboratories Interview Questions

29 Abbott Laboratories Interview Questions
Question 1 of 29
Why did you choose a career in the Pharma/Biotech industry?
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The interviewer would like to know what drew you into a career within their industry. Show the hiring manager that you have a natural attraction to this particular industry and that you're here to stay.

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"I chose a career in Pharma/Biotech because I have always had an attraction to the study of medicine, and science, and the correlation between them. It's an ever-changing industry which never becomes dull."
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"The drive behind my choosing a career in Biotechnology was because I love science and helping others. With these two drivers combined, I knew it would be a career choice that I would be happy with for years to come."
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Question 2 of 29
List 3 qualities that make you the best candidate for Abbott Laboratories.
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After researching Abbott Laboratories you should have a firm idea of the qualities they admire most in their candidates. Discuss the attributes that will help you to stand out as a top candidate.

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"I understand that this role requires stand-out skills in organization, leadership, and an energetic demeanor. I would say that these are 3 of my top skills, and I have many others! My references would attest to these skills as well."
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"Here are some qualities that make you a great candidate for any company: - A robust existing network in the industry - A great reputation - Leadership capabilities and experience - Integrity and likability - Strong minded - Thirst for knowledge"
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Question 3 of 29
How many years have you worked in the Pharma/Biotech industry? What keeps you interested in our line of work?
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Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your work history, highlighting the most relevant positions and skills. Talk to the interviewer about your desire to work for Abbott Laboratories long term.

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"I have worked within Pharma/Biotech for the past 15 years. I started in a lab assistant role and am now at the supervisory level with my current company. I stay in this industry because the opportunities are endless. I would be thrilled to continue my career growth in this industry with Abbott Laboratories."
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"I am new to the Pharmaceuticals industry and recently graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Science. I plan to remain in this industry for the entire length of my career. At this point, starting in this apprenticeship role and then, moving forward into a role further focused on the development of new treatments."
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Question 4 of 29
What industry related changes do you foresee in the next 12 months?
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Assure the interviewer that you have a keen and honest interest in this industry by discussing the growth and change that you foresee in this next year. If the organization itself has any upcoming news or changes, be sure to mention these as well.

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"I read on your website that Abbott Laboratories is expected to see a 43% increase in the sales of product ABC. This fact piqued my interest as I have seen reports that forecast a strong increase in the use of product ABC for alternative medical therapies. There are continual changes in this industry, but I see this particular one being very significant in the upcoming months."
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"I was recently reading an article by Q1 Productions that addressed this exact topic. They mentioned in the article that 2018 is going to be a great year for the pharma industry due to the economic upturn. The thought is that this will increase stock prices; thus, allowing pharma companies to grow their offerings, expand operations, and further their research and reach. It's an exciting thought!"
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Question 5 of 29
How do you stay informed on changes in the Pharma/Biotech industry?
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Question 6 of 29
This position requires a minimum Bachelor's Degree in a science related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education.
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Question 7 of 29
If you could choose any special area of focus with Abbott Laboratories, which would you choose?
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Question 8 of 29
Would you further your post-secondary education to include a Ph.D. in your field?
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Question 9 of 29
In your opinion, what is the biggest development in Biotechnology in the past 3 years?
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Question 10 of 29
In your opinion, what is the biggest development in Pharmaceuticals in the past 3 years?
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Question 11 of 29
If you could choose any area in your field to study further, which area would you focus on? How you do feel that would help you with a career at Abbott Laboratories?
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Question 12 of 29
Do you prefer to work with studies related to humans, animals, or plant life?
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Question 13 of 29
If you could research any particular disorder, disease, or illness which one would you choose, and why?
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Question 14 of 29
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
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Question 15 of 29
In your opinion, why is it important to develop relationships with coworkers?
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Question 16 of 29
When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks?
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Question 17 of 29
By this time in your career, you should have advanced further, what has slowed down your career progression?
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Question 18 of 29
How does this position fit into your career goals?
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Question 19 of 29
Who would you say inspires you?
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Question 20 of 29
What are your strengths?
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Question 21 of 29
What sources do you look to when you need to solve a complicated problem?
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Question 22 of 29
When a problem requires a quick solution, how do you respond?
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Question 23 of 29
How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
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Question 24 of 29
When have you shown great integrity at work?
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Question 25 of 29
How do you define success?
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Question 26 of 29
Describe to me your ideal employer.
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Question 27 of 29
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 28 of 29
Are you applying for any other jobs?
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Question 29 of 29
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
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About Abbott Laboratories

Abbott Laboratories is an American pharmaceuticals and health care products company. It has 90,000 employees and operates in over 130 countries. The company headquarters are in Abbott Park, North Chicago, Illinois. The company was founded by Chicago physician Wallace Calvin Abbott in 1888. In 2010, revenues were over $35 billion.

In 1985, the company developed the first HIV blood-screening test.[citation needed] The company's drug portfolio includes Humira, a drug for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease, moderate to severe chronic psoriasis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis; Norvir, a treatment for HIV; Depakote, an anticonvulsant drug; and Synthroid, a synthetic thyroid hormone. Abbott also has a broad range of medical devices, diagnostics and immunoassay products as well as nutritional products, including Ensure, a line of meal replacement shakes; and EAS, the largest producer of performance-based nutritional supplements.

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