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Amgen Interview Questions

To help you prepare for an Amgen job interview, here are 33 interview questions and answer examples.

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List three qualities that make you the best candidate for Amgen.

How to Answer

Amgen values employees who are science-based, competitive, ethical, team-oriented, and collaborative. Think about these company values along with any that are specifically mentioned in the job description. Discuss the attributes that will help you to stand out as a top candidate.

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33 Amgen Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1. List three qualities that make you the best candidate for Amgen.

      How to Answer

      Amgen values employees who are science-based, competitive, ethical, team-oriented, and collaborative. Think about these company values along with any that are specifically mentioned in the job description. Discuss the attributes that will help you to stand out as a top candidate.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on October 11th, 2022

      1st Answer Example

      "I understand that this role requires stand-out skills in organization, leadership, and an energetic demeanor. I would say that these are three of my top skills, and I have many others! My references would attest to these skills as well."

      Written by Jaymie Payne on October 11th, 2022

      2nd Answer Example

      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

  • Behavioral

    2. How do you handle stress at work?

      How to Answer

      Working in an industry that is fast-paced and ever-changing can be very stressful. The interviewer will use this question to gauge how you react to adversity and if you're able to remain calm in stressful situations and environments. Are you resilient? Can you persevere or do you give up easily? Demonstrate ways that you are proactive in managing stress.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I first make sure that in my personal life, I'm eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep so that I'm functioning optimally at work. In the workplace, I take advantage of one-on-one meetings with my manager and use that time to discuss my current workload and any barriers that I may be facing that would cause stress. I refrain from negativity and commit to bringing issues up as needed instead of letting them fester."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I am not afraid to ask for help when I need it and I keep communication open with my manager. If I'm feeling burned out or like there is an obstacle I cannot overcome, I immediately voice that to my manager so we can talk through it."

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  • Behavioral

    3. How do you delegate tasks?

      How to Answer

      Delegation is a requirement to be an effective leader and good communication skills are required to delegate tasks and projects successfully. When answering this question, walk the interviewer through your thought process of how you decide what to delegate and to who. How do you ensure your employees have the capacity to assist you and how do you ensure the tasks are being completed without being a micromanager?

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      1st Answer Example

      "Typically, I look at priorities to determine what needs attention quickly. I then speak with my team members who see who has the capacity to take on additional tasks, and from there, I look at what strengths the team members have and align them with those tasks. I give clear expectations of the project and when I expect them to be completed. I'm not a micromanager, so I typically trust them to get the work done and to come to me if they need support or have questions along the way."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I first choose the tasks I'm going to delegate, then I look for the team member with the skill sets and capacity to assist. I give clear directions on what needs to be done and when and answer any questions they have. Delegation assists me with a heavy workload and builds trust between my team members and me."

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  • Behavioral

    4. How do you measure success?

      How to Answer

      Amgen has over 20,000 employees globally and reported nearly $29 billion in revenue in 2021, so they are a very successful company. Speak about how you define success both personally and professionally. Give examples of success that might relate to the position you're applying for (sales, employee retention, marketing, etc.).

      Can you define and measure goals? Are you willing to work hard and push others to do the same? What have you achieved short-term and long-term? How does your drive align with the company? What makes the company you're interviewing with successful in the industry? What sets them apart and how can you support that?

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  • Behavioral

    5. When have you shown great integrity at work?

      How to Answer

      Integrity and ethics are core values at Amgen. These questions are designed for the interviewer to be able to discover more about your character. Show examples of how you've "done the right thing" even when it may have cost you personally or professionally. How have you been a good role model to others? Demonstrate how you bring honesty and fairness to the team.

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  • Behavioral

    6. When a problem requires a quick solution, how do you respond?

      How to Answer

      When it comes to complex problem solving, the decisions do not always arrive quickly. It takes practice, experience, and confidence to learn what sorts of decisions yield the best results. Problems that require you to act quickly can be emergency situations such as knowing where the fire extinguisher is and grabbing it fast enough to put out a small grease fire in the company kitchen. Other quick decisions could be if you are asked to take on a new responsibility and are only given five minutes to decide if it's something you are prepared to take on.

      Going with your gut is a skill, and the more you learn to trust your intuition, the easier it becomes to make these types of decisions. Demonstrate that you are confident and able to react swiftly when the need arises.

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  • Behavioral

    7. What sources do you look to when you need to solve a complicated problem?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you can think outside the box, or even ask for help when you are stuck on a complicated problem.

      Maybe you look to a mentor or boss for advice. Perhaps you have handbooks, manuals, and systems you turn to for help. Offer some relevant examples based on your industry. If you work in the medical field, you may turn to textbooks, online research, colleagues, or even a patient's history to find the right solution. If you work in customer service, you may ask the customer what they need to find the best way to solve the problem.

      Show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable and equipped to handle these types of scenarios.

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  • Behavioral

    8. What are your strengths?

      How to Answer

      Read the job description thoroughly to understand what soft skills and core areas of strength are required to be successful in the role. Think about your strengths and how those will prove valuable to the hiring manager. Pick one or two strengths and be specific in how this strength relates to the role you're applying for. Give concise examples in your answer.


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  • Behavioral

    9. Who would you say inspires you?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is trying to discover more about who your role models are and why they motivate you. Think about who has mentored you in the pharm/biotech industry or a successful professional that you aspire to be like. Perhaps you look up to a parent who was a hard worker or a teacher who encouraged you to become who you are today. Whomever this inspiring person may be, remember that it's an answer from the heart that the interviewer is looking for.

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  • Behavioral

    10. In your opinion, why is it important to develop relationships with coworkers?

      How to Answer

      This answer may seem obvious to you because enjoying your time with coworkers is sometimes the best part of the job! If you aren't a naturally social person, this question may seem more challenging to answer.

      Talk to the interviewer about how you develop relationships with coworkers when you start a new job. Think about what is important to you about these relationships. Do your co-workers motivate you when you feel overworked? Do your coworkers give you a reason to show up to work when your boss has been giving you a hard time?

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  • Behavioral

    11. Tell me about your greatest work-related accomplishment.

      How to Answer

      Talking about your most significant accomplishment will give the interviewer a definite idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

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  • Capability

    12. How do you limit distractions?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to make sure that you can reduce distractions and be effective at getting the job done. Describe specifically how you stay focused and on task whether you're working in the office or remotely.

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  • Capability

    13. What are some time management techniques that you use?

      How to Answer

      Working in a fast-paced environment often means juggling multiple projects and tasks and also means priorities are often shifting. How do you decide what needs to be done urgently and what can wait? Give specific examples of techniques and tools you use to manage your time effectively.

      When answering this question, show the interviewer that you have a system in place that helps you to think through what needs to happen and when. The better you can prioritize, the more productive you will be, making you an asset to Amgen!

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  • Capability

    14. When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks?

      How to Answer

      Many roles at Amgen require the employee to be detail-oriented and small mistakes could have a negative impact on the team and business. The interviewer is trying to discover more about how you focus on a project, if you can avoid distractions, and how you deliver accurate and quality results. Discuss a time when you were extra thorough during a work-related project.

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  • Capability

    15. How do you stay informed on changes in the Pharma/Biotech industry?

      How to Answer

      Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing, and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This means that change happens- often and rapidly, so it's important that as an employee you are interested in a fast-paced environment that requires constant updates on trends and related information.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I make sure that I am regularly reading the news and educating myself on changes. I find that speaking to colleagues helps too."

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      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Margarita Clarke Reviewed the Above Answer

      Good start, let's use some more precision to show you are active in the industry.

      "I stay informed through industry news, furthering my education on new findings and staying active in my network."

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  • Direct

    16. Are you applying for any other jobs?

      How to Answer

      Be honest about your level of job seeking. Are you passively looking or actively looking? Are you interviewing with other companies and if so, are you in the final interview stages? This gives the interviewer a better idea of how seriously you're pursuing other opportunities, how soon you're looking to make a move, and how quickly they need to make a decision. If you are interviewing elsewhere but Amgen is your preferred employer, don't be afraid to share that insight.

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  • Discovery

    17. Why did you choose a career in the Pharma/Biotech industry?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know what drew you into a career within their industry. Was it your passion from a young age or did you start a career in another area and move to pharma/biotech over the years? Share with the interviewer what you're passionate about professionally and what motivates you to continue on this path.

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  • Discovery

    18. If you could research any particular disorder, disease, or illness which one would you choose, and why?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to get to know you and your particular interests. If you had zero limitations, what area within pharmaceuticals would you focus on? Be sure to show your passion for your career path and tie your answer into an area of focus related to Amgen.

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  • Discovery

    19. How many years have you worked in the Pharma/Biotech industry? What keeps you interested in our line of work?

      How to Answer

      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 Amgen long-term.

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  • Discovery

    20. What industry related changes do you foresee in the next 12 months?

      How to Answer

      This question provides insight into how knowledgeable you are of the industry in general and how current you are on trends and industry updates. Do some research on Amgen and be prepared to include upcoming product launches or other exciting news they may be rolling out in the near future.

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  • Discovery

    21. What do you know about Amgen?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to see if you've taken the time to research the company and learn more about what they do and what they stand for. Take the time to speak to what you've read about the leadership team, their mission, what they value, the products and services they offer, and the customer base they serve.

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  • Discovery

    22. Why are you leaving your current company?

      How to Answer

      This is a question that Amgen is known to ask in the interview process. Be honest in your explanation, but refrain from speaking negatively about your current employer, manager, or colleagues. Focus on what you're looking for in your next role or organization that you are missing at your current job.

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  • Discovery

    23. Describe to me your ideal employer.

      How to Answer

      A job search isn't just a one-sided hunt. You must also feel as though this is a good fit for yourself. Be sure you to research the company beforehand and tie in any values that you and Amgen share (for example from their website, "work in teams, ensure quality, trust and respect each other, be ethical"). Give an honest answer here and be concise and positive; refrain from speaking poorly of any previous managers or organizations.

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  • Discovery

    24. If you could choose any special area of focus with Amgen, which would you choose?

      How to Answer

      Working for Amgen could open a variety of career options for you. If you had your choice when it comes to a career path, which career do you think you would choose? Talk to the interviewer about where you'd like to see your career path go with Amgen.

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I'm passionate about the immunology/oncology and hematology areas. I find that these areas are always challenging my knowledge and I'm always learning something new about the way our bodies work."

      Written by an Anonymous User

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      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Marcie Wilmot Reviewed the Above Answer

      Nice! It's great that these areas interest you. Can you provide a specific example of a time when you learned something new in one of these areas that amazed and/or intrigued you? Additional details will build out your answer and make it more meaningful and memorable to the interviewer. Good job!

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  • Discovery

    25. In your opinion, what is the biggest development in Biotechnology in the past 3 years?

      How to Answer

      The term "biotechnology" refers to the use of cells and molecules to create a product within medicine, genetic testing, or even agriculture. What do you foresee as the most significant development that has happened in the past few years? Are any related to Amgen's success?

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "Covid 19 vaccine."

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      Marcie Wilmot Reviewed the Above Answer

      Definitely! Can you talk more about why you think this was the biggest development? Although it might seem obvious, providing more information and opinions will make your response more memorable to the interviewer. This is also an opportunity to show off your knowledge. Great job!

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  • Discovery

    26. In your opinion, what is the biggest development in Pharmaceuticals in the past 3 years?

      How to Answer

      The term 'pharmaceutical' refers to the creation and sale of medicine and this makes up a large portion of Amgen's revenue. Research industry developments in general and also be able to speak to some of Amgen's biggest successes and why you feel they have changed lives.

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  • Discovery

    27. If you could choose any area in your field to study further, which area would you focus on? How do you feel that would help you with a career at Amgen?

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about your favorite area of study when it comes to pharma /biotech. Why would you choose to focus on that area? Share with the interviewer why you feel that strengthened skills in this particular area, will help you to achieve your goals with Amgen.

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  • Discovery

    28. How does this position fit into your career goals?

      How to Answer

      Speak about your related experiences in employment, volunteer work, and your education. How does this position fit into your career path? Is this a lateral move, a steppingstone on your career path, or a promotion from your current role? How long do you see yourself at Amgen and how does the position tie into your long-term goals?

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  • Discovery

    29. Do you prefer to work with studies related to humans, animals, or plant life?

      How to Answer

      Amgen is a pioneer in science and a leader in the biotech industry. Perhaps you have a preference and maybe you don't. However you answer this question, be sure to keep your reply positive (i.e.: Avoid saying "I dislike studies related to animals"). Demonstrate that you're open-minded and willing to work in any area needed.

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  • Leadership

    30. How do you handle conflict among your team?

      How to Answer

      Conflict among teams is inevitable but when managed properly, can be healthy. A leader must be effective at creating cohesion among the team and help navigate conflicts when they arise.

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  • Salary

    31. What are your salary expectations?

      How to Answer

      Provide Amgen with a target range that you would like your salary to fall within given your experience and the position that you are applying for. By providing a range, you are demonstrating flexibility while also voicing what you feel you are worth. The Amgen website mentions a Total Rewards program, "designed to secure the long-term financial, physical, and overall wellbeing of our employee and their families. When compared to other leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, it's clear: Our programs are among the very best." You can also mention that the total benefits package would also impact your desired salary and you'd like to learn more.

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  • Technical

    32. This position requires a minimum Bachelor's Degree in a science related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education.

      How to Answer

      Your post-secondary career is significant when it comes to displaying your ability to complete a degree, multitask, and apply yourself. Walk the interviewer through your post-secondary experience making sure to highlight any recognition or awards you may have achieved.

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  • Technical

    33. Would you further your post-secondary education to include a Ph.D. in your field?

      How to Answer

      Some upper-level positions within Amgen may require a higher level of education. Assure the interviewer that you would be willing to discuss enhancing your knowledge to grow within the organization eventually.

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