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Johnson and Johnson Mock Interview

To help you prepare for a Johnson and Johnson job interview, here are 40 interview questions and answer examples.

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Would you describe yourself as more analytical or interpersonal?

Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

They want to know if you are more of a team collaborator or an innovator. Both bring value. There is no wrong or right answer.

Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

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List of 40 Johnson and Johnson Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1.

    Would you describe yourself as more analytical or interpersonal?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      They want to know if you are more of a team collaborator or an innovator. Both bring value. There is no wrong or right answer.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Be honest. Exude confidence. Whether you're an analytical innovator, an interpersonal collaborator, or both, offer storytelling examples where you've used this to your advantage and shined.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Exude a sense of self-awareness. Within context, break yourself down for them, break down how other professionals perceive you, what degree of their perception rings true and why.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      1st Answer Example

      "They say that you are either an introvert or an extrovert. But I'm not a believer in extremes. I'd say that I lean a little off-center towards being an introvert. But not by much. Sometimes, I'll zero in on something with a singular focus and get it done on my own. There are other times where I thrive on a collaborative effort, finding a great sense of accomplishment and self-worth in being a part of something bigger. Basically, wherever I'm needed, I'm there."

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      2nd Answer Example

      "Definitely interpersonal. I can't tell you how many people have told me I am a bright spot in their workday. When you love being at work, others love working around you. If you're always having a good time, so do others through osmosis. It's just easier being positive. As I result, I never have any issues setting the pace, getting others to work hard, and being an influencer. I just love what I do, and that's all it takes."

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

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    When have you shown great integrity at work?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Johnson & Johnson's credo is all about responsibility to their customers, employees, stakeholders as well as the communities they serve. They want to gauge your concept of integrity and how it aligns with theirs. They want to know if your moral high ground would complement or clash with their company's values.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Integrity comes from a place of consistent honesty and morality. Talk to the interviewer about the way(s) you've exhibited integrity in the workplace.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Use examples of your own conduct. Avoid using negative examples or highlighting a lack of integrity in others. Holding yourself in contrast to others is no different than exploiting someone else's weakness to make your strengths seem bigger than they are. Such a move lacks integrity.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      1st Answer Example

      "In my current position, I am responsible for the cash deposit on a daily basis. There has never been a discrepancy in the four years that I have been in this role. I best show my integrity by being a consistently reliable employee."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      2nd Answer Example

      "I have always prided myself on being a person and employee that displays a great amount of integrity! Honesty and integrity are two values at the center of my being. I like to think I practice this in the workplace by always doing the right thing for the company, its customers, and its people."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      Community Answer

      "Having a busy timetable means that time management is key. However, there are some times when a schedule doesn't quite go to plan for a number of reasons. I would say that my integrity shows in these instances because without communicating this to others, work can quickly pile up. It's important, to be honest about what you can and cannot do so if I am struggling with something or need help I would communicate this to my superior or peers and come up with a solution that meets everyone if there are multiple participants involved. I also believe morals are a key part of this industry and getting work done quickly should never compromise the quality of work as this can have a very big impact on someone's life and the overall process of early on errors. I am also a reliable employee and have always turned up on time and stayed late to help out in my role as a student ambassador and my integrity has shown through giving honest information to those questioning my experience as a student at university."

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      Amanda Knight

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      This is a good starting place! Integrity is a key characteristic that every potential employer wants in an employee. I'd suggest streamlining this answer a bit so that it's more focused. Consider talking more specifically about a time when you showed integrity in a challenging situation. Using an example is more impactful and makes you a more memorable candidate.

  • Behavioral

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    Describe the value in developing relationships with coworkers here at Johnson & Johnson?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is looking for is the value you place on the team. They likewise are assessing whether being more of an introvert and extrovert influences your view. If you aren't a naturally social person, this question may seem more challenging.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about how you develop relationships with coworkers when you start a new job, regardless of whether or not you socialize with them outside of the workplace. Building a rapport with your coworkers enhances effective communication, and helps establish trust and mutual respect.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      Remember To

      Focus on what a team needs to thrive. A focussed collaboration partnered with enhanced communication fosters a positive impact on each member of a team, delivers a rewarding experience, raised morale, and a sense of camaraderie. Without building out these relationships first, the latter cannot be attained.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      1st Answer Example

      "I value my relationships with my coworkers because we support each other and make each other laugh when the work environment becomes intense. I have a coworker that I eat lunch with every day. We've helped each other out by simply listening to what's going on in each other's lives. It's nice to have colleagues who understand you on a personal level."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      2nd Answer Example

      "To accomplish anything in a job, you need your team members to trust and respect you. Your team members are who you rely on to get a project done. You will often call them in when you need advice, or to help pick up the slack when you're in a pinch. If you don't have a good rapport with your co-workers, it can limit your ability to be great at your job."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      Community Answer

      "Teamwork is the key to a successful project. I value my relationship with my coworkers. I believe this relationship offers mutual support when workload and pressure increase. It is always nice to work in a friendly environment with people who keep you motivated, will give you their advice and constructive feedback. Especially in pharma, where big projects across many departments are conducted, teamwork is essential."

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      Rachelle Enns

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      You bring up some very important points regarding teamwork and project success. You sound like a high-level collaborator. Nice response.

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    How will you earn the trust of your coworkers if you were to join Johnson & Johnson?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      A new hire is effectively a stranger to a pre-existing team. The interviewer wants to know how you'd go about earning their collective trust and developing relationships in the workplace should they choose to hire you.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      You'll need to earn the respect of a pre-existing team. Asking questions, accepting advice, and actively listening can help you get there. Additionally, courtesy, communication, respect, and self-accountability can go a long way.

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      What NOT to Say

      "Once they see me in action, they'll come around."

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    When have you had to adapt to change in the workplace? How can you bring what you learned to Johnson & Johnson?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      In the competitive and innovative fields of pharmaceuticals and biotech, job duties might periodically change. At Johnson & Johnson, the workforce needs to be ready to shift gears and adapt. Your interviewer would like to gauge your flexibility as such.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Being able to adapt to change in the workplace is an essential skill. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you had to adjust to changes on the job. Explain how you handled the transition and end it with a positive outcome.

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      Remember To

      Focus on the positives. Change is difficult for everyone. Even when the road to change is bumpy, the promise of what lies at the end of the road is the goal. That perspective is what you can bring to the table. Big picture thinking can go a long way.

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    How would you rate your communication skills?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Communication is integral to the smooth operations of any business. How you frame your answer will clue them into how effective you are at communication. The answer to this question is in how you answer it.

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      How to Answer

      Define what you consider effective communication. Detail how your communication skills stand apart and what you'd contribute. If you have a relevant anecdote, share it.

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      Pro Tip

      Avoid speech crutches ( um, like, you know, etc.) and try to speak as clearly and concisely as possible while delivering your well-formulated answer. Also, exude confidence, but not arrogance. No matter how great you think you are, it's always worth acknowledging that there's always room for improvement and always more to learn.

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  • Direct

    7.

    Why haven't you advanced further in your career? What has slowed down your progression?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      When an interviewer sees slow career progression on your resume, they will want to determine whether this is by your own choice, outside circumstances, or lack of motivation. If your career has progressed slower than you wish, you must be honest with the interviewer when discussing this.

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      How to Answer

      Experiences where the greater need requires you to put your personal goals aside for the greater good. Relatable life experiences also work well here. In most cases, our paths are rarely linear. Focus on your career journey, describing the twist and turns along the way, and how it leads you to the present day, sitting at the interview discussing this opportunity.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      What NOT to Say

      Avoid excuses or any narrative that paints you as a victim. Avoid statements like "back on track." This might lead to assumptions on flakiness in your commitment to the role.

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    8.

    What would you plan to accomplish in your first 90 days on the job?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question is a personality check. Too often new hires enter a job and try to impress by reinventing the wheel before they've learned the ropes. The interviewer is interested in your approach and how it will fit in with their team.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      The expectation when onboarding during your first 90 days typically follows this formula: your first 30 days are spent orientating with staff, the job, and management until your training is complete. The following 30 days are spent learning everything you can in the industry from Johnson & Johnson's perspective to meet their standard of success. The last 30 days are spent striving to be fully integrated into the job, the team, and the company.

      After your first 90 days, you can bring your experience to the table and see what you can contribute once fully integrated into the culture of their brand.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      A common sentence managers grow tired of hearing is, "The way we did it at my last job." This question is not asking what you would contribute to the company if hired. They are asking what you plan to accomplish in the first 90 days. Focus on that. Express a desire to learn from the company and learn their approach to the industry. After answering this question, follow up by asking what a day in this job, working with Johnson & Johnson looks like.

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    9.

    How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      How you answer this question will offer the interviewer insights into your confidence and your self-perception. It also offers you an opportunity to circle back to previous questions you could have elaborated on more.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Be honest with the interviewer about how you feel the interview has gone so far. If you feel you're knocking it out of the park, say so by being as modest as possible. If you feel you've left out any relevant information, be sure to mention it.

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      What NOT to Say

      Never ask them how they think you are doing. This defeats the purpose of the question. Answering a question with a question is not wise in an interview.

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    Are you currently applying to or interviewing for other jobs?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      If asked this question during your interview, your interviewer is likely looking to see if you have any sort of timeline you're under. They are also curious where they scale on your job wishlist. Job hunting is a numbers game. They don't expect you to put all your eggs in one basket. But they also don't want to hire someone who is just looking for any job. They need assurances that you ideally want to work for them and want to know why.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Honesty is always the best policy with this question and it always puts a little bit of fire under the hiring manager if they are aware that you are actively looking for a new position. Feel free to talk with the interviewer about your search so far and don't hesitate to let them know that a role with Johnson & Johnson is at the top of your wishlist.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Keep an organized folder with every customized resume and cover letter you've submitted to each position you are interviewing for. The interviewer will have something similar for all the applicants they are interviewing. Have tabs separating your notes for each interview, with a breakdown of the pro and cons of each employer. Detail, for your eyes only, what each of them offers you and what you offer them. Having this with you will exude yourself as an organized professional taking all your prospects seriously. This will help market you as a viable candidate.

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    Tell me about your most rewarding work experience in a team environment. What made it so rewarding?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question delves further into your concept of teamwork. Regardless of whether you are more of an introvert or an extrovert, the purpose of this question is to assess how well you work with others.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Functioning well as part of a larger team is essential at Johnson & Johnson. Talk about a time when you felt fulfilled through a team setting or collaboration in either college or at work.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      Focus Your Answer On

      There is a saying that attitude is more important than facts, the past, a person's education, money, circumstances, failures, and successes. It is also more important than what other people think, say, or do. It's more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. And that it will make or break a company or home.

      Every day we decide what attitude we'll embrace. We can't change our past, we can't change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We can't change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one thing we have, and that's our attitude. In a team environment, the right attitude can go a long way.

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    If I were to have a conversation about you with your previous employer, what would they say?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question tests how well you deal with stressful situations in real-time. Many who've had this question posed to them wonder if they've already conversed with their previous employer. If this question makes a candidate nervous, this will raise the question of how honest a candidate has been about their qualifications and accomplishments. If the interviewee comes across as confident and provides a notable answer that is consistent with the rest of the interview, then that may offer the interviewer greater confidence in what the candidate claims to offer.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      In most states, previous employers will disclose very little about your previous employment and work history, out of the concern of defamation lawsuits resulting from heresy. Therefore, it is likely they do not know how you will answer. There is no need to feel nervous about this question. Answer with confidence, and stay on course with what you have to offer and contribute to Pfizer should they choose you to move forward to the next stage of the interview.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Exude confidence in your answer. Now is the time to display how well you cope with stressful situations. Don't ask them if they talked to your previous employers, or what they might have said.

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    13.

    What work experience do you have relating to people with backgrounds different from your own?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Some of the core values of Johnson & Johnson are supporting inclusion, diversity, and championing women in the workplace. This is an integral part of the culture of their brand. This question is meant to help them assess how closely your values align with theirs.

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      How to Answer

      Everyone's backgrounds are different, and everyone has something to offer. Without exposure to new experiences or new people with diverse backgrounds, it's difficult to foster learning or growth. Likewise, innovation isn't as bountiful without diversity. Incorporate these key points when formulating your answer. Your answer should highlight a universal human experience.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      What NOT to Say

      Stay away from listing off races or ethnicities. Avoid stereotypes.

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    14.

    If you were hired, how long do you envision yourself staying with the company?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      They're interested in your level of commitment to their company, should they hire you. With any hire, there's the danger shortly after being hired that they may leave for a better offer. They're fishing for any personal conflicts an applicant may have that would clash with their goals, and studying body language and word choice for any tells.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Be honest, show commitment, and exhibit loyalty. If your spouse is in the military and is going to be transferred in two years, reveal that information, expressing the hope that you could stay with the company by relocating or working remotely. Express how your goals align with their core values and that you would be a loyal member of the team.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Validate the question by expressing you understand why this question is important. This will highlight your professionalism, especially if you underline your sense of integrity and that you have no intention of taking advantage of, or squandering, the opportunity.

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    Describe to us your biggest professional disappointment?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This will help them evaluate how you handle disappointment and what you learn from such experiences. It will reveal if you take responsibility for your own actions, inactions, limitations, and self-awareness, as well as your attitude towards life.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Consider offering examples where your situational disappointment was beyond your control. Apply the STAR method here. Present the situation, the task that was needed from you, the action you took, and the result.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      It's common to emotionally digress into the moment. Resist that impulse if you feel it. Living, learning, and letting go is the maturity you want to convey. Keep your tone positive and don't present yourself as a victim. The only emotional tell you want to reveal is that the event made you stronger.

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    16.

    What are some key qualities that you look for in an ideal employer?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is hoping to gain insights into what motivates you, and how you'd fit into their company. They are also trying to assess how familiar you are with their company and culture. They want to know if this is the right job for you, or a just job for you right now. Additionally, you are just one interview of many, and they are trying to narrow the candidates down to those who are the best fit for them.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Tell the interviewer what your ideal employer looks like and offer specifics. Try to align your answer to the core values and credo of Johnson & Johnson. Ask yourself what they're looking for in their ideal candidate and tailor your answers accordingly.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      What NOT to Say

      Don't say things like 'great pay' or 'good benefits.' They're trying to gauge what motivates you. If you're only in it for the money, then you don't have anything unique to offer them.

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    How do you define success in your work?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is trying to assess your work ethic, your career goals, and insights into your personality. This will help them determine what motivates you and how you'd fit into the culture of their brand.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Prior to your interview, put thought into how you define success. Study the job posting and job description. Exude confidence and speak comfortably.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      Stay Away From

      Avoid generic answers like, 'Getting the job done.' They want to know if you go the extra mile versus putting in the bare minimum. Whether or not you go the extra mile with your answers to these interview questions will be a tell-all.

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    What are three qualities that make you the best candidate for us?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your technical or mechanical skillset is typically self evident on your resume or cover letter. However, soft skills are more difficult to assess outside of an interview. This question is designed to offer insights into your soft people skills and how they align with the company's culture.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Offer a self assessment of all your soft skills. Outstanding communication skills, being able to motivate others, being self-driven, and setting the pace in your workplace are all great examples. The more quickly you can list these off, the better.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Prior to your interview, do your research. Johnson & Johnson's core values, their credo, and the role you're interviewing for should align with your answer. Incorporate as many of their keywords as possible into your answer. A few of their keywords include- heart, science, ingenuity, diversity, championing women, putting a healthy mind, body, and environment within reach, acting ethically and responsibly, collaboration, caring, and integrity.... just to name a few.

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    What sources do you look to when needing to solve a complicated problem on the job?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      How you answer this question will attest to your professionality and experience on the job. It will offer them insights as to how resourceful you are as well as how self-reliant you are in your work. It will also inform them if you have 'tricks-of-the-trade' you'll lend their organization or if you ask your supervisor for help every five minutes, distracting them from their work.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      When formulating your answer, try to strike a balance between being independent and resourceful, and not being afraid to ask for help when all other options have been exhausted. Once you have framed your answer, try to back it up with an example where you've put your skills to practice.

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      What NOT to Say

      "My smartphone. I use it for everything. If you see me scrolling on my phone or talking on the phone, that's why. I only use it for work."

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    Why did you choose a career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is testing your passion for their industry. By understanding how you landed in your career, they'll be able to better gauge where you're going, and if you'd be an asset to their team.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Prior to your interview, outline your career path. Discuss what excites you about your career and the industry. This is a great opportunity to share your passion, motivators, and aspirations.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      What NOT to Say

      "My dad made me. He's a big shot at Pfizer and groomed me to follow in his footsteps. Before I succeed him, he insisted that I work for the competition. What I really wanted to be was an actor."

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    Take some time to walk us through your resume and experience. What interests you in our line of work at Johnson & Johnson?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      They're giving you an opportunity to share your knowledge of their company. This will help them gauge if you want to work for them or if you just want work. This is also a test to see if you can align your pursuits with what they have to offer and outline how your mutual goals are aligned.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your work history, highlighting the most relevant positions you've held and the skills you've acquired which are relevant to the role you're applying for. Discuss your desire to work for Johnson & Johnson long term and the mutual passion you share for this line of work.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Ideally, your interviewer wants to hear that you have a passion for the medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and/or line of products that Johnson & Johnson offers. Highlighting your knowledge of their products and services can go a long way.

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    22.

    Who is your biggest inspiration?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Whatever example you offer will provide insight into the values and principles that make up the build of your character. By gaining this deeper understanding of your character, your interviewer will be better able to ascertain how well you'll fit in with the culture of their brand.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      Your life's inspiration can come from a character in a book, a mentor, a family member, or a celebrity. It likewise doesn't need to consist of only one person. Explain why these individuals had an impact on the shaping of your character.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      What NOT to Say

      "Wow. That's a tough one. I'll need some time to think about it. Let's come back to that one later."

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    How does this position fit into your long-term career goals?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Again, the interviewer is digging deeper into what your long-term career plan is. They want to know who you are, where you come from, why you are here, and where you are going.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on February 12th, 2022

      How to Answer

      When mapping out your career plan, it's important to track where you started and where you are going, as well as put an X on the spot that says, 'you are here.' Once you know where you are on the map, you should be able to share your map with them and give them directions as to where you are heading. Once you can elaborate on that, then you can help share your vision on how Johnson & Johnson can help get you there. The reason you are at the interview is due to your ambition to move forward and reach that end goal.

      Written by Kevin Downey on February 12th, 2022

      Pro Tip

      Show dedication to the position you are interviewing for by talking about your long-term goals. Align those goals with the organization's future.

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    When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks on the job?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This will help the interviewer gauge the level of your competency in any given task. They want to know if you go the extra mile or deliver the bare minimum. Extra thorough could mean one thing for one person, and something entirely different for another. How you frame your answer will help them better assess where you fall on the scale.

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      How to Answer

      Research the job description. Pick out a few of the duties that require high-level attention to detail. Talk about the detail-oriented tasks you've had throughout your career, emphasizing your ability to handle similar tasks in this role.

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      Pro Tip

      When offering your example, try to present that you perceive highly detailed work as the norm/status-quo. This will allow you to present the extra-thorough example you provide as going even further than above and beyond. Go the extra mile with your answer.

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    25.

    What industry related changes do you foresee in the next 12 months for Johnson & Johnson?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Again, when asked similar questions that challenge different answers, you're being tested on your attention to detail (the subtleties of how this question is different from the others) and how you work under pressure. This question is designed to test your industry knowledge.

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      How to Answer

      Although you do not want to reuse an answer to a similar question, you can expand on another answer, and use this opportunity to flout your knowledge. This is another excellent opportunity to start a conversation and build a rapport with your interviewer.

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      Pro Tip

      Don't put emphasis on how you feel like you've been asked this already. Don't stammer or struggle to come up with an example either. Prepare. Johnson & Johnson often announces industry changes they're pioneering such as, 'Johnson & Johnson Announces Plans to Separate Consumer Health Business.' Stay current on what they are announcing or doing and lead with that.

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    26.

    Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment. How can this help you as part of the Johnson & Johnson team?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to gain insights into your work values. They also want to know more about your personality, what motivates you, and how they'd place you in their team.

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      How to Answer

      It is okay to brag a little when answering this question. Show pride in your career accomplishments, and align your accomplishments with the role you are contending for.

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      Pro Tip

      Your example doesn't necessarily have to be groundbreaking. Whether you formed a team for the first time and fostered a great sense of teamwork in a collaborative environment or developed a system that improved workflow and saved the company money, this question is about how you gauge success and what you can bring to the table.

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    27.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      How you answer this question will offer insights into your motivators and drivers in regards to your pursuits in this field. Questions like these help them assess each candidate's value and placement within their organization.

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      How to Answer

      Exhibit passion, and tie your answer into an area of focus related to this role. Feel free to dive into what attracted you to this field, and try to keep your answer emotionally grounded and upbeat.

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      Stay Away From

      Stay away from vague answers like, "I just want to help people." Your interviewer wants to gain insights as to what motivates you, and where your passions lie. Be specific and share your story.

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    28.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This will help the interviewer assess how to place you in the team, now or in the future. It also may offer a glimpse into your personality and what motivates you.

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      How to Answer

      Perhaps you have a preference or maybe you don't. However, you choose to answer this question, be sure to keep your reply positive. (i.e., avoid saying, "I dislike studies related to animals." You don't want to shut down any practice).

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      Pro Tip

      If you are interviewing for a role at Johnson & Johnson that directly pertains to pharmacological or biotechnology studies, those studies sometimes involve various forms of life. In your answer, recognize the value of each choice. Show you've given this thought before delivering your answer.

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    29.

    What would you say is the biggest strength you would bring to our team?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is looking to differentiate you from other candidates. It will also give them a glimpse as to how you perceive yourself, all while giving you an opportunity to advertise your merits. They are also curious to know if you will seize the opportunity to market yourself or let it pass by.

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      How to Answer

      There are times in an interview where several questions seem very similar to one another. It can be tricky to not sound redundant when answering these questions. It may also serve the purpose of seeing how well you work under pressure. When this happens, pay attention to the details of the question, and identify their distinction from one another. Maintain your confidence and try not to stammer or repeat yourself when answering. When all else fails, rely on your attitude. Having a great attitude can go a long way.

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      What to Avoid

      Avoid being presumptuous. You don't know what talents their team members already have. They're not asking what you have that they don't. They're asking about qualities you perceive in yourself that you carry with pride.

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    30.

    In your opinion, what's the biggest development in pharmaceuticals in the past three years?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Here is another question that gives your interviewer the chance to gauge your ability to do your homework on one of the industries that Johnson & Johnson competes in. This question is designed to test your industry knowledge.

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      How to Answer

      Whether you have years of experience in the pharmaceuticals field or are new to the field, your interviewer is assessing if you can speak knowledgeably on these topics. The term 'pharmaceutical' refers to the creation and sale of medicine, so make sure to talk about what you feel are the biggest advancements or recent developments.

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      Pro Tip

      Johnson & Johnson is at the forefront of pharmaceutical innovation. If you can naturally align your answer with one of their developments, and share enthusiasm for the company, this would be a great pportunity to do so.

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    31.

    In your opinion, what's the biggest development in biotechnology in the past three years?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your interviewer is looking to gauge your interest and knowledge of the industry spaces that Johnson & Johnson occupies. Again, whenever you're asked similar questions and are challenged with coming up with different answers, you're being tested on your attention to detail (the subtleties of how this question differs from the others) and how well you work under pressure. This question is designed to test your industry knowledge.

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      How to Answer

      Maybe you're an experienced veteran in the industry and can talk knowledgeably on any such topics. If not, spend time preparing for your interview. The term 'biotechnology' refers to the use of cells and molecules used to create a product within medicine, genetic testing, or even agriculture. Talk about one or two of the biggest new innovations in that space.

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      Pro Tip

      Have your notes ready going into the interview, as well as something to take notes with throughout the interview. Do not use your phone to look things up. Do not use your phone to take notes. Do not use your phone to refer to your notes. You want to look as if you are prepared for the interview, and not using your phone to scramble for answers. Perception is everything.

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    32.

    How do you stay informed on new innovations and changes in your field?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question is often used to determine how serious or passionate you are about your career. They want to know if you can talk the talk and walk the walk. They want to know if you pursued this career or just fell into it. It will also offer you an opportunity to show off your knowledge of your industry and how up-to-date you are.

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      How to Answer

      You want to exhibit a growth mindset at all times. The pharmaceutical and biotech industry is rapidly changing and innovating. If you take advantage of learning through continuing education credits, seminars, conferences, journals, and any other means of staying educated in your line of work, let them know.

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      Pro Tip

      Read up and revisit so they're fresh in your mind prior to the interview. This could branch off into excellent conversation points. Establishing a rapport with your interviewer translates to a likelihood of doing the same with the members of their team and is always a good selling point.

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    33.

    If you could choose any special area of focus in a career with Johnson & Johnson, which would you choose?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This will offer insights into whether or not you have a career plan, career goals, and if you're a good fit with the company. Johnson & Johnson is committed to the development and growth of its employees. The interviewer wants to know where you want to go, and how you would run with the opportunity.

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      How to Answer

      Dream big. If Johnson&Johnson can help, don't be shy about expressing those lofty ideas. Give them insights as to what incentivizes you.

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      Pro Tip

      Spend some time reviewing your career goals. Review opportunities within the company. Familiarize yourself with its credo, and the core principles of its culture.

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  • Education

    34.

    If you could choose any area in your field to study further, what would you focus on? How would that help you in a career with Johnson & Johnson?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to know where you are interested in taking your career next. This will help them assess if have a growth mindset, and what your perspective has to offer.

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      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about your favorite area of study in relation to biotech/pharma. Discuss why you find this attractive and why you feel that strengthening your skills, in this particular area, would help you fulfill your goals.

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      What NOT to Say

      They asked about areas that are within your field. Avoid bringing up continued education pursuits that don't align with the career path you've chosen to pursue through Johnson & Johnson.

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    35.

    Take some time to walk me through your educational history. How do you feel it has prepared you for this role at Johnson & Johnson?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Whether your degree was oriented with your career or not, they want to know how your journey led you here, and what you learned from that experience. This will help them assess how career oriented you are, as well as how they might place you in their team.

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      How to Answer

      It's important to consider your education and how it fits into the requirements for the role you are applying for. Walk the interviewer through your formal educational path, making sure to highlight any recognition or awards you may have achieved along the way.

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      Pro Tip

      Your educational history isn't necessarily restricted to an educational institution. Any and everything that helped you along your career path and aided in your professional growth can be considered part of your educational history.

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    36.

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

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Learning and development are the core values of Johnson &Johnson. Most employers value candidates who appreciate continued learning. This will help the interviewer assess your flexibility as well as your drive to grow on your career path. They want to determine your willingness to invest in your career and if you would be a valued investment for Johnson & Johnson.

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      How to Answer

      If you are planning on pursuing continued education, say so, detailing your career goals and where your continued education fits into that path. If you don't have a plan for continued education, or you're not sure, say you are open to pursuing one with no current plans at the moment.

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      Pro Tip

      Try to do as much research as you can on what your potential future with Johnson & Johnson would look like and what educational path would be required. If possible, assure the interviewer that you would be willing to discuss enhancing your knowledge to grow within the organization.

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  • Leadership

    37.

    If we offer you this role at Johnson & Johnson, what type of leadership would you bring?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is not asking if you have a background in leadership roles. They are asking what kind of leadership you would bring. There is a distinction. This will help them gauge your attention to detail by way of how your phrase your answer. They are also asking what kind of approach you will take with your work, whether you are vying for a position where you'll be leading a team or leading a self-driven task.

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      How to Answer

      Contrast this question with the nuances of the role for which you are applying and focus on the details, describing your style and your approach to your work. Remember, whether this is a leadership role or one where you are working side by side with others, consider how you would lead by example and strive to be an over-achiever in your position.

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      The Goal

      You want to market yourself as a desirable asset. Exhibiting the qualities of a leader goes a long way towards affirming your value to their organization.

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    38.

    How do prioritize when juggling multiple projects or tasks at once?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This will help them assess your approach to your work. Being singularly focused is a strength, so long as you're able to shift gears and exhibit flexibility when the need arises.

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      How to Answer

      Talk about the tools and resources you use to plan your work and stay organized on the job. Exhibit diligence and a capability to prioritize.

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      Pro Tip

      Multitasking is challenging for most people. How you track your progress and pick up where you left off on a task you had to shelf when more pressing priorities took precedent is what they are looking for. Staying productive and preventing rework is part one of this. Your ability to exhibit sound judgment and prioritize based on the greater good for the team is of equal relevance.

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  • Salary

    39.

    What are your salary expectations for this position at Johnson & Johnson?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question is a test to see how realistic your expectations are. A person who is familiar with the industry will be able to guestimate a realistic metric. Such a metric should be based on the duration and/or level of experience a candidate has contrasted with the industry-standard pay rate such a position offers. An employer's market versus a job seekers' market can likewise influence your number.

      How well you've performed in the interview so far, and your self-awareness in this regard, are likewise components to consider. How you quantify your answer will likewise justify your perceived self-worth.

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      How to Answer

      If you want the job, don't be too eager to accept a low offer. Likewise, don't throw out an unrealistic number. Doing so could be viewed as disrespectful of the time and energy they've spent interviewing you.

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      Pro Tip

      It's never a good idea for the person being interviewed to bring up pay too early on. But once the interviewer addresses it, it's fair game. A good question to ask, when quantifying your number, is how frequently pay increases occur, and how pay structure works. You can also then ask, to ensure you are coming up with a fair number, what other benefits are offered with the position. Health benefits cost an employer money and should be considered when coming up with your number, as well as any incentives, bonuses, or other perks.

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  • Situational

    40.

    If faced with a problem that requires a quick solution at Johnson & Johnson, how would you respond?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      They're hoping to gauge your confidence in your own abilities. Going with your gut is a skill, and the more you learn to trust your intuition, the easier it becomes to make intelligent decisions. Whether taking charge when no other leadership is present or hurrying to inform your supervisor when the need arises while respecting the chain of command, they want to make sure you have the team's best interests at heart.

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      How to Answer

      If you have an example of a time when you had to think on your feet to solve a work-related issue, talk about how you worked through it. Detail your example by presenting the situation, the task at hand, your course of action, and the result.

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      The Goal

      Striking a balance between quickly assessing priorities, while protecting the company's assets, and respecting the chain of command. Exercising sound judgment exhibits you as an asset. Making ill-informed decisions proves a person as a liability.

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