Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Mock Interview

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Can you explain what an excipient is and one of its possible uses?

"An excipient is a substance that has no active value that is used with the active ingredient of a pharmaceutical medication. One use of excipients is as a binder. Binders hold the ingredients in a tablet together."

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30 Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Interview Questions & Answers

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  • 1. Can you explain what an excipient is and one of its possible uses?

  • 2. Can you explain a possible problem that may arise with processing tablets?

  • 3. What is a parenteral medication?

  • 4. What type of pharmaceutical excipient is carboxymethyl cellulose?

  • 5. Why did you choose a career in pharmaceutical manufacturing?

  • 6. What are some types of additives, and can you provide an example?

  • 7. What can you tell me about buffering agents?

  • 8. While Company ABC would like to hire employees who plan on working with us long-term,we do understand that things happen and plans change. Do you anticipate any significant changes in your life within the next 2-3 years that may affect employment with us?

  • 9. Do you know what a viscosity imparting agent is?

  • 10. What makes you think you will be successful at Company ABC?

  • 11. What is your greatest strength?

  • 12. What are some examples of solvents?

  • 13. Have you ever had a disagreement with a co-worker, and how was it resolved?

  • 14. What is the difference between a vial and an ampule?

  • 15. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

  • 16. What is a humectant, and can you provide an example?

  • 17. Company ABC values its employees and strives to create a team atmosphere. Do you consider yourself a "team player"?

  • 18. If your previous employer were here, what would he say about you?

  • 19. What are some key factors to consider in a manufacturing facility's design?

  • 20. What would you like for people recognize about your personality when they meet you?

  • 21. What are some different types of coatings agents?

  • 22. At Company ABC we like to encourage employees to have a healthy balance between work and their personal lives. What are some things you like to do to help you unwind and create balance in your life?

  • 23. What may one of your previous bosses or co-workers say is one of your weaknesses?

  • 24. Company ABC has facilities in multiple locations. Would you be willing to locate if a position is available in a different city/town?

  • 25. What is a motivator for you to do well on a job?

  • 26. Why do HEPA filters have a 0.3 micron pore size?

  • 27. What are some reasons that could cause chipping in tablet manufacturing?

  • 28. What is the difference in a syrup and a suspension?

  • 29. What effect might humidity have on the stability of a tablet?

  • 30. Company ABC likes to reward employees for their hard work and experience. How would you feel about someone having the same job title as you making a higher salary because of years of experience?