AbbVie Senior Research Scientist | April 2020
Location: Worcester, MA
Role: Research Scientist
Outcome: Accepted Offer
When did you have this interview?: Last Week
What steps were in the interview process? How far did you get? What do you think about the overall interview experience?
The interview process started with a brief 30 conference call with the direct supervisor and the division director where basic qualification was discussed. The call was followed by a prompt invite (within few days) for a final interview which was scheduled to take place within a week. Normally the final interview would be hold on site and would take one day. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak the interview was online and split into two days. The interview started with 1 hour seminar (45 minutes presentation + 15 minutes for questions) on my scientific background and achievements. The questions were scientifically sound and the discussion was very professional and pleasant. About a dozen separate calls with members of the team as well as a few cross-functional representatives were scheduled after the seminar. Those took 30 to 45 minutes and were very pleasant scientific as well as personal discussions. The team was very accommodating to my requests concerning scheduling. After the final interview the feedback was prompt again (within few days) after that visa eligibility was assessed followed by offer negotiation. The offer arrived approximately one month after submitting the initial application. The visa approval process was lengthy (about 1/2 a year) but successful while Abbvie provided strong and capable legal support.
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