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Interview: Tips & Advice


"The application process was: online questions about my motivation, online tests, a video interview and then a face-to-face assessment centre. The process was straightforward. It's important to fully understand the Credo and how your experiences show that your values align with this."
Graduate, Leeds
"Preparation is key. Learn about J&J and just be yourself!"
Marketing, Graduate, Maidenhead
"Know as much as you can about the company, what it is engaged in and its general position in the market. Read any relevant news about what has happened recently and think about what it means to the company. Understand the company's values and what it stands for as this indicates the kind of person it is looking for."
Graduate, Bristol/Maidenhead
"Show your personality as the interviewers want to know whether you will fit into the organisation. Prepare for the scenario where you are unable to answer an interviewer's question. Don't be put off if previous placement students are at your interview as not every placement student is re-hired. Think about whether you would be happy working here for two years, not just whether the company wants you. Use the self-reflection task to note down other skills and areas you didn't manage to discuss during your interview."
Marketing, Graduate, High Wycombe


"Practice video interview techniques and competency questions. Perfect your CV and be prepared for technical questions."
"Ensure you are prepared and knowledgeable about the company and role you are applying for."
Marketing, Graduate,
"I applied and got a video interview. The trick is to have some 'go to' answers to typical interview questions and be able to talk about them without hesitation or interruption. The questions may be different to what you expect but having a wide number of scenarios and examples that you can use in different situations will make you prepared for anything you're asked. Also, try to focus on the camera: don't let your eyes wander round the room!"
"Understand the leadership imperatives and learn about the field of orthopaedics and our product platform. Expect a tough interview with several stages including a group interview, an unseen case study presentation and a one-to-one interview."
"The application process is thorough here. My advice would be to hone into which sector you are applying for. Johnson and Johnson operate in three sectors (consumer, pharma and medical devices) so it is important to know which you are applying for as this can dramatically affect your role (business-to-business or business-to-consumer trading). The interview process aims to test a wide range of abilities through interviews, tests and group exercises. This way it gives everyone an opportunity to demonstrate their strengths."
Marketing, Graduate,
"My application process involved an online application, video interview, psychometric test and final assessment day. My top tip would be to know the credo! The company lives by their credo and it's essential to know. Also, go on J&J's website to read about the company and find examples to show how you align to its values as well as the job requirements."
"It was an assessment day that was very well organised and felt very relaxed. Obviously, you are being assessed but the process was low pressure and a lot of it was to make you feel comfortable and relaxed so that they could get the best out of you. I would say you need to relax, be calm, be yourself, be honest and try to enjoy the day of meeting lots of interesting people."


"The overall process includes: application form (including CV), video interview and an assessment centre (consisting of a number of exercises including group, case study, interview and introduction to the office). My main advice would be to ensure your values align with that of the Credo. Ensure you understand the company's brands but more importantly their values as this will dictate how well you perform in the assessment centre. The best preparation is understanding the company values and also how best to perform in generic assessment centre tasks; practise where possible."
Graduate, Maidenhead
"Multiple steps to the application process. Learn about the company and job role and prepare for competency based questions."
Midlevel, Maidenhead
"You should understand the company ethos and the moral foundations of Johnson & Johnson."
Graduate, High Wycombe
"I found some of the assessment centre exercises challenging. There is a case study (financials expected) and at least one competency interview. I would recommend for those preparing to have a good practice, and a bank of examples using the STAR technique, and importantly learn how to do a basic profit and loss report if this is relevant to your role."
Entry level, Maidenhead
"There is an online application form, telephone or video interview and an assessment centre. Be truthful, focus on what you are good at, and have examples."
Graduate, High Wycombe
"When applying there is an application form, video/telephone interview and an assessment centre. Read and understand the company's credo and understand latest healthcare challenges facing the NHS and pharmaceutical companies. You should also have an idea of what you would like to do in the future and how the graduate programme will help you achieve this."
Graduate, High Wycombe
"Take your time on the application form and apply it to the company wherever possible. When attending the assessment day be friendly and show you want to get a job completed."
Graduate, High Wycombe


"Do plenty of research on the different sectors of the company ( e.g. consumer, pharmaceutical, medical) so that you adapt to the manager who interviews you, and research the topical news items for that sector and for Johnson and Johnson."
Finance, Graduate, Antwerp, Belgium
"Do some background research on the company so that you know about the products, and the company culture, etc. Show your passion for working for the company and what you could personally bring to the role/programme that you're applying for."
Graduate, Inverness
"Do some research on competency based questions and try to understand the LifeScan credo. From my experience, it is also worthwhile knowing what LifeScan do and how the strip works."
Experienced, Inverness
"Many companies make promises regarding their credo which come and go, but the Credo has been in Johnson & Johnson for 125 years and I think it's the driving force behind every decision made. I'd advise you to know and understand the Credo so as to get anywhere with the application process."
Midlevel, Wokingham
"My advice is to do a lot of preparation before attending the interview - learn about the history of the company and the products managed by the company."
Graduate, Inverness
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