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Interview Questions


"I was asked to prepare a presentation based on my greatest achievement, what role-specific experience I had, how well I know Excel, how I would fit into the J&J credo and what I wanted to get from the placement."
Finance, Placement Student, Wokingham, UK
"I was mainly asked the common competency questions. However, it is worth tailoring your answers to relate to the J&J credo."
Distribution, Placement Student, Leeds
"They looked at how I had evidenced a range of skills from my extracurricular activities and asked me what the most important lesson I'd learned was. They wanted to know why I would be good for the job and questions were mainly based around my CV."
Placement Student, Maidenhead
"There were a lot of situational questions and interest in my future plans. I was also asked about my university modules."
Marketing, Placement Student, Dublin, Ireland
"I had skills-based questions, questions based on my CV and questions relating to J&J."
Finance, Placement Student, Wokingham, Reading
"The questions were primarily technical and competency based."
Placement Student, Leeds


"I was asked why I chose to work for Johnson & Johnson, and I was given a long answer/writing question on evaluating an orthopaedic device. I had to show how I was the right fit for Johnson & Johnson, and why I chose my degree discipline."
Placement Student, Leeds
"I was asked what I knew about the company/role, and a bit about my CV, previous work and hobbies. I also had to analyse and describe a graph given to me."
Placement Student, Leeds
"I was asked about my university experiences, such as why I chose to study at the university that I did, the process I went through when deciding, and what I liked best about my course, which subjects I had particularly enjoyed and why. I was also given quite a few questions talking about a time I had been a leader, what the challenges were, how I overcame them etc. I also had a few minutes just to sell myself and say what I would bring to the company."
Placement Student, Wokingham
"I was asked why I wanted to work in marketing and for Johnson & Johnson. I was given questions on how my friends would describe me, challenges I have previously faced at work, and my ability to work in a team."
Placement Student, Wokingham
"It was a competency based interview, with questions like what are your personal strengths and weaknesses, and where do you see yourself in the next five years. They might drill down further on some questions to bring out different sides of your personality."
Placement Student, Maidenhead
"My interview consisted of questions where I had to give examples; of communication, organisational skills, leading a team and time management, for instance."
Placement Student, Blackpool
"My questions were both skills and experienced based, and I was given scenarios to work with. For instance, I was asked what I would do if the banners I ordered didn't turn up to a meeting, and had to tell my interviewer about a time where you implemented a change and how I handled it."
Placement Student, Leeds
"I had to show how my studies would relate to the job, and why I wanted to do the job I was applying for. I also had to tell my interviewers about a situation I felt I made a bad decision in and how I made amendments."
Placement Student, Leeds


"The interview questions were related to the Credo and aptitudes necessary for the job. All of the answers were given in the STARR (Situation, Task, Action, Result, Reflection) format."
Intern, Blackpool
"Initially I was asked about my education and general lifestyle, such as hobbies, sports etc. The interviewer went through my CV and asked me about my school career, my university degree and about various other activities and aspects of my life."
Distribution, Intern, Leeds
"Questions I was asked included: Why marketing? Why Johnson & Johnson? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Give an example of a time you worked towards a goal and achieved it."
Marketing, Intern, Maidenhead
"I was asked to prepare a business plan for a pharmaceutical company seeking to secure funding from someone like the Johnson & Johnson innovation centre."
Intern, London
"I was asked numerous technical questions regarding materials and anatomy, as well as some questions on biomechanics and mechanics."
Intern, Leeds
"Some interview questions asked included: What are your interests? Why do you want to work at Johnson & Johnson? Why do you want to work in marketing? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Explain a time where you solved a problem. Explain a time where you have been creative. Explain a time where you have taken leadership. Explain a time where you have shown team work."
Marketing, Intern, Maidenhead
"I was asked why I wanted to work for Janssen; what draws you to the pharmaceutical industry? I was also asked to give examples of a time when I lead a project, and the challenges that I faced and how I would overcome them."
Marketing, Intern, High Wycombe
"In my interview I was asked a number of questions concerning my extra-curricular habits and how they have informed the way I work as a person. I was also asked about my experience with corporate environments, how this has affected my outlook on the way I conduct work that I am given and whether I was able to accept faults in myself."
Intern, High Wycombe
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