Careers at Merck (MSD)
With more than 70,000 employees around the world, Merck offers a wide range of career opportunities. Roles are available in six different divisions: Research Laboratories, Manufacturing and Supply, Human Health, Global Support Functions, Animal Health and Organon, which focuses on women’s health.
There are graduate programmes available within the different business functions of the company, while the General Management Acceleration Program (GMAP) is Merck’s flagship initiative to develop future leaders for the company.
Similarly, the Manufacturing Development Leadership Program (MDLP) aims to identify the organisation’s future manufacturing leaders.
In this article we have brought together all the essential information about Merck’s recruitment process, including how to apply, the types of assessments you may need to sit and what to expect at an interview.
Merck (MSD) Application Process
Online application form
Merck Siena reasoning test (SRT)
Situational judgement tests
Phone or video interview
To apply for a job with Merck, you will first need to create a profile on the company website.
If you join the Talent Community, you will be updated about opportunities that match your qualifications, experience and interests.
When a job that fits comes up, the first step is to submit your CV electronically. One of Merck’s Talent Acquisitions Advisors will then review your application and get back to you.
If you make it to the next stage, you will receive details of your interview. You may also be asked to complete one or more assessments. You will be informed if this is part of the application process for the job you have applied for, but generally, assessments are used for intern, graduate and leadership roles, as well as those in sales, manufacturing and operations.
Merck online application form
When applying for a role you’ll need to submit your CV online.
Before completing the application, be sure to read through the job description carefully. Take note of the main competencies required for the role and check that these are clearly reflected in your CV.
Think about industry keywords – this will make you more visible to anyone within Merck searching for relevant profiles. You may also be asked some qualification questions at this stage. If so, be sure to answer them fully and honestly.
Merck Aptitude Tests
Once you’ve submitted your online application you may be invited to take some online assessment tests. This is a critical part of the Merck hiring process since your test scores will provide insight into your key strengths and weaknesses.
Merck Siena Reasoning Test (SRT)
The questions are divided into verbal, which are based on written passages, and non-verbal, which are based on figures and images. The skills you will need to display in this test include applying logic and reason, processing information, drawing inferences, making decisions and identifying patterns.
The test consists of 30 items, each of which presents a short description of a scenario followed by four possible responses. test-takers must select the response that best completes the scenario.
The SRT is designed to be administered in approximately 20 minutes. It is composed of three sections, each with 10 items. The first section assesses an individual’s ability to understand and apply basic concepts, the second section assesses an individual’s ability to solve problems using the information provided, and the third section assesses an individual’s ability to draw logical conclusions from given information.
The SRT is scored on a scale of 0-30, with higher scores indicating better reasoning skills. Practicing online tests beforehand can help ensure you feel confident taking the test and improve your test score.
Merck situational judgement tests
Depending on the role you have applied for, you may need to take a situational judgement testas part of your application to Merck. This type of test is designed to assess how you would respond to situations you may come across on the job.
You’ll be presented with a series of scenarios related to the role for which you have applied. For each one, there will be four or five possible courses of action and you must decide which you would take in the situation described.
Situational judgement tests are always multiple choice, so you cannot give an answer that differs from the options provided.
Merck personality tests
Merck might also ask you to sit a personality test, particularly if you’re applying for a management or leadership role.
Personality tests are used to determine whether a candidate is a good fit for the role they are applying for, as well as within the broader company culture.
You are likely to be presented with a series of questions about your personality and behaviours and asked to choose from a selection of responses. While you should answer honestly, it is worth thinking ahead about the personality traits Merck is likely to find most desirable in that role.
Merck telephone or video interview
After successfully completing any assessments, you will be asked to participate in an interview. Initially, this will probably be either on the telephone or via video.
A Merck Talent Acquisitions Advisor will contact you with details of the interview, including who will be interviewing you. Questions will cover your previous experience, skills and achievements, as well behavioural and situational questions.
Merck panel interview
The panel interview is the final stage of the Merck application process and you may not receive an invitation to this until several months after you have completed the previous stages. You will meet several Merck managers and can expect to be asked about your experience and skills, as well as your reasons for applying and how you would respond to challenges and situations you may encounter in the role.