Frequently-asked Questions from Students Interested in IRDP Full-time or Internship Opportunities

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Full-time Candidate FAQs

About the Hiring Process
About Your Career Opportunities
Authorization

 

About the Hiring Process

What is the hiring process?

The hiring processes for full-time and internship opportunities and next steps will be explained in detail during the virtual event on September 12. The process includes the following steps:

  • Candidate applies through Jobs tab
  • J&J reviews application
  • Phone screenings will be conducted with select candidates
  • Select candidates will be invited to participate in an online assessment
  • Hiring managers will review assessments and schedule video interviews with select candidates
  • Select 1st and 2nd year students will be invited to learn more about Johnson & Johnson and/or complete final round interviews with global leaders

 

What can make a candidate “stand out” in interviews?

Candidates should be prepared to discuss specific past experiences at school and/or at work that demonstrate their readiness to take on the responsibilities of the position. There may be particular emphasis on leadership potential, teamwork and collaboration, innovation, meeting work/project challenges, and genuine interest in the field of health care.

Candidates may also want to read materials on careers.jnj.com and jnj.com in order to ask meaningful questions about the company.

 

Since IRDP (International Recruitment and Development Program) full-time opportunities are non-rotational, will we be randomly assigned to any business segment (Consumer, Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices & Diagnostics), or will we have the opportunity to choose according to our interests?

We will ask for your preference (Consumer, Pharmaceutical, or Medical Devices & Diagnostics) during your interviews. In some cases, only certain sectors will have openings in a particular country. Your preferences will be entered into our system and will enable our hiring managers to search for candidates interested in their sectors. They will review the applicant's information and decide whom they want to select for additional interviews.

 

When are full-time offers usually extended? And what is the usual decision time frame?

Offers for full-time positions are generally extended any time between September and December. 

 

If you express interest in more than one business segment, is your application sent out to all?

You can apply to as many positions as you like. If you are successful in your first-round interview, your information is made available to all our businesses via our online database. 

 

There are three jobs of interest for me in my region. Can/should I apply to all three?

Yes, please apply to all jobs you are interested in.

 

Please explain the interview process: Is it case-based, behavioral, or segment-knowledge specific?

The interview will include behavior-based questions based on key competencies important for J&J leaders. We recommend you think about personal examples that you can discuss in some detail, describing the situation or task, the action you took, and the result or outcome. The interviewer will also discuss your preferences and motivations.

 

After the IRDP, is it possible to move countries, provided opportunities arise?

Absolutely. We have many examples of that, but it really depends on the person, their performance, and the impact they make in that first job.

 

About Your Career Opportunities

What is IRDP ?

Our International Recruitment and Development Program (IRDP) identifies highly qualified candidates for accelerated development in Asia-Pacific, EMEA, and Latin America. Candidates for full-time positions must be:

  • Enrolled in a full-time Graduate/Master's or MBA business degree program
  • Permanently authorized to work in the country where the job exists
  • Fluent in English and the language(s) of their assigned country

IRDP can support your career goals through a personal development plan that includes hands-on assignments at the local, regional, and/or international level, along with structured training and personal interaction with leaders. The emphasis is on meaningful responsibilities as an integral member of a cross-functional team.


Can applicants choose the business segment or functional role they prefer to work in?

Yes, applicants can indicate their preference at the time of their interviews. Every effort will be made to match students’ preferences when possible.


What are the functional roles/categories for Graduate/Master's/MBA graduates?

  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Health Economics/Market Access 
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Operations/Logistics
  • Procurement
  • Quality Assurance
  • Research & Development
  • Sales

 

What are some of the key qualities that differentiate Johnson & Johnson from other companies?  

  1. Our Credo defines our commitment to customers, employees, communities, and stockholders. It has guided the ethical conduct of our business and corporate social responsibility since its creation in 1943. The impact of the shared values in Our Credo is also seen in our consistently being named one of the most admired and respected companies around the world.
  2. Our decentralized structure is appealing to employees because it provides the agility for managers at the local and regional levels to implement strategies that are appropriate to their marketplaces. It engenders an entrepreneurial spirit and promotes cross-functional teamwork and collaboration. 
  3. The exceptional depth and breadth of our involvement in health care can provide broadly based career opportunities that few other companies can match. We are a company with the scope and stability to provide substantial career opportunities and a focus on caring that enriches the career experience.

 

How will the passion I bring to my work be supported?  

From our Global Learning Organization that helps employees build professional and leadership competencies, to our Health and Wellness programs, we work hard to help employees live, work, and advance in the contributions they make. 

Our sustainable business practices and corporate giving programs deliver on their promise to our communities by supporting employees in their efforts with the programs they care about. We often run contribution matching programs when crises impact communities, and we support our employees in balancing the time they may spend with volunteer programs.

 

What are the benefits of launching your career at Johnson & Johnson?

Career development is part of the "DNA" of our company. Our commitment to each individual's career development includes well-defined processes to accelerate career growth, including:

  • A personal, customized development program
  • World-class leadership training and online learning
  • Global guidelines for productive career development conversations with your managers
  • Well-defined Leadership Imperatives that delineate how the shared values of Our Credo extend to behavioral and performance expectations for different roles and levels of management
  • Clear succession planning
  • Specific processes for bridging from leadership development to general management
  • Flexible career paths that may involve cross-function, cross-segment, and geographic moves

There are many other characteristics that enhance the career experience. Coaching and mentoring are considered prime responsibilities of management. Individuals are recognized for the value they bring to the organization, and they are encouraged to be vital right from the start. Employees are encouraged to take the leading role in defining and pursuing their career goals. The culture is supportive, collaborative, fast-paced, and innovative. Perhaps most important, individuals and teams share a passion for improving the health and well-being of people around the world.


Do Johnson & Johnson companies support work-life balance?
 
Yes, definitely. Our strong commitment to our employees includes respect for the needs of their families, communities, and private lives. There are many programs that support employees' health and wellness, financial planning, and educational goals. Several of our companies offer special services and/or facilities for exercise and child care. Many positions are eligible for flex-time or other flexible work arrangements.

 

Do you typically make positions available post-graduation to students who did not participate in the internship program, or do you seek exclusively to retain interns?
 
Yes, we do offer positions to students who don´t intern with us. While our goal is to source as many of our full-time hires from the intern class, we do have a number of openings this year and will therefore look at a broader pool of candidates. Students who did not intern with us will be actively considered for full-time roles.

 

I do not have any healthcare or medical background (for instance, I have an oil and gas background). I would like to know if it would it be advisable to apply for a business function of my interest without having any experience in that function or mention that I am flexible to work across business segments and functions?
 
What J&J looks for is a consistent track record of strong performance, strategic thinking, leadership potential, and transferable skills. Past experience is important, but it does not necessarily limit your job opportunities. We have hired many Graduates/Master's/MBAs through the IRDP who did not have any background in a certain function, but got hired and still did an excellent job. It is important to articulate your transferable skills and give examples that will show us your results and leadership.

 

I have an interest in both Pharma and Medical, and I am concerned that if I express interest in both, my interviewer may consider that I'm not committed to either one of them. Is it better to choose one over the other to make the interviewer less confused?
 
We actually prefer it when you are open to more than one segment, since it allows us to consider you for multiple opportunities. We will make your résumé available to hiring managers from both segments, which will increase your chances. We also want to know if you do not wish to consider a segment, which helps to manage expectations on our part.

 

Could you please tell me how flexible the company structure is in terms of moving between business segments in the full-time IRDP program? If, for instance, I want to move from Medical to Pharma after a year, will the company accommodate this?
 
During the IRDP program you will be attached to a particular segment. This will ensure you get some deep, hands-on experience so that you can do your very best and be successful. After the IRDP, it absolutely is possible to move between segments, and actually, J&J encourages it for further development. It does depend on your ongoing performance and the opportunities available at that time. Employees usually need to be in their role for at least 18 months before they are eligible for a new job.

 

Authorization

Can I apply for a job in a country even if I do not have a work permit?

Johnson & Johnson recruits talents through the IRDP who are interested in going back to their home country. In a few countries like UAE and Singapore, we have on occasion sponsored visas if the student has strong experience. Preference, however, is always given to local candidates. If you are interested in a country where you do not currently have work authorization, please apply first for jobs in the countries where you do have permanent work authorization, and reference your preference during the interview.


I am from Switzerland but I also have a Mexican work permit. Can I apply to Mexico, or can I only apply to my home country?

You can apply to any country where you have permanent work authorization and local language fluency.


I have work authorization in two countries. Can I apply to both or should I choose only one? If only one, are there advantages to applying to my home country?

You can apply to any country where you have permanent work authorization and local language fluency. The advantages of applying to jobs in your home country are related to your performance. Our experience has been that new IRDP participants tend to do better in their first year when they start in markets with which they are very familiar. Of course, there will be exceptions to this. Our advice is to jump-start your career in your home country. If you demonstrate strong performance, your opportunities can be very broad.


Internship FAQs

About IRDP Internships
About Working at Johnson & Johnson
About the Hiring Process

 

About IRDP Internships

What is IRDP?

Our International Recruitment and Development Program (IRDP) identifies highly qualified candidates for accelerated development in Asia-Pacific, EMEA, and Latin America.

IRDP can support your career goals through a personal development plan that includes hands-on assignments at the local, regional, and/or international level, along with structured training and personal interaction with leaders. The emphasis is on meaningful responsibility as an integral member of a cross-functional team.


What are the eligibility requirements for an IRDP internship?

  • Enrollment in either an accredited MBA or a Master's-level management degree program.
  • Availability full time for a period of at least 8-10 weeks between April and October.
  • Fluency in English and the language of the country where the internship assignment is located.
  • Legal authorization to work permanently (i.e., without time limitations, without restrictions, or without need for work sponsorship) in the country where the internship assignment is located.


How will an IRDP internship with a Johnson & Johnson company be different from other internships I might choose?

  • The businesses, markets, people, and challenges you encounter will be relevant to your home region or country.
  • You'll be part of a world-class leadership development program with more 30 years of success.
  • Interns are connected to our global health care enterprise and our culture of caring--all of which are focused on improving the health and well-being of people everywhere.

 

What kinds of support will I have during my internship assignment?

  • Your internship assignment will create an outstanding opportunity for challenging, on-the-job experiences, and you will need to be prepared to make the most of that opportunity.
  • There will be meetings and group programs during the internship period.
  • Participants will have opportunities to build or expand their professional networks as they connect with peers and experienced leaders in our businesses.

 

What are the functional roles/categories for internships?

  • Finance
  • Health Economics/Pharmaceutical Economics
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Key Account Management
  • Logistics
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Supply Chain

 

Can interns choose the business segment or functional role they prefer to work in?

Yes, applicants can indicate their preference at the time of interviews. Every effort will be made to match studentsí preferences when possible.

 

About Working at Johnson & Johnson

Will an internship assignment improve my chances of gaining a full-time position at a Johnson & Johnson company?

  • Participation in an IRDP internship gives candidates an outstanding opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and creativity to their managers and to our business leaders. As a result, successful participants often receive offers for full-time employment after their internship.
  • Candidates also get the opportunity to get to know our businesses and corporate culture. This helps them ensure that our work environment, challenges, and values are what they're looking for as a career pathway.


Will I have an opportunity to explore other Johnson & Johnson companies beyond the company I intern with?

  • Every Johnson & Johnson career path is unique and, in most cases, can move across our businesses and business segments, depending on the personal drive and success of the employee.
  • Many full-time employees will create a career strategy of gaining knowledge, achievement, and internal contacts before broadening their experience with a cross-business or cross-segment move. Their managers are often a good source of advice on applying the right combination of performance and drive to make these moves possible.
  • You can view examples of employee career paths at www.mba-exchange.com/JnJ1209.


What are some of the key qualities that differentiate Johnson & Johnson from other companies?

  • Our Credo defines our commitment to customers, employees, communities, and stockholders. It has guided the ethical conduct of our business and corporate social responsibility since its creation in 1943. The impact of the shared values in Our Credo is also seen in our consistently being named one of the most admired and respected companies in the world.
  • Our decentralized structure is appealing to employees because it provides the agility for managers at the local and regional levels to implement strategies that are appropriate to their marketplaces. It engenders an entrepreneurial spirit and promotes cross-functional teamwork and collaboration.
  • The exceptional depth and breadth of our involvement in health care can provide broadly-based career opportunities that few other companies can match. We are a company with the scope and stability to provide substantial career opportunities, and a focus on caring that enriches the career experience.

 

About the Hiring Process

How does the hiring process work? ?

  • Apply to one or more positions in Asia-Pacific, EMEA, or Latin America, based on where you have permanent work authorization, in the country where the position exists.
  • If contacted, you will need to participate in an interview during January or February.
  • Final interviews, if you are selected for one, take place during February and March.


Does Johnson & Johnson sponsor candidate visas for work outside one's home region/country?

  • We typically do not sponsor visas for IRDP assignments outside of your home region or country. However, in some rare cases, under very special circumstances, we may sponsor a candidate's visa, depending on functional area requirements or business needs.
  • IRDP internships are specifically designed to develop potential business leaders who will work for our businesses in their home country.

 

What helps a candidate stand out during the interview process?  

Candidates should be prepared to discuss specific past experiences at school and/or at work that demonstrate their readiness to take on the responsibilities of the position. There may be particular emphasis on leadership potential, teamwork and collaboration, innovation, meeting work/project challenges, and genuine interest in the field of health care.

Candidates may also want to read materials on careers.jnj.com in order to ask meaningful questions about the company.

 

Is training available for interns who do not have prior experience in the healthcare industry?  

Yes, through your on-the-job experiences and interactions with peers and business leaders, you will gain a working knowledge of your business and its industry. Successful interns will drive conversations and connections to help expand their practical knowledge.