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How do you prepare for a job interview?

Preparing for a job interview is obviously of paramount importance; however, the way you do it depends on a number of factors:

  • what kind of role you apply for (candidates working in the sciences would definitely employ a different approach to those working in sales);
  • which stage of the interviewing process you are at;
  • the size and type of company, etc.

Jobs in Pharma - How do you prepare for a job interview?

Do some research before the interview

It does not usually take a vast amount of time to prepare for an initial call with HR or an internal recruiter. They will merely be interested in ascertaining if you meet the basic criteria for the job, have a consistent career history and clear motivation. Nonetheless, you need to remember that you are unlikely to be the only one being considered for the role and that your application will be compared with others. If you really want the job, it pays to go the extra mile and do some research to showcase your interest in the company and commitment to the process.
With phone interviews, it is also important to make sure you have a quiet place to take the call at the agreed time and are not on the street or in a car. The last thing you want is being unable to hear the interviewer or losing network intermittently.

Invest your time into preparing

The further into the process you are, the more important it becomes to invest your time into preparing well. It could also be more time consuming because you may be required to prepare a presentation or deliver a case study for a specific task.

The final leg of the process is usually a face-to-face (F2F) interview, unless you apply for a contract role, where this is not usually required. Apart from being informed about the company and the area you want to work in, it is also vital that you dress appropriately and ensure you are familiar with the location of the office and how to get there in advance. At a F2F interview you will be assessed not only on your qualifications, which you most likely have if you reached this stage, but also on your interpersonal skills and how you would fit in the existing team.

While the final decision is usually made by the hiring manager, it is always supported by all the interviewers that you had contact with throughout the process.

Good luck!