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Life Sciences Advice - Preparing For a Job Interview

Publish Date: 22-03-2018
Country: The Netherlands

Life Sciences Advice - Preparing For a Job Interview

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You have been spending your time to find the perfect job and found the perfect place to send your application to. Congratulations, landed that first interview. Now how can you make sure that you adequately present yourself as professional and that the employer will look at you as the best potential employee?

It’s important that you are able to back up the claim that you make as a professional, especially within the Life Sciences. That’s why we wrote a step by step job interview preparation so you will be the confident professional which the company is looking for.


Do your research

We asked our clients about their foremost annoyance when they start an interview. An overwhelming majority replied by saying that an unprepared interviewee is the worst. This is where our first tip comes from. Make sure you do your research about the company and don’t do this fast and easy. The more in depth knowledge you gain, the more you appear knowledgable in the eyes of the recruiter. There are many different sources of information for you to find. Especially in the digital times we live in now. For instance, you can find useful information at their LinkedIn company page, website, newsgroups, promotional articles and more. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to employees within the company, in this way you get to know key people and you will have a very up-to-date look of the organisation. 

It is one thing to appear very knowledgeable but you need to be able to make a connection between you and the company. That is why you need to do some research on yourself as well. Take a good and objective look of yourself, figure out what your strongpoints and weaknesses are. Once you clarified these for yourself you can see how they relate to the needs of the company.  


The first impression

How you present yourself is very important so knowing what the company appreciates is a must. For instance, did you know that companies in Biotechnology, agriculture and other very technological oriented companies are still quite conservative? This is why you don’t want to dress too fancy but better stick with basic colours and cover up any body piercings and/or tattoos. 

Research related to job interviews has shown that it takes around 6 minutes and 25 seconds for a recruiter to know if they want to hire someone or not. This is the most crucial part that can make or break your chance of being offered a job. That is why there are a lot of things you need to take into account before starting the interview. We’ve put it in a handy overview below for you to use as a cheat-sheet.


Start strong and finish thorough

The first question you can expect during an interview is to summarise your personality and professional background. This should be the easiest question because you did your groundwork and know exactly how to describe yourself by then. Be careful that you don’t use a memorised text. When you explain yourself it needs to feel honest and not studied. 

This introduction forms the rest of the interview, put an emphasis on your qualities and try to get a discussion going. Interaction does so much more than one-way communication. 

As Life Sciences professional you have accumulated different sets of technologic knowledge. Make sure that you can convey these specialisations even to people who aren’t familiar with the industry. You don’t have to be afraid that you're being too specific, keep it lighthearted and it will be a unique impression that will stick with the interviewer.

After you see the first signals that show the interview is coming to an end, be prepared to act. Most people say their thanks for the interview and head home to wait for an answer. This is where your need to be confident and assertive. After saying your thanks you should ask them to consider you as a serious candidate. Recruiters will appreciate the fact that you show honest enthusiasm about the job. It’s also useful to inquire about the time in which you will be contacted again.

After you have left the interview, send an e-mail to the person who you spoke to. In the e-mail you will once again say thanks and reiterate your strengths which you discussed together. Once you received the answer that you will be hired, show your first sign of loyalty and cancel any other interviews you might have on the side. 


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