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How do you interview?

Updated: Jul 25, 2018

May 2017

Flynn Life Sciences Group is in the middle of an evolving time in the Pharma community from Digital Transformations to Big Data to Drug Pricing. We see successful trials marked by collaboration, digital knowledge, and patient engagement. Better recruitment, contractor engagement and employee retention is a major ingredient to this.

We sponsored the Boston Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (BCBB) Meet Up at Meadhall in Cambridge last month which had a tremendous turnout. We are excited to be a part of this community that is shaping the future of research for our industry.

Every interviewer asks some variation of the same three questions:

1. Can you do the job?

Questions involving strengths, weaknesses, specific skills, and experience fall into this category. For life sciences professions, be sure to incorporate technical expertise, demonstrate science proficiency, and highlight understanding of regulatory standards. Also, take this opportunity to explain how you handled a variety of situations in current or past roles that are applicable to the new position.

2. Will you like the job?

Questions involving the job role and the company fall into this category. Do your research on the company; its origins; and past, current, or upcoming projects that are relevant to you and your experience. Don’t forget a healthy dose of positivity, whether it’s reflecting on your old role or highlighting your motivations for securing this new role.

3. Will we like working with you?

This is an alternative to “why should we employ you?” or “what will you do for our bottom line?” Insert tangible examples of how you have contributed in the past and will contribute in the future.

Similarly, interviewers, recruiters, and hiring managers are testing 3 things: your technical proficiency, your personality and ability to fit in with the team, and your communication skills (written and verbal).

Recruiter Tip of the Month

When on an interview, use your inner “DREAMER” to share a professional vision about yourself in the future. Your interviewer has read your resume. The interview is a time to shift your focus from your past to your future. Paint a picture of how you hope to make a difference: in your work, in your life, at their company or organization. Inspire them with your aspirations for the years to come.



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