So, you’ve been for your first interview and shown the interviewer that you have the knowledge and experience needed for the job. You’ve impressed, and they’ve invited you to the final stage test: an assessment centre.
Life Sciences a challenging area to break into, but we have a few ideas to help those of you who are determined to succeed in this area.
The first thing you should know about getting a job in medical devices and technology (MD&T), is that it won’t be easy, but there are a few things that the most determined of you should try, to help you get your foot in the door.
Nurses fill a diverse range of roles and responsibilities within the healthcare industry. While most will work with adults or children within a hospital setting, others will find themselves dealing with specific areas of the population – whether in universities, prisons, or with distinct geographical communities – while some will eventually work within clinical research, or for pharmaceutical or medical devices and technology companies.
Your CV is the first impression you’ll make with recruiters and potential employers, so it’s important that you take the time to get it right. Below you’ll find some simple tips to help you stand out from your competition.
Your career as a nurse will often see you moving to different locations, more senior roles, and towards specialised fields of expertise. Each transition will require you to pass an interview, so we’ve shared some advice below to help you secure the job you want.
The key to making an impact is preparation. Stick to the brief and the timelines and make it specific to the role you’re applying for – generic presentations are a no-no. And once you’ve done all that, practise, practise and practise some more.
A common first role in the pharma industry is the Pharma Representative. Not so long ago this meant calling on the physicians in your area as often as possible to promote your medicines because physicians were the key decision makers. Today, NHS procurement is much more centralised; budget management and prescribing decisions are made by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).
OK, so you have a field visit arranged. How will you make best use of the time? How can you go the extra mile and obtain optimum benefit?
The biggest error most people make is to write a mediocre CV at the last minute; a good CV gives a recruiter a detailed impression of you from only a glance. They can tell right away who has taken time to prepare, and who’s rushed it. Regard your CV and application letter as work in progress and give it a polish every couple of months. You never know when you might need it.
Appear positive and confident
• Make eye contact with your interviewer
• Mirror your interviewer’s style – if their style is formal, adopt a formal approach. You can relax a little if your interviewer’s style is informal, but always maintain professionalism
• Always dress in professional, smart clothing
A healthcare assessment centre will typically involve a presentation, a role-play, a competency-based interview, and sometimes a group discussion.
Psychometric testing is common in the healthcare industry; we’ll help prepare you for this ahead of time, but here’s a brief overview.
Personality profiling is common in healthcare interviews; it usually happens at second stage. They’re designed to assess your characteristics, indicate how you’re likely to react to different scenarios, and suggest whether or not you’ll be a good company fit.