Interviewing Tips


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Learn what to say and how to act at a face-to-face job interview

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Interviewing Tips

  1. 1. “ Interviewing Insights and Tips! ” Clifford S. Mintz, Ph.D.
  2. 2. University of Wisconsin (Ph.D.) OHSU & Columbia University (Post docs) University of Miami School of Medicine (Asst. Professor) Transcell Technologies (Project Leader) Middlesex County College (Chair,Biology Dept.) Management Consultant The Mintz Career Pathway Cornell University (B.S.) Entrepreneur Prolong Pharmaceuticals
  3. 3. Where the Jobs Are <ul><li>The biotechnology, medical devices and diagnostic industries are poised for expansive growth </li></ul><ul><li>The need for employees is increasing the areas of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drug delivery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulatory affairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manufacturing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sales and Marketing </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Interviewing Tips <ul><li>Schedule an interview at your convenience </li></ul><ul><li>Allow enough time to get to the interview early; always be prompt if you cannot be early </li></ul><ul><li>Bring extra copies of your resume with you </li></ul><ul><li>Answers questions honestly and to the best of your ability; if you don’t know, say so! </li></ul><ul><li>Never interrupt the interviewer when he/she is talking </li></ul><ul><li>Never offer more information than is necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Do not play the “name game” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Interviewing Tips (cont’d) <ul><li>Develop a list of questions about the job, company etc. before the interview and ask them during the interview when appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Act professionally at all times even if you are in a casual setting or chatting “off the record” </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful about alcohol consumption during meals; your behavior is always being evaluated; “loose lips, sink ships” </li></ul><ul><li>“ INTERVIEW TO WIN” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Top 10 Interview Questions You Hate to Answer <ul><li>6. Are you willing to relocate? </li></ul><ul><li>7. Why are you looking for a new job? </li></ul><ul><li>8. Tell me about your greatest achievements </li></ul><ul><li>9. Tell me about your most disappointing experience </li></ul><ul><li>10. Describe how you overcame adversity in your life </li></ul>
  7. 7. Top 10 Interview Questions You Hate to Answer <ul><li>1. Where do you see yourself five years from now? </li></ul><ul><li>2. What are your strengths? </li></ul><ul><li>3. What are your weaknesses? </li></ul><ul><li>4. Why this company and not our competitors? </li></ul><ul><li>5. May I contact your current employer? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Exit Strategy and Follow Up <ul><li>Never discuss salary or any aspect of a possible offer unless you are talking to HR </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If somebody asks your salary requirements tell them that you are looking for a salary commensurate with my experience and qualifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you are working with a recruiter, tell the interviewer that the recruiter will handle all questions an offer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At the conclusion of the interview, ask when you can expect to hear about a possible job offer </li></ul><ul><li>After the interview, write a short thank you note or e-mail message to each person who you met during your interview </li></ul>