Many jobs in the pharmaceutical industry are highly skilled technical jobs. Your application will need to show the employer that you have the knowledge and skills required, and that you’re motivated and well-suited for the job. The employer will also want to find out whether you will work well in the team, so demonstrating that you’re able to communicate and interact with others is a must.
Initially these elements are likely to be assessed by submitting a CV with a covering letter, or you may be asked to complete an application form. Following your initial application, the recruiter may also check your online profile.
Once you’ve got through this first ‘screening’, you will probably be invited to attend at least one round of interviews. You may be asked to attend a technical interview or give a presentation.
Depending on the type of position you’re applying for you may also need to complete aptitude tests and attend an assessment centre. Information on the recruitment process is normally given once you’ve submitted your initial application; alternatively you can ask the recruiter for more information.
Always make sure you check the spelling and grammar of everything you send to an employer, and save a copy so you can look back at what you’ve written before interview. Asking a friend or careers adviser to have a look at your CV and application form before submission is also a good idea.
Browse through the pages on the left hand side for more advice on the application process.