The dreaded behavioural interview questions and how to prepare for them

“Tell us about a time you had to deal with conflict in your team”

During a job interview, it is more than likely that you will be asked a question along these lines. Unlike questions based on your technical skills and experience, these questions are all about how you have reacted to unusual or uncomfortable situations in the past. The idea is that the interviewer can predict how you will handle future situations, based on your past behaviours. These questions tend to be the most challenging part of an interview and are hard to prepare for.

Typically, there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to behavioural questions, however there are certain elements an interviewer will be looking for. We have come up with a few tips to try and tackle those daunting questions.

Stay relevant to the role

Behavioural interviewing is to identify whether you are well suited for the role you have applied for. The types of answers the interviewer will be looking for will be directly related to the position.

Before the interview make sure you review the job requirements carefully and write down a list of top competencies it calls for. For each one think of one or two stories that demonstrate your ability in that area. When it comes to the interview, you will already have some answers prepared with examples of skills that closely match the requirements.

Think of positive examples

When preparing your answers, try and think of positive examples of behaviour rather than negative ones. An interviewer will be looking to understand your attitude towards tricky situations. If your answer is negative, it won’t put you in a good light.

However, sometimes an interviewer may ask you to expand on an example of when you failed, or when there was a negative outcome. In this case, focus on what you learnt from the negative experience and what you would change next time something similar happens.

Use the STAR technique

Keep your examples concrete and engaging. Make sure you capture your interviewer’s attention by keeping your answers concise and focused. An interview answer should be between one to two minutes long.

The key is to use the STAR technique and break down your story into clear parts; Situation, Task, Action and Result.

Situation: Describe briefly the context of your story.

Task: Describe your responsibility in that situation.

Action: Describe what you did to overcome the challenge, or how you completed the task.

Result: Explain the outcome thanks to your actions. You might want to focus on what you learnt and how you could apply this in your next role.

Be confident

And finally, be confident. An interview is your time to shine and stand out from the crowd. Tell your behavioural story enthusiastically, and do not hesitate when giving your answer. An interviewer will be imagining you talking to your team, or explaining something to a customer, and will want to see that you can be affirmative.

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Job of the week: Global Principal Medical Writer

To kick off the new year we have an excellent job of the week, a Global Principal Medical Writer (Senior Manager) role. This is has been chosen as it is:

  • An exclusive opportunity available with CK Clinical for an experienced Medical Writer to join a growing company at Senior Manager grade.
  • The role can be based in Maidenhead or Amsterdam
  • Responsible for the global planning and preparation of high quality medical writing deliverables and manuscripts to support clinical development and regulatory requirements.
  • A truly global, diverse role allowing you to add value and impact in a highly visible role.

Find out more about this job here

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We won the Employer of the Year Award

We are excited to announce that we’ve been awarded Employer of the Year at the Hertfordshire Business Awards.

We attended the glittering ceremony on the 23rd of November at the Knebworth Barns, Knebworth Park and we were honoured to collect this award.

MD Jonathan Hart-Smith said “Winning this award this year really means a lot to us. We’ve put a lot of effort in over the past 26 years to make sure we are a fantastic company to work for, and the acknowledgement that we are Employer of the Year for 2017 in Hertfordshire really is a big tick in the box for everything we’ve done to look after our staff.”

Thank you to the Archant group and all of the judges for putting the night together and to Blue Arrow for sponsoring the award.

Find out what it is like to work for CK in our latest video here

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Clinical Manager Job, Orphan Drugs

We are looking for a Clinical Manager to oversee Post-Authorisation Safety Studies across Europe for a successful biotechnology company specialising in treatments for Orphan Diseases.

This has been chosen as the job of the week as it is:

  • A high profile role, interacting with Key Opinion Leaders in many countries.
  • Responsible for ensuring the continued success of the company’s flagship product.
  • An opportunity to become part of a highly innovative company, not afraid to challenge the established way of doing things.
  • Offers a very competitive salary.

Find out more about this job here.

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Job of the week: Clinical Nurse Specialist

This week we are recruiting for a Clinical Nurse Specialist to join a successful medical devices company based in the UK who are looking for an experienced renal nurse to join the nurse specialist team.

  • This role will involve conducting patient treatment sessions, training of healthcare professionals and prospective customers of the company.
  • The medical device in question is used in Haemodialysis and the company are keen to secure a registered nurse with some renal experience.
  • Offering a competitive salary plus benefits.
  • A field-based role within the North West of the UK and the Midlands.

Find out more about this job here


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Job of the week: Safety Evaluation Physician

We are looking for a Pharmacovigilance Physician to join a renowned pharmaceutical organisation as a Safety Evaluation Physician. This has been chosen as the job of the week as it is:

  • An opportunity to join a global safety department.
  • Responsible for a number of products across the lifecycle from first in man, to post-launch working at a global level.
  • Created due to internal promotion this role will offer you a varied workload, exposure and is part of an established team with a supportive and enthusiastic manager.
  • Offers a very competitive salary.

Find out more about this job here

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CK to exhibit at the 5th Global QA Conference

Jim Gleeson and Ben Traies will be attending the 5th Global QA Conference which will take place at the fantastic Edinburgh International Conference Centre during the 1-3 November 2017.

This conference runs every three years and is being hosted by the RQA. We work closely with the RQA and are delighted to be supporting them by attending the conference again.

This year’s theme promises to be fantastic: – One World – Challenging the Global Boundaries.

We will be exhibiting at stand number 15 so look out for the purple CK Clinical stand and we would be happy to have a chat with you. If you would like to arrange a meeting in advance please contact Jim here.

Find out more about Jim and Ben here


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Job of the week: Scientific Consultant – Video

This week we have a fantastic Scientific Consultant role with a cutting-edge scientific consultancy based in the Cheshire area.

Russell Oakley who is recruiting for this role has made a short video where he shares information about the job and this innovative organisation, watch it here:

Find out more about this role here

For more information or to apply for this position, please contact Russell Oakley on 01246 457709 or email

Find out more about Russell here

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Senior Medical Information Scientist Job

This week we have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Medical Information Scientist to join an innovative and well established pharmaceutical organisation. We have chosen this role as it is:

  • A permanent role with a privately owned pharmaceutical company with an interesting product portfolio and a focus on providing high-quality medicines
  • An exciting time to join this company as the role was created to expand the current team
  • Based at their site in Cambridge
  • Offers a Salary of  £40,000 per annum plus good benefits package

Responsibilities and requirements:

  • Act as responsible medical information approver as part of the copy approval process
  • Assist with marketing and medical activities by providing specialist medical information support
  • Contribute to continuous improvement of medical information processes and working practices
  • Degree in pharmacy, biology or other relevant life science, combined with previous experience in medical information and knowledge of the ABPI code of practice is essential.

Find out more here

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Job of the week: Medical Science Liaison

This week we are recruiting for six field-based Medical Science Liaison roles, these jobs have been chosen as they are:

  • Exciting opportunities to join an innovative, privately owned pharmaceutical company with an interesting product portfolio and a focus on providing high-quality medicines.
  • An interesting time to join a new team build of Medical Science Liaisons for a diabetes portfolio which is an expansion of a current team.
  • Provide field-based medical and scientific support as well as discussing the collection of real-world data (RWD), investigate initiated trials and clinical trial details with potential investigators, and help coordination of clinical investigator meetings.
  • Candidates must be experienced MSLs and experience of cardiovascular, diabetes/Endocrinology or renal therapy areas would be desirable
  • Location: Field Based
  • Salary: £60-70,000
  • Reference number: 40280
  • 4 x permanent and 2 x Fixed term contract roles available

Find out more or apply here



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