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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CK Clinical’s Hot Jobs: 17.07.2017

This week our clinical hot jobs include:

 

Head of EMEA Medical Affairs, Oncology

Location: Hertfordshire

Salary: Competitive

Reference number: 39579

  • An opportunity for a GMC Registered Physician with therapy experience to lead an International Medical Affairs group within Oncology.
  • Covering Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia and Australia.
  • You will take responsibility for the strategic and operational leadership of the oncology team with 9 direct (33 total) reports.

Click to apply

 

Director Global Medical Communications, Oncology

Location: Frankfurt area, Germany

Salary: 145,000 Euros

Reference number: 39497

  • An opportunity with a Global Pharmaceutical company to secure a Publications Director for their oncology and immuno-oncology business.
  • This is a large and critical therapy area of the company with ongoing and future launches in abundance.
  • It will manage a team of 4 Associate Publication Directors along with taking responsibility for the creation and execution of global publication strategy plans.

Click to apply

 

Medical Affairs Manager

Location: Hertfordshire

Salary:  £100,000 – £115,000

Reference number: 39086

  • The role sits within a global specialty pharmaceutical company with a relatively new entity in the UK.
  • With three launches planned this year along with a solid pipeline coming to market this role offers the opportunity to define, establish and expand a medical affairs team.
  • This is a very diverse, high profile role in a driven and cross-functional team. You will report directly to the EU Medical Director and manage two MSL’s.

Click to apply

 

Clinical QA Manager

Location: Hertfordshire

Salary: Competitive

Reference number: 39569

  • A permanent opportunity with an innovative global pharmaceutical company
  • You will plan, conduct and report Investigator Site Audits across the EMEA region
  • Candidates will need extensive GCP auditing experience

Click to apply

 

Respiratory Specialist Research Nurse

Location: Field based covering London region

Salary: £230 per day (PAYE) plus expenses

Reference number: 39573

  • A specialist Research Nurse in a respiratory trial.
  • Supporting patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) in patient assessments and scans.
  • This is an ad-hoc interim role working around 2-5 days per month.
  • Covering London region but can be based elsewhere as full travel and accommodation expenses covered.

Click to apply

 

Life Science Experience Architect/Multichannel Marketing

Location: London, Nationwide travel

Salary: £92,000 to £118,000 pa

Reference number: 39517

  • A permanent opportunity with a very successful global professional services company
  • You will lead the design and development of client strategies for digital marketing, sales and service and marketing
  • You will need proven experience of business development and major account sales for digital marketing and/or professional services for C-Suite or senior executives
  • Ideally you will have strong experience in a top-tier interactive marketing agency, digital consultancy, marketing services firm or digital technology supplier with demonstrable success in establishing and building trust with clients

Click to apply

 

Senior/Principal Statistician

Location: Cambridge/full remote working

Salary: Very competitive hourly rate

Reference number: 39594

  • A contract opportunity with a very successful global pharmaceutical company
  • You will be providing statistical expertise to support the design and interpretation of clinical programmes, regulatory submissions and commercialisation
  • Candidates will need to have a good understanding of statistical methodologies applied to Phase II or III Oncology studies

Click to apply

 

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Clinical Hot Jobs – 23.06.2017

This week’s clinical hot jobs include:

GMP QA Associate

Location: Oxford

Salary: £35-40K

Reference number: 39285

  • A permanent opportunity with a very successful global pharmaceutical company
  • You will closely with a specials manufacturing team to ensure that the highest quality standards are adhered to
  • Candidates will need to have worked in an aseptic manufacturing environment and have GMP Quality Assurance experience

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Senior Clinical Research Associate

Location: Hatfield

Salary: Competitive (discussed upon application)

Reference number: 39244

  • Exciting opportunity as a Senior CRA to work for a large global pharmaceutical company
  • Great opportunity for a monitor looking to move away from extensive travel and take on an office based position, overseeing the company’s outsourced monitoring activities, moving more towards a project management position
  • Permanent position with good company benefits, including a car allowance and an annual bonus
  • Minimal travel involved in the role

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 Medical Writer

Location: Hatfield

Salary: Competitive

Reference number: 38359

  • This contract role will be focusing on working directly with clinical study teams, the oncology medical writing teams, regulatory affairs personnel, and the publishing group in preparing regulatory documents
  • You will have the opportunity to work as part of a small group of writers, increasing and expanding your skill set through the variety of projects you will work on
  • The manager is an advocate of internal development, providing scope and a variety in responsibilities to add to your experience
  • The role has easy access to and from London, with core working hours, up to 2 days remote working and really vibrant company culture

Click to apply

 

Medical Science Liaison

Location: Field based (Midlands)
Salary: Competitive (discussed upon application)
Reference number: 39359

  • Exciting opportunity to join a growing MSL team in a global pharmaceutical company
  • The role will focus on the cardiovascular therapy area although prior experience in the therapy isn’t essential so this could be a great chance to broaden your experience as long as you have a background as an MSL
  • Permanent position with good company benefits, including a car allowance and an annual bonus
  • A field based position covering the Midlands from the East Coast to North Wales

Click to apply

 

These are just a sample of the roles we are currently recruiting for at CK Clinical. Click here to search our other jobs

 

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Clinical Hot Jobs – 19.06.2017

This week’s clinical hot jobs include:

 

* Director of Clinical Research, Oncology

Reference number: 39282

Location: Hertfordshire

  • An influential role with a company developing a very strong portfolio of new disease treatment
  • Providing medical input and oversight to a range of Phase II & III clinical development programs for a range of solid tumour oncology treatments, directing and implementing Clinical Research Plans and leading the development of Clinical Protocols

Click to find out more

 

* CRA

Reference number: 39270

Location: Uxbridge

  • Freelance CRA with a global biopharmaceutical company with numerous on going clinical trials.
  • Exciting opportunity to work for a global company who are committed to the discovery, development and commercialisation of innovative therapies for patients with cancer.
  • Long term opening for a 12 month contract initially
  • Field based role, working UK wide reporting to offices in UK HQ in Uxbridge
  • Working in early phase Oncology
  • Offering a competitive daily rate of £350 Ltd

Click to find out more

 

* Business Manager- Contracts & Outsourcing

Reference number: 39289

Location: Welwyn Garden City

  • 6 month contract with world leading biotech/pharma company
  • Chance to work for one of the world’s largest pharma companies
  • Excellent working environment, facilities and great staff to work with
  • Day rate between £300-£360 per day Ltd
  • Leading on the sourcing and contracting process by managing needs and negotiating contracts for the study teams

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* Drug Safety and Medical Information Manager

Reference number:: 38776

Location: Hemel Hemspstead

  • The role will be focus on PV vendor management, along with all activities related to management of safety with regard to the product portfolio.
  • You will have the opportunity to work PSMF maintenance, PSUR production, clinical trial protocols, communication with agencies, and product monographs.
  • The organisation is launching a number of products in the UK and in Europe, so this is an exciting time to join a fast growing organisation.
  • The role has easy access to and from London, with core working hours, a strong work life company culture and really energetic work environment

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* Medical Affairs Manager / Director

Reference number: 39086

Location: St Albans

  • A wonderful opportunity to help establish, define and create a medical affairs department in the UK.
  • Working within speciality medicine you will lead the medical function, taking responsibility for all pre and post launch strategy plans, the management of the team and building close relationships with internal EU and Global stakeholders as well as those externally.
  • Signatory status and managerial experience is essential.

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* Medical Liaison / Regional Medical Manager 

Reference number: 39090

Location: Covering South UK

  • A position covering the South of the UK whilst also having influence and input to head office medical affairs activities.
  • A creative opportunity for a proactive and ambitious MSL giving you high visibility and reward.
  • Good short, medium and long-term projects, pipeline and development opportunities.
  • A solid understanding of clause 3 is essential.

Click to find out more

 

These are just a sample of the roles we are currently recruiting for at CK Clinical. Click here to search our other jobs

 

 

 

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Are you searching for a new clinical role this year?

So far 2017 is shaping up to be a year of uncertainty, with various factors contributing towards the unpredictable nature of this year, including:

  • The increased number of terror attacks
  • The changes in US government
  • The unknown future following Brexit
  • The ambiguous future of the UK government structure
  • The changing attitudes towards climate change

Add these elements together and you have a lot of uncertainty. So with all this going on, do you think 2017 is a good year to change jobs? As a recruitment consultancy, it is imperative that we understand the market so read our review on whether now is the time to start job hunting.

Click here to read in full

 

 

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Clinical job of the week: Senior Manager Global Regulatory Affairs – Emerging Markets

This weeks clinical job of the week is an exciting new role with an innovative global pharmaceutical company who hold family values and patient well-being close to the heart. This role has been chosen because it is:

  • a senior role covering Emerging markets within EU, Africa and Oceania
  • a regulatory strategy role you will also be responsible for representing the company at product level
  •  based in Hertfordshire, this office has great access to London and the South East
  • offering a competitive salary with excellent benefits including a car allowance

Apply for this role

 

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Clinical job of the week: Senior / Principal Programmer

This week our clinical job of the week is a Senior / Principal Programmer role which offers an exciting opportunity to work for a small, forward-thinking CRO based in London. This position also offers

  • Flexible of working one day from home
  • Attractive salary + benefits package
  • Client looking for someone to start as soon as possible

This role would suit an experienced, hands on programmer with a CRO background.

To apply click here

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Clinical job of the week: Health Technology Assessment Manager

This week our clinical job of the week is a Health Technology Assessment Manager within the pharmaceutical industry. This role has been chosen because:

  • The role will be focus on managing HTA processes and direct communication with HTA bodies and associated stakeholders
  • You will have the opportunity to work in a matrix environment, interacting with internal cross-functional teams and external stakeholders
  • The organisation advocates internal promotion and development, providing long term scope and a variety in responsibilities to add to your experience
  • The role has easy access to and from London, with core working hours and really vibrant company culture

Find out more about this role here

 

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Career opportunities in medical affairs

Medical Affairs is a crucial function within a pharmaceutical company as it is required to be the bridge between the industry and its stakeholder via the medical community.

There are a number of roles within the medical affairs field, including:

  • Junior Medical Information
  • Senior Medical Information
  • Scientific Advisors
  • Medical Science Liaisons

Within this field you will be uniquely position to link science and commercial activity ensuring a very diverse work environment. It also promises good progression opportunities and a long career.

To find out more about the roles available in medical affairs click here

This article is one of our Drug Discovery and Development spotlight which aims to highlight the vast range of roles available in this sector such as medical affairs, quality assurance, clinical operations and drug safety, along with tips on job hunting, CV’s and interviews. If you would like to find out more click here

 

 

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Fancy a career in clinical operations?

Are you trying to make a decision about what to do with your career? Or are you considering a career change? Have you ever thought about clinical operations as a career option? Do you know what function it performs?

The role of clinical operations is to ‘manage’ a clinical trial through the provision of administrative roles such as a Clinical Trial Administrator, or Clinical Trial Associates who travel to various sites to ensure a trial is being run correctly. Clinical Study / Project Manager manage the team or manage the running of the trial. At the top are the Directorship roles where the responsibility of the running and success of the trial sits.

The delivery of these roles is highly important in the drug development process and requires expertise, accuracy and speed to ensure the medication is available as soon as possible.

Read more about careers in clinical operations, or any other area of the drug discovery and development process click here

Or if you would like to find out how you can get your foot in the door, click here to view our infographic

 

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