Building a Rapport At Your Pharmaceutical Interview


No matter what pharmaceutical job it is that you are interviewing for, you will always have a better shot at getting it if you develop a good rapport with your interviewer. By connecting with the interviewer on a more personal level, you are ultimately more likely to land yourself that great pharmaceutical job.

Demonstrating that you are capable of building rapport, will both highlight to the interviewer what great communication skills you have, but it may also ensure the interviewer is slightly more forgiving of anything that hasn’t gone quite so well during your pharmaceutical job interview.

First all, it is important to remember that building a rapport doesn’t just start in the interview – you can build rapport before, during AND after your pharmaceutical job interview.


  • Find out who will be interviewing you.
    • Google their name or look them up on Linkedin to help you find some useful information about them. You can then bring this up during your interview.
    • WARNING! Be careful not to look like a stalker here.
    • Do your research on the company, maybe look at the ‘news’ section of their website and bring anything of interest up in your interview.


  • Arrive 10 minutes early.
  • Greet the interviewer with a warm smile and handshake.
  • Be prepared to answer low-order questions at the beginning of your interview.
  • At the end of the interview, tell the interviewer that it was a pleasure to meet them.


  • Follow up with an email or a letter to thank them and let them know you appreciate them taking the time to see you.

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