Graduate Job Interview

So, you've finally graduated from university and - better still - secured an interview for the dream job that you've been working towards for the last few years. Problem is, you don't really know what to expect or how to prepare yourself for the interview.

Many people think that job interviews are high-pressure situations where a single slip-up can ruin one's chance of success, but with the right preparation, you will be ready for whatever is thrown your way. So don't panic - Hyper Recruitment Solutions are here to help!

Follow our essential graduate interview tips to give yourself the best possible chance of impressing the interviewer and getting the job you want.

Research

  • Learn about the company's history and the work they've done in the past.

  • Find out what the company's goals and values are.

  • Ensure that you understand the role you're applying for (including responsibilities and requirements).

Rehearsing

  • Decide which of your skills and qualities you would like to highlight to the interviewer, and make sure you can prove that you have them (e.g. by mentioning achievements and experiences where you demonstrated those qualities).

  • Find a list of commonly-asked interview questions and write out your own answers in advance.

  • Get someone to ask you questions that you haven't specifically prepared for - this will practice your ability to improvise and bring every answer back to your key skills and qualities.

Appearance

  • Dress smartly and appropriately for the job. If you're struggling to pick an outfit, read our What to Wear guide.

  • Make sure that your clothes are washed, dried and ironed prior to the interview.

  • Ensure that your hair is neat and tidy - get a haircut if necessary.

  • Do not wear excessive make-up or accessories.

Travel

  • Find out where and when the interview will be held.

  • Plan your route and method of travel (walking, driving, or public transport).

  • Set off early and allow plenty of time for delays/traffic.

  • Stay dry! Take a coat and/or umbrella just in case it rains.

Miscellaneous

  • Take an extra copy of your CV so you have the same information in front of you as the interviewer.

  • If necessary, prepare a copy of your certifications and/or examples of past work.

  • Make sure you can provide strong references on request.

We hope these tips will help to put your mind at ease and bring you one step closer to the job of your dreams! If you have any questions or queries regarding your interview, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the HRS team - one of our advisors will be more than happy to help. Good luck!

Further Reading: Why Didn't I Get the Job?

Microscope

Biotechnology is a dynamic, ever-changing industry that helps to create solutions for all sorts of sectors, including engineering, immunology, genetics, medicine and many more. It combines biological and technological processes to create products and technologies that assist in improving our lives and the health of the planet.

Browse latest biotechnology jobs >

Jobs within the biotechnology industry are complex and extremely rewarding, making them very highly sought-after indeed. There's a lot of demand for graduate biotechnology jobs, so if you want the best possible chance of securing your dream job, be sure to think about the following:

Relevant Qualifications

Having a strong, relevant qualification in biotechnology or a related scientific field is imperative to securing a good job once you've graduated. Most companies will only consider graduates who obtain a certain degree classification (often a 2:1), so be sure to know what your potential employer is looking for and work hard to achieve it!

If you already possess a good degree, you may wish to consider a postgraduate degree such as a PhD or MSc before you start looking for work with a big biotechnology company. While a postgraduate qualification is not always required, it may give you a key advantage over other job seekers in this sector.

Relevant Skills

Having the right qualification(s) is one thing, but the skills that you possess are what will really set you apart from the other graduates hoping to secure lucrative biotechnology jobs. Important skills for this industry include:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Relationship building
  • Writing reports
  • Delivering presentations
  • Problem solving
  • Understanding regulations and legal matters
In addition to all of the above, good business skills and a keen awareness of what is going on in the biotechnology industry will stand you in good stead when you're applying for jobs. Employers like their workers to be able to spot business opportunities, make financial projections, and keep track of big changes in the industry.

Relevant Experience

Experience of working within biotechnology will be a huge help to your job-hunting efforts. The presence of relevant work experience on your CV will show potential employers that you have a genuine interest in the field, and that you have made an effort to gain experience before coming to their company.

Relevant work experience will also teach you job-specific skills that can be easily transferred when starting your new position, potentially saving your employer some of the costs associated with training new recruits.

Biotechnology Jobs

The biotechnology sector has a wide and diverse range of jobs available, meaning that there are plenty of opportunities to choose from when entering this industry. We at HRS are always recruiting for jobs in this field, so we're sure to have something for you.

Here are some of the biotechnology roles we advertise for:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Research & Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Bioprocessing
  • Upstream & Downstream Processing
  • Gene Therapy
  • Product Characterisation
  • Analytical Development
  • Biotechnologist
We at Hyper Recruitment Solutions have a high level of expertise when it comes to the biotechnology sector - browse our latest biotechnology jobs here.

Graduate Pharmaceutical Jobs

Have you just earned your pharmaceutical science degree and begun your search for the perfect job? Well, the pharmaceuticals industry is one of the main sectors we work with here at HRS, so we're perfectly placed to help you out!

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With this field being as complex, varied and rewarding as it is, it's not hard to see why so many of the graduates who come to us are interested in entering the pharmaceutical sector. But there are many things you'll need in order to break into this industry for the first time...

Skills

It is imperative to master certain skills if you want to succeed within the pharmaceutical industry. These include:

  • Excellent communication skills (for the writing of reports/papers and delivery of presentations)
  • The ability to retrieve and analyse specific data
  • Strong IT competencies
You will need to be very organised and able to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams, all while managing your time properly. The ability to produce creative solutions to problems as they occur is another highly sought-after quality in this industry; the same goes for strong leadership skills.

Qualifications

In order to give yourself the best possible chance for a career within the pharmaceutical industry, you ideally need a strong degree within the field of pharmacology or, failing that, another relevant scientific field such as biochemistry, physiology or neuroscience.

Also, if you're looking to secure a career with a major pharmaceutical company, a strong postgraduate degree (such as an MSc or PhD within a relevant field) may be required.

Work Experience

Experience of working within the pharmaceutical industry will be extremely advantageous when you're looking for a job after graduating. The presence of work experience on your CV will allow potential employers to see not just that you have worked within the industry before, but that you have made an effort to learn what it's like to work in pharmaceuticals prior to applying for their company. This displays a high level of interest, which is always a positive!

Graduating from university with either a year in the industry or some sort of holiday experience under your belt should go a long way to getting you the job you want.

If you’re a graduate looking for work in the field of pharmaceuticals, Hyper Recruitment Solutions can help. Contact us for expert advice, or visit our Pharmaceutical Jobs page to browse the latest vacancies and apply online.

diversity in stem

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) diversity is vital to the development of these industries. The lack of diversity in STEM and other scientific fields is often publicised, especially as these disciplines struggle to recruit the number of qualified workers they need.

STEM disciplines have positively affected our lives in thousands of ways. Almost every aspect of the world we live in has been touched by these industries: from medicine to computers to transportation, STEM is vital to our modern way of life. And yet there seem to be relatively few people - especially women and ethnic minorities - looking to train in these areas.

This lack of diversity contributes to the lack of young people in the science industries and diminished opportunities for a number of minorities. For diversity to exist in STEM, those of different races, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds must be encouraged to train in scientific disciplines. If diversity in STEM continues to fall short, so will the number of qualified people needed to fill essential positions.

It's important for these industries to actively seek out the participation of underrepresented groups, both in education and when hiring employees. To that end, it's important to understand that unconscious bias can lead employers and educators to neglect some of the scientific talent that's on offer. Diversity in science is necessary to better deliver the advancements humanity is striving for and therefore benefit us all.

If you're interested in finding a job within the STEM industries, browse our latest science jobs here.

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At Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we are committed to pairing talented and passionate candidates with important jobs in STEM industries where they can make a difference. Regardless of gender, ethnicity and background, we endeavour to find the right talent for the right job. We understand that diversity in the science industry is beneficial to everyone.

If you're interested in finding a job that suits your qualifications, skills, and experiences, please contact us today for expert assistance!

Life Changing Jobs

When it comes to picking a job, we all want to do something that will make a real difference. A worthy career path is something that many people look far but far fewer actually find. So how can you land a life-changing job that will make a real, positive difference in the world?

At Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we are dedicated to connecting passionate, talented candidates with fulfilling jobs for which they are well-suited.

There are many life-changing jobs within the science and technology industries. We connect people with jobs that help to create life-saving drugs and life-changing technologies that benefit the whole population. We have a huge range of opportunities within the science industry - browse our latest science jobs here.

Become a Life Changer with HRS

We also consider our own job to be life-changing - after all, we connect people with careers that make them feel rewarded and fulfilled!

We currently have a range of life changer job opportunities available here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions. By helping us to find the right people for the right jobs, you can take satisfaction in knowing that you are helping to make a difference in other people's lives.

Available roles include:

  • Recruitment Manager
  • Principal Recruitment Consultant
  • Senior Recruitment Consultant
  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant
  • Recruitment Apprentice

At HRS, we combine traditional recruitment practices with modern recruitment techniques. We enable our recruitment employees to not only change the lives of others but also live more rewarding lives themselves. We offer structured development in individual careers and allow the opportunity for everyone to grow in their roles.

If you're interested in becoming an HRS life changer, you can learn more about our life-changing job opportunities here.

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