The most recent UK labour
market statistics may point to another
fall in the number of unemployed people between February and April 2016,
but there are still some 1.67 million people out there who are not in work but
seeking and available to work. This doesn't
count the many who are already in roles but interested in the science jobs that
we routinely advertise here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions.
In short, there remain plenty of people out there looking
for a new role, and therefore plenty of people still attending - and often very
nervous about - job interviews.
To guide you if you are one of them, here are just some of
the questions that you are most likely to be asked at interview, and how to
respond to them.
you to this job?"
This is one of the
most predictable interview questions of all. However, it is also one that
requires you to do your research in advance about
the employer and then demonstrate this before the interviewer, while tying it
into the skills and interests that you feel make you suitable for the role.
In the process, you might draw attention to such aspects of
the organisation or department that you admire as its stated values or client
"Can you tell me
You've already detailed your work history on your CV that
the interviewer has (or at least should have!) already read, so this really does need to be a summary rather than a
This is a good
opportunity to draw attention to particular aspects of your candidacy that you
would like the interviewer to remember, and to talk about your personality and
ambitions in a way that enables the interviewer to
positively envisage you as part of their team.
"What are your
It has become horrendously clichéd to respond to this
question by citing a quality that clearly isn't much of a weakness at all, but actually
a strength, such as "I work too hard" or "I'm too much of a
However, it may be even worse a strategy to deny that you
have weaknesses, given how this can make you appear arrogant or lacking in
self-awareness. Instead, cite a genuine weakness - such as insufficient self-confidence
or a lack of expertise in a particular area - that you are working to improve.
situation in which you led a team"
Teamwork is a required element of many science jobs, as is
leadership. This question is designed to discern your capabilities in planning,
organising and guiding other people's work, as well as in motivating those
people to perform their duties.
You should therefore
describe such a situation, your role in the group and the overall task being performed. Examples of potentially
suitable situations to cite include when you led a group project at university or put on a music or drama production. Not only the result, but also what you learned from the process should be covered in your answer.
"Where do you
see yourself in five years' time?"
Many candidates fear offending
the interviewer in their response to this question by saying that they would
like to have moved on from the position on offer by then. However, this is an
acceptable answer in most cases - after all, science employers do like to see
determination and ambition in their candidates.
It is, though, advisable to try to keep such ambitious talk
within the context of the organisation with which you are seeking a role right
There is definitely an
art to answering interview questions, one that we can assist you in perfecting
as a candidate with our leading science recruitment agency. Remember that we
also provide plentiful
opportunities for those searching for science jobs online in the complete
range of fields, from pharmacology and FMCG to bioinformatics and