how to explain getting fired

Being terminated from a job from a previous job can be a red flag for potential employers, but the way that you explain your dismissal in an interview can show the employer that you handled the situation with integrity. Of course, speaking about your termination is going to be uncomfortable - but handling the question in a professional manner will improve your chances of securing your new position.


How to explain getting fired on a job application 

Some job applications will ask you why you left your previous job. This is a fairly routine question, but one that can be tricky to answer if you were fired. 

If you don't want to go into details (no doubt they will ask you about this in more depth if you get invited to an interview), you can simply write "job terminated", "laid-off" or "dismissed from role". 

Keeping things short and sweet in the application will work in your favour. Explaining a complex situation like a job termination is far easier in person than it is in writing. 

Note: You do not have to mention your dismissal on your CV. You should show the date you started and finished working at each company without providing details of why you left each job. Find more CV advice here.


How to explain dismissal in an interview

So, you've made it past the job application stage, the employer knows about your dismissal and you've been invited for an interview - things are looking good so far! Now you need to figure out how you'll explain your dismissal in the job interview. 

If you're honest, you keep it simple, and you focus on your personal growth, skills, and experience, then talking about your dismissal in the interview should be easy.

Start by explaining why you were dismissed from the position calmly and without bias. Being able to identify what went wrong without getting distressed or bad-mouthing your previous employer shows maturity - the employer will be looking for this. Keep your explanation brief and only disclose the necessary details.

Once you've explained why you were dismissed, try and demonstrate what you learned from the situation. How has the termination helped you improve personally and professionally? Was there anything that you would have done differently?

Reflecting on the termination in a positive manner will show your potential employer that you've progressed and that you know how to prevent it from happening again.


Is being fired a deal-breaker?

No, not necessarily. A lot of people are under the impression that if they've been fired from a previous job that they'll be black-listed from every other workplace - this simply isn't true. 

People get fired all the time, sometimes a job isn't a good fit for them, they didn't match the skillset, or personal circumstances meant their attendance was poor. Whatever the reason for your dismissal, if you can handle it with a positive attitude in your interview, you've got a good chance of getting that new role.

So, don't see your dismissal as a road-block, turn into a positive and show your future employers that you're mature, adaptable, and ready to take on a new challenge in their workplace.

If you've been dismissed from your previous job, don't be disheartened. Here at HRS Recruitment, we have a lot of science job opportunities that will help you get back on track.

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The world of medicine and pharmacology is vast and complex. Hundreds of thousands of drugs are being created, studied, and tested right now in the hope of treating diseases and viruses like COVID-19. Pharmacologists work tirelessly every day to provide new life-saving drugs to those who need them. 

If you're someone who's interested in a career in drug creation, you're probably trying to gather as much knowledge on the topic as possible. Well, today, we're going to talk you through the differences between biosimilar and generic drugs

What is a biosimilar product?

Biosimilar drugs are created to mimic the effects of a natural (or biological) compound. Once approved by the necessary regulatory boards, biosimilar drugs can be used to treat a wide range of illnesses. 

Let's say a compound found in a particular plant or animal can be used as a medicine to treat a particular illness, for example, cancer, HIV or Alzheimers. Big pharmaceutical companies will look at that particular compound to determine how/why it's effective.

Then, they'll create a synthetic version of the biological compound that, although slightly different in composition, provides the same medicinal effect as the biologic drug. The resulting biosimilar drug can be produced on a large scale. 

Often, biologic drugs are far too complex for pharmacists to replicate exactly, so biosimilar drugs are created to provide a similar medical result.

Biosimilar drug safety

Biosimilar drugs have to have comparable levels of efficacy and safety to the original biological medicine before they're approved for public use. The only differences between the biological drug and the biosimilar are non-active ingredients or components that won't create unwanted side effects.

Before being released to the public, biosimilar drugs have to be tested extensively. Clinical trials show how effective the biosimilar drug is in comparison to the biologic drug, when the clinicians are happy that the drug is both safe and effective it can be rolled out on a larger scale.

Benefits of biosimilar drugs

Biosimilar drugs have a number of benefits. First and foremost, biosimilars help to reduce the costs of life-saving treatments by making them more accessible. Some biologic drugs cost thousands of pounds to harvest and administer. Biosimilar drugs can dramatically reduce this cost.

Another benefit of biosimilar drugs is the reduced impact on the species that the biologic drug occurs in. Some biologic drugs are only accessible to us if plants and animals are killed. With synthetic, biosimilar versions of these compounds, pharmacists are able to offer the same great treatment without heavily impacting the original biological species.

Biosimilar vs generic drugs

So, now you know what a biosimilar drug is, let's take a look at how they differ from generic drugs. 

Although biosimilar drugs are cheaper to manufacture than biologic drugs, generic drugs are actually the cheapest and easiest drugs to create. 

Generic drugs are copies of branded drugs. So, pharmacologists manufacturing generic drugs aren't trying to replicate the effects of a complex biological molecule, they're simply recreating another, branded, drug that's already widely used.

Generic drugs do not require the same level of testing as biosimilar drugs, because the dosage, side effects, route of administration, risks, and strength are already known.

Unlike biosimilar drug manufacturers, generic drug manufacturers can bypass the development, marketing, and promotion of their newly synthesized drug because doctors and patients already know what it is and how to use it.

Branded drugs tend to contain colours and flavourings that make their version of a generic drug unique in some way. This can be beneficial for patients who favour a certain flavour or use the colour of the pill to differentiate between their medication. 

In summary, generic drugs are the simplest forms of drugs that can be mass-produced at a fairly low cost. In comparison, biosimilar drugs are far more complex and require rigorous testing before they can be given to the wider population. Branded drugs could be generic, biosimilar or biologic in nature, they just contain non-active additives to make them stand out on the market.

Learn more about the pharmaceutical industry here: Pharmaceutical industry

Working in a pharmaceutical job role will have you researching, creating and developing a wide range of life-changing drugs including biosimilar and generic drugs. If this sounds like something you want to get involved in, take a look at our current pharmaceutical job vacancies below.

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If you have any questions about our pharmaceutical jobs, or if you're interested in starting your journey towards a different science career, get in touch with the HRS team. You can call us on +44 (0)203 910 2980.

No matter how much you prepare before an interview, things that are completely out of your hands can go wrong on the day and cause you to be late. Whether it's a bus that's running late, an unavoidable traffic jam, or a wrong turn on your way there, there's nothing you can do to avoid these things from happening - but what effect will it have on your interview performance?

Is being late for an interview a deal-breaker?

Turning up late for an interview without giving the interviewer any notice is definitely going to affect your chances of a successful interview. In fact, a survey conducted by The Creative Group back in 2015 shows that after checking or answering your phone in an interview, showing up late without acknowledging it is one of the most common interview dealbreakers. 

What should you do if you're running late?

If you know you're going to be late, it's important that you notify the person you've been corresponding with as soon as possible! At this point, sending an email or a text message isn't going to cut it. Emails and texts can be easily missed, especially when the person on the other end is likely to be busy or even in another interview. It's best to give the company a phone call and make sure that you leave a message with reception, as a minimum. 

If you manage to get in touch with someone, make sure you tell them why you're running lateapologise sincerely, and give them an estimate of your arrival time. In some cases, the interviewer might be able to push your interview time back a little bit and still see you on that day. However 9 times out of 10, it's better to reschedule. Here's why...

Being late will affect your performance

Even if the bus shows up, the traffic clears, or you eventually find your way to the right location, it's better to try and reschedule the interview because you're already starting off on a bad foot. The adrenaline and panic that you usually feel before an interview is significantly heightened when you're running late. Most likely, you'll arrive feeling flustered and unprepared so you won't give your best performance in the interview. 

By rescheduling, you avoid confusing the interviewer's schedule, and you also give yourself the chance to relax and prepare for the interview the second time around. Usually, interviewers prefer you to reschedule, so don't be afraid to ask if you're running late.

How do I avoid being late in the future?

If you've already missed one interview, it's highly unlikely that the personal interview will accommodate your tardiness again, so it's important you show up on time (or a little bit early) for the next one. Here are our tips to make sure you arrive at your interview on time:

  • Visit the place where you're interviewing prior to your interview. This will give you an idea of where to go & will prevent you from getting lost.
  • Anticipate traffic. If your interview is scheduled for a busy time of day, make sure allow for this and set off with plenty of extra time.
  • Get your clothes ready and pack your bag the night before. That way, you can have a stress-free morning and be ready on time.

Hopefully, these tips will help you get the situation under control quickly if you find yourself running late for an interview. For more interview advice, click the button below:

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what do pharmaceutical companies do?

The pharmaceutical industry is a vast sector that deals with the research, development and distribution of drugs and medication. If you want to work in a pharmaceutical company, gaining an insight into what pharmaceutical companies actually do can help you confirm whether or not it's the right career path for you. Today, we're going to take a look behind the closed laboratory doors to see what really goes on in pharmaceutical companies.

The main goals of a pharmaceutical company

Working to produce life-saving drugs and medical treatments for patients is the number one priority for pharmaceutical companies. In order to do this, they spend a lot of time developing new technologies, building infrastructures and carrying out tests to make sure that the medications they're providing are effective and safe. Without pharmaceutical companies, we wouldn't have treatments for common diseases and cancers.

Pharmaceutical regulatory bodies:

When it comes to sharing a new drug with sick patients, there are several regulations that pharmaceutical companies have to adhere to. These regulations help keep me, you and sick patients all over the world safe. International regulatory boards monitor things like:

  • The price that drugs are being sold at
  • The quality of the drug & manufacturing process
  • The safety of the drug and the possible side effects
  • The testing that's being done to prove that the drug is safe

A few of the pharmaceutical regulatory bodies that you may have come across before include, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). 

How do pharmaceutical companies work?

The pharmaceutical industry has been growing and changing ever since the 19th Century. As you can imagine, the way in which they work has come a long way since then! In the past, new drugs and treatments would be discovered by analysing holistic/traditional remedies, or through sheer chance. Some of the most common drugs we rely on today were discovered by accident, for example:

  • The birth control pill
  • Viagra
  • Penicillin

Nowadays, pharmaceutical companies work in a much more structured and methodical way. First, research is carried out to find out what is causing a certain disease, infection or illness to develop. Then, researchers try to find ways to target the illnesses on a molecular level. Various data management and research programs are used to help speed up the process further.

When a new infection or virus appears on the scene (like COVID-19), pharmaceutical companies all over the world work towards a common goal - finding a successful vaccine to help save lives. 

Should I work in a pharmaceutical company?

Working in a pharmaceutical company is sure to be interesting and varied, after all, it's an industry that never stands still! People from all backgrounds can pursue careers in pharmaceutical companies, you just need lots of motivation and scientific competence to get you going. 

We already know that pharmaceutical companies employ around 70,000 people here in the UK, and with relatively high salary expectations, you can see why it's such a popular choice. You can learn more about why you should work in the pharmaceutical industry in our previous blog.

What do people in different pharmaceutical jobs do?

If you've got the skills and knowledge behind you to pursue a career in pharmaceuticals, then you might be wondering which job role to go for. As with any industry, there are no 'best' or 'worst' roles, you simply need to look at the pros and cons of each job and decide whether it's a good fit for you.

That being said, there are certain attributes that lend themself better to some pharmaceutical roles more than others.

Technical Jobs

Some of the more technical jobs require you to be confident in medicine handling, proficient in the use of specialist equipment and to have a high level of organisation. These roles might include:

  • Senior quality specialist
  • Research and Development technician
  • RNA extraction scientist
  • Sample preparation scientist

Managerial Jobs

If working in a lab isn't your strong point, but you still want to work in a pharmaceutical company, then you might be inclined towards a more managerial/admin role. Here are a few job titles that you can expect to see:

  • Pharmaceutical marketing executive
  • Product/project managers
  • HR personnel 
  • Supply chain operations manager

Finding a pharmaceutical job

If you think that a job in a pharmaceutical company is the right fit for you, then it's time to start looking at vacancies. Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we advertise vacancies from some of the UK's industry-leading pharmaceutical companies.

Our expert recruiters can work alongside you to help place you in the perfect pharmaceutical role. Why not start your journey now by browsing our current vacancies:

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Get in touch if you're on the hunt for a job at a pharmaceutical company. They're ready and waiting to help make your dream career a reality. 

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