While we are delighted here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions to be able to provide extensive information for the benefit of those seeking science jobs in such fields as chemistry, molecular biology and immunology, it's also vital to genuinely desire the science roles for which you apply.

Even if you see a science recruitment agency advertising a job that you think you would enjoy, the interview process can be a telling time for both the recruiter and candidate, and will offer signs as to whether the position and employer really are right for your skill set and personality.

It is important to remember that the interview process is always a two-way street. Of course, making a good impression on your interviewer is essential, with their decisions potentially made in just seven minutes, but the recruiter has an equal responsibility to show that they are an employer for whom you would wish to work.

By closely watching out for certain 'red flags' associated with a mismatched employer, you will be able to determine whether you have found your dream job or the role of your nightmares.

The interviewer is disorganised

The attitude of your interviewer will be a clear indicator of the attitude and culture of the company for which you are seeking to work.

It is not unreasonable to expect the same level of respect and attention from your recruiter as you have offered them, and nor is it inappropriate to expect an interview lasting a reasonable amount of time to give you a chance to demonstrate your skills and attributes.

Your interviewers should be on-time, personable and attentive, and show a keen interest in your application, even if you are the 10th candidate they have had to speak to that day.

The interviewer doesn't understand the job description

Although it should be your own responsibility to familiarise yourself with the day-to-day responsibilities of the role, your interviewer should have an at least basic understanding of the job description and the tasks that you would be expected to complete.

After all, if a hiring manager doesn't understand the responsibilities of the job vacancy, this could lead to confusion and disputes once you are actually in the post.

The position doesn't align with your career objectives

Analysing job descriptions in relation to your career goals and objectives is an essential part of the job seeking process, but sometimes, aspects of a given position are not clearly defined until during your interview.

If you walk out of an interview and don't feel that the organisation will help you to reach your career and personal growth objectives, you should reconsider whether the position is right for you.

There is bad blood within the organisation

If you hear bad-mouthing of previous or current employees, you'll soon realise that the company culture is one of which you won't want to be a part. No recruiter should publicly speak badly of an employee, as it shows a lack of professionalism and confidentiality.

Working with an organisation in which there is clear bad blood indicates questionable judgement on the part of its management, and even when only a single employee's views are expressed, it reflects poorly on their organisation in general.

During an interview, you shouldn't be blinded by your desire to impress and land a job – overlooking your concerns or not raising key issues can mean accepting a job that you won't enjoy. Look out for red flags, and take advantage of our CV advice and tips and other assistance that we can provide to ensure that you land the right science role for you. 

If you have ever applied for a chemistry, immunology or other science job and been asked to take part in a pre-hire assessment or employment test, you will likely understand the pressure that many candidates feel during this part of the science recruitment process.

In addition to gruelling interviews, many science employers are now subjecting applicants to tests of their aptitude, personality, skills and job knowledge to determine whether they are the right candidates for their vacant science jobs.

So, what are our tips here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions for progressing through such tests with flying colours?

Understand personality tests

One of the most popular forms of pre-hire assessment, personality tests give recruiters a greater understanding of the individual behind the application. Unlike other forms of assessment, personality tests have no right or wrong answers and are instead designed to measure the 'traits' associated with success and performance. Companies looking for a team leader, for example, will be seeking friendly and outgoing personality traits from this assessment.

Personality tests also help to uncover the honesty and integrity of the people taking them . Indeed, some employers use validity scales to detect attempts at misrepresentation, so you could damage your chances of employment if your answers are dishonest or exaggerated.

Stay calm and relaxed

If a prospective employer sees that you are nervous or worried during a pre-hire assessment, they may question whether you will be able to handle the day-to-day tasks of the job. Although some interview nerves are perfectly normal, you should be relaxed enough to  be able to think clearly and deliver the best possible interview performance.

Science recruiters using a pre-hire assessment normally rely on a number of factors to determine whether you are right for the position, so don't be disheartened if you underperform during a particular task. You can still rely on a strong CV, a good interview, experience and solid references to help you land that dream science job.

Take time and understand the task at hand

Some employment tests can be undertaken in the comfort of your own home, but many are performed at employer premises as part of a fuller formal interview process.

Depending on the type of activity that you have been asked to complete, you should ask the recruiter how much time you will need and ensure you use that time effectively. A proper understanding of the nature of the task will also inevitably help you to perform better, so ask questions when possible and read the instructions carefully.

Prepare in advance

Preparation is always key before an interview. Make sure that you can confidently tick off everything on your pre-interview checklist and familiarise yourself with the questions and tests ahead of time when possible, preparing answers to the questions that you think you may be asked. The more preparation you do, the higher your chances are of impressing and succeeding during a pre-hire assessment.

If you are presently looking for an exciting new role in a science or technology-related field, check out our latest advertised vacancies from a host of employers here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, one of the most trusted recruitment agencies in a wide range of highly specialised science fields.

It takes time to craft the perfect CV that will land you job interviews and maximise your opportunities as a current or prospective professional in a science field like biotechnology, FMCG or pharmacology.

Although some candidates may be able to cope with a one-size-fits-all resume, tailoring your CV to individual job specifications is often vital to increasing your chances of securing a job interview and in turn, landing an all-important job offer.

Get the basics right

Before you can begin to tailor your CV to a specific job role or company, it is important to start with a strong, well-written generic CV. Collate your accomplishments, experiences, qualifications and any additional information that you consider appropriate – the importance of extracurricular activities, for instance, should not be ignored – to give employers a chance to understand who you are.

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The first step of tailoring your CV is finding a science job for which you would like to apply. Conducting analysis of the qualifications and experience that top employers seek will help to give you an understanding of how to structure your CV – for example, placing a degree above job-specific training may be advantageous when applying for a particular role.

Remember that here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we advertise many great science jobs on our website, so whether you are on the lookout for your next big opportunity in regulatory affairs, quality assurance or bioinformatics, we are a great place to begin your job hunt.

Edit according to the job description

Reviewing job descriptions and editing your CV accordingly is the best way to begin the tailoring process. Arrange your CV so that your stated qualifications and accomplishments nicely match the requirements of the given role for which you would like to apply, and describe your work experience in the context of the job description. Recent graduates, for example, may want to gear the content of their CV towards their education, while those with experience in a junior science role may want to describe the valuable skills they acquired from it. 

Mirror the recruiter's language

Closely mirroring the specific 'buzzwords' that appear in a job specification will allow you to further tailor your CV and show the given science recruitment agency or employer that you understand their position and its requirements in full. Spending some time on the prospective employer's website and mimicking their language and style in your CV also allows you to research the culture and values of the organisation so that you are prepared in the event of being offered an interview.

Network for insider information

Use your professional network to find specific leads and contacts that you can use to your advantage. Ideally, get into an informal discussion with an employee from your targeted organisation for insights and insider information that you can use to sharpen your CV to the role.

Final thought

Although tailoring your CV for every job for which you apply can be time-consuming, it's true that hard work pays off. You should always try to avoid sending a generic, untailored CV to a prospective employer. Not only does a generic CV tend to communicate a lack of care and attention, but it can also waste both your own time and that of a prospective employer, increasing the likelihood of your application being cast away to the bottom of the pile.

Tailoring your CV to the science jobs for which you yearn is vital if you are to secure those all-important interviews.

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.

"What attracted 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 base.

"Can you tell me about yourself?"

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 rambling soliloquy.

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 weaknesses?"

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 perfectionist".

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.

"Describe a 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 now.

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 engineering.  

There's no question that it can be tricky to take the stress out of job interviews. However, one of the most effective ways to do that - whether you are being interviewed for a biotechnology, medical, R&D or indeed any other science role - is to have a few questions to hand yourself.

While a lot of candidates for science jobs realise the value of asking their interviewer some questions, not least in showing initiative and interest in the vacancy, too many simply waste the opportunity by asking obvious questions to fill the time.

If you want to show your seriousness and suitability as a candidate, consider these five questions for your interviewer.

1. "What are the key priorities in the first few months of this job?"

You'll learn something from the answer about the day-to-day challenges and constraints of the role. However, you should also bear in mind that you may be asked in turn for your own ideas of what the key priorities should be - so have an informed answer ready.

2. "What size of team and what other teams would I be working with?"

Not only does this question help to convey your team-player credentials, but it can also glean useful information on the kind of working environment and people that would await you in the role. This enables you to judge whether you would get along well with colleagues and be a good fit for the organisation's culture.

3. "What could I do to contribute to this organisation or department's success?"

This is the question that business owners and your interviewer have probably asked themselves often enough, so hearing it from a candidate creates an instant connection, signifying your seriousness about furthering their deepest wishes for the organisation or department. It communicates your instinctive wish to assist the organisation or department with its aims.

4. "I recently learned from X that Y is happening. What impact will this have on the business?"

It's a good idea regardless to read up on the organisation that you are seeking to join as much as possible prior to the interview, as well as about what industry rivals are doing. This will enable you to ask the above question, marking yourself out as having a real interest in and understanding of the department, company and wider industry - and enter a meaningful conversation as a result.

5. "What are the qualities needed to excel in this role?"

This is a direct appeal to the interviewer to outline once more their most pressing priorities for the vacancy, perhaps allowing you to expand on areas of your own strength as a candidate that weren't touched on during the main interview. It's a great question for directing the conversation, especially if you enquire about the importance of a certain characteristic and the interviewer responds in the affirmative, giving you an opportunity to describe your qualifications in that area in greater detail. 

Ending the interview by thanking the interviewer for their time, reaffirming your suitability for the post and requesting information on the next stages of the selection process helps you to make a great final impression. Join us here at the leading science recruitment agency Hyper Recruitment Solutions, and you can benefit from the highest standard of interview advice. 

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