One of the biggest changes in the world of science recruitment in recent years - indeed, in any recruitment field - has been the rise of the virtual interview.

Virtual interviews can be defined as "any form of interview that uses information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as email, discussion board, real-time chat or video chat system such as Skype."

While many of the usual principles of how to handle a job interview also apply for a virtual interview, the latter also comes with certain distinctive challenges - so don't forget the below advice when faced with one.

Get comfortable with the technology

Particularly when you are being interviewed for more technical science jobs, it is important to get the associated technology in order and not appear overawed or intimidated by it - any attempted small-talk about how weird it is to be interviewed 'virtually' is likely to create the wrong impression.

If technical issues do occur - as can happen with even the best preparation - respond in a professional way, asking the interviewer to repeat the question if necessary and politely asking if you can disconnect and reconnect if the problem is persistent.

Also keep signalling acknowledgement - such as by saying "yes" or "hmm" or nodding the head - so that the interviewer is in no doubt that you can hear them.

Project the most professional impression

There are so many issues of professional presentation or lack thereof that can arise in a virtual interview if you do not thoroughly and suitably prepare.

Dress remains as important in a virtual interview as it does in a face-to-face one. Indeed, with one recent study suggesting that simply wearing a suit affects the way you think, it is advisable to dress smartly even for a phone interview.

Other presentation issues that can arise during a virtual interview include your cat walking into the shot, unmade bedding in the background, harsh lighting or an unflattering camera angle - again, all problems that need to be ironed out in the preparation rather than during the interview itself.

Be sure to adopt the right interview manner

In all of your anxiety to project the desired impression of a competent candidate, it can be easy to forget such apparent basics as actually looking into the camera rather than your image on the screen, keeping a straight posture and being subtle in reference to any notes that you have placed nearby to aid you.

Remember, too, not to over-rehearse - in a virtual interview as much as in a 'real' one, a natural manner can go a long way to making you a more engaging interviewee.

There are so many other important things to keep in mind when being interviewed 'virtually', from choosing a professional username if this is required for any videoconferencing technology you use, to keeping a printout of your CV and other key documentation nearby.

If there's one thing that definitely applies to virtual interviews as much as it does to 'normal' in-person interviews, it is the great importance of preparation - so never underestimate it if you are called to such an interview by a recruitment agency. 

While, in theory, the start of a New Year should see many people living up to their resolutions and dropping bad habits in favour of far more productive ones, in reality, most of us will probably spend 2016 doing pretty much the same things that we did in 2015.

There's no reason for you to be the same! Nab one of the best science jobs this year with our top 10 employability tips.

1. Revamp your CV

Does your CV quickly make clear why no science recruitment agency should ignore you? Is it well-structured, readable and free of mistakes? Do you adapt it to each new position that you apply for?

2. Undertake further training

That chemistry, immunology or molecular biology job that you have your eye on may be more attainable with an additional qualification, or there might be other useful skills that you can learn more informally.

3. Improve your interview technique

Many candidates have a sparkling CV, but can't articulate in-person what makes them such a great catch for an employer. Avoid the same problem by rehearsing answers to common interview questions and developing your lift pitch.

4. Determine what you are worth

Assess what value you actually have to an employer on the basis of your current skills, attributes and experience. Learn to confidently 'sell' yourself to firms with vacancies for science jobs.

5. Brush up on leadership skills

Great leadership isn't just about managing a team - it's also about being able to lead and manage yourself. Can you work well independently without the need to be micro-managed?

6. Build your online presence

Your profile on the web can both assist and damage your chances with the science recruitment agencies that tend to Google the names of candidates before offering them a job. Make sure your own net presence is a help rather than a hindrance.  

7. Change your attitude

It's especially easy for those who have been unemployed for a while to think they'll never find another good job. Unfortunately, this lack of confidence is noticed by employers and can therefore become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

8. Show flexibility

You may desire a certain salary and hours, but that doesn't necessarily mean you'll get it. Keep your options open - even a less-than-ideal role may prove the perfect stepping stone to your dream job. 

9. Demand feedback from others

What do current employers and/or colleagues make of your current performance and attributes? What are your strengths right now, and in which areas can you improve?

10. Keep busy!

Don't be that jobseeker who simply watches TV all day instead of searching hard for science jobs and other opportunities to boost employability. Hunting out that dream role is a full-time job in itself!

Team up with The Apprentice winner Ricky Martin and Lord Alan Sugar at Hyper Recruitment Solutions today, to give yourself the best possible chance of landing that exciting new science role in 2016. 


You might imagine that the relationship between you as a jobseeker and a recruitment agency is a fairly straightforward one - you sign up and stipulate what you are looking for, and the agency does its best to match you up to suitable vacancies.  

However, you are likely to meet with much greater success in your search for science jobs if you follow the below tips to get the most out of your recruitment agency.

Ask for advice relating to your sector

Eager to know how to break into biotechnology, medical devices or pharmaceutical? Maybe you are on the lookout for life sciences, quality assurance, regularly affairs or research and development (R&D) opportunities?

A good recruitment agency will be able to advise you on 'the law of the land' in relation to your targeted sector, including trends, required skills, experiences, qualifications and more.

Get your CV and covering letter sorted out

You will fall at the first hurdle if your covering letter and CV don't make a great impression straight away.

We aren't just talking about misspellings or grammatical errors, although of course, these are bad enough. We're talking about absolutely anything that would give an employer an excuse to leave your CV at the bottom of the pile. Our experts here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions can help you to ensure that doesn't happen.

Make your career 'fighting fit' with coaching

Nor is any science recruitment agency quite complete if it does not offer some form of career coaching. What qualifications do you need? What steps do you need to take after qualification? Do you even yet know exactly what you want from your career?

Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we are happy to guide you through real life examples of what people have done previously to land their dream science role.

Brush up on your interview technique

So much failure to land highly desired science jobs can be attributed to poor interview preparation. You may stumble over a specific interview question, or simply not show yourself at your best at the interview - whatever, a great science recruitment agency will help you to avoid this.

Contact our team about assistance with your own upcoming interview, including information on practice questions and how to identify given interview styles.

Request salary benchmarking

Finally, a good recruitment agency should also be able to help you to gauge your worth and determine how much salary you ought to ask for at the negotiation stage. Are you truly being paid the market rate?

Combine these five tips with a proactive attitude and a readiness to learn, and there's no reason why you can't gain significant value from your chosen recruitment agency when searching for jobs. Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we would be delighted if you made us that science recruitment agency. 


The New Year is inevitably a time when so many of those on the hunt for science jobs declare that this will be year that they land the 'big one' - the year when they make the switch from what may be a stifling or insufficiently challenging current job into the role that truly advances their career.

Of course, they could also be a graduate or last-year student preparing as much as possible to make their 2016 job search a successful one.

Whatever science jobs field you may have your eye on - clinical, engineering, pharmaceutical, FMCG/food or perhaps something altogether different - there are so many great reasons to make Hyper Recruitment Solutions your partner.

We are a science recruitment agency that does it all

Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are a highly compliant recruitment company that specialises in the science and technology sectors - from the biotechnology, medical and clinical fields to environmental, energy, telecommunications and so many more.

We were founded by a winner of BBC's The Apprentice, Ricky Martin, and to this day continue to be run in partnership with Lord Alan Sugar. However, our great people aren't restricted to our board members, the entire company being populated with the highest calibre science recruitment and business experts who are devoted to providing you with the most efficient, hassle-free and effective service.

Above all else, we have an exceptional record of getting ambitious and talented jobseekers into the most desirable and suitable science jobs, drawing upon a mix of the latest technology and the most time-honoured principles of good practice in science recruitment.

Make us your first port of call for New Year job hunting

There are many science recruitment agencies out there, so we recognise that we may not be your automatic choice even if you are contemplating a major search for science jobs in the New Year. However, we are convinced that we have the best credentials for those wishing to initiate the most proactive hunt for science opportunities.

That is in part due to the genuinely comprehensive nature of our service, our assistance for candidates extending to cover CV and interview advice, specialist guidance related to the candidate's specific target industry and - of course - access to the best opportunities across an incredibly broad range of client employers, including both short-term and temporary/contract roles.

However, here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we also take seriously our objective of providing the best candidate experience of any recruitment agency, treating you as an individual, presenting you with the very best job options and not charging you for any of our services.

If you are looking for the best science recruitment agency with which to really land that dream role in 2016, you simply couldn't do any better than Hyper Recruitment Solutions. 

LinkedIn is one of those social networks that many of us have always been at least dimly aware of - not least as we may have had friends already on the platform sending us an email invitation to 'connect' with them. However, we might not necessarily be very well-versed in it.

The truth is, LinkedIn can be an invaluable tool in your search for science jobs, not least in light of the tendency for professional opportunities to come through contacts at least as often as through applications to openly advertised vacancies.

How to get started with a great profile

As is the case with other social networks, you can expect to be most rewarded on LinkedIn when you complete your profile as fully as possible. That begins with uploading a photo of yourself, so be sure to make it smart, friendly and professional looking.

You will also be asked to provide a headline to your profile that is much like the personal statement that you may include on your CV. The best profile headline will probably refer in some way to your exact science field - such as biotechnology, medical or pharmaceutical - along with a more specific skill or area of expertise.

There's also space in your LinkedIn profile to provide a more detailed summary of yourself, along with similarly in-depth information on your experience, education, skills and expertise.

Then, it's all about connecting with people!

LinkedIn is not designed to be a passive platform - it has been conceived with proactive business networking in mind, so don't be afraid to get connecting.

That process may initially be as simple as using the search function to find present colleagues or people who you have previously worked with. However, it could be easily extended to searching for HR contacts at companies that you would like to work for, or searching for those already working in the kind of science jobs to which you aspire.

Once you have 'connected' with someone (the LinkedIn equivalent of 'adding a friend'), visit their profile and check out the 'People also viewed' box for more potentially fascinating contacts, including both individuals and employers. You might also investigate past companies that each of your contacts has worked for.

The more LinkedIn connections you have, the larger your network will be and therefore, the more opportunities you will potentially be able to expose yourself to.

Keep exploring LinkedIn for opportunities

The aforementioned, in a nutshell, is how to use LinkedIn, although you should also be aware of the interest groups and discussions that you can join, as well as the various other fascinating functionalities that are being continually introduced to the platform. Invest in a paid Premium account, and you will be able to stand out even further from the crowd.

While LinkedIn is not necessarily the last word in business networking even in today's heavily social media-oriented age, it can nonetheless make an immense difference to your chances of turning the heads of the right science recruitment professionals and even nabbing that dream role in energy, telecommunications, food/FMCG or another science or technology role. 

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