Today’s candidates for science jobs in such fields as pharmacology, biotechnology and medical devices are generally savvy and understand the need to prepare well for an interview, including by researching their prospective employer.

The latter is vital not just for giving applicants a sense of what kind of company they could soon be working for, but also for helping them to confirm that this is definitely an organisation for which they would like to work.

After all, past research has indicated that 42% of workers are motivated by how well they get on with their colleagues, and 22% by how their manager treats them.

However, with even the most disreputable firms able to make themselves look good these days by having an impressive website designed complete with engaging written copy, the interview may be the first time you come into contact with your potential employer as they truly are.

In that case, what are the things that you need to look out for?

The premises

As you approach the site of your interview, you should consider the surroundings. Is the company’s office located in a decent area? Is the building itself well-maintained and presentable? What about the inside of the premises – are the bathrooms clean and is there somewhere to take a break at lunchtime?

Remember that you may well spend more of your waking hours at work than anywhere else, so it needs to be the kind of place where you can imagine yourself working comfortably for long hours.

The people

As you will need to do this anyway if you secure a role with this firm, it’s a good idea to talk to as many people as possible on the premises before you are called into the interview room, as this will give you a clue of the atmosphere there.

You should ask yourself whether the receptionist seems friendly, for example, or whether they seem overly busy, stressed out and inconvenienced by you being there. Look, too, at how other employees on site are interacting with each other – do these seem like people that you could work alongside for hour after hour?

The interview

How you present yourself at the interview is obviously vital, which is why we have previously blogged on such subjects as what your body language says during an interview. However, you shouldn’t become so focused on this that you fail to evaluate your potential employer.

You can gain a lot of clues about the company’s management culture by observing how the interviewer behaves. Did they turn up on time and seem relaxed, prepared and interested in you and your answers? Or did they leave you waiting and appear to be stressed and overwhelmed when they did finally arrive?

While you might not be working directly with this person if you do get the job, they are likely to be representative of the company’s broader culture, so any warning signs should be noted.

With as many as nine in 10 people expressing regret about rushing their career choice, it really is crucial to take the time at this stage to carefully consider your prospective employer’s merits. The interview may be the only time you directly interact with the company that could be your employer for many years to come, so you should be vigilant in keeping an eye out for good and bad signs alike. 


With almost half (49%) of UK workers having signalled an intention to move jobs in 2016 – according to an Investors in People survey as reported by LondonLovesBusiness.com – it is surely inevitable that even many of those in the most rewarding science jobs will have occasionally considered quitting.

People decide to move on for all manner of reasons – so here are five of the things that you may be doing that could be contributing to your own firm’s staff attrition.

Micromanagement

Whatever science sector your organisation may be involved in – perhaps pharmacology, clinical, medical devices or something entirely different – you won’t make your employees happy by continually micromanaging them.

There’s a good reason why your staff are trained and experienced to such a high level – they need to be if they are to do their jobs, so you should give them the space to fulfil their duties.

A lack of the right tools

For some science roles it may simply be standard office supplies that are required, whereas for others, there may be a need for much more specialised equipment.

Whatever the situation, your staff should have the tools that enable them to do their jobs in the safest and most competent manner possible.

Poor morale

Ultimately, a business is about not just the building in which it is based, but also its people and the morale among its employees. Unfortunately, however, all too many managers are intimidating, communicate poorly and don’t provide their staff with an adequate work/life balance.

Your employees need to feel that they are in an environment in which they will be appreciated and rewarded for their hard work – otherwise, don’t be surprised if they look for other science jobs.

Favouritism

Treating certain staff or departments more favourably than others – whether that means providing greater resources and attention or simply not placing the same demands upon them – is another sure way to breed resentment.

Indeed, those within your team who may be willing to take on more responsibility or work overtime may be effectively punished for this through a lack of managerial support.

Too many meetings

If your staff members are being constantly distracted from their core duties by meetings, how can you expect them to be productive and happy workers? At the very least, any meetings that you do hold should have a definite sense of purpose, with an expectation that real changes or improvements will be made as a result of what was discussed and someone will be held accountable for it.  

But all too often, certain science organisations hold meetings for the sake of holding meetings and nothing changes in how the firm works, other than employee disillusionment.

The discovery earlier this year by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) that UK workers’ job satisfaction was at a two-year low – as reported by The Independent - should make it even more obvious that your staff must be managed well if you are to get the best out of them.   

When you require a reputable science recruitment agency with the ability to provide all manner of tailored recruitment solutions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Hyper Recruitment Solutions. We are also trusted experts in candidate screening and are fully compliant with current recruitment and employment law, so we really can bring you the complete service.

Continual development and innovation in medical devices is crucial to ensuring quality of life in the UK and across the world. The term ‘medical devices’ is naturally an extremely broad one, encompassing such items as syringes, wheelchairs, pacemakers, X-ray machines, orthopaedic devices, coronary artery stents and many more.

Regardless, there can be little doubt about the field’s great importance in safeguarding the wellbeing of our increasingly health-aware population.

It is thanks to medical devices that diseases can be detected earlier and diagnoses, treatment and patient monitoring relentlessly improved. Breakthroughs and refinements in medical device technology have also been crucial for reducing the costs of healthcare at a time when health services around the world – not least the NHS – seem to be under greater financial pressure than ever.

What is the state of the UK medical device industry today?

A quick glance at the key statistics relating to the UK’s present medical device industry should serve to further underline its importance. According to the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI), the UK medical technology sector was made up of more than 2,000 companies as of 2009, with four-fifths of those being small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Emergo has said that the UK medical device market was valued at $9.9 billion in 2008, making it the third largest in Europe behind Germany and France. About 50,000 people are said to be employed in the sector, which is also trade positive in the UK, exporting more than it imports. It is a key part of a wider life sciences industry that has been hailed as one of the key contributors to the UK economy. 

However, ABHI has also said that “action is needed if the UK is to continue to thrive in this area and patients are to realise the full benefits of medical technology”. Furthermore, it’s clear that with many of the most exciting and lucrative science jobs today being in medical devices, science recruitment agencies like Hyper Recruitment Solutions have a crucial role to play in helping to match the right talent to the right medical device industry vacancies and employers.  

What you need to know if you are interested in a medical devices career

Although medical devices tend to be based on mechanical, electrical and/or materials engineering, which will place those with qualifications in any of these fields at a distinct advantage, prospective entrants to the sector are also expected to have a strong biological and biological sciences background.

The skill-set that you will require to succeed in the medical device sector will depend largely on the specific job in which you are interested. While, for example, a research and development role may place an emphasis on strong engineering skills, if you are to be tasked with the management of a team of people on a project, ‘softer’ skills like communication and team leadership will be crucial.

Meanwhile, ‘people skills’ and a willingness to travel are prerequisites for those working in the sales side of the sector, as is a high level of knowledge in – and enthusiasm for – the devices that they are to be responsible for selling. 

When seeking your next big role in the medical devices industry – whether it will be your first or the latest of many – you shouldn’t hesitate to draw upon our considerable sector-specific expertise here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, including in such sub-areas as quality assurance, quality control, regulatory affairs, manufacturing, validation, clinical trials or any of a wide range of others.  


You will have acquired or developed a wide range of invaluable skills and experience as part of your biochemistry degree, including specialised skills such as the ability to understand complex biological processes, as well as many more general skills like numeracy and communication. But what happens once you have graduated and have to head into the wider science jobs market?

In truth, you may not feel ready to apply for science roles straight away and indeed, many of those wishing to pursue bioscience careers undertake further study such as a PhD, which is essential for academic research. Alternatively, you may decide to enter the general graduate jobs market or look to gain professional qualifications in a non-science field like teaching, law or finance.

What if I would like to become a biochemist?

As one of the most respected science recruitment agencies in the UK, Hyper Recruitment Solutions is here to provide you with all of the assistance that you require to secure a rewarding role in biochemistry after you graduate, encompassing CV and interview advice and actual advertisements for biochemistry vacancies.

As with other science jobs, work experience can play a big role in helping you to secure your dream role. You will have already developed practical and technical skills through the laboratory-based work and final year research project of your biochemistry degree, but you may further boost your marketability to employers by acquiring relevant work experience, such as in a research laboratory as part of a summer internship.

Developing your biochemistry career

Once you have secured a biochemistry role, you will develop your skills on the job, possibly as part of a structured graduate training programme provided by your employer. You may also seek to reinforce your professional scientist status and keep your biochemistry knowledge up to date through membership of a professional body, such as the Society of Biology or the Biochemical Society.

Your work as a biochemist will mainly take place in a laboratory, working from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. It may be required in some jobs to work shifts, as well as for longer hours during busier periods. Many biochemists also work on a part-time basis.

How much could I earn as a biochemist?

As detailed by the National Careers Service, trainee clinical biochemists on the NHS Scientist Training Programme can expect to earn a salary of around £25,000 a year, from which point, the NHS's Agenda for Change (AfC) pay structure applies. Qualified clinical biochemists in the NHS, for example, start in Band 6, earning between £26,302 and £35,225. With experience, you will have the option of applying for Band 7 jobs commanding salaries of up to £41,373.

Postdoctoral researchers and research fellows, meanwhile, can command salaries of £29,000 to £36,000 a year, and for research scientists in industry, the guideline wage is between £23,000 and £42,000 a year.

With biochemistry graduates employed by various other public sector organisations such as the Environment Agency and government departments, as well as across a wide range of companies in such industries as biotechnology, agriculture, food and water, there's no question that a biochemistry degree can stand you in extremely good stead in your search for science jobs.

Talk to our experts here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions today about the best next steps to take after graduation. 

It seems almost impossible these days to avoid social media, and indeed, many of us - particularly the Millennials who have grown up around smartphone and tablet communication - routinely use social networks for both personal and professional purposes.

However, while 73% of 18 to 34-year olds found their last job through social media, it's also true that 94% of recruiters either already use social networks for recruiting or plan to do so.

That makes it extremely important for those hunting for science jobs - in sectors ranging from biology and chemistry to pharmacology and immunology - to have a social media profile that says the right things about their professional self.  

The big difference made by social media to your job search

It's been a long time since LinkedIn was the only social media platform used for professional purposes, with Facebook and Twitter by no means merely the homes of amusing cat pictures or frivolous celebrity tweets.

The truth is that, whatever social media platforms you are active on - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and/or various others - everything that you say on them contributes to your overall 'employee brand'.

That means even those rants about late-running trains or annoying relatives count - and they don't necessarily reflect well on you. Even worse, however, is when your professional life is the subject of those rants - with those tweeting about a bad day at work risking the loss of their job.

Focus on LinkedIn - but not exclusively

While it is important to pay attention to everything that you say across all of your social media accounts - just like the most eagle-eyed recruitment agencies will be doing when considering your candidacy - the most attractive LinkedIn profile is a particular must-have.

After all, from a professional point of view, LinkedIn remains the most important social network, with 48% of recruiters making it their sole focus for social outreach. Some employers have been completely ditched CVs in favour of LinkedIn recruiting.

So, remember to complete your LinkedIn profile as much as possible, ensure that you refer to the same job title across all of your social communications and always challenge the appropriateness of whatever content you post.

The stakes are high in today's social media world

Being professional may be easier on LinkedIn, but on less career-oriented social platforms, it is much easier to suffer those all too common lapses that may cost you the chance of your dream role - perhaps without you even knowing.

Do you want to ensure that you are in the best position possible to compete for the very best jobs in 2016?

If so, explore the different fields that we cover, read about our complete Candidate Commitment and get in touch with our experts here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions today. 

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