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. 



It hopefully won't have passed your notice that here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we don't merely provide services to candidates! Indeed, it is a natural part of our work in matching science jobs to those seeking vacancies in such fields as pharmacology, biochemistry and molecular biology that we also work very closely with organisations in need of talent in these categories.

Your business or organisation doubtless needs to get the New Year off to the best possible start, so here's how you can do just that by investing in the best talent in partnership with a leading science recruitment agency like Hyper Recruitment Solutions.

The most suitable candidate will bring long-term value

Let's imagine that you have found a candidate who seems to be making all of the right noises. They have great qualifications, their CV shows a lot of relevant experience and they appear to be a friendly, curious and determined 'team player'. Why is it so important to hire someone with the right attributes?

There is, of course, the financial aspect to consider - a hire who turns out to be unsuitable could cost your business many thousands of pounds to replace. This can in itself hold back your organisation from achieving its 2016 goals, particularly if you are a small firm and margins are tight already.

Mostly, however, the value of the best candidate is in how they can actively power your organisation forward, for month after month and year after year. Whoever you hire now will effectively be the face of your business in 2016 - so not only do they need to have the right skills and experiences, but they should also truly believe in your science organisation's mission, values and work.

Fuel your company's growth with the right hire

The graduate or new starter that you hire now may be occupying a senior position at your organisation in years to come. With their fresh perspective, energy and ideas, they can be instrumental as ambassadors for your business, helping you to create an effective 'employer brand' that will attract even more of the right people.

Don't forget that investing in the right people isn't just about finding and hiring those people - it's also about treating and training them well to minimise the likelihood of them ever wanting to leave your company. Studies have shown that employers that train their employees are three times less likely to lose them than those that don't.

Do you have exciting new science jobs to fill? Contact Hyper Recruitment Solutions right now about our acclaimed and highly compliant science recruitment solutions, so that your company takes on only the best talent in the New Year.  


Described by Claude Littner as an ‘Australian Ricky’ - but did he live up to the reputation? 

 

It’s been another entertaining series of The Apprentice this year and no doubt we were all on the edge of our seats watching Bianca Miller and Mark Wright battle it out in the final task. I am sure most of us would agree that both candidates deserved to be in the final.

After a grueling 12 weeks, Mark Wright was finally crowned as the 10th Apprentice winner. And it came as no surprise; Mark showed himself to be a worthy candidate throughout the process should be congratulated on his outstanding performance. 

I am really looking forward to seeing another Apprentice winner embarking on a career in ‘selling a service’ as opposed to a commercial product. Mark’s business idea involves digital marketing and search engine optimisation to help push small and medium sized businesses up online searches. I can appreciate Mark’s business aspirations in terms of providing a service to clients/customers as similarly, my business idea was to offer a service.  

Mark should be respected for what he has achieved. His desire to start up a new business in a very competitive market place in another country was an extremely brave decision. I can completely relate to how hard it is to start a business in a crowded market place. However sometimes, its challenges like these that drive you even further to achieving your goals. 

I absolutely love watching The Apprentice and it’s no secret that year was especially exciting for me. I could never have imagined that I would be sitting on the opposite of the desk as the interviewer – when only two years ago I was an interviewee! It was a surreal experience for me. Having been a candidate myself, I can really appreciate how gruelling and intense the interview experience must have been for the remaining five candidates. 

Advice for Mark 

Lord Sugar has not just invested in Mark’s business idea; he has invested in him as a person. Mark has showed some incredible attributes throughout the 12 week process. He came across as having the right ‘people skills’ that Lord Sugar is looking for. Lord Sugar invests time and money in people who show they can commit to making their ideas happen. And having interviewed him myself, it was clear he not only had relevant knowledge, skills and experience he genuinely had the passion and drive to succeed. For those reasons, I am confident he will be successful. 

Final thoughts 

I graduated as a Biochemist back in 2006 and this fuelled my passion for a career in the Life Science sector. I then spent over seven years working in the recruitment sector on behalf of the science community. I really enjoyed working in the recruitment industry, talking to clients and candidates from the science field supporting science jobs / careers. 

At that moment in my career, I felt I had reached a point where I had the relevant qualifications and experience to set up my own recruitment agency. Those who know me, know that science is a subject I am extremely passionate about. My goal was to set up my own recruitment scientific consultancy. So in 2012 I applied for the Apprentice. Wow! What a life changing experience that was.

Winning the Apprentice and receiving that all important £250 cash injection from Lord Sugar meant that my dream became a reality. I was able to finally set up my own company, Hyper Recruitment Solutions. Two years on my ambition to develop the landscape of science recruitment and make a positive impact to the Science & Life Sciences industries is a reality. It just shows that with hard work, commitment and dedication you can achieve your goals. 

The movement you hear the words “You’re hired” your life instantly changes. I wish Mark every success with his new company and welcome him to The Apprentice family! Oh and Mark - don’t forget to think about HRS when you need to recruit for your future sales workforce - just give one of our friendly recruitment consultants a call and we will find the right people for you ;)

My advice to anyone who is thinking about setting up a new business, is to never give up on your dreams, always follow your passions. If you fail the first, second or third time, don’t give up. Think positive and keep going.

So if you’ve been inspired to follow your business dream why not apply for next year’s Apprentice. Think you’ve got what it takes to be Lord Sugar’s next business partner? Apply now what have you got to lose? 

 



 
Two years on, HRS has supported over 1000 jobs in science!
So who says there's no jobs in science?
 
 
A world without science
 
Every time you turn a light on, start a car, open a refrigerator – it’s there. Now imagine a world without cars, TVs, transport, major medical advances or anything that involves science. We are so heavily reliant on being scientifically advanced, we wouldn't be able to survive without it. 
 
Science is all around us, it's everywhere, we simply can’t live without it. Let's not forget, if we want to improve the quality of our lives we need to ensure we continue to make advancements.
 
 
How Hyper Recruitment Solutions was founded
 
2006 was the year I graduated as a Biochemist from Cardiff University. This fuelled my passion for a career in the Life Science Sector. After I left university I spent several years working in science recruitment passionately supporting scientists with their careers. My long term ambition was to help the industry really make a difference and to do so I wanted to focus my efforts on supporting careers in science by offering as many professional science jobs as possible.
 
With financial investment from Lord Sugar in 2012, I was able to fulfil my dream and set up my own specialist consultancy, Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS).To create a truly specialist scientific recruitment agency I made the decision to employ scientists and train them in recruitment. Everyone who works at HRS is passionate about science. This is our driving force. We thrive on working alongside companies who are focused on making the world a better place for all.
 
 
 
 
 
 "Our vision is to provide recruitment solutions which will assist in the improvement and quality of life for all. 
We aim to provide a service to areas of actual need which have an impact on us all."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our consultants are scientists!
 
We want to succeed based on reputation, relationships and a passion for science and this is how the science community works. 
 
By ensuring our consultants come from the field and are interested in it, we create both a service of excellence and one which ensures we can build real relationships. We can be honest and professional about how careers can develop. All of which fall in line with our key company values.
 
 
Where are we now?
 
We support science jobs at all levels and from any discipline. This could be from working for a Pharmaceutical company who is developing new and existing therapeutics or an FMCG business who is making the latest consumer products in a sustainable and efficient way.
 
Two years later, we have proudly supported over 1000 science jobs and technology jobs. HRS has gone from a company with no infrastructure, customers, no reputation, to a successful business with clients across ten countries and a candidate base throughout the world.
 
So if you're looking for a science job, get in touch today. Our consultants would be more than happy to help you with your career in science!
 
 
 
 
 

Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) is committed to providing highly compliant and specialist recruitment consultancy dedicated to the Science and Technology communities. Our professional and knowledgeable team of consultants have come from industry or academia which means we have a greater understanding of the communities we serve. We are recruitment consultancy that not only cares about our markets, people and community, but are actually a real part of them too. Since our launch in 2012, we have made a real impact in our market and I am honoured that HRS has been short listed in the category of ‘Best Newcomer’ by Global Recruiter Awards.

Providing recruitment solutions which will assist in the improvement and quality of life for all is a philosophy we all value at HRS. Although may be a new player in the market place we are full of expertise, passion and commitment to both recruitment and the scientific communities. Our aim is to build long term partnerships with our clients and candidates whilst promoting the image of professional recruitment. Read our testimonials to find out what our clients, candidates and suppliers are saying about us.

In addition to providing a specialist service, we ensure we deliver exceptional customer experiences. We are not only passionate about finding the right science jobs and technology jobs for our candidates, we really want to help people further their careers and achieve their full potential within these fields. We always do our best to get to know each candidate throughout the recruitment process. It is extremely important to us that our candidates feel like they are treated as individuals.

HRS makes every effort to ensure all candidates are represented as accurately and professionally as possible, presenting roles above expectations. We always happy to offer support with the recruitment process, CV advice and tips and interview preparation.

I am honoured that HRS has been short listed for Best Newcomer. Being a finalist and winning an award can have a substantial impact on your career and company. Not only is this a great motivator it will certainly fuel our determination here at HRS to further exceed expectations.

The GR Industry Awards 2014 is taking place 26 June at Café de Paris, London  

Congratulations to all the finalists, I wish you all the best of luck and look forward to celebrating with you at the awards ceremony next month!  

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