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.