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Get noticed at interview: must-have candidate traits
8 May 2024 | Words by the Star People Recruitment Team

As a team specialising in the pharma, medtech and biotech spaces, we know that some candidates just have that special something that sets them apart when interviewing for roles. If you’re gearing up for an interview and want to knock it out of the park, here are some traits you should definitely aim to showcase.

Industry knowledge

First and foremost, a solid understanding of the drug development process and regulatory landscape is crucial. Employers in this industry love candidates who can speak knowledgeably about topics like clinical trials, good manufacturing practices (GMP), and the ever-evolving regulatory environment. Being able to demonstrate your expertise in these areas through thoughtful responses and relevant examples will make you stand out.

a solid understanding of the drug development process and regulatory landscape is crucial

Details, details, details

Next up, let’s talk about attention to detail. In an industry where accuracy and precision are paramount, employers highly value candidates who can showcase their meticulous nature. Whether it’s double-checking data, following protocols to a tee, or ensuring all documentation is in order, your ability to sweat the small stuff can be a major selling point.

Communication from A-Z

Communication skills are another biggie, but in the pharma, medtech and biotech worlds, they take on an added dimension. You may need to explain complex scientific concepts to non-technical stakeholders or present intricate data to regulatory bodies. Being able to communicate clearly, concisely, and in a manner that resonates with your audience is a skill that can set you apart.

employers highly value candidates who can showcase their meticulous nature

Showcase your adaptability

Adaptability is also a trait that pharma employers find incredibly valuable. With constantly evolving technologies, shifting regulations, and the ever-present pressure to innovate, being able to pivot and embrace change is essential. Demonstrate your ability to think on your feet and navigate challenges with a level head, and you’ll be sure to impress.

See the bigger picture

Finally, let’s talk about passion and intellectual curiosity. These industries are at the forefront of scientific discovery, and employers want candidates who are genuinely excited about pushing boundaries and making a difference. Share your enthusiasm for the field, your drive to continually learn and grow, and your commitment to improving patient outcomes.

communicate clearly, concisely, and in a manner that resonates with your audience

Remember, an industry interview isn’t just about your qualifications; it’s also about showing the prospective employer that you have the whole package – technical know-how, attention to detail, communication skills, adaptability, and an unwavering passion for the industry.

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