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29 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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Why did you choose a career in the Pharma/Biotech industry?
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1.
Why did you choose a career in the Pharma/Biotech industry?
The interviewer would like to know what drew you into a career within their industry. Show the hiring manager that you have a natural attraction to this particular industry and that you're here to stay.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I chose a career in Pharma/Biotech because I have always had an attraction to the study of medicine, and science, and the correlation between them. It's an ever-changing industry which never becomes dull."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The drive behind my choosing a career in Biotechnology was because I love science and helping others. With these two drivers combined, I knew it would be a career choice that I would be happy with for years to come."
Anonymous Answer
"I have chosen my career in Pharma Industry because it works to improve the quality of life of Humans by providing life-saving medicines. I have an instinct to help other people whenever it is possible, and whenever I get the opportunity. So these two factors have driven me to choose a career in Pharmaceuticals."
Rachelle's Answer
This is great reasoning to choose a career in the pharma industry! I have reworded slightly, for clarity and flow.
"I chose a career in the pharma industry because of my instinct to help others whenever possible. Pharmaceuticals work to improve the quality of human life by providing life-saving medicine, and I am eager to be a part of the cause."
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2.
List 3 qualities that make you the best candidate for AbbVie.
After researching AbbVie you should have a firm idea of the qualities they admire most in their candidates. Discuss the attributes that will help you to stand out as a top candidate.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that this role requires stand-out skills in organization, leadership, and an energetic demeanor. I would say that these are 3 of my top skills, and I have many others! My references would attest to these skills as well."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some qualities that make you a great candidate for any company:

- A robust existing network in the industry
- A great reputation
- Leadership capabilities and experience
- Integrity and likability
- Strong minded
- Thirst for knowledge"
Anonymous Answer
"My three qualities, which I think make me the best candidate for Abbvie, are excellent collaborator, the rich experience of managing people of different diversities, and deep hands-on technical expertise in Data Integrity/GxP IT Compliance."
Rachelle's Answer
These are very good qualities! Your highlights are unique and will ensure that you are a stand-out candidate.
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3.
How many years have you worked in the Pharma/Biotech industry? What keeps you interested in our line of work?
Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your work history, highlighting the most relevant positions and skills. Talk to the interviewer about your desire to work for AbbVie long term.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have worked within Pharma/Biotech for the past 15 years. I started in a lab assistant role and am now at the supervisory level with my current company. I stay in this industry because the opportunities are endless. I would be thrilled to continue my career growth in this industry with AbbVie."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am new to the Pharmaceuticals industry and recently graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Science. I plan to remain in this industry for the entire length of my career. At this point, starting in this apprenticeship role and then, moving forward into a role further focused on the development of new treatments."
Anonymous Answer
"I have worked for 7 years in pharma industries. I love the challenges of working in a highly regulated environment that bring the best quality medicines for Human Beings. Pharmaceuticals Industry has a lot of examples of how this industry has helped the needy people who need medicines to save their life. These are the motivational factors for keeping me in this line of work."
Rachelle's Answer
These are very excellent reasons to want to work in this industry. If you could be more specific on the solutions that AbbVie brings to people, and the difference they make, that could make your answer stronger. I have provided an example below.
"I have been in the pharma industry for seven years. I have a passion for working in pharma because we help people in need and provide medications that save lives. With AbbVie in particular, your products help patients in over 170 countries as you address some of the worlds' most dire health needs. This role offers an inspiring opportunity for me to join your cause."
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4.
What industry related changes do you foresee in the next 12 months?
Assure the interviewer that you have a keen and honest interest in this industry by discussing the growth and change that you foresee in this next year. If the organization itself has any upcoming news or changes, be sure to mention these as well.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I read on your website that AbbVie is expected to see a 43% increase in the sales of product ABC. This fact piqued my interest as I have seen reports that forecast a strong increase in the use of product ABC for alternative medical therapies. There are continual changes in this industry, but I see this particular one being very significant in the upcoming months."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I was recently reading an article by Q1 Productions that addressed this exact topic. They mentioned in the article that 2018 is going to be a great year for the pharma industry due to the economic upturn. The thought is that this will increase stock prices; thus, allowing pharma companies to grow their offerings, expand operations, and further their research and reach. It's an exciting thought!"
Anonymous Answer
"Well, there are three perspectives, first change from the regulations perceptive, which I think won't be too aggressive in the next 12 months. Regulatory bodies are already doing a great job of keeping the benchmarks high for pharmaceutical companies. Second is approvals of many breakthrough life-saving drugs and biosimilars in the next 12 months will be high. The third is possible acquisitions in the industries as a good number of large companies are trying to consolidate the businesses across the globe."
Rachelle's Answer
It's fantastic that you take three angles here, truly showcasing the depth of your knowledge in the pharma business. Very well done!
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5.
How do you stay informed on changes in the Pharma/Biotech industry?
The Pharma/Biotech industry is fast moving with changes and developments happening all the time. Assure the interviewer that you are engaged when it comes to industry related changes.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I follow multiple medical journals and blogs related to changes in the Pharma/Biotech industry. My favorite is wiley.com which is a strong source for updates in a variety of related medical studies."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have set up some industry related google alerts, and I also subscribe to Pharma Forum, Science Direct, and Medical Futurist, online. I am always looking for new opportunities to learn so if you have recommendations, I am happy to hear them!"
Anonymous Answer
"The source I prefer to read first is the news/guidelines from regulatory bodies. I also love to read pharma journals, the news from our competitor's web pages. I have been a part of a few groups of like-minded people on the internet. All these sources keep me informed."
Rachelle's Answer
Excellent! You show the interviewer that you gather your information from a nice variety of trusted sources. To put the cherry on top, you could mention a helpful article or whitepaper from the AbbVie website.
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6.
This position requires a minimum Bachelor's Degree in a science related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education.
Your post-secondary career is significant when it comes to displaying your ability to complete a degree, multitask, and apply yourself. Walk the interviewer through your post-secondary experience making sure to highlight any recognition or awards you may have achieved.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Tampa College of Natural and Health Sciences. I graduated with Honours which was an especially proud moment for me since I had also been working part-time."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I recently graduated from the University of Georgia with my Degree in Pharmaceutical Science. With this degree, I look forward to joining AbbVie and carving out a great career with you. When the timing is right, I do plan to return to school to obtain my Master's Degree in a science-based field. This extension of learning, of course, would be in tandem with my full-time job."
Anonymous Answer
"I joined engineering after clearing a competitive exam. My Major was Information Technology, and it was a four-year regular course. I built a lot of IT programs during the college period, and many of them were acknowledged at national level technical fests. I excelled in technical paper presentations in many technical competitions in my state. Overall it was a good experience, and I passed successfully."
Rachelle's Answer
Wow - you sound highly accomplished! Be prepared to show examples/send examples of your work when appropriate.
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7.
If you could choose any special area of focus with AbbVie, which would you choose?
Working for AbbVie could open a variety of career options for you. If you had your choice when it comes to a career path, which career do you think you would choose? Talk to the interviewer about where you'd like to see your career path go with AbbVie.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am currently working as a Clinical Research Assistant and would like to eventually grow into a Principal Scientist role, or something of the like, with AbbVie. My primary goal is to find a long-term home where I can continue to expand my knowledge in the area of (choose an area of study)."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"That is a challenging question when there are so many interesting options at my fingertips. If I had to choose just one area of specialty today, I would choose a topic within animal science. I am passionate about the health of animals."
Anonymous Answer
"Though I am open to handle any responsibility within the organization, I would like to focus on Data Integrity, IT Compliance, Improving the relationships between IT and other departments and improving the output from the critical projects."
Rachelle's Answer
Very specific! Your answer should be helpful to the interviewer when they consider placing you, and where your skills could best be utilized.
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8.
Would you further your post-secondary education to include a Ph.D. in your field?
Some upper-level positions within AbbVie may require a higher level of education. Assure the interviewer that you would be willing to discuss enhancing your knowledge to grow within the organization eventually.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have considered furthering my education to include a Ph.D. It would need to be in tandem with full-time employment, but I would certainly consider achieving this goal through evening and weekend coursework."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Oh yes! I am a big believer in higher education. These days, to be a stand-out candidate or employee, I think that having a Ph.D. is best."
9.
In your opinion, what is the biggest development in Biotechnology in the past 3 years?
The term 'biotechnology' refers to the use of cells and molecules to create a product within medicine, genetic testing, or even agriculture. What do you foresee as the most significant development that has happened in the past few years?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"There have been so many developments in biotechnology the past three years, but I do feel that the biggest was the development in gene editing. It's an incredibly controversial and intriguing practice."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"There is a multitude of biotech developments from which to choose! I was recently reading about these new methods of manipulating human cells to beat a range of diseases. According to Fortune Magazine, Chinese scientists have launched the first CRISPR gene-editing trial for the treatment of cancer. It's all pretty incredible, isn't it?"
Anonymous Answer
"3D visualization and augmented reality for surgery, HPV vaccine, and 3D Printed Organs are three major developments in the past few years."
Rachelle's Answer
These are undoubtedly significant breakthroughs and developments. You show a solid understanding of what is happening in your industry. Well done.
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10.
In your opinion, what is the biggest development in Pharmaceuticals in the past 3 years?
The term 'pharmaceutical' refers to the creation and sale of medicine. What do you foresee as the most significant development that has happened in the past few years?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"There have been so many developments in the pharmaceutical industry the past three years, but I do feel that the biggest was the creation of the first vaccine for Dengue."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am most impressed by the way the pharma industry has switched their focus from treatment to prevention. It's a great way to flip our thinking in the industry, and will save the lives of so many people."
Anonymous Answer
"In my opinion, Organizations have adopted the strategy from Massive to Lean, Shift from West to East, and Rise of Biosimilars are the most significant developments in the pharmaceuticals in the last three years."
Rachelle's Answer
Great! You certainly have a thumb on the pulse of what's happening in the pharma industry.
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