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Hetero Drugs Limited Interview

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Do you prefer to work with studies related to humans, animals, or plant life?

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  1. Do you prefer to work with studies related to humans, animals, or plant life?
    • Perhaps you have a preference, and maybe you don't. However, you answer this question, be sure to keep your reply positive. (IE: Avoid saying "I dislike studies related to animals." You don't want to shut down any particular practice.)

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I dislike studies related to animals."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I can honestly say that I do not have a preference as of yet. As I continue to carve out my career, that may change; however, for the moment, I am happy to be working in the biotech industry in any related focus."


  1. List 3 qualities that make you the best candidate for Hetero Drugs Limited.
    • After researching Hetero Drugs Limited 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"


  1. 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?"


  1. By this time in your career, you should have advanced further, what has slowed down your career progression?
    • When an interviewer sees slow career progression on your resume, they will immediately want to determine whether this is by your own choice, any outside circumstances, or if you are not motivated to create growth. If your career has progressed slower than you wish, you must be honest with the interviewer when discussing this.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I agree with you that my career progression has been slower than some. You will see that between 2001 - 2009 I worked for the same company without an increase in my job title. The company was too small to offer a promotion to me as the next level was ownership and the business wasn't for sale. After this, from 2009-2012 I was on leave as I needed to care for my ailing parents. The growth since returning to work has been steady but those years were a bit of a standstill for me. I am ready to spring into action now, and forge ahead in my career."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Early in my career, I was left to care for an elderly, sick parent. Her care required more of me than expected, so I allowed my career to sit and wait. I am happy with that decision. Spending those last precious moments with a loved one is worth the setback."


  1. When a problem requires a quick solution, how do you respond?
    • When it comes to complex problem solving, the decisions do not always arrive quickly. It takes practice, experience, and confidence to learn what sorts of decisions yield the best results.
      Problems that require you to act quickly can be emergency situations such as knowing where the fire extinguisher is and grabbing it fast enough to put out a small grease fire in the company kitchen. Other quick decisions could be if you are asked to take on a new responsibility and only given five minutes to decide if it's something you are prepared to take on.

      Going with your gut is a skill, and the more you learn to trust your intuition, the easier it becomes to make these types of decisions. Demonstrate that you are confident and able to react swiftly when the need arises.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When an urgent problem arises at work, I always try to respond in a calm and assuring manner. I am a natural leader which means that my team often looks to me for answers. One instance of my fast-thinking was just last week when we had an administrative employee no-show on a crucial and busy day for us. I called a temp agency, and they had the position filled in just one hour."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I react swiftly in emergency situations. Perhaps my skills come from my years as a parent, having to think fast and put out fires! If a quick solution is required, I will do a fast overview of the facts and make a decision based on risk factors."


  1. Are you applying for any other jobs?
    • It always puts a little bit of fire under the hiring manager if they are aware that you are actively looking for a new position. Tell the interviewer about your search so far.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am keeping an eye out for viable positions. Although I am not in final stages with any other company, I am actively seeking a new position."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Yes, I am active in my job search and am in final stages with another company. Do you have a timeline in mind for a decision on this position?"


  1. 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 Hetero Drugs Limited 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!"


  1. If you could choose any special area of focus with Hetero Drugs Limited, which would you choose?
    • Working for Hetero Drugs Limited 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 Hetero Drugs Limited.

      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 Hetero Drugs Limited. 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."


  1. 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."


  1. When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks?
    • Some tasks will require a keener eye and additional diligence. Discuss a time when you were extra thorough during a work-related project.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have to be extra thorough from time to time when I have clients that are especially detail oriented. Often this will mean spending additional time on calls with them to highlight project changes. I am okay with being extra thorough when needed."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am always thorough, but we do have monthly team meetings where we discuss our performance metrics. That reporting takes a little longer."


  1. Who would you say inspires you?
    • Your life's inspiration can come from a book, a mentor, your family, a celebrity, author - literally anyone! Talk to the interviewer about who has inspired your life and why.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I find inspiration in a variety of people and things. I would have to say that the person who has most greatly inspired me has been my grandmother. She always had a smile on her face no matter how hard she worked and she loved everyone. She was well respected and always gave more than she received. I try to live like she did, as much as I can."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My previous manager was a huge inspiration to me. Her passion for this industry was motivating and put the fire in me to climb the ladder in my career."


  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."


  1. 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 Hetero Drugs Limited 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 Hetero Drugs Limited."

      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."


  1. 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 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!"


  1. 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 Hetero Drugs Limited 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."


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