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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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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.
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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."
2.
List 3 qualities that make you the best candidate for Novartis.
After researching Novartis 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
"I am a great team player. In my past experiences, I had the chance to collaborate with many people with different personalities and backgrounds. I've always thrived working with different teams. I am someone who hits the ground running. I have worked on projects from scratch to finish, where I have managed tight deadlines and budgets. As a pharmacist, I've always been curious and a quick learner. I believe these qualities are a good fit for the position you are offering."
Rachelle's Answer
Good response and nicely organized with great examples to back your qualities. Well done!
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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 Novartis 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 Novartis."
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 worked directly with two pharmaceutical companies for two years, where I worked as a product manager and a sales representative. As a pharmacist, I always wanted to work for the pharmaceutical industry to be able to market cutting-edge treatments to help people have a better life."
Rachelle's Answer
Your response shows a genuine interest in the pharma industry. Good answer!
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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 Novartis 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
"Cell and gene therapy are becoming essential in many therapeutic areas to treat complex diseases. Novartis already has cutting-edge treatments available; for example, the gene therapy Luxturna, and more will be available in the coming years."
Rachelle's Answer
It's great that you gave a specific example of what Novartis is doing to shake up the pharma industry. Excellent response!
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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
"I have a very good network on LinkedIn that shares the latest trends and updates about the industry. I also enjoy reading the PharmaTimes website and newsletter."
Rachelle's Answer
Great specifics! Nice work.
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