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Taiho Pharmaceutical Interview

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Question 1 of 30
Since February 2009, over 40 million doses of Gardasil have been distributed globally. Have you studied this vaccine, and what are your thoughts on its use?
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How to Answer
Gardasil is a vaccine for use in the prevention of certain strains of human papillomavirus, specifically HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18. This vaccine is one of the most recent vaccines included on the childhood immunization schedule. Many parents have conflicted feelings about their children being given this vaccine. Remember, when an interviewer asks your opinion, he may not always expect you to agree with his. Nevertheless, be respectful with your answer no matter what your opinion is.

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Question 2 of 30
Are you familiar with what nitrites are and how they affect the human body?
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The goal of research is to recognize ways to prevent or develop ways to effectively treat and cure. Those who work in cancer research support that idea that a healthy diet is one thing we all can do in an effort to maintain wellness. Nitrites are chemical additives used to preserve and add flavoring to most lunch meats, including cold cuts and hot dogs. Once in the body, they react with body chemicals and turn into cancer-causing carcinogens. Having knowledge of things like nitrites will show the interviewer your level of interest in learning and educating others. Share any knowledge you have.

Question 3 of 30
Taiho Pharmaceutical is supportive of employers who interested in continuing their education. Have you thought of furthering your degree, and if so, would you stay within the research industry?
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There are people who choose a career and later return to school. Some have the objective is to get a higher degree in the same field or to change careers altogether. This question gives the interviewer an opportunity to know you and what your future plans may be. In turn, your answer allows the interviewer the chance to see where you may fit within Taiho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. now and in the future. If you have thoughts of continuing your education, don't be afraid to share that with the interviewer. Just remember to point out why you feel you would be an asset to Taiho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. now.

Question 4 of 30
An estimated 12,000 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States annually. Have you ever participated in any research that is focused on childhood cancer?
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While cancer is a devastating diagnosis, childhood cancer is all the more devastating. The thought behind this is that, while some cancers are not caused by lifestyles such as smoking or other risk factors, most childhood cancers deal with some type of genetics or unintentional exposure to carcinogens. Some researchers focus only on childhood cancer causes and efforts for a cure. If you have never participated in any specific childhood cancer study, you may have attended a lecture or heard of some type of research. Anything you can share with the interviewer that shows your interest will be a positive part of this interview.

Question 5 of 30
Research has shown that postmenopausal women who are more physically active are less likely to die from breast cancer. What are your thoughts as to why this may be so?
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Estrogen is necessary for the body to function. In women, the ovaries are the main source of estrogen. In men, an enzyme converts testosterone to estrogen. Fat cells in both men and women can also make estrogen. This is why too much estrogen is commonly seen in obesity. In women, too much estrogen is linked to an increased risk for post-menopausal breast, endometrial and ovarian cancers.
While not everyone understands the link between obesity and cancer risks, having some general knowledge such as the facts stated here, is beneficial. Share your knowledge with the interviewer.

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