March 22, 2017

How Top-Tier Companies Make Job Offers

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Making a strong financial offer to a job candidate is clearly important, but there are many other things that top-tier companies do to increase the likelihood that they close the deal. The life sciences sector is in the midst of an extremely competitive, candidate driven job market. Companies are battling one another for the same scientific talent. Recruiting in this market often means trying to convince a candidate to leave a job in order to join your team. The most […]
January 27, 2016

Strategies for a Successful Interview in the Bio-pharma Industry

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The presentation portion of your interview is make or break. If your scientific presentation is poor it is highly unlikely you will get the job for which you are interviewing. To avoid this misfortune there are three actions you can take to increase your chances of having presentation success: Ask the hiring manager for guidance in regards to picking a topic; practice, practice, practice; and anticipate questions and prepare answers.   Ask for help Do not be shy about calling […]
March 27, 2015

Sealing the Deal: How to Nail Your Onsite Interview

You spotted your dream job on that innovative, up and coming company’s website. You took a red pen to your resume and edited it to showcase all of the core responsibilities of the job description. You crafted an articulate, thoughtful cover letter that demonstrates your genuine interest in not only the position, but the company’s future as well. All of your hard work landed you a phone interview – which you aced – and now you’ve been asked to come […]
November 26, 2014

The Most Important Quality an Employee Can Have

It’s a bold move as an organization to name one non-negotiable character that every employee absolutely needs to have. But it’s crucial to our growth as a company and the success of our staff that every person we employ is coachable. Receiving feedback is a concept that we all learn early on in the classroom and is reinforced throughout our childhood in the home and on the sports field. And it’s a notion that needs to be present in the […]
May 20, 2014

What To Consider in Your Next Offer

Check out this teaser from Megan’s article on what options to weigh when considering an offer, to be featured in the AAPS Newsmagazine’s July issue… Searching for a new job can be an exhausting process and often times the only light at the end of the tunnel is being able to land an offer at the end of it all. While you may be inclined to sign the dotted line right away, and the employer is likely pushing you to do […]
February 27, 2014

Why Perks Matter

While most companies have a principal business goal that they tout as their mission, the underlying goal of every company is to build an organization where people want to work. Creating a culture of appreciation and fun can go a long way in recruiting new talent and retaining your top performers. Employee productivity is a core component to running a business and it’s a no brainer that happier employees are more productive employees. The big question is: how do you […]
August 6, 2013

Munich and back to Basel and the HEAT!!

The meetings in Munich went well for Megan. She visited the Sandoz corporate offices and visited The Medicines Company. While she met with HR and hiring managers the children and Eric visited the Munich Zoo. Thankfully, in spite of the heat the Germans were super nice and incredibly helpful. While in Munich, Megan and her family stayed at the Munich City Hilton. The hotel was delightfully accommodating and a cool change to the roasting air conditioner-less apartment in Basel. On […]
April 18, 2013

HR Spotlight: Cathy Carew

Cathy Carew is principal and founder of HR Collaborative, an HR Consulting firm focused on emerging life science companies. (She is currently working at four company on site locations) and has worked in HR for the majority of her career. She began working at the Bank of New England for an HR training program and shifted into a generalist role in 1983. Get an inside scoop about the life of an HR consultant with Cathy in this exclusive interview. 1)     What is […]
November 16, 2012

How Do You Answer a Question About Your Salary Expectations?

The answer is simple: On your application simply write negotiable-nothing more, nothing less. In your interview, you might also be asked verbally about your salary expectations. When asked about your salary expectations, simply say, “1 would consider any reasonable offer.”, If the person responds with, “No, really, what are you looking for?” Reply again with, “No, really, 1 am very excited about your company and the role I would play here, and I would consider any reasonable offer,”?’ No interviewer […]
November 9, 2012

How to Conduct a Successful Behavioral Interview

Behavioral interviewing focuses on how the interviewee has acted in past employment related situations based on skills, abilities, and knowledge with questions often starting with: “tell me about a time,” “describe a time” etc. The idea is that past performance will correlate with future performance. Not sure what to ask during a behavioral interview? Here are some common questions: – Can you give me an example from your past when you had to make a quick decision under lots of […]