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05/31/06
Panel Interview Question
Filed under: Interviewing
Posted by: site admin @ 1:28 pm

Hi Dan,

I have an interview tomorrow and Thursday and I just got the schedule. One thing I was not prepared for is two “Roundtable Discussion” slots. I will be meeting with 6 then 4 scientists for a Roundtable Discussion but I am not sure how those go. I haven’t spoken to anyone who has experience with them. Any thoughts on how to successfully handle Roundtable Discussions during an interview?

T

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05/25/06
Phone Interview Query
Filed under: Interviewing
Posted by: site admin @ 9:34 am

Hi Dan,

I did a phone interview today and was asked a question that I was not prepared for.   I would really appreciate your advice as to how to handle the question since I am sure it will come up again.  

It began by the interviewer saying I am coming from a top notch lab and that I will have no problem finding a job.  Then he mentioned that I have a relationship with Pfizer and asked if Pfizer has extended an offer. 

I was honest and replied that I have been talking to Pfizer but nothing was firm yet.   

He then asked me what other companies I was interviewing with.  I was beginning to feel a little bit uncomfortable and mentioned that I did have an interview in June.  He kept pressing the issue and began asking for the company.  I remained quiet and then asked if it was another biotech or pharma company.  I told him pharma.  

I thought the phone interview was going well but it seemed that once he knew other companies might be interested he wasn’t interested any more.  Any advice on how to handle this situation if it comes up again?

T

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