At an ACS Careers weekend I joined Lisa
Balbes :(”resume transitions post for some
of her observations”) and several
dozen other consultants where we noted a
nice observation by a well-known BioPharm
recruiter, Megan Driscoll. Megan pointed out
that three things that stand out at
an on-site interview are problem solving,
enthusiasm and leadership.
No surprise to these being on the list.
Problem solving is often revealed in the
interview’s technical presentation that most
companies weigh heavily in the hiring
What was surprising and useful was
pointing out the causes of some red flags
in a person’s technical presentation. They are
- presentation has not enough information
- outdated skills or methods
- the topic is wrong for the audience and position
She declared this topic is so critical that the
interviewee might agree in advance on the
topic title and confirm that this is what
the audience is looking for.
For enthusiasm, whether or not an interviewee
accepts a position, one should find ways to
display that the person thoughtfully exudes
passion for the opportunity.
For leadership, the various team structured
results that allow people to observe, develop
and practice functional and leadership skills