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My top 3 tips for the phone interview & assessment center

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Dear all applicants,

I would like to share my best tips and tricks for the phone interview and the recruitment center to ensure that you have a successful recruiting process. My main three tips are:

  1. Be yourself 

Be yourself – this sounds very cliché and might be something that everyone thinks they are doing. However, it is very common to act according to some set norm, for instance in relation to how to respond to questions or how to act among the other candidates in the recruiting process. What I noticed during my time in the phone interview and in the assessment center was that the assessers only wanted to get to know me as a person and nothing fancier than that. So please be yourself and do not try to be more or less. It will only work in your disadvantage. I think it is important to note that everyone is unique and we all have something special to bring to the table. So please show it and think about concrete examples were you show your uniqueness.

  1. Know yourself

Assess yourself before going into the phone interview and the assessment center. This is also something you probably have heard before, but many people think they know themselves however when the question about your weaknesses come, you do not know how to answer it with clear and concrete examples. You need to know your pitfalls and your strengths. You need to know what you would do to overcome your pitfalls and how this can be applied in a work setting. Think about the things that make you stressed and why it makes you stressed. Also, consider how you would solve the situation. Think about what type of people you prefer to work with and people that you prefer not to work with. Thereafter, dig deeper into why you like/dislike to work with these type of people. By going through this thought process you will get insights into your personality, work traits and core qualities as well as your pitfalls.

  1. Identify the meaning of this job to you

For me it was really important finding a job that I can relate to on a more personal level and where I feel that I am working towards something useful. My motivation started with my grandfather, who has type 2 diabetes, this is something I have seen him struggling with for many years. Thus, I had a strong urge to help him and people like him to simplify their diabetes treatment. Another strong motivation for me was the connection to the developing countries, Africa especially. I knew that Novo Nordisk is making a difference for these people by giving them access to treatment. For me, these two aspects make the everyday work day challenging, interesting and truly motivating. I advise you to find your true motivation as to why you would like to start your career in Novo Nordisk. It can be one motivation or many, but make sure that you have them clear in your mind and show them through examples.

These were my top three tips for successfully going through the recruiting process. I hope you find it useful and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

All the best,


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6 Comments to My top 3 tips for the phone interview & assessment center

  1. Posted February 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Permalink
    Mariana Galvão Lyra says:

    Thank you pretty much, indeed, Elin!



  2. Posted February 25, 2013 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    Dear Elin,

    Thank you so much for sharing this tips for the interview and assessment center I appreciate it.

    I am definitely looking forward to the interview with the HR team. I am confident that following your advices and keep preparing myself for the interview, as I have done for the past weeks will be crucial in the process.

    I am applying for the Global Marketing position, and I’m really looking forward to talk with the recruiters and explain them why I want to join the team.

    again, thank you so much, and hope to hear back from you soon.

    All the best, and best regards.


  3. Posted February 28, 2013 at 10:15 am | Permalink
    LIN RAN says:

    It is really helpful for knowing these tips shared by you Elin

  4. Posted January 22, 2014 at 3:57 pm | Permalink
    Richard Bichage says:

    Thank you very much for the insights. I am from Kenya and preparing to apply for the 2014 program as I hope for the best.

  5. Posted February 20, 2014 at 8:01 am | Permalink
    Rashmi Pardeshi says:

    Thank you very much Elin for your valuable tips and views.

  6. Posted May 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm | Permalink
    Vinay says:

    Elin, Those were some really points to ponder over. Thanks for sharing them with us :)
    Wish you all the very best !