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The basecamp: an insider’s guide to the application process in Colombia

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Earlier this year, and just a couple of weeks after I joined Novo Nordisk, we had our annual sales convention in Santa Marta. Some of the goals of this off-site event were to fine tune the commercial tool box used in our selling process and provide a motivational boost to face the challenges we had in 2013 with the underlying storyline of preparing our “road to the top”. For me it was an amazing kick-off to what it would be the first rotation within the Graduate Programme: setting up the basecamp.

When I think about it, the journey for the future graduate actually begins during the application process.  I have received many e-mails asking about the application, the motivational letter, the interview and overall general advice to have a well-rounded and sharp application file. Thinking back on my own experience, I will share with you a few essentials for setting up your own basecamp:

Make sure you comply with the basic requirements. As I mentioned on my previous post, you should have graduated from your master degree by the time of application. In addition, you should have a high level of spoken and written English; keep in mind that your language skills will be tested both with a written test and an interview

Get your facts right. I must confess that before applying to the Graduate Programme, I knew very little about the pharmaceutical industry, diabetes or Novo Nordisk. After reading about the company, I was both highly motivated to apply and I was prepared for my phone interview

-Be honest and strive for simplicity. When writing your motivation letter, try to be authentic about what motivates you and those aspects that really make you the perfect candidate for the programme

Be creative and forward-thinking.  In your motivation letter, talk about how the Graduate Programme could contribute to your personal career development and how a candidate like you can make a difference within the company. On a personal note, I think this is one of the most important parts of your application and can really make your file stand out

Now, are you ready to apply? Would you like to hear what other graduates around the world think about the recruitment process in their countries? Meet Mouna and Bruno and learn about their experiences in Algeria and Brazil.

Do you have more questions?  Feel free to drop me a line on the comments section :)

Remember: the application deadline closes in a couple of days (October 15th) so if you haven’t applied, hurry up and good luck!

¡Hasta Pronto!



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4 Comments to The basecamp: an insider’s guide to the application process in Colombia

  1. Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Permalink
    Luis S. says:

    Hi Vicky!

    Thanks for your insights! I am really interested in applying for “The Business IT graduate programme”. I got my masters degree at the end of 2011. Can I still apply for this program (since I finished my masters almost 2 years ago)?

    Your feedback will be greatly appreciated.

    Luis S.

  2. Posted December 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink
    Jerome Wang says:

    Hi Luis,

    Glad that you’re interested in our programme! :) I’m a recent graduate who has just joined Novo Nordisk in the Business IT programme this year.

    With regards to your question, we will look at your application as a whole, and not just about the working experience. So my answer would be, yes, you can still apply and stand a chance to get in. :)

    Do remember to apply for the Business IT programme here.

    If you have any further questions, do feel free to drop me a message.

  3. Posted December 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Permalink
    Luis S. says:

    Thanks a lot Jerome! I already applied so I’m hopping to get a positive answer by the end of february next year.

  4. Posted December 8, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink
    Jerome Wang says:

    All the best Luis! May the force be with you!