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The phone interview?! Tips and tricks to get ready

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Congratulations to those of you who have submitted their application to one of the graduate programmes! You have taken the first hurdle in becoming a graduate within Novo Nordisk :-). At the moment, all of your applications are being read through. This is probably the toughest round of the selection process since we receive so many great applications and we can only choose ca. 400 for the phone interview! At the end of February/ beginning of March you will be informed vie E-mail about the outcome of this process. In case you get selected for the next round, we can only say that being selected for the phone interview out of several thousand applications is really a great achievement and the main feeling you should have at that moment is being proud of yourself!

But, of course, you may also be a little bit nervous about what comes next. Therefore, we would like to share with you some tips for how to best prepare for the phone interview. Since there will not be a lot of time between the invitation for the interview and the actual interivew, it might be wise to already start preparing now:

First of all, be assured that there are no traps or mean questions in the phone interview: If you have reached this stage of the process, it means that we already think that you are a great fit with Novo Nordisk and the graduate programme. Interviewers will take the opportunity to get to know you better and get a more thorough understanding of what you previously did and why this made you want to join Novo Nordisk.

So be prepared to talk about the following:

What is your story?

Basically: why did you do what you did (academic and professional experience, extracurricular activities, etc.)?

We like open and honest answers: only a few of us have a straight arrow for a personal and professional path. What your interviewers are interested in is why you made those choices, and why, in regards to your experiences, you have decided that Novo Nordisk would be the best place to achieve your personal and professional development. For example, with regards to my (Lisa) professional experience, my CV was mainly filled with internships in the financial services industry (and mainly at one company). So of course during my phone interview the question came up: Why are you interested in working in the pharmaceutical industry and at Novo Nordisk? Why do you not want to work in the financial services industry and with the company you interned with? Although I had clear answers to these questions in my head, the challenging part was to share them in a logical and convincing way with the interviewer on the phone. Some preparation beforehand definitely helped me with that!

What did you achieve, which challenges did you face and what did you learn?

Take a look at your resume as well as your cover letter: you have to know them BY HEART and be prepared to answer questions regarding them! You will be questioned about both your positive and negative experiences. What you achieved and what you learned. Don’t be fluffy in your answers: of course you have learnt something and of course you had some challenges. What you did to overcome them is what we would like to hear. Also, be ready to elaborate on your achievements. However, no matter how great these might be, try and stay humble :-).

Why Novo Nordisk and why your programme?

We are looking for people who want to contribute to Novo Nordisk’s success. The graduate programme IS challenging, for real. Also you have to be convinced of why you wish to join the programme and what this means to you: What is important for you within Novo Nordisk, what programmes, actions, initiatives appeal to you and why you think they are relevant to Novo Nordisk’s patients, are some of the questions you should ask yourself.

Identify and know your motivation for Novo Nordisk and for the specific programme you will be interviewed for: This is your only chance as you will get interviewed for only one of the programmes you have applied for. Browse Novo Nordisk’s website as well as the graduate blog, podcasts, videos, FB page, etc., there is plenty of information there to help you :-) 

Our last advice: Be yourself because then you will be at your best! The interviewer wants to get to know YOU and since it is the story of your life you are the one who knows it best!

Also remember: everyone is nervous during phone interviews and the interviewer knows this as well and will not hold this against you. It is just natural. But if you smile while talking (Yes, you can definitely hear if someone is smiling on the phone!) and if you even manage to laugh this will not only leave a positive impression to the interviewer, but also make you more relaxed.

To read more about interview tips and tricks, read the following blog posts:

-      My top 3 tips for the phone interview

-      Phone interview and the Graduate Recruitment Centre – key tips for success

-      OH BOY!!! Interviews scare me…

Now enjoy the rest of this weekend and stay tuned for more blog posts to come!

Anne-Sophie and Lisa

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30 Comments to The phone interview?! Tips and tricks to get ready

  1. Posted February 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm | Permalink
    Pankaj Chhipa says:

    Please help me to get the Job Opportunity in Graduates Programs, How To Enrol or Proceed For The Graduat Programms,

    I Am Having 5 Years of Pharmaceutical R&D Experinece and Master in Pharmaceutical Sciences,

    Hoping Positive Response,

    Pankaj
    INDIA
    sendpankaj@gmai.com

  2. Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:16 am | Permalink
    Ioannis Tataridis says:

    Dear Anne-Sophie and Lisa,

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I really appreciate the time you took to write these insightful tips and tricks.

    I have applied for the RA graduate programme and look forward for the opportunity to meet you.

    Best Regards,

    Ioannis

  3. Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:27 am | Permalink
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie Lisa and Anne-Sophie says:

    Dear Pankaj,
    Thank you for your comment and for your interest in the programme.
    Unfortunately the deadline for applying to the Graduate Programmes has now passed, but given your strong experience in the industry it might be better for you to directly apply to a permanent position.
    Please visit the career site of Novo Nordisk to find out what positions are currently opened.
    Wishing you the best.
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie

  4. Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:29 am | Permalink
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie Lisa and Anne-Sophie says:

    Thank you Ioannis for your comment and we do hope that those tips and tricks will help you get ready for what awaits you next.
    Good luck with the rest of the process and stay tuned for more blogposts!
    Have a nice day,
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie

  5. Posted February 18, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Permalink
    Susana Canas says:

    Dear Anne-Sophie and Lisa,

    That was really a great help, it is always so important to have someone guiding us through this whole process, as it gets a bit nerve-racking ;)

    I would also like to know, the 400 selected candidates you mentioned, are they only for the Global Finance graduate programme or for the overall Novo Nordisk’s graduate programmes?

    Thank you once again for the precious help, I hope we meet!

    Best,
    Susana

  6. Posted February 18, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Permalink
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie Lisa and Anne-Sophie says:

    Dear Susana,

    we are very happy that we could help you with our blog posts. Please let us know if you have further questions. The 400 candidates are across all graduate programmes.

    Best regards,

    Anne-Sophie and Lisa

  7. Posted February 19, 2014 at 9:09 pm | Permalink
    Mubbashar says:

    hello anybody can tell me can i apply for graduate programme in NNIT now ? Any Possibility???

  8. Posted February 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Permalink
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie Lisa and Anne-Sophie says:

    Dear Mubbashar,

    thank you very much for your comment. NNIT is actually hosting an Open House Event on the 12th of March. You can sign up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/NNIT-AS/122911944417 . This Event is aimed at recent IT-graduates that would like to have a look inside the NNIT Graduate Programme to see if it matches their career dreams for the future.

    We hope this helps. Best regards, Anne-Sophie and Lisa

  9. Posted February 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Permalink
    Eduardo Ferreira says:

    Dear Anne-Sophie and Lisa,

    Thank you for sharing these useful tips here, that I truly believe it can help us along this “travel”.

    As the end of February is coming, should I expect an e-mail confirmation if I am selected for a phone interview?

    Thank you once again.

    Best regards,
    Eduardo

  10. Posted February 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Permalink
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie Lisa and Anne-Sophie says:

    Dear Eduardo,

    thank you very much for your comment. Yes, you are right, you should soon expect an e-mail on the outcome of the screening process. You should receive this e-mail in the next two weeks we would say. But, this also depends on the programme you have applied for.

    Good luck!

    Best regards Anne-Sophie and Lisa

  11. Posted February 25, 2014 at 1:57 am | Permalink
    Jonathan says:

    Will applicants receive feedback regardless if they are successful or otherwise?

  12. Posted February 25, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Permalink
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie Lisa and Anne-Sophie says:

    Dear Jonathan,

    yes, all applicants will receive an email about the outcome of the screening process (i.e. whether you are selected for the phone interview or not). Unfortunately – due to the large number of applicants – Novo Nordisk will not be able to give personal feedback in case a person was unsuccessful with his/her application.

    We hope this addresses your question and send you our best regards,

    Anne-Sophie and Lisa

  13. Posted February 28, 2014 at 5:51 am | Permalink
    David Selassie Opoku says:

    Hi Anne-Sophie and Lisa,

    Just wanted to reiterate everyone’s comments so far. This is of great help. Not only as a guide through the process but a good way to calm nerves(at least it did for me). It also really speaks about the friendly and supportive culture at Novo Nordisk. I wish everyone the best.

    Thank you again and I am looking forward to more posts and maybe meeting you all in the future. :)

  14. Posted February 28, 2014 at 11:31 am | Permalink
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie Lisa and Anne-Sophie says:

    Hi David and thank you so much for your nice words :-)
    We are happy to see that you have found these tips and tricks useful and reassuring… so did we a year ago and this is why we wished to share our experience with you!
    As you say, Novo Nordisk not only strongly values openness, honesty and trust, they also actually walk the talk! So please feel free to ask any question that might come up.
    We wish you the best of luck for the rest of the process.
    Have a lovely day,
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie

  15. Posted March 1, 2014 at 7:39 am | Permalink
    John says:

    dear Lisa,
    I am wondering if the result if the first stage has come out and emailed to successful candidates. I am very worried about it. I look forward for it.
    Thank you very much.
    Best regards.
    John (business IT graduate program)

  16. Posted March 3, 2014 at 9:20 am | Permalink
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie Lisa and Anne-Sophie says:

    Dear John,

    all applicants should be informed about the outcome of the first selection round by mid-March. Some programmes are quicker, some need more time to screen all applicants. Therefore we say that applicants will be informed from end of Feb. onwards. If you have not heard back yet, please do not worry. You should hear back soon we would say. If you want to be sure, however, we would suggest contacting Jerome http://blogs.novonordisk.com/graduates/author/hjwa/, one of the Business IT graduates. He may know better about the timelines for the business IT graduate programme.

    We hope this answered your question and wish you all the best,

    Anne-Sophie and Lisa

  17. Posted March 3, 2014 at 11:32 am | Permalink
    Tuan Nguyen says:

    Dear Lisa,

    I wish to follow up on the outcome of my application for Business Graduate in Vietnam but it is the first year this program is launched. Do you know whom I can contact for the result of the application?

    Best regards,
    Tuan Nguyen

  18. Posted March 4, 2014 at 5:01 am | Permalink
    Jonathan says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Anne-Sophie and Lisa, if we have not received any notification for the first round phone interview by now can we assume that we have not been successful?

    Thanks!

  19. Posted March 4, 2014 at 9:18 am | Permalink
    Sujal says:

    Dear Lisa and Anne-Sophie,

    Greetings!

    First of all I would like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of all the candidates for such an excellent work, you blogs are really helpful for the aspiring candidates applying at novo nordisk.

    I was wondering if you have any idea about the final deadline to hear back from the recruiters, as the generic email mentioned about the beginning of the march. I get worried when I think about the deadlines. Also as far as I know you get a notification email in a week advance of your telephonic interview.

    Thank you in advance.

    Best regards,
    Sujal Thakkar
    ( Applied for R&D regulatory affairs programme)

  20. Posted March 4, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Permalink
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie Lisa and Anne-Sophie says:

    Dear Sujal,

    thank you very much for your kind words. With regards to your question, we would kindly refer you to our reply to John on March 3 (see above). All the applicants should be informed by mid-March via email about the outcome of the screening process. Different programmes have different timelines and we unfortunately are not aware of their exact deadlines. But please do not worry. We would suggest to wait until the end of next week. If you still have not heard back from us by then please contact the regulatory affairs programme directly since they will better know their deadlines :-).

    We hope this helped and wish you good luck!

    Anne-Sophie and Lisa

  21. Posted March 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Permalink
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie Lisa and Anne-Sophie says:

    Dear Jonathan,

    thanks for your question. Please see our answers to similar questions from John and Sujal above. All programmes have slightly different timelines, but you should be informed by mid-March. So do not give up yet :-)

    Good luck,

    Anne-Sophie and Lisa

  22. Posted March 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm | Permalink
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie Lisa and Anne-Sophie says:

    Dear Tuan,

    unfortunately, we are not entirely sure which graduate programme you are referring to. Is it the IO Business Graduate programme? As all the other applicants you should also receive an email on the outcome of your application :-).

    All the best,

    Anne-Sophie and Lisa

  23. Posted March 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm | Permalink
    Naiv Soto says:

    Dear Lisa and Anne-Sophie,

    Thank you for your post, it really helped me to calm down the nerves and also to know how to prepare ourselves for the interview.

    best regards,

    Naiv SN

  24. Posted March 4, 2014 at 10:56 pm | Permalink
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie Lisa and Anne-Sophie says:

    Dear Naiv,

    we are very glad that we could help you with our post. It is very reassuring for us to get all this positive feedback, so thank you very much for this :-)

    All the best,

    Anne-Sophie and Lisa

  25. Posted March 5, 2014 at 11:41 pm | Permalink
    David Selassie Opoku says:

    Hi Anne-Sophie and Lisa,

    Thanks again for the responding to my prior comment.

    With regards to the phone interview, how technical can it get? For instance, will someone applying for the Biostatistics Graduate program be asked questions about statistical concepts? If so, do you have any suggestions on how to prepare for that.

    Thanks again for your help.

    David Selassie

  26. Posted March 7, 2014 at 10:35 am | Permalink
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie Lisa and Anne-Sophie says:

    Dear David,
    As none of us is a Biostatistics expert, we would suggest that you refer directly to Oluf Højbjerg, who’s in the Global Development programme: http://blogs.novonordisk.com/graduates/author/okhh/.
    Good luck for the rest of the process.
    All the best,
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie

  27. Posted March 7, 2014 at 11:42 pm | Permalink
    Engi Hassaan says:

    Dear Lisa,

    First off I want to thank you for your post and sharing such useful advice :)

    Secondly, I wanted to inquire about the next round of applications for the graduate program? I’m a couple months away – hopefully! – from holding my Masters degree and just recently found out about this program and I’ve missed the deadline.

    Many thanks in advance!
    Kind regards,
    Engi

  28. Posted March 8, 2014 at 12:10 pm | Permalink
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie Lisa and Anne-Sophie says:

    Dear Engi,

    thank you very much for your comment and interest in joining one of the graduate programmes. It depends on which graduate programme you are interested in, but most of them start in September each year. The application process for the 2015 intake should start at the end of 2014. I do not know the exact date when you can start submitting your application, so I would suggest you regularly check: http://www.novonordisk.com/careers/graduate/graduate-programmes_uk.asp at the end of this year. You can also follow the Novo Nordisk graduate programmes on Facebook for example to stay updated.

    I hope this helped to answer your question and good luck with the end of your studies!

    Best regards,

    Lisa

  29. Posted March 10, 2014 at 10:01 am | Permalink
    Lekoetsi says:

    hey
    i have applied for the graduate programme just wondering if ever the graduate have already had the feed back to know about the phone interview?The 1st week of march.patiently awaiting

    Reagrds L Thosago
    (supply chain graduate)

  30. Posted March 11, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Permalink
    Lisa and Anne-Sophie Lisa and Anne-Sophie says:

    Dear Lekoetsi,

    thanks for your comment. This week all of the applicants should have been informed about the outcome of their application. We hope that you have received an answer by now. Good luck and all the best,

    Anne-Sophie and Lisa

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