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Graduate Recruitment Centre: Last Minute Practicalities!

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Hi everyone!

First of all, a BIG congratulations to everyone who is selected to the GRC!!! I hope you’re excited for the 1st and 2nd of April, for my part – I am looking forward to seeing you there :)

Huge apologies for my blogging absence – but I’m back now with some food for thought and useful things to share.

As the GRC approaches, I’m sure you’re excited and slightly anxious. There is some general information about the GRC, some videos you can watch, and Matthias has written a blog about what can be expected and how you can prepare for and approach it. Having said that, I’d like to add some practicalities and informal information that have not yet been addressed.


What to wear

Business casual (?!): The truth is business casual is more business than casual (check out the picture of the BP candidates at the GRC last year). Perhaps the casual part is that you are not required to go into a full blown suit, but you can substitute that with just a blazer (this mainly goes for the girls).


Business Processes candidates at the GRC 2013


Tip: since you don’t know what others will wear, bring options to dress up or down. It’s easier to remove a blazer to be more casual than to dress up! So bring extras


What to bring

Copenhagen weather-friendly wear: April is an unpredictable month when it comes to weather, and Copenhagen is not known for its lukewarm and predictable weather. So keep in mind and be prepared for all weather conditions when packing. You will be mostly indoors, but there may be moments of being outside (plus it could be cold inside Bella Sky) – you never know what the programme brings!

Be comfortable: Make sure to bring at least one pair of comfortable shoes. For the ladies, a mix between comfortable heels and flats as back up, since the schedule for the 2 days is quite packed and active (I won’t go into more details here in order to not spoil the fun for you ;) ).

Non-business clothes: This is especially referring to the dinner after the first day. It could be nice to change out of business clothes for the dinner, especially after having a packed day and relax a little!


What (and how) to prepare

Sleep: This is my top advice for best preparing for the two days – make sure you get enough sleep! Unfortunately I was not able to do this last year – but it would really make a difference if you can, since the days start quite early and continues full throttle!

Have a slide template ready: Timing is tight in general over the 2 days of the GRC, but it is especially true with regards to the business case. The format how this will be done this year is uncertain – there are likely to be changes from last year. However, it is beset to be prepared for anything and one way to do this is to have a nice slide template ready at your disposal.

Background knowledge: Some background reading on the therapeutic area and products is nice, but not required – we don’t expect you to have expert knowledge of the area. You should however read up on Novo Nordisk (especially the Novo Nordisk Way and the Triple Bottom Line approach) and of course your graduate programme area.


Meeting the 2013 business graduates

The current 2013 and 2012 graduates will be around during the two days at the GRC. Do come and have a chat with us, we would very much like to meet you! Your questions and comments are always welcome (you can also just have a talk with us without having a specific question :) )

Here’s some faces to look out for – 2013 business graduates team


From left to right: Sidsel (Global Marketing), Dmitrij (Business Processes), Steph (Business Processes), Shafak (Business Processes), Mia (Business Processes), Kris (Business Processes), Tanya (Global Marketing), Anne-Sophie (European Business Management), On (Business Processes), Lisa (European Business Management)


Lastly, be honest and enjoy! Take these two days as an opportunity to learn more about Novo Nordisk, the culture, the graduate programme, and the graduates in first-hand manner. So be yourself, be honest. We will be as well. And hopefully we will find a good match :)


Good luck and godspeed!!!



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3 Comments to Graduate Recruitment Centre: Last Minute Practicalities!

  1. Posted March 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Permalink
    Steffen Jokinen says:

    What a good read!

    I’m curious to know if any “unofficial” socializing will occur on any of the two evenings? :)

    The excitement is slowly setting in!


  2. Posted March 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Permalink
    Jordan Smith says:

    Thanks for the tips, On!

    Steffen, I’m certainly hoping there will be some unofficial socializing on Wednesday night after the interviews are over with. I think everyone will deserve a good celebration!

    See you there!

  3. Posted March 31, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Permalink
    On says:

    Hi guys!

    Of course that is a likely possibility, depending on the people (hence the “unofficial” part)

    See you tomorrow!

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