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Be yourself at GRC – who else can you be?..

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The final countdown until the Graduate Recruitment Centre (GRC) is on. Hours of preparation are behind; emotions are at peak and expectations are high.

I have a piece of advice to share (and from my perspective it is pretty important, so without further ado): Do NOT try to be anyone else but yourself! Instead, try to leverage your strengths and peculiarities to stand out and make observations whether the company/particular Graduate Programme is a good fit for you.

Firstly, it is not easy to fool sharp and analytical people. Especially sharp and analytical people who specialise in recruitment like Novo Nordisk assessors. In general, it would be extremely challenging to consistently prove that you are someone who you are actually not.

Secondly, it is faulty to think that there is only one way to be outstanding. Let me give you an example on group work. According to Belbin, in order to be a fully functioning – effective and efficient – team, you need to allocate nine team roles (and it is only one approach to team work). Therefore, there are numerous ways to contribute and add value in a shared task.

You may also benefit from personality tests like Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Such instruments may help you structure own understanding of yourself and be confident with who you are.

Thirdly, ensuring the company is the right fit for YOU is pivotal. The situation is a classical demand-supply problem: given N amount of Graduate positions, there are X amount of candidates in the pool to choose from. However, it is also correct the other way around: given Y job opportunities to choose from you can start only from one option. Therefore, use GRC as a platform to communicate with current graduates, alumni and potential colleagues to find out whether Novo Nordisk is indeed your fit.

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Best of luck!

The Jay and the Peacock

A Jay venturing into a yard where Peacocks used to walk, found there a number of feathers which had fallen from the Peacocks when they were moulting. He tied them all to his tail and strutted down towards the Peacocks. When he came near them they soon discovered the cheat, and striding up to him pecked at him and plucked away his borrowed plumes. So the Jay could do no better than go back to the other Jays, who had watched his behaviour from a distance; but they were equally annoyed with him, and told him:

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.

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2 Comments to Be yourself at GRC – who else can you be?..

  1. Posted February 2, 2017 at 7:45 pm | Permalink
    kitty says:


    I just wanted your opinion on how good my chances are for being considered as a potential candidate for the HR Graduate programme or Business Graduate programme,If I am pursing a Master’s degree in Technology.

    Is it a good idea to apply for HR/Business Graduate programme studying technology provided I am keenly interested in the programmes.

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Posted February 10, 2017 at 5:28 pm | Permalink
    Sofie Sofie says:

    Dear Kitty,

    I think we cannot evaluate as such your chances here, it very much depends on several other factors such as your work experience and personality.
    However, it is perhaps not the traditional background for those programs.

    Best of luck,

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