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Q&A about the GRC (Graduate Recruitment Centre)

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If you are reading this graduate blog post, you were likely invited for the Graduate Recruitment Centre (GRC) in Copenhagen next week – so first of all congratulations! You are in for a fun and intense day filled with group exercises, presentations and networking. This blog post is based on three questions I have received from a candidate participating at the GRC next week, so I hope the rest of you can use these answers as well.


1. How do I prepare my personal compass?

The personal compass is your opportunity to demonstrate to the assessors who you are as a person deep down. Use the presentation of your personal compass to tell the assessors your story and include personal elements you wouldn’t normally put in a CV or application. The aim for this exercise is to get to know you better and learn more about what drives and motivates you. A good advice is to prepare examples from your past experiences that demonstrate how you behave in specific situations. This is also highly relevant in the interviews many of you will have on Monday.


2. How do I make the best impression during the GRC?

It might sound a little lame, but you give the best impression by being yourself! You were chosen for a reason and you were chosen among a lot of talented people, so keep in mind that Novo Nordisk finds YOU interesting. To give the best possible impression, think about why you are interested in the pharmaceutical industry, Novo Nordisk as a company, and the graduate programme you applied for. A big and important part of the GRC is the group exercises where you engage in problem-solving tasks. Here you will be assessed on what role you take in the group, how you contribute to the group dynamics and how good a team-player you are. Don’t hesitate to take initiative, but do it in humble way where you make room for the other group members as well.


3. What was your personal impression of GRC last year? How did you like it? Was it stressful? Were there any social activities etc.?

My impression of the GRC last year was really good! I didn’t quite know what to expect, but was positively surprised by how great and fun the experience was. The schedule was definitely tight (even though we had two days), but I didn’t find it stressful. You will have breaks during the day where there is time to mingle and get to know the other candidates. In regards to social activities there is a dinner at night (which I assume you already know), where you are not assessed and can enjoy the nice atmosphere and food together with some of us current graduates and the assessors.



A picture from the GRC 2016

Let me know if you have comments or more questions and read Mathilde’s GRC tips right here.

I wish you the best of luck – don’t forget that you deserve to be there, so give everything you have, this is the only chance! I can recommend to watch some motivational TedTalks if you need a little extra energy.

I look forward to see you all the GRC!

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2 Comments to Q&A about the GRC (Graduate Recruitment Centre)

  1. Posted December 8, 2017 at 12:47 pm | Permalink
    Bhrugu says:

    Hi Claudia

    This is Bhrugu here. I graduated in international health economics and policy from SDA Bocconi School of management, Italy. The graduate program is a 12 month specialized master course with 6 month internship. I see from the requirement that we should hold a master degree which is for 2 years. Am I eligible to apply?

    I also have a master degree in clinical pharmacy from India which I graduated in 2013. I worked for two years at Novartis before taking up the master prog from SDA Bocconi in 2015-17. After completing the course I did my 6 month internship in HEOR consulting in Germany and USA.

    So I would like to know if I m eligible to apply with this experience . Thank you

  2. Posted December 8, 2017 at 12:54 pm | Permalink
    Anne Anne says:

    Hi Bhugu,

    Yes, you would be eligible to apply for one of the graduate programmes with your level of education.

    I wish you the best of luck!

    Kind regards,

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