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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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From graduate to the right-hand woman of the CEO

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Sobia Akram started her career in Novo Nordisk in 2004 as a Business Processes Graduate. From 2009 to 2015 she was Executive Assistant (EA) to the former Chief Operational Officer (COO) Kåre Schultz and from 2015, Vice President and EA to the CEO of Novo Nordisk – first Lars Rebien Sørensen and since January 1st 2017 Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen.

What did the time as a business processes graduate gave you?
It gave me a holistic overview of Novo Nordisk and and a solid base of industry knowledge. I started out in IT in HQ; then I transferred to Zurich working with our commercial activities across Europe before I ended up in Product Supply. You learn to see the business from different angles and this holistic view has since been of great value in all my roles after the graduate programme ended. During my time in Novo Nordisk, I have worked in various EVP areas, – and I this has been of great value to me. If you for a brief moment think of Novo Nordisk as a big store – then I’m basically interested in all shelves in the shop. I have learned that any shelf can be fun and if you understand each shelf, you will be able to better understand the dynamics of the shop as such also.

How did you become EA back then?
I think any career progression is built of course to start out with – on hard work and ensuring deliverance. If you do that, then good things will come your way hopefully. I was working in Product Supply, when one morning our former COO, Kåre Schultz called me and asked if I could be in his office within an hour for an interview. And of course I showed up. After a good and thorough conversation he offered me the job and I was asked to start pretty much right after the conversation ended. In the EA role I have worked across many disciplines and subject areas such as target setting, governance processes, process optimisations and implementation, IT, clinical operations and HR related matters.

How did the graduate rotations prepare you for the role?
I started in IT thoug I must admit I did not have any real expert knowledge on the systems I was working with. From that experience, I gained valuable insights into how to big projects take place – all the way from conceptual idea through implementation. Planning, budgeting,, developing, testing, stakeholder management, communication etc. Having these tools in your toolbox are really valuable in your whole career. I use many of the same tools also further on – when I was in Product Supply working with the development of a inhaleable insulin device instead of delivering it through a needle, and also in my role as EA, since part of my job also is to drive and help implement projects in the organisation. The graduate programme also solidified my interest in the Company (ie the store) as compared to focusing only on one functional area. – That has been of great value, because in an EA role, you will need to work very much across functional areas.

What have your managers taught you?
I have learned many many things, I think, and do believe I have been privileged having the bosses I have had so far. I will have to limit myself to mentioning a few learnings here. In the early part of my career I learned that – if you deliver, your manager will increasingly trust you and delegate more responsibility, based on which you will grow and develop your skills and as a person. On the job training – is the best training because learnings get under your skin immediately. It is important to couple that with reflection. What I also have learned is that management encompasses maybe many things, – however ultimately it is about making decisions and ensuring that they are carried out in a good way. Often decision making is not easy, and so we solicit input – however, you have to trust your gut feeling. I for instance experienced that Lars Rebien Sørensen, our former CEO as an example was very data driven but his gut feeling had the final say. And I really took that with me. You aim to base your decisions on an informed foundation but in the end these foundations will also be built on assumptions. So things must feel right in the stomach too. Since January I have worked for Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen who is very calm and team oriented. He is open for inputs and considers these inputs I believe in his decision making.

On a general level you can say, my managers during my time in Novo Nordisk have all had very different management styles –and that is also good learning in itself. Authenticity matters. My journey has been fun and the time has really passed by quickly since I started in Novo Nordisk as a Business Processes Graduate 13 years ago! I wouldn’t change a day.

From 01 April 2017 Sobia will take over the position as Vice President of Novo Nordisk’s Business Ethics Compliance Office

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Ready, steady, GO! …but where? Abroad rotations in the graduate programme!

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Hello again! Today I would like to share with you where you can potentially end up for your rotations abroad as graduates at Novo Nordisk. I woke up in a snowy Copenhagen , and my head can’t help thinking about my next rotation…Panama! So I HAVE to share with you what I know and think about the experience abroad during the programme!


Snowy copenhagen

Bopa Plads in Copenhagen


A broad range of choices…

As many of you know, Novo Nordisk has a global presence: affiliates or offices are present in 77 different countries, there are 16 production sites across 5 continents and products are marketed in around 170 countries. What does this mean? The range of countries you can go live and work is not banal!

We had a graduate get together last week, where the graduates from the different programmes shared their next destinations. Quite a few are heading the U.S., our biggest market. Some will rotate within Europe (France, Spain, Switzerland,..). A few will experience Far East Asia (Japan, China, Thailand, Myanmar,..). Other destinations include United Arab Emirates, Brazil and even Australia. And the cool thing is that we are all going to do different things.

…So can I choose where to go?

I got this question a lot lately, so I’d like to address it in this post. As a graduate, you are able to express your preference in terms of function and office for the next rotation, but you obviously have to keep open for alternative options, too. Throughout the two years a graduate manager will follow you and your development, and he/she will discuss with you about career and rotation options, including the rotations abroad.


world map

Where graduates will be going


And what is the value of the rotation abroad?

I know that for many of you the second rotation is just a far-away thought: application and VIDEO are, most likely, the words buzzing in your head at the moment. However, it is good to think about the added value that this programme can give you through the abroad rotations. Primarily, you will be able to experience the affiliate setting, which (and this is what I have been hearing from all of the older graduates) is quite different from the Head Quarter experience in Denmark. The rotation abroad allows you to get closer to the market, to the patients and to the whole dynamic around sales and hands-on implementation of local and global strategies. I cannot wait to experience that in first person and to share it with you!

What I will be doing and why.

For those who are interested in a more specific example of an abroad rotation, I can briefly touch upon my coming rotation in Panama City. I will be living and working there from May to December 2017. From the current position in Corporate Sustainability, I’ll be moving towards a marketing position, well I will support the preparation of product launches as well as learn about some commercial effectiveness-related taks of the affiliate. This will allow me to experience a more analytical role, in a country that I never experienced before but that intrigues me for its controversial fame and, honestly, its Latin approach. I look forward to working in a new market with new people and new tasks! It’s going to be a challenge, but that’s what the programme is also about! :)

If you are also up for a challenge, make sure to apply by THIS SUNDAY,  12 FEBRUARY 2017 on our website!

Best of luck with the applications and, of course, feel free to comment or email me if you have any questions or feedback!!

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Time to apply – who are we looking for?

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The deadline for applying for one of the graduate programmes is closing in – you have to send in your application here no later than 12 February 2017. I can imagine that many of you who are considering applying for one of the graduate programmes have thoughts about what type of people Novo Nordisk is looking for. So to clarify this, I will briefly go through the formal qualifications needed to apply, but also the profile and characteristics we hope to find and how you can implement this in your application.

Formal qualifications needed to apply:

  • A Master’s degree from 2016 or 2017 in a relevant field (depending on which programme you apply for, but it could be economics, international business, public health, marketing or similar).
  • Above average academic achievements.
  • A minimum of 6 months of relevant work experience or extracurricular activities.
  • International experience from working, studying or volunteering.
  • Professional fluency in English.
  • The right mind-set with a can-do attitude, high ambitions and excellent interpersonal skills.

The graduate profile we are looking for is characterised by being:

  • Driven – You have to know why you want to work for Novo Nordisk and why you want to be part of the graduate programme.
  • A team player – You should be able to work well in teams and have a humble attitude. Great work is not done by one person alone, but in a team, so we expect you to have a team player mind-set.
  • Proactive – You have to be ready to take initiative and show enthusiasm. We need people who are proactive and not sitting around waiting for someone else to do something.
  • Ready for change – You will be put through three different rotations (read more about the rotations in European Market Access here), so we want someone who can adapt and enjoys change.
  • Result oriented – You have to be able to deliver results and be a high achiever. We are looking for talents who knows what they want and who can deliver great results.

A good way of demonstrating that you possess these characteristics is by giving concrete examples! This applies to both your cover letter, but also in interviews. Examples are great because your previous behaviour in job situations is the best indicator of your future behaviour. The examples shouldn’t be too long, so don’t explain all the details. Instead you should emphasize your role, who was involved and what the results were. And most importantly – what did you learn from it? Remember that the best example may not necessarily be one where you achieved the best result, but where you played a major role and your great competencies were expressed clearly. If you are lucky, it might be the same example.

So, use examples in your online application (including the 1-minute video) to show who you are and why Novo Nordisk should hire you for a graduate position. Read other good tips and tricks for the application process here and here. I wish you the best of luck with your application and feel free to leave a comment or a question below!

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The video.

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Creating a video to accompany your traditional CV would be a great way to stand out from the crowd. So, do not fear the video, the video is your friend!

The video was actually my favourite part of the application. It really gives you a chance to put a human touch on your application package and provide more insights into what you can offer. Yes, the video can be challenging. Depending on the person, one minute can seem like either way too little or way too much time. Here are a few tips to nail your video:

Look good, feel good, play good. The quality of the video isn’t tied to just that one minute in front of the camera – it also matters how you prepare. Clean up and rest up so that you feel at your best! Like I said, your video can show things about yourself that can’t be captured on a cover letter and CV!

Don’t repeat yourself. This helps us make sure you’re not a robot. Try not to repeat exactly what can be read from your cover letter and CV for the whole minute. Sure you can refer to a couple of relevant aspects, but make sure to tie them to yourself as a person. For example, I spoke more about my experience moving from Canada to the US and how it sparked my interest in the way the relationship between the public and private sectors impact patient access to treatment (personal), ultimately pushing me to study Public Policy & Global Health (on CV).

The most repetitive advice of the day – be YOU. It really doesn’t get simpler than this. Make sure to reflect on who you are as a person – what makes you a unique fit for Novo Nordisk, specifically – and show it in your video. A sense of authenticity can definitely be captured over a video, so make sure to show that.

These tips should set you well on your way to making a video that George Lucas would be proud of! If you are still on the stage of your cover letter, check out some advice from Albert here.

The deadline is Feb 12th for most programmes, so get applying!

All the best,


"Don't make the same mistake that I did, Luke."

“Don’t make the same mistake I did, Luke” said the robot.









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Q&A with an applicant (yes, it’s paid)

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Throughout the application process I have received a lot of very good questions from candidates all over the world. Questions that you don’t dare to ask publicly (salary, rent coverage, job security etc.) but is of interest to all potential future Novo Nordisk employees. The Q&A below is based on a real conversation…

One of the main requirements for qualification is that we should have a Master’s degree in a “relevant field” within economics, management, international business or marketing. Is there any flexibility to allow a Professional Science Master candidate?
Yes, there is flexibility and your master in biotechnology does not disqualify you. I thinks it’s great that candidates have different educational backgrounds. To understand chronic diseases is extremely complicated, so having a biologic understanding from your education is a really strong asset.

What are some of the important tips you can give me for making the 1-minute video presentation?
Be yourself. It can sound pretty basic, but be relaxed and don’t try to overdo the video. Prepare what you want to say but don’t read aloud from a script. Deliver your message right away with your own words as you would do if you met a Novo Nordisk recruiter in an elevator.

What are some of aspects that we should mentally be prepared for?
If you are invited for a Skype interview and later to the Global Recruitment Center, recruiters will focus a lot on your personality. So be ready to open up and deliver a message around your life story. Focus on international experience.

What are the prospective job positions that we can get into after the program? What is the acceptance rate of being offered a full time position after the completion of the program?
For Global Business Processes graduates, 98% continue in a full time position after completing the programme. The company invests a lot in the graduates, so to ensure return on investment it’s important that graduates get hired in a full time position afterwards.

How was your experience at the Graduate Recruitment Centre?
A very good experience! You can this video from the GRC 2016 (bottom of the page) which gives a good impression of the atmosphere. People were open, honest and helpful – just like Claudia. You could feel that only people you would like to work with were selected for the GRC. But I was tired afterwards and extremely happy when I received the job offer call the day after.

How competitive is the salary in the graduate program compared to entry level positions at Novo Nordisk?
The salary is equivalent to an entry level full-time position. Approximately DKK 35,000 a month BEFORE tax (which is quite high in Denmark).

When the programme ends, will we be offered a list of positions to choose from or should we apply to full time jobs at Novo Nordisk and undergo the recruitment procedure again?
Graduates should apply again. Either formally (job adds) or informally (through network in the company built in the last two years).

During the program does Novo Nordisk cover our rent?
When the rotations are in HQ in Denmark you will pay rent yourself but Novo Nordisk can assist you in finding an apartment. On the international rotation, Novo Nordisk will pay your rent.

I hope you found this useful. Feel free to ask more questions below in the comment field and most important of all APPLY :)

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How to stand out

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Hey people!

Recently, we’ve been attending a lot of career fairs around Europe. Whether we’ve met or not, I’m sure it will be valuable to most of you to share some common questions we received during these fairs.

“How can I make sure my application stands out among the huge number of applications you receive?”

“What is your one most important advice for the application?”

“What did you put in your cover letter? Is it even read?”

In today’s post, I want to shed a bit of light on these questions, in order for you to maximise the chances for your application to positively stand out (here, I am not talking about crazy fonts, colours or bolded text).



Our stand at the “careers in health” breakfast at LSE last week

1) The importance of the cover letter

Yes, your cover letter will be read – most probably a couple of times. The company takes a great interest in understanding your motivation to apply, how your background fits the programme, and how you fit in with the values of the company.

When I was applying for internships during my studies, I tried to increase my chances of landing a job by filing as many applications to as many companies as humanly possible. Now I know: that’s not the right strategy. Taking into consideration that the cover letter should be tailored to the company, its values, and how you fit in the picture, you should spend more time than only a couple of hours on your cover letter (read more about why you should spend more time on your cover letter here). After a not extremely successful search for internships during my studies (I was only invited to 2 interviews out of approximately 20 applications, that’s a 10% success rate…), I then decided to considerably change my application strategy for when I graduated: I picked 3 companies that I focused all my efforts on, crafted and re-crafted the cover letter and got invited to all interviews (100% success rate). This shows: A good cover letter increases your chances of landing an interview (and ultimately even the job) 10x. Hang in there – and maybe get some inspiration how Obama writes his speeches here.

2) When three charms, but four alarms

As a marketer by training, I was familiar with persuasion theory and behavioural decision making (if you’re not: read up on it here). One of the first lessons you’ll learn is that in settings where the customer (i.e. recruiting manager) knows that the message source (i.e. you) has a persuasion motive (i.e. you to be the perfect candidate), the optimal number of positive claims is three. Therefore, I advise you to sit down and think about exactly three topics that you want to put in your cover letter. Of course, this might be a prioritisation task, as most of you out there have done already so many things that you are proud of, and you of course want to convey to the recruiting manager. Still, in most of the cases, three categories are enough to convey your key messages. The good thing about knowing these categories is that you can really hone your pitch afterwards – since 3 categories make your key achievements so rememberable! Another good thing is that you can cover additional points (within these categories or also on top) in the application video (watch my video on tips for this part of the application here)

3) The Why

Probably the most important part of this post: WHY do you want to apply for this programme? What is it that Novo Nordisk can provide you with and what will you bring to the company? What drives you, what motivates you? What are your personal values and how do they correlate with the values that Novo Nordisk embodies? In case you are unsure about some of these questions, especially on how your personal motivation/values relate to Novo Nordisk, why don’t you reach out to people you know at Novo Nordisk, us graduate bloggers or also other people in your network that might help you answer that question? Before you do so, though, consider reading up on all information already available on the blog, or also on other pages. Most of the things you are searching for might already be answered: You just have to look for it!

That being said, there is of course also a bit of luck in the equation of ultimately being hired. While luck is not in your control, you can of course bring everything that is in your control to ultimate perfection (i.e. the application documents, your preparation, etc). I really hope that this blog post will support you in doing so. If there is anything you’re still unsure about and that you can’t find in the application requirements or other blogposts (e.g. here), feel free to leave a message below!

All the best,



PS: even though it won’t help you being hired, I thought it would be fun to share a riddle we came across in London underground. Feel free to leave a message below if you get to the answer (and remember: bad karma points if you google!). You can click on the picture to make it bigger!


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Global Business Processes and Global Marketing: What is the difference?

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During some recent career events, I have been talking to some students interested in applying to Novo Nordisk (maybe some of you reading were there, too!), and many of you asked me: “…but what is the graduate business processes programme about, and what differentiates it from the global marketing programme?”

If you would also like to know more about it, I can only suggest to keep reading! 

Same same…

Let me actually start by highlighting what these two programmes have in common:

Programme duration: both programmes last two years and are made up of three 8-month rotations.

Trainings and development activities: the other business processes graduates and I have attended all trainings together with the marketing graduates. These trainings included the introduction days, a project management training, a presentation skills training, personality development meetings, etc. We do a lot together, also with the Market Access graduates, so it feels like we are all part of one big family…also outside of work!

Basic requirements: The two programmes share the same basic requirements:
a. A recent master’s degree (graduating in 2016 or 2017)
b. Minimum of 6 months of international experience
c. No more than one year of work experience after graduation (The Global Development Programme takes graduate with up to 2 years of work experience). If you have more experience apply for one of our many open positions. Sign up for our job agent e-mail service.
d. Above average grades

…but different!

Despite some similarities, the two programmes do have differences! Here’s an overview:

Generalist track vs marketing/sales track: While both programmes offer a wide range of options for the three rotations, the business processes programme has a much more generalist focus. In fact, while in global marketing you will most likely rotate within the marketing and sales departments, the global business processes allows you to rotate around many different departments at Novo Nordisk. You might be wondering what these departments are…If that is the case, check out some specific rotation examples in my latest post! Rotations can go from Marketing to Finance, from Consulting to Supply Chain Management, to Communications, etc. For example, I am currently working in Corporate Sustainability, and my next rotation will be with the Marketing team in Panama!

Number of abroad rotations: Both programmes start off in Denmark, usually either in Bagsvaerd (where the Novo Nordisk Headquarter is located) or in Søborg (especially for Marketing and Market Access functions). All of us live in Copenhagen though. However, while in business processes we only go abroad for the second rotation, as a global marketing graduate you will not come back to Denmark for your third rotation but you will go to another country on a sales rotation.

Candidate profiles: As mentioned, the same basic requirements apply to both programmes. However, the type of candidate that the two programmes are looking for is not the same. The biggest difference between marketing and business processes is that the latter is looking for candidates with a broad, generalist background that reflects your interest in a generalist programme like the BP one. For marketing, instead, a profile with stronger focus on marketing, sales and communications is preferable.

Is the difference between the two programmes more clear now? I hope so!

If you still have questions, please comment below or write me an email and I will be happy to answer you!

Also, if you didn’t do it yet, remember to apply before February 12th, 2017!




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5 things to highlight in your cover letter

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A cover letter is about one A4 page and you must have a really interesting story tell if it should be longer. Of course you have an interesting story to tell and you are truly unique. But so are the other thousands of applicants so you need to get your message rather clear. Below are five topics I would highlight in the cover letter. If you have a particular good story to tell within one of the topics it might be a good idea to spend more space on that and leave a couple of the other topics to the video.

International experience: Novo Nordisk is a truly global company with offices in 75 different countries and its products are sold in more than 180 countries. To accommodate this global footprint, employees with global mind sets are needed. The global mind set is often built from experiences abroad. Have you been living abroad with your family when you were young, been volunteering in a developing country after high school or studied abroad, you might have developed the global mind-set that is needed to succeed in the graduate programme. If you can tell how your international experience has shaped you as a person, I would definitely highlight it in the cover letter.

Striving for change: People come from all over the world to join the graduate programme. They have properly just wrapped up their masters abroad before moving to Denmark. After staying in Denmark for only eight months they will go abroad again. And after settling in and starting to feel comfortable in the international rotation, it is time to go back to Denmark. Graduates are challenged to get out of their comfort zones both geographically and in terms of tasks on the job. As soon as you get really good and feel at home, you will be thrown into new adventures. Rather than stating that “you love change and a dynamic work life” show examples of the personal and professional changes you have experienced through life and how you have responded to the changes.

Work experience: It is a benefit if you have relevant work experience from your time as a student. It can also be voluntary work in your community where you have shown initiative and leadership skills. Your work experience should be easy to understand for the assessors from the CV. Still, I believe it is a good idea to emphasize specific projects or deliverables you are especially proud of in your cover letter.

Why a graduate program: Why do you apply for a graduate program and not a regular full time position? I think it is important that applicants can answer this question pretty clear. For me, the graduate programme is a fantastic way to learn about different parts of the value chain in a global health care company. I am a generalist rather than a specialist and I hope these two years will tell me which areas that I am passionate about, so I – as well as Novo Nordisk – can find a good fit with a permanent position after the graduate programme is over.

Why Novo Nordisk: I didn’t have any experience from the health care industry before I started reading about the graduate programme. What got me hooked on Novo Nordisk was the global opportunities and the company’s values. If you don’t already know the Novo Nordisk Way it will be valuable to read and understand The Essentials – Novo Nordisk’s equivalent to the Ten Commandments (maybe not as famous, but there is also ten). The Essentials are ten clearly-defined statements describing how the Novo Nordisk Way works in practice, helping managers and employees to act in accordance with the company’s core values. I really believe that Novo Nordisk is a unique company in that regard and I hope that The Essentials will continue to be the guiding principles even when business gets tough and the financial bottom line is under pressure.

Good luck with your applications – feel free to ask further questions in the comment section below.

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Déjà vu! Giving Your Application a Purpose and a Voice

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Are you having that weird feeling between excitement and dread that accompanies an application process to that prestigious programme you have been eyeing for some time now? Are you incessantly searching for some quick tips to make your application standout from the rest? Will you be eagerly checking your e-mails from time to time for some communication from the programme post application process – yes, even the “automated system generated” responses? If all these are true to an extent, then I can draw two conclusions – (a) You are super excited about this job; (b) The emotions look all familiar to me in hindsight and I can help you here;

Back in early 2015, I have gone through this gamut of emotions, and I realise today that most of them stemmed from uncertainty and my apprehensions about the role and workplace that I am getting into. Through this post I will share with one of the key ingredients that you could be missing out while you are preparing and working on your CV, Cover Letter and the Video. This ingredient, or its lack thereof, may well impact the quality of all the three (i.e. your CV, Cover Letter and the Video). Remember that these three uploads, will essentially represent you and all that you stand for in the first round. Hence it is important to pay heed to the content of your application. In all these three, you should project what you stand for and why you want to join Novo Nordisk. So how do you bring this element of purpose and give your application a voice?

Your step by step guide to researching a company throughout your application process

Step 1: Know the company and what they are looking for in you?

NN LogosThe best way to convince yourself that you know the company well is to be able to articulate what makes it special compared to its competitors. And yes, a little bit of its history. The good news? Companies will often tell you the answer to this question right on their websites. Do figure out the vision of the company and try answering how your experience could contribute to that effect or where you could possibly fit in the scheme of things. The “About Us” section is good place to start this research. Based on the programme you are applying, you should have a clear train of thought as to how this programme will essentially help you develop and enable you to contribute to the company’s success. And the best place to showcase this understanding of yours is in your cover letter and of course in your short video.

Step 2: Know the company’s sustainability

The new generation workforce is fast starting to realise that a company’s financial performance is not the only thing that will make them attractive but whether a company is viable and sustainable over a longer time frame. And how to know thTBLis? Social consciousness is becoming a critical aspect of today’s organisations, driven by an expectation of environmental responsibility in addition to the financial one. Think triple bottom line; people, planet, profit. For example, Novo Nordisk seeks to broaden the focus on the financial bottom line by its business to include social and environmental responsibilities. What do you think of this? Be prepared.

Step 3: Observe and participate in Community Interactions

In this era of social media, community interaction is an essential source of knowledge. Blog sites as these, Company’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter profiles – are just few prominent ones to follow the updates on. This will give you a lot of confidence when you are applying and even during the post application – pre-interview phase.

Step 4: Learn about the Company Culture

Understanding the corporate culture you are getting into will go a long way in identifying yourself with the organisation. As a student we often look at how strong a company’s financials are and how big a brand it has. There can be absolutely no doubt as to how strong the brand of Novo Nordisk is and its strong financials are a testimony to the positive market sentiments around it. But there is one more thing I have realized as an insider that makes Novo Nordisk an organisation with a truly “sustainable competitive advantage”: The Novo Nordisk culture! It mainly manifests itself in the form of an internal governance framework that reflects the ambition of the company, the direction of the company and the values and behaviours that the employees have to exhibit throughout the organisation. We call it the Novo Nordisk Way. It is good to know a little bit about it while you are applying. Graduate blogs and stories are another great way to feel this culture.

Step 5: Read Up on the Field and Competitors

Last but not the least; don’t forget to understand the business the company is in. For example, Novo Nordisk is the world leader in Diabetes Care. When it comes to the competitors, look up competitors by going to the LinkedIn company page and scrolling down to the “Other Companies People Viewed” section. There should be a few competitors there. Do the same thing with the competitors you find until you have a pretty good sense of who the big players in the field are. These are very simple ways to prepare and feel confident about your preparation.

After all this research, you’ll probably be deliberating, “So, what do I do with all this information?” Remember that your objective is to convince that you truly want to be a part of this company. Merely expressing enthusiasm will not be enough and you need to corroborate the same with your knowledge. Once you are aware of these, you will be better poised to give the final touches to your application and your sense of purpose will be stronger than many in the same race.

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Wish you the very best!

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