Face-to-face interviews versus phone/Skype interview Both have their advantages – the key is to be prepared for either scenario – that is, do your research and have key questions ready when it’s your turn to ask. Pros for phones or Skype interviews: Why? You can’t attend a face to face interview due to time …
Here at Media Contacts, we understand how frightening the interview process can be, and if the pressure is starting to freak you out, try not to panic. We’ve come up with a list of ways to make your interview less trick and more treat this Halloween.
- Arrive on time – There is a certain balance here as you must never be late for an interview, however, try not to arrive more than 5-10 minutes early to your interview. If you are running late due to transport issues, always make sure to phone the interviewer in advance and apologise.
- Read the job specification – One of the best ways to make a great first impression and to really sell yourself in an interview is to highlight your experience and how its fits with specific aspects of the job description. This shows them that you are what they are looking for and can solve problems they may have effectively.
- Research the company – Always be prepared and research the company including their achievements, any special events that have taken place, their social media pages as well as your specific job role and the tasks you’re particularly interested in doing. This shows a keen interest in the company and the effort you’ve put into research aspects other candidates may not have taken the time to do. You can also go into more depth and research news about them and what their competitors are up to, giving suggestions on ways to move forward in the future.
- Prepare questions to ask – Don’t get spooked at the end of the interview when you’re asked if you have any questions. Ensure you have some prepared beforehand.
- Get clothes ready in advance – We bet you didn’t know that according to a recent survey 33% of hiring managers knew whether they would hire someone in the first 90 seconds. Therefore, it goes without saying that first impressions are very important.
- Smile and maintain eye contact – Don’t show your fear to the interviewer! Always show confidence by making eye contact throughout the interview, they want someone who isn’t spooked out by talking to people!
- Never lie – Interviewers will know if you’re lying, so don’t make anything up to try and seem smart – as when they probe you with questions that you can’t answer correctly, you’ll be in for a fright!
- Prepare your answers to common questions – Use your experience from previous interviews to help with your preparation. Its highly likely that you will be asked common questions such as ‘give examples of when you were faced with a challenge and how you overcame this’ and also about your strengths and weaknesses and why you would be suitable for the job, so make sure you have answers well memorised for these questions.
It is that time of year again when the final academic term ends and floods of fresh talent hit the job market! As the media industry continues to evolve and expand in scope, it is becoming one of the hardest industries to break into. However, to have a good recruitment consultant on your side can really help you to find and apply for jobs in a more targeted and effective way. Whether you’re looking for a job as a medical writer or a conference producer, an account executive or want to try sales for example, as specialists they already know the key players, where the jobs are and how to get them, so they are the best people to get in touch with.
Skills and Experience
Graduates tend to have a unique skill set, they are naturally tech-savvy innovators and social media gurus; key skills that employers are seeking in this new digital age. However, a degree alone is not going to set you apart from other graduates, understanding the importance of gaining experience is vital and that is what will keep your CV from being brushed under the pile. Here at Media Contacts we hold CV workshops to show you what to include and how to present it, enabling you to put your best CV forward to employers.
Salary and Incentives
According to The Sutton Trust, who work to raise aspirations of young people from low income backgrounds, graduates leave UK universities with an average of £44,000 of debt! Comparing this figure to the average graduate annual salary of £18,000 – £22,000, it starts to become apparent how your first pay packet can be a harsh wake up call. However, most companies have great benefits packages, offering incentives including health insurance, pension schemes, free gym memberships and a generous amount of paid holiday. Media recruiters will fight your corner to negotiate you the best salary and incentives package, leaving you free to concentrate on other things.
Top Tips for Graduates
- Social Media
Potential employers will look through your social media. FACT. So make sure it’s clean! Showcase your skills and experience in a professional manner that reflects what is on your CV. After all, if you’re are applying for jobs in PR but your LinkedIn page says you want to be a superhero, it doesn’t look good.
Determination is essential to break into a competitive industry, experience is critical when job hunting, therefore DO ANYTHING YOU CAN to get a head start while at university, even if it means taking on unpaid but relevant roles.
- Know your stuff
As well as having experience within the industry, conduct some thorough research and find out relevant information from as many sources, including, but not limited to subscribing to industry magazines, attending graduate career fairs and asking people you know already if they have any contacts. This will help you to keep up to date with what is going on, who is who and which companies are doing what.
Media Contacts is one of the top media recruitment consultancies in London, you can contact us if you have any questions and our experienced consultants will be happy to help.
We already have a few articles on what conference producer jobs are, the job responsibilities of a conference producer and other interesting facts about this industry on our blog. Forewarned is forearmed, so let’s look into some interview questions for conference producer jobs. First of all, it is crucial before any job interview to conduct proper company research, know as much as you can about the company where you are going for an interview, and also about the role that you have been shortlisted for. You should also research the company’s events – what are the topics, who are the speakers, where are the events held, who are the typical delegates and sponsors? A good level of industry knowledge, positive attitude, energetic personality and a genuine interest in the potential role will greatly benefit you during the recruitment process. Make sure you are focusing on your positive achievements so that you can add examples when answering a question during the interview. Some of the questions listed below were sourced though Glassdoor and interview-questions.com.
- Give a story about yourself that tells us something about you.
- What is your biggest weakness?
- If you were to produce a conference what would the topic be?
- Aside from what is on your CV, what unique skill do you think you could bring to the firm that other candidates could not?
- Practical test: Create a detailed mock conference agenda for a 2 day summit on new product development strategies.
- What is your expected salary?
- What is your usual role in a team?
- What are your career goals as a Conference Producer?
- What motivates you to work as Conference Producer?
- How do you make the decision to delegate work?
- Describe a difficult work situation and how you overcame it.
- Specific example of a time when your work was criticised
- Give some instances in which you anticipated problems.
- Why are you leaving your present job?
- What was the last project you headed up, and what was its outcome?
- How do you keep each member of the team involved and motivated?
- What was the most stressful situation you have faced as a Conference Producer?
- How do you assemble the information?
- How have you changed in the last five years?
- What is the most recent skill you have learned that related to being a Conference Producer?
- Tell me about an important goal that you set in the past.
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
- What is a typical career path in this job function?
- How would you define success for someone in your chosen Conference Producer career?
- Give an example of situations when your leadership skills were needed.
- If you were hiring for Conference Producer jobs, what would you look for?
- Have you handled a difficult situation with another department?
- What do you do when your schedule is interrupted? How you handle it.
- What did you like least about your last job?
My personal recommendation on a bullet proof interview preparation is ‘understand the job description inside-out!’, once you understand the skills required for the role you are going to be interviewed for, it will be easier to tackle the interview questions. Some of the essential skills required for conference producer jobs are:
- Business skills
- IT skills
- Communicating at all levels
- Meeting deadlines
- Planning budgets
- Project management
- Remain calm under pressure
- Some marketing/ public relations/ sales experience
Finally, if you are looking for conference producer jobs or you are an employer and need help to find the best conference producer for your company – we can help! Please check out our latest jobs here. Also, our experienced consultants at Media Contacts will be very happy to help assist if you have any questions.
The world of medical writing is rewarding in terms of salary, opportunity and personal development.
The medical writing industry is experiencing rapid growth and if you have the right skills and desire to succeed you might want to consider medical writer jobs.
What does being a medical writer involve?
When you become a medical writer you could be working on a complex piece of new research transcription one minute, writing medical training materials for pharmaceutical businesses or manuscripts the next, then writing patient materials and conference reports the following week. The industry is diverse and interesting and offers great opportunities for those with a medical background and the ability to write good copy. There are also excellent opportunities for progression within the field, particularly if you can get noticed for your high-quality work and ability to deliver on time.
Recruitment process for medical writer jobs
Although it may vary from one company to another, the typical recruitment process for a medical writer vacancy will have two parts – a face-to-face interview and a written test. During the face to face interview, the recruitment manager/ senior medical writer will assess your attitude, experience, subject knowledge and expertise for the role.
Sample interview questions commonly asked for medical writer jobs
Here is a list of common interview questions for medical writer jobs which we have compiled based on our experience of recruiting for this sector as one of the top media recruitment agencies.
Medical writing related interview questions:
- What interested you to go for medical writer jobs?
- What is your long term career goal?
- Rate your writing skills on a scale of 1 to 5?
- Have any of your articles been published?
- Have you completed any medical writing training or medical writing courses?
- What do you know about the drug development process?
- What kind of documents have you written previously?
- What sort of documents do you think you are going to write in this position?
- Which software are you proficient in?
- Do you know anything about statistics?
- Which projects have you worked on previously?
- What is referencing and citation?
- What are the different types of referencing styles? Which one do you use commonly?
- What did you learn most from your projects?
- What was your contribution in making those projects a success?
- What would you keep in mind when starting to write a document from scratch?
- What would you keep in mind when editing a document?
- What is proof reading?
- What are some publication guidelines?
- What is your understanding of what a medical communications agency does?
- What kind of salary are you looking for as a Medical writer?
- What transferable skills have you acquired prior to becoming a medical writer?
- How do you apply ISO 9001 for your medical writing position?
- What are most common mistakes medical writers make and how do you solve them?
Personality and attitude related questions:
- What did you least enjoy about your current role?
- What part of your work so far do you think is most impactful?
- What would be your ideal working environment?
- How do you see your job relating to the overall goals?
- How did you react when faced with constant time pressure?
- Where do you see yourself in five years time?
- What problems have you encountered at work?
- How do you feel about taking no for an answer?
- When given an important assignment, how do you approach it?
- What was the most complex assignment you have had?
- What are your weaknesses?
- What are your strengths?
- What has been your most disappointing experience?
- What do you consider your greatest achievement in life?
- What was the most difficult time of your life? How did you overcome it?
- What motivates you?
- What are your interests?
- What do you think about team work? Are you a team player?
- How would you handle a tough boss whom you think is being unreasonable?
- Why did you apply for this job and specifically at our company?
- Can you give me an example of your multi-tasking ability?
- Can you handle pressure at work? How do you deal with it?
- Do you prefer working independently or do you require constant supervision?
- Can you write non-scientific documents as well?
- What do you expect to gain from this job?
- What’s your philosophy towards work?
- What irritates you about co-employees?
Media Contacts is one of the best media recruitment agencies in the UK and have a dedicated team specialising in healthcare communications positions. Should you require assistance with your job search or if you are looking to hire your next medical writer, our experienced and friendly consultants can help! Contact us on 0207 359 8244 or email [email protected]