Plan to arrive a bit early. It’s always a good idea to arrive five or ten minutes sooner than scheduled. It gives you time to get organized. Do a Google search well in advance of your interview date, so you’ll know exactly where we are and how to get here.
Do your research. Look at the About Us and Careers sections of our website to find out more about Octapharma Plasma and think about why a particular job is a good fit for you. Note what we look for in employees so you can explain how your skills and experience meet our needs.
Prepare thoughtful questions. Ask about the opportunity in ways that show the interviewer you understand the position and are enthusiastic about being chosen for it. For example:
- What are the responsibilities of this position?
- What does a typical day look like?
- What kind of training might I get?
- How long would it take to advance?
- What issues does your team face, and how can I help to resolve them?
Be kind to everyone while you wait. This includes all employees and donors you encounter, as well as other candidates. We strive to create a friendly, welcoming environment where all are treated with respect.
Relax and be you. Interviews can be stressful, but you know your strengths, and this is your chance to shine. The best way to do that is by presenting yourself as you are: ambitious, friendly, professional, and excited for a new opportunity.
Make a good impression. Dress professionally. Bring a few copies of your résumé. Smile and make eye contact during the interview. Listen carefully and ask questions only after your interviewer has finished asking you questions.
Be prepared to talk about past on-the-job behavior. We believe the best way to predict future behavior is to look at your past behavior. Expect your interviewer to ask questions that get you talking about how you handled or responded to certain situations in the past. For example:
- "Tell me about a time when..."
- "Can you describe a situation where..."
- "Describe a time when you had to identify a problem and tell me how you solved it."
- "Describe a time when you decided on your own that something needed to be done, and you took on the task to get it done."
Consider these questions your opportunity to describe your feelings and observations about situations you’ve handled in the past.
Use recent examples. Be prepared to share examples of the good work you’ve done during your most recent jobs. It’s best to talk about things that have happened in the past year to 18 months because your memories about them will be more accurate. Be specific, straightforward, and honest.
Ask to revisit a question. It’s okay to think about your answers briefly, but if you feel stuck for a response to a particular question, ask your interviewer if you can move on and come back to it.
Tell your interviewer why you want the job and feel you are right for it.
Thank your interviewer for his or her time and for telling you more about the company.
Ask about next steps and when a decision will be made.
Shake hands and ask for a business card so you can send a thank-you note.
Send a short, well-written thank-you note to your interviewer within two days.
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