Interview Tips

Interested in joining the Octapharma Plasma team? These tips should give you the best possible chance of wowing us during your interview.

Before the interview

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 talk about how your skills and experience meet our needs.

Prepare questions. Be ready to ask thoughtful questions that show 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?

During the interview

Make a good impression. Dress professionally. Arrive 5 to 10 minutes early and 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..."

Use these questions 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 in recent jobs. It’s better to talk about things that have happened in the past year to 18 months because your memories about them will be clearer. Be as specific as possible, straightforward, and honest.

Ask to come back to the 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.

Before you leave the interview

Tell the interviewer why you’re right for the job.

Thank your interviewer for his or her time and for telling you more about the company.

Ask about next steps or when a decision will be made.

Shake hands and ask for a business card so you can send a thank-you note.

After the interview

Send a short, well-written thank-you note to your interviewer within 2 days.

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