Preparing for a Regulatory Affairs Job InterviewAugust 4, 2015
A career in Regulatory affairs involves doing research and other work that directly impacts the lives of others. If you choose to pursue this career path, you’ll be involved in the research and development of pharmaceuticals, natural products, cosmetics and supplements. On any given day, you’ll be in charge of compiling safety information about a product, negotiating with authorities who control licencing, overseeing clinical trials, and much more.
If you are planning to pursue regulatory affairs courses, or have already begun your program, read on to find out what steps you can take to prepare for a job interview once you graduate.
Join Regulatory Affairs Organizations
Before you start applying for jobs, you should immerse yourself in the regulatory affairs industry by researching or even joining a few professional organizations. The websites for these organizations are full of useful information such as job descriptions, industry news and updates, and forums for professionals. Through these organizations, you may be presented with networking or internship opportunities!
Research the Company and Position You’re Applying To
Employers want to hire individuals who are enthusiastic about their job. Oftentimes in an interview, the employer will ask if the candidate has visited their company’s website. To be prepared for this question, employees should study the company’s website content, become familiar with who runs the company and be aware of who some of their clients are. It’s also a good idea to memorize or at least become familiar with the company’s policies, ethics and recent news.
To prepare for your job interview, you can also read testimonials from people who have worked in the same position you are applying for. This will help you prepare yourself for the duties at hand, and feel more confident in your interview.
Summarize and Write Down Your Skills
There’s nothing worse than walking out of an interview agonizing over all the things you didn’t (but should have) said. To avoid getting tongue tied when the interviewer asks what skills you bring to the company, compile a list of your most sought-after skills beforehand.
You’ll want to begin this list with the skills you learned in your regulatory affairs courses, then move on to technical skills that you either picked up from previous jobs, or through internships and volunteer work. Try to keep it concise by discussing skills that are most relevant to the job you are applying for.
Prepare Examples of Your Achievements in Regulatory Affairs
It’s always important to understand a company’s core values before sitting down for an interview. When you provide your interviewer with examples of your top achievements, try to frame them around these company values. This will help show the employer that you fit in with the company culture, and that you have the experience to back it up. If you have recently earned regulatory affairs certification and haven’t yet entered the work force, then you can provide examples of your academic achievements.
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