Interviews vary enormously between employers from ones that can be a little informal in nature in a small medium enterprise (SME) to an interview that is part of an assessment centre process in large graduate recruiters such as GlaxoSmithKline to ones that have an academic slant in research departments of universities. Questions will often be geared to your scientific skills and may involve a lab test or tour. Check out the interviews section for more information.
You can also get specialist support from employability advisers in your department or the Careers and Employability Centre. They will help you with all aspects of your job search. There will also be workshops and events organised throughout the year to help you prepare.
Current issues in science industries
Employers want bioscience and chemistry graduates to be commercially and academically aware and up to date with current issues affecting this area. They may well ask you questions at interview that will 'test' your awareness and knowledge of the current key scientific, ethical, regulatory and financial challenges in the sector. Information on the Science and Pharmaceutical sectors and Health and Social Care sectors are available on the Prospects website. These overviews offer a clear outline of the jobs, entry requirements, typical employers, opportunities abroad and future trends in these areas of work.
The Sector Skills Council for Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies has detailed reports highlighting employment trends and skills gaps and are useful for understanding the UK and Worldwide Bioscience industry. It identifies that the UK science industry employment is expected to be 15,000 higher in 2016 with an average annual rate of growth of 1.3%. Another research piece from the UK's national innovation agency identified three key areas for growth and development: genomics; industrial biotechnology; agriculture and food. This includes advancements in biofuels, new crop varieties, bio - based materials, novel medicines and sustainable alternatives to petroleum derived products.
To keep yourself informed read the industry specific trade papers and refer to the professional associations websites such as: