Kinetica believes in helping you find your perfect job.
We understand and appreciate the important decisions that need to be made when looking to advance your career.
By working closely together we can help you make realistic and informed decisions about which organisations are right for you, and pinpoint the roles that will ultimately help you achieve your full potential.
Kinetica offer a range of job types because each of our consultants are highly knowledgeable and possess a great deal of experience in each of their specialist areas, ensuring that you will have access to the widest range of employers in your sector. This allows you to consider your next career move without limitations.
Below you can find an assortment of guides on how best to present yourself to potential employers.
Your CV is usually the first point of contact you make with your prospective employer; therefore it is vital that you make a good impression.
Decisions can be made in an instant. Just by glancing at your C.V. a potential employer will begin to make assumptions about you and your character.
Here are some helpful tips to ensure you are always presenting the best version of yourself:
Research is key to a successful interview. You must find out all you can about the company, products, market and the role before your interview.
Some key points to consider:
If you are required to do a presentation at the interview then make sure you have invested some quality time into its preparation. Always remain aware of your audience, i.e. if your presentation is technical based then a staff member from HR may not possess the same understanding of a Sales Director. Double check that the company will provide any necessary equipment. Most importantly, try not to waffle!
Fail to Prepare? Prepare to Fail
An Interview can be extremely stressful, in order to make it less so we have outlined a few key points that will help you on the day.
If you are looking for a position in the Scientific or Medical / Healthcare sectors then send us your CV.
For more in-depth advice on success at interviews, please give us a call on +44 (0) 113 2617181.
Competency based interviews focus on core skills and behaviours that constitute success within a given role.
The interviewer looks for specific evidence that exemplifies such competencies. It is standard practice for a score to be allocated for each competency, with a total being used as a measure of objectivity.
Drive for Results
Planning and Organisation
Below you will find a list of popular interview questions.
*Always have a minimum of 5 pre-prepared questions to ask your interviewer*
A list of popular interview preparation techniques.
Key points to consider:
What is the interviewer looking for?
Evidence (and examples) of:
What type of questions will arise?
The most important thing is to recognize what competencies the interviewer is looking for from each question and answer (succinctly and directly) using examples that highlight evidence of such experience.
NB/ Prepared examples will allow you to speak confidently and highlight specific examples without waffle.
Do’s and Don’ts
Below you can find information on your eligibility to work in the UK.
Who can work in the UK?
If you want to come to the UK to work, whether you can do so depends on who you are. Unless you’re a British citizen or a citizen of one of the European Economic Area (EEA) countries, you may need a visa before you travel here. If you have to get a visa, you’ll need to be cleared by officials at a British Overseas Mission in your country of origin. Once cleared, the entry clearance certificate, or visa, will be put into your passport or travel document.
Accession state workers
If you’re from one of the new European Union member, or ‘accession’, states you may need to register with the Home Office under the Worker Registration Scheme within one month of starting a job. The countries affected are:
Workers from Bulgaria and Romania are restricted in the sorts of work they can do. However, you don’t need to register to work in the UK if you’re:
There are a few other circumstances when you wouldn’t need to register if you’re from one of the accession states.
As an agency or temporary worker you’ll need to register to work within a month of starting work.
Highly skilled migrants
From 29 February 2008 any highly skilled foreign national currently working in Britain who wants to extend their stay will need to apply under a new points-based system. This new points based system will be extended to those applying from overseas later in the year. It will not apply to citizens of EEA countries.
If you’re an international student you may not need permission to work here when you’re studying. If your home country is in the EEA, or you’re a Swiss national, you can work without restrictions on the type or amount of work you do.
Otherwise, you should check the visa stamp in your passport. If it says ‘prohibited’ you can’t work in the UK. If it grants you leave to enter or remain in the UK as a student, you can work here provided you:
What proof an employer will need
If you’re from an EEA country, you’ll need to show a prospective employer your passport, national identity card or Home Office Residence Permit. Employers can face unlimited fines if they employ illegal workers, so they need to make sure that no one they employ is working in the UK illegally. However, to protect themselves against discrimination laws they should treat all job applicants equally. So don’t be offended if you’re asked to prove your nationality, even if it’s ‘obvious’. Even UK nationals will be asked to provide proof of their nationality.
There are a number of schemes and programmes for people who want to work in the UK. If you’re not from an EEA country or Switzerland, you’re likely to need a work permit to work here.
There are six separate groups for ordinary work permit applications:
How to apply for a permit and how long it lasts for
You can’t apply for a permit yourself – you’ll need the UK-based employer who wants to employ you to do it for you. How long your permit lasts for will depend on the work you do and the type of permit applied for. For example, business and commercial work permits can be issued for up to five years, but sector-based permits are only issued for up to 12 months.
All information has been obtained from the direct gov website and can be found at www.direct.gov.uk. Kinetica (UK) Ltd accepts no responsibility for the validity of this information and or liability for the issuing of any work permit or visa associated with employment E. & O. E. For further information & links please view the www.direct.gov.uk website.
Whilst pursuing my passion and deep interest in genetics as a graduate student I found after a few years, that the learning curve had flattened. I could not imagine my life being devoted to a single fraction of one scientific problem, when there is so much else that is interesting, so I began to explore my options.
I had experience working as a student editor for a Biology and Medical journal at university and considered a scientific editorial career, along with patent law, investment banking and filmmaking. However I felt that none of these potential career paths would fulfil me. It was upon discussion with a friend and her suggestion of a career in consulting, that I more precisely assessed my skills and interests and found that they were a close match to management consulting: intellectually challenging problem solving, a new project every few months, teamwork with people of a high calibre. Based on this revelation I applied and was successful in gaining a position as a management consultant, allowing me to gain invaluable experience about many aspects of business.
What I had not anticipated was that I still had an overriding interest in genomics. My desire to get out of the lab had confounded my level of interest in the field. It had been the execution of academic science that had dulled my senses, not the subject matter.
With this knowledge I began to search for a position that would employ both my scientific expertise and the business skills and experience I had gained. I searched for, and found a small, early-stage genomics company that had a reasonable bid to shape the industry. Within them I transformed my path from Ph.D. graduate into one of scientific business development in just over three years.
I am now a senior manager of business development, involved in strategy development (which products to make and offer) and partnerships (what alliances to form including academic research collaborations).
The one thing I would highlight to any Ph.D. student looking to branch into the scientific business world is the importance of developing good communications skills. The importance of communications skills is often overlooked by science graduate students as irrelevant to their work in the laboratory. But without them I and countless others could not have made the move from research to business development and would not be currently enjoying the success and fulfilment my career has brought me. Take every opportunity to practice and improve these skills; all experience is good experience.
Kate – Business Development Manager
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