Interview Preparation

Be prepared to discuss your current position and your prior background. This includes all regulatory strategy and filing work and key accomplishments in your regulatory career. Be able to articulate each situation, the steps you took, and the outcome.

  • Do research about the company, their marketed products (if any), and their development pipeline.
  • Be prepared to express why you are interested in the position and what you could contribute to the company.
  • Have questions prepared regarding the company, the regulatory department, the hiring manager, and the position.
  • Have questions for the hiring authority;
    • What is your management style?
    • What are the 3 most important things that you would like for me to achieve in the first 3 months, 6 months, year of employment?
    • How would you define success when it comes to your regulatory affairs team?
    • What are three things that made you decide to join this company?
    • What is your vision for your regulatory department?
    • Ask about next steps.

Phone Interview Tips – 12 Tips On Acing Your Next Phone Interview

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Always Send a Follow-up Email.

We strongly recommend sending Thank You emails to everyone within 24-48 hours of your interviews. Doing so shows the employer that you appreciate their time, and just as importantly, that you’re still interested in the position.

Thank You Email Tips:

  • Begin with a professional greeting (e.g. “Dear Mike”)
  • Thank the interviewer and tell them that you appreciate their time spent during the job interview
  • Mention something specific you talked to them about in the interview and that you enjoyed learning about (so they know that this interview thank you note is written specifically for them)
  • Reaffirm your interest in the position and tell them that you look forward to hearing about the next steps in the hiring process
  • Let the interviewer know that they should feel free to contact you if they need any additional information or have follow-up questions
  • Include something to reaffirm that you’re confident you can perform well in the role

Note: If you interviewed with multiple people in a single day and want to thank them all, send a separate thank you note to each for a more personalized feel.

Sample Thank You Email:

Hello <Interviewer’s Name>,

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me <yesterday/Friday/etc.> about the Regulatory <Job Title> position at <Company Name>. It was a pleasure talking with you, and I enjoyed learning more about the opportunity.

The information you shared about <the company’s pipeline, upcoming NDA, global expansion, or anything specific about the job that interests you> sounded particularly interesting.  I am confident that my Regulatory background and skills will allow me to step in and make an impact right away, and it’s a role that I would be excited to take on.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you about the next steps, and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any additional information in the meantime.

Thank you again.

<Your First and Last Name>