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Create a One-Page Interview Presentation Sheet, by William S. Frank

Steve Parsons, MD, an oncology surgeon, took this well-planned document into his interview at a biotechnology company, and it contributed to his job offer. Here's what Steve said about this one-sheet:

"I sent my 40-page academic resume. The recruiters couldn't figure out what it meant in terms of skills for a biotechnology company. I condensed it and demonstrated, bullet by bullet, what skills I had that related to the job.

"It helped me get the job interview, since I sent it to the preliminary phone screener soon after we spoke. And it helped at the actual interviews with eight people. It turned out that the company's Human Resources Director gave all the interviewers the 40-page resume, but didn't give any of them the one-pager. I was concerned this might happen, so I brought eight copies of the one-pager with me, and gave it to each interviewers as I introduced myself.

"A condensed 1-page capsule of everything you have that demonstrates how your skills fit the job description is invaluable to send in initially, and to carry to the interviews."

Surgical Oncologist: One-Page Interview Presentation Sheet

Understands Chemical Significance in Drug Development

  • Honors student in organic, inorganic, and biochemistry.
  • Graduated 2nd in class in Biochemistry.
  • Familiarity with laboratory methods of organic chemical synthesis.
  • Experience with mass spectrometry, column chromatography, carbohydrate biochemistry.
Experienced in Toxicology and Biomarker Analysis
  • Involved in evaluation of polyurethane-foam covered silicone breast implants.
  • Evaluated post-market surveillance data for excretion of carcinogen toluene-diamine (TDA).
  • Analyzed FDA requirements for drug safety levels in humans.
  • Analyzed animal data on TDA toxicology.
  • Formal training in toxicology and biomarkers, MPH degree.
Trained in Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacologic Risk Assessment
  • Formal training in Risk Assessment.
  • Formal training in pharmacokinetics, MPH degree.
  • Extensive laboratory experience in tracer isotope studies in animal models and humans.
Familiar with Pipeline Products
  • Laboratory experience with biokinetics of anti-metabolites.
  • Experience with immunologic and receptor-blockade approaches to angiogenesis.
  • Familiar with vascular endothelial approaches to tumor control (perfusion).
Participates and Designs Clinical Trials
  • Formal training in Phase I-III clinical trials from National Institutes of Health.
  • Designed trial on with novel chemotherapy for cancer.
  • Designed clinical trial for biomedical device with FDA review.
Committed to Patient Safety
  • Former member of patient safety committee.
  • Performed original research on statistical process control.
  • Four-years reviewing patient safety grants.
Clinical Experience in Oncology
  • Long-standing experience in treatment of cancer.
  • Contacts in oncology community.
Any time you prepare for an interview, learn everything you can about the prospective employer. If there's a formal job description, review it line-by-line, and create a document like this that shows how you match the organization's needs.

Here's a similar, but slightly different approach. Several of these job posting or want ad letters use a two-column format. The left column lists the company's requirements, and the right column lists the candidate's related qualifications. This is extraordinarily effective in distinguishing you from the crowd.

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