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:
Surgical Oncologist: One-Page Interview Presentation Sheet
Understands Chemical Significance in Drug Development
Experienced in Toxicology and Biomarker Analysis
- 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.
Trained in Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacologic Risk Assessment
- 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.
Familiar with Pipeline Products
- Formal training in Risk Assessment.
- Formal training in pharmacokinetics, MPH degree.
- Extensive laboratory experience in tracer isotope studies in animal models and humans.
Participates and Designs Clinical Trials
- 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).
Committed to Patient Safety
- 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.
Clinical Experience in Oncology
- Former member of patient safety committee.
- Performed original research on statistical process control.
- Four-years reviewing patient safety grants.
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.
- Long-standing experience in treatment of cancer.
- Contacts in oncology community.
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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