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How to apply

If you like what you see and think you have what it takes to be a part of the LGC success story, please search our  Vacancies page, where group-wide vacancies are advertised across the multi-disciplinary functions you would expect of an international scientific company. To apply for opportunities, send your CV to the recruiting manager, whose contact details are provided at the end of each job advertisement. We regret we are unable to process speculative applications and telephone enquiries.

What to expect

Application -  if your application is successful, you will be contacted by the recruiting manager within one month and invited to an interview. Most interviews are face-to-face at a location determined by the recruiting manager, but may consist of telephone calls or video conferencing.

Interviews - are based on a competency framework (also called structured or behavioural interviews), where questions are designed to assess attributes (knowledge, skills, motivation and ability) required for effective performance in the job role, against a standard set of competencies.

We want our applicants to succeed at interview and to help create and deliver your answer to the questions, you may want to consider using the (STAR) approach:
 

S or T

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Describe the Situation you were involved in or the Task you were asked to complete. The situation/task can be from a previous job, from a personal experience or from any relevant event.

A

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Describe the Action you took, the process followed and the steps you completed.  Even when discussing a group project or task, you should describe what you did and achieved rather than the team.

R

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This is the most important part of the answer, where you should explain the Result and how your actions contributed to a successful outcome.  Here you can talk about what you accomplished, what you delivered in terms of benefit and what you learned

When using the (STAR) approach you should also consider the challenges and problems you faced at each stage, how you overcame them and the lessons learned.

Assessment centre/Occupational testing - You may be asked to attend an assessment centre and/or participate in some occupational testing, depending upon the career opportunity you are applying for. The format for the assessment centre and testing may vary in accordance with divisional and job requirements and location. Exercises used could include: ability tests and an occupation personality questionnaire; group exercises; role play; individual written exercises; presentations; technical exercises; plus a second competency interview.

Hints and tips for the interview:

  • Try to relax and be yourself.
  • Do your research about the LGC Group.
  • Don’t underestimate how valuable your extracurricular activities are.
  • Don’t be afraid to take time to collect your thoughts and think of the best response to fit the question before speaking.
  • Interviews should be a two-way conversation - ask questions.
  • If you are unsure about the meaning of a question, ask the interviewer to repeat or clarify what is required.
  • The interview is about finding out about you, so stay focused on what you did/achieved and not on the ‘we’.
  • The assessment centre will provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate a range of capabilities, so if one exercise doesn’t go too well, don’t worry.

Interview outcome - Successful candidates will be contacted and given a verbal offer by recruiting managers following completion of the interview process. Confirmation of the offer will be forwarded in writing with supporting documentation within a reasonable period of time. Unsuccessful candidates will also be notified verbally by recruiting managers at the end of the recruitment process.