Tip #1: Do your homework
We are impressed when candidates take the time to research Covance to learn about us. You are researching Covance right now, so you obviously find value in this too. Thoroughly review this site and learn as much as you can. Being prepared will also minimize your anxiety. Click here for more detailed information on our work and various business units.
Tip #2: Make an impact
Dress for the occasion. The rule is: When in doubt, overdress. Recent workplace trends have approved business-casual attire, but it's still appropriate to wear a business suit to an interview. If you mean business, show us! And remember... it's not always what you say but how you present yourself that makes an impression. Be sure to shake hands firmly and maintain eye contact throughout the interview. Sit up in your chair and stay focused. If your mind starts to wander, it shows.
Tip #3: Be confident
Composure in the business world is crucial. Your interview is a good measurement of how you handle pressure. You don't want to appear too nervous. At the same time, you don't want to be too relaxed. Maintain an appropriate level of professionalism without being unapproachable. The best advice is to be yourself. If you are an outgoing, likable person, let that come through in your interview. We're looking for colleagues who will thrive in our team-based environment.
Tip #4: Ask questions
When you want to learn more about who we are and what we do, it lets us know you're interested. Depending on what you ask, it may also prove you have done your homework. Before the interview, make sure you've prepared a list of questions that we may not have addressed on this site or our Covance website.
Tip #5: Sell yourself
Your qualifications got you in the door. Make sure to speak confidently about any experiences you've had in the workplace, during volunteer opportunities, and in the classroom. Specific examples of how you've contributed to an organization or learned something exciting are of particular interest to us. We see potential in you, so be sure to sell yourself by promoting your skills and abilities.
Tip #6: Get clarification
If you don't understand a question, don't hesitate to ask us to repeat it. You have a better chance of giving your best answer if you know exactly what we're asking. If you can't think of an answer at that moment, don't be hesitant to ask us to come back to the question later.