GlaxoSmithKline Graduate Application and Interview Tips

This page provides you with application and interview advice provided directly by graduates working at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Be yourself, the person you are and the values you hold matter just as much as what you can do!
SAP Functional Consultant, at GlaxoSmithKline
Application Advice: Apply if you want a graduate scheme that lives up the name 'Future Leaders' in giving you valuable experience with impactful and interesting projects from early in your career. You get to work across all areas of HR and have a big say in which of these areas you work in, so if you have a passion for a particular area of HR, don't be afraid to say so! As well as conveying your passion for HR, make sure you research GSK as a company and it's values, as if these don't appeal to you, chances are you aren't the right fit for GSK and the business areas you will be supporting and GSK isn't the right fit for you to deliver to your potential - it works both ways!
Interview Advice: Just be yourself, the genuine interest and passion is the most powerful attribute you have and will mean that if you're selected you will know you are the right 'fit' for GSK as it is senior HR colleagues who carry out the assessment centre, rather than an external third party, so you can be sure you're tested by the best.
HR Associate, HR Strategy Deployment and Effectiveness at GlaxoSmithKline
Application Advice: Be able to demonstrate your technical and leadership qualities, and use examples to back yourself up. Try to understand the culture and aim of the company!
Interview Advice: Be able to demonstrate your technical and leadership qualities, and use examples to back yourself up. Try to understand the culture and aim of the company.
Chemical Engineer, Engineering at GlaxoSmithKline
Application Advice: Be yourself. They are looking for people who fit into the GSK values, not necessarily the most ambitious or high-achieving, although of course they expect a high level of performance too.
Finance Associate, R&D Finance at GlaxoSmithKline
Application Advice: Take your time, there are a lot of rounds of applications.
Interview Advice: Be yourself.
Graduate associate, Future leaders program at GlaxoSmithKline
Application Advice: If you want a place where you can grow and learn and develop, apply. If you want a place where you will be pushed to your breaking point and challenged, then I would suggest applying to a bank as GSK is an amazing place to work, but quite soft and not right for everyone.
Interview Advice: Remember to include everyone in the team activities - 'what do you think' etc. It is all about striking the right balance between being confident and being cocky.
Regional Category Manager, Procurement at GlaxoSmithKline
Application Advice: Focus on why GSK, not just pharma industry. If you get through to later stages ensure you do thorough research about the area you will be joining.
IT Associate, Change Management at GlaxoSmithKline
Application Advice: It can be relatively hard to find information about GSK on the internet, certainly when it comes to interview prep. My best piece of advice would be to focus on the company mission and values. Think how well this fits with your personal values and ambitions and how you have been able to demonstrate this.
Interview Advice: Show your personality, passion and remember to SMILE!! When you get through to the assessment centre your academic credentials have been validated. Now they are looking at your potential as a future leader, how well you fit with the company values and your of course your interpersonal skills. Don't panic if you aren't an expert in the area that you are applying for. They know this - just show how you can apply yourself and use logic.
Performance Manager, Warehousing at GlaxoSmithKline
Application Advice: Really do your research, particularly into the industry.
Interview Advice: Be yourself.
Manager, Government Affairs, Public Policy and Patient Advocacy at GlaxoSmithKline
Application Advice: Make your application based on the values and mission of the company you're applying to.
Interview Advice: Absolutely be yourself in your interview otherwise when/if you get the position, you won't be a natural fit for the company.
Communications Graduate, Corporate & Social Responsibility at GlaxoSmithKline