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Cactus Communications
Medical Writer was asked...June 17, 2015

I had to write a literature review from 6 manuscripts on a medical topic

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Dear candidate, We understand your concerns and appreciate the patience you have shown throughout the selection process for the Medical Writer position. The selection process for this position in particular tends to get long drawn at times given the critical nature of the role. To ensure a seamless experience, we try our best to keep candidates updated about all developments during the entire process. That said, your feedback is valuable to us and has prompted us to audit the process again. Thanks for your time. Less

Dear candidate, We understand your concerns and appreciate the patience you have shown throughout the selection process for the Medical Writer position. The selection process for this position in particular tends to get long drawn at times given the critical nature of the role. To ensure a seamless experience, we try our best to keep candidates updated about all developments during the entire process. That said, your feedback is valuable to us and has prompted us to audit the process again. Thanks for your time. Less

it took 20 hours.

Technical Resources International

What have you done in the past that applies to this particular job?

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I have done research in a lab and this job was writing about research in a lab, so I am familiar with medical terms and jargon. Less

Medicalwriters.com

I was asked about my clinical and educational background, therapeutic experience, types of projects I had written for in the past, clients I had worked with, etc.

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The main reason I'm creating this review is that I saw something unusual and inappropriate on the agency's "Careers" page. After you click on an open position, you are taken to their Bamboo HR page for more information about the role. On this page, it says "...want to expand our young and dynamic team..." I was stunned that they used the word "young." There are strict laws about any reference to age as well as actual age discrimination laws. I don't understand how something like this was thought to be OK, must the less posted via their website. My interviews and interactions with the agency staff were professional and there wasn't any feeling of age bias. However, the word "young" should not be used in this respect. I hope that the agency staff will read this comment and strongly consider deleting that word. Less

Thank you for your insight regarding the use of the word 'young'. You made a valid point and it has been removed from our job descriptions (the current postings may not reflect the changes, but future postings will not include the word young). Thank you for sharing that you did not experience any discrimination throughout the recruitment process. And thank you for helping us remain complaint while we continue to look for the right talent to join our team. Your feedback is appreciated! Less

SIRO Clinpharm

types of abstract?

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three types of abstract and their description

Synchrogenix Information Strategies

So this gap in your history was for personal reasons- what were you doing then?

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Traveling and doing volunteer work.

Syneron Candela

Questions related to experience performing various job functions, and small talk about the industry. The interview was conversational and more of a discussion rather than a question/answer-style interview

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i have experienced this "ghosting" at least 5 times over the last year and find it disgusting! Seems like that is the new trend from these younger recruiters and I agree with you, it is unacceptable and these recruiters are not representing their company well in my opinion. More unacceptable when you've had an in person interview! Less

I was not invited for an interview

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- Be prepared to spend 10-15hours on writing task - Be prepared to not receive any feedback on writing task if rejected Less

Janssen

General resume and competency based and some technical

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You got to have the technical base to get through this one.

McCann Health Medical Communications

What experience do you have with scientific writing?

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I discussed my experiences writing manuscripts, presentations, grants, etc.

Emory University

Tell me about yourself? What is your weakness? What do you like to do for fun? What is passive voice? How many publications do you have? Why are you leaving your current position?

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Currently pursuing the field of general surgery. My weaknesses are low tolerance for ineffective work patterns and a straightforward personality. On a daily basis, I enjoy reading from a wide variety of news sources, not limited to Huffington Post, NY Times and the occasional Reader's Digest article. I also enjoy going to the gym and spending time with genuine people. Passive voice is the reconstruction of a sentence to both be vague and also get the point across. "The subject is receiving the verb." I have presented 2 posters and an audit at medical conferences. The audit was also published (by default, I must admit) as an abstract in the journal related to the conference. I am not leaving my current position yet but pursuing the option of leaving Malaysia to move to Australia for better pay, work-life balance and hopefully a more dedicated specialist training programme. Less

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