By speaking with us and viewing the website, you should have a strong sense of the company’s scientific space and have insight into the company philosophies.
True the main goal of the screening call is for the company to get to know you better, but it is equally as important for you to get enough information from the company so you can “try it on for size”— see if the opportunity fits what you want as a next career move.
Look critically at your own CV as you might imagine the company would. Has there been clear growth with each position? Is there any position where you stayed too long? Does the CV show any side tracking, stagnation or potential pitfalls? Have you moved too quickly from job to job? The company is going to probe into these issues and you must be able to answer in an honest and upbeat manner.
Be sure to be prepared to answer any and all difficult questions. The time to think things through is NOT when the CSO is on the other end of the phone.
Be sure that you have researched what is in the clinic at this particular company. What new directions they might be taking, who are the Scientific Founders, what recent hires have they made on the executive team? Have they recently received any funding commitments?
Be sure to have read an article or two about their scientific profile and have some intelligent questions ready to ask. Remember that asking tough questions in a respectful way is a positive thing. The biggest turn off to a company is when the candidate does not ask any questions.