Application tips

If you have decided to apply for a role with us at GSK, we want you to do as well as you possibly can.

We have provided the information below to help you put together the strongest application you can. It includes some key points to consider when applying for a role, and outlines the recruitment process we go through for every role.

Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letters

What should I include in my CV?

Tailor your CV for the job you are applying for, ensuring you clearly present all your relevant skills, experience and training. Deciding how much information to include on your CV can be difficult; a single page might not tell us enough about you, but try not to exceed three pages.

Do I need to write a cover letter?

It’s a good idea to include a cover letter to complement your CV, and to address specific areas that are relevant to the role you are applying for in more detail. A strong cover letter should describe specifically how you meet the competencies and requirements for the role as advertised. It’s a real opportunity to explain why you believe the role would suit your skills and personality. Both your CV and cover letter will be reviewed in your application.

How will I know you have received my application?

We’ll send you an on-screen message when you submit your application to confirm we have received it. If you give us your email address, you’ll receive a further acknowledgement email when your application arrives in the recruiter's inbox. You can log in to your personal account at any time to check the status of your application.

CV review/phone interview

During the review process we will consider how well your CV and cover letter match the requirements of the job you have applied for. Sometimes we may contact you by phone to discuss your application in more detail. If your application is suitable for the job, we will invite you for a formal phone or face-to-face interview.

On-site interview/assessment process

During your interview, we'll ask you competency-based questions which focus on how you've used your skills, knowledge and experience in past roles. There is no right or wrong answer in these instances. You should focus on providing relevant examples of your past experience that demonstrate your ability to do the job you've applied for. Depending on the role you applied for, we may ask you to complete some additional assessment exercises. These may be case studies, a presentation or exercises. The assessment requirements and process will be clearly outlined from the outset.

Interviewing with us

How can I prepare for an interview?

We will contact you by phone or email first to check your availability. We'll also send you full details by letter or email.

Preparation is the key to successful interviews. You need to be able to talk comfortably and confidently about your career and demonstrate your areas of expertise with real examples. Consider preparing a mental list of your key achievements, challenges and successes to date.

If you are new to the healthcare sector, you might want to find out as much as you can about us and/or the business area you want to join. You can find information specifically about our company on this website but it is also worth looking at other online resources.

What will happen at the interview?

The interview is to help us understand:

  • what makes you the ideal candidate for the job
  • what it is about the role that interests you
  • why you want to work for us

The interview is a chance for us to get to know each other more. We will be assessing your abilities, but it is a two-way process. It’s important to us that you also understand our values and what it’s like working at GSK, so we welcome all your questions – it’s a good idea to have a few ready to ask.

During the interview we’ll ask you about your skills and experiences. Try to use real examples, but remember not all of your answers need to be work-related. We‘ll also review the key performance behaviours relevant to the role. Keep your answers concise and relevant. If you're struggling with a question, don't feel you have to answer immediately - take your time and think about your response. It’s also OK to ask for clarification if you don’t understand what you are being asked.

We understand interviews can be a bit nerve-wracking. Remember there are no right or wrong answers. We value honesty, transparency and a positive attitude, so be confident and, above all, be yourself.

What happens next?

Your interviewers will decide who the most suitable candidate for the job is. We take hiring the right people very seriously so please be patient while we make our decision. You can contact us at any time but rest assured, we will get in touch when feedback has been received and a decision is made.

If you are selected, we will contact you to make a verbal offer. This will be followed up by a written offer letter, in which we'll explain the next steps, including our pre-employment screening process.

Following your successful pre-employment screening, we will finalise your start date with the company and induction details.