Application tips and process
We are delighted you have decided that a GSK apprenticeship is where you want to launch your career. As you might expect, the recruitment process is rigorous, but you should always bear in mind that the process is as much for you as it is us. We want you to proceed through each level in our process so that you can explore GSK and determine whether we are the right fit for you.
Top tips for your application:
- Make sure you apply early. We recruit on an ongoing basis and prioritize applications based on the application date.
- Complete your application form carefully, don’t rush. This is your first opportunity to show us your motivation, skills, and to make a good impression.
- Research GSK before applying to determine if we are the right company for you.
- Think about the skills you have to bring to your chosen role that will add value to the apprenticeship and help GSK make an impact to patients’ lives.
The application process
1. Application stage
You will be asked to complete an online application form, providing details of your qualifications, training, work experience, and hobbies. The online application process will include two questions and you will be required to write a two-paragraph response regarding your enthusiasm for the program and your interest in GSK. You must include a cover letter with your application, highlighting the key skills you could bring to the apprenticeship. The information you provide will be carefully reviewed by a member of our team.
2. Telephone interview
If you successfully pass the application stage, your application will be progressed to the telephone interview phase. The telephone interview will help us to get a good understanding of you as an individual, and to gauge your motivation for the role. During the interview, remember to answer questions by describing using the S.T.A.R. approach:
Situation - Describe the situation in front of you that needed to be accomplished. With the STAR approach, you need to set the background. Make it concise and informative, concentrating solely on what is useful to the story.
Task - Give details of what you had to do to address the situation. You need to briefly explain what it is that you had to do to reach, and what the success criteria was. If you were working as a group explain what the overall task of the group was but be clear about your own role.
Actions - These are the most important things for you to mention in your example: What actions you took; why you took those actions; how you took the actions; what skills you used.
Result - Explain what happened – how it all ended. Use the opportunity to describe what you accomplished and what you learned in that situation. This helps you make the answer personal and enables you to highlight further skills.
3. Assessment day
Candidates who successfully complete the interview process will be invited to the final step in the application process - an assessment center. The assessment center is a half-day event facilitated at a GSK work site that will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your relevant skills and abilities in a number of different ways. Candidates will participate in several activities including a presentation, an interview, a group exercise and a practical exercise.