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Behavior Questions and Answers --1

Foreword: What a nickname for people using SAS: "semi-colon" professoinals!
Question: Tell me about yourself? Answer: Start with the present and tell why you are well qualified for the position. Remember that the key to all successful interviewing is to match your qualifications to what the interviewer is looking for. In other words you must sell what the buyer is buying. This is the single most important strategy in job hunting.
So, before you answer this or any question it's imperative that you try to uncover your interviewer's greatest need, want, problem or goal.

To do so, make you take these two steps:
Do all the homework you can before the hr interview to uncover this person's wants and needs (not the generalized needs of the industry or company). As early as you can in the interview, ask for a more complete description of what the position entails. You might say: "I have a number of accomplishments
I'd like to tell you about, but I want to make the best use of our time together and talk directly to your needs. To help me do, that, could you tell me more about the most important priorities of this position? All I know is what I (heard from the recruiter, read in the classified ad, etc .

Then, ALWAYS follow-up with a second and possibly, third question, to draw out his needs even more. Surprisingly, it's usually this second or third question that unearths what the interviewer is most looking for.

You might ask simply, "And in addition to that?..." or, "Is there anything else you see as essential to success in this position?: This process will not feel easy or natural at first, because it is easier simply to answer questions, but only if you uncover the employer's wants and needs will your answers make the most sense. Practice asking these key questions before giving your answers, the process will feel more natural and you will be light years ahead of the other job candidates you're competing with.

After uncovering what the employer is looking for, describe why the needs of this job bear striking parallels to tasks you've succeeded at before. Be sure to illustrate with specific examples of your responsibilities and especially your achievements, all of which are geared to present yourself as a perfect match for the needs he has just described.

• Sample 1: I've been a SAS programmer for 6 years. I'm especially skilled with CDISC guidelines including SDTM and ADaM. My recent experience is with XXX company , a CRO in state where I worked as Statistical Programmer on a number of projects in a variety of drug and medical device areas.

I made a significant contribution to the project recently I have worked on because of my expertise in SAS Programming and CDISC skills. I work well even under minimal supervision also I am a team player. I had an excellent experience in Base SAS/SAS Graph/Proc SQL including the SAS MACRO language.

I also have great deal of experience in creating CRT’s as a part of electronic submission of NDA application to the FDA. Now I’m looking for a new opportunity where I can contribute to the growth of the company and have a positive impact on the programming team.

• Sample 2: I have been working in the pharmaceutical industry as a SAS professional for more than 5 years. I have used Base SAS, SAS Macros and Proc SQL to analyze datasets and then generated Tables, Listings, and Graph’s.

I have generated reports using ODS into formats such as RTF, PDF, and HTML. I have worked with senior Bio-statisticians and clinical data managers to provide SAS programming in analyzing the clinical trial data according to the SAP.
I have developed programs in SAS for converting the Oracle Data into SAS datasets using SQL Pass through facility and Libname facility. I have also used SAS macros for frequently used programs and developed programs for generating efficacy and safety tables.

I also involved in validation of my fellow programmer code.I have developed Edit check programs to clean invalid data from the database. I worked in both WINDOWS and UNIX environments.
I have worked on Case Report Tabulation section of NDA submission as well. I was also involved in creating annotated case report form (eCRF) using CDISC-SDTM mapping.

I was involved in creating CRT’s for an NDA electronic submission to the FDA. I also got Involved in mapping, pooling and analysis of clinical study data for safety and validating and QC of the efficacy and safety tables.

• Sample 3: I have been working in the Pharmaceutical industry for the past 4.5 years. My most recent experience has been with CRO, where I’ve worked for the last 2 years.

I enjoy my job because it’s challenging and I like interacting with a variety of people. In my most recent assignment I was on a project called "Trial of everolimus in combination with Erlotinib in patients with metastatic cancer”. I madesignificant contribution to the project because of my expertise in SAS Programming.

One of my strengths is my attention to detail. I am known for being extremely thorough and meeting or exceeding deadlines and goals. My boss knows that I work well under minimal supervision, that I am very conscientious and that the job will be done right the first time. I’m looking for a new opportunity where I can contribute to the growth of the company by helping educate customers on the benefits of using our consulting services.

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