The application process

Find out the different stages of the application process for the Future Leaders Programme from filling in the application form to receiving an offer.

We have developed a robust selection process to make sure that GSK is the right place for you to thrive. 

You’ll find an explanation of the process below, but please note that not every country uses every stage of the process.

Many career paths have a closing date, but we strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible. Due to a high volume of applications we are now asking candidates to complete the early stages when we receive their application. 

How does the application process work?

1. Application form

The first step is to fill out our application form, either online or via email. Think about your responses carefully and take time to provide us with a detailed description of your skills, experiences and ambitions.

You’ll be asked to demonstrate that you have the qualifications we’re looking for either through the questions asked or via CV upload. But we may also need you to tell us some practical things, like whether you’re eligible to work in the country your programme will be based in. Our recruitment teams will be checking through your application form, so it’s important the information you give us is accurate.

Additionally, we’ll ask you to tell us why it is that you want to join us. This gives you the chance to show us what drives you and just how motivated you are. Make it past this stage, and we may invite you to take some online tests.

Some tips:

Do your research. We want to hear why you want to work for us. Tell us what it is about GSK, and the programme you’ve selected, that made you want to work for us.

Don’t be afraid to sell yourself. Make sure that you include in your CV or application form details of your interests and experiences. Explain why they’re relevant to the role and why they make you ideal for your chosen programme.

Show attention to detail and clear thinking. Write your application in Word or a similar programme first, so you can check spelling and grammar, and manage your word count.

Update your CV. It’s likely you’ll be asked to provide a CV so don’t forget to write this as clearly and accurately as you can. You can always ask for help from your university’s careers service on the best way to format it too.

Express yourself clearly and concisely. Most of all, read the questions carefully. Look at what we are asking you. It’s good to get feedback – so ask your friends or family to review your answers.

Be accurate. Ensure that you meet the essential criteria for the programme that you are applying to and that you provide this information accurately. Please note that if you do not meet the essential requirements of the programme that you may receive an automatic response declining your application.

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2. Online tests

In some countries, we ask you to take online tests to give us a better idea of your strengths and suitability for the programme. The tests are not timed and you will usually be given a few days in which to complete them.

You may be asked to complete our Values Fit Assessment, which we’ve designed to help us select people who’ll naturally fit into our business. Or, depending on the programme you’ve chosen, you might need to take tests that measure your verbal, numerical and logical reasoning. In some cases, you could be asked to take a test that assesses the many different personality traits linked with successful leaders. Remember, don’t try and guess what we are looking for, just be yourself.

When you have completed the online tests required of you, we’ll review the results and then let you know whether you can advance to the next stage: a first round interview.

Some tips:

Get familiar with tests. If you are invited to complete the cognitive ability tests, put some time aside to complete some practice tests. This will help you perform at your very best.

Read the instructions. If you are invited to complete an online test make sure you take time to read the instructions. Be aware of deadlines. There will be an expiry date from which you can no longer take the online tests. Be aware of it.

Don’t be distracted. When completing any of the online tests, make sure you are in a quiet room with no distractions. To help you perform at your best, make sure you give the assessments your undivided attention.

Get help if you need it. If you experience any problems while completing an online test, there’ll be help available.

Take your time. The tests aren’t time constrained so don’t rush. However, if you feel you require any reasonable adjustments to complete the online tests, be sure to contact a member of the GSK team.

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3. First round interview

To get a good understanding of you as an individual, we’ll invite you to an interview. Interviews may take place on the telephone, face to face or via a video call.

This may happen over the phone, through a recorded online video or a face-to-face meeting. But whichever form it takes, it will help us to get to know you better. Essentially, this is your chance to tell us directly about who you are, what you know and why you’re the right person to join us. It will also give us a valuable insight into the skills relevant for the role and what drives you.

Some tips:

Stay focused on yourself. When sharing your experiences, remember to tell us what you actually did, not what your ‘manager, colleague or classmate’ did or ‘we’ did.

Try to use a varied range of examples. If your interview is via video or over the phone, make sure that you’re in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.

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4. Assessment Centre

If you’ve been successful in the first three stages, we’ll invite you to our Assessment Centre. You’ll spend a day taking part in activities that give you a flavour of what it’s like to work in our world-leading healthcare organisation. You’ll also get the opportunity to meet our employees and learn more about what we do.

During your time here, we’ll ask you to take part in two group exercises and a one-to-one role-playing exercise. You’ll also be asked to give a presentation. Finally, you’ll also have a face-to-face interview. It’s all designed to bring out the best in you, and show you why GSK is such an exceptional place to work.

Our assessment centre is a two-way process and we want to make sure it’s a valuable experience for everyone. For you, it’s the chance to ask us questions, meet potential future colleagues and see our working culture for yourself. For us, it’s an exceptional opportunity to see how you respond to a wide range of challenges and situations.

Some tips:

Relax and be yourself. Interview us. Remember this is your chance to ask lots of questions and find out whether we’re right for you.

Differentiate yourself. Why are you the best person for the job and GSK? Show us your strengths.

Keep calm. Our assessment centre will give you a number of chances to impress us – so don’t worry if an exercise doesn’t go too well.

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5. Making you an offer

If you perform well at the Assessment Centre and meet our criteria, we’ll make you an offer to join our Future Leaders Programme. We take this process very seriously, and will support you through the offer process as best we can.

Whatever the result, we’ll give you feedback on your performance at this stage. We recognise the time and effort you have spent with us and want to make it a useful learning experience.

If you’ve met all our criteria, we’ll make you an offer of employment and start talking to you about the practical steps you’ll need to take next. We’ll use everything we’ve learned about you throughout the application process to make sure you get off to the best possible start in your future career.

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