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Asked by Jay on May 31, 2017

Oh NO!!! I just noticed an error on a short email response to a hiring manager. The manager and I have a few close connections and we even used to work at the same company; however, we don't know one another very well personally. I was responding to his email asking to schedule a follow up interview for a manager role. I noticed the error in my response this morning, but I sent the email last night so he has probably already seen it. What should I do??

Merck & Co. have responded.

There are a few things you can choose to do. One, you can check your sent files, and open the email that you sent, then click options. There may be an option to delete and/or edit the email to be resent, but…

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Asked by TENILLE on May 1, 2017

How many questions will I be asked during an interview? What makes an interview successful? Which type of questions should I prepare to answer?

Merck & Co. have responded.

It is difficult to put number on how many questions you may be asked in an interview, as each company and interviewer may have different set of questions and interview styles. To ensure a successful interview,…

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Asked by Jordan on March 7, 2017

Hello, I am applying for a district manager position with a national grocery chain. Is it appropriate for me to do some sort of report and bring it with me to the interview? This is a second round group interview, and I want to do something to set myself apart, as well as prove I have done my homework. If I came with a situational analysis and my recommendations for how I would approach things, would this be seen as too much? I don't want to appear arrogant, I just really want this job and want to show them I am motivated. Given the position I am interviewing for, I am not exactly sure what this homework would be, but really want to prove to them I am the best person for the job.What are your thoughts?Thanks for your help!

Merck & Co. have responded.

From my perspective, this would depend on whether this was a panel interview or a project interview. I think that doing some sort of project like this could help your responses to be tight and more well-informed,…

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Asked by Tanya on February 28, 2017

I applied for a job and haven’t heard anything, should I contact the company to ask about the status of my application?

Merck & Co. have responded.

Great question! I know what it can be like on both ends, as a recruiter, but also as the candidate looking for a job. Before I started working at Merck, I was working with various staffing agencies in getting…

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Asked by Carol on February 9, 2017

If I've been fired from my last job-how do I handle this? What do I put on my application? Say yes or no to contacting my last employer? How should I handle this in an interview?

Merck & Co. have responded.

Honesty is absolutely key – being fired from a job isn’t that uncommon, and there are multitudes of reasons why. It’s important to be as objective as you possibly can, and to frame the process…

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Asked by Tanya on February 2, 2017

How can I find out about salary levels in different industries?

Merck & Co. have responded.

When it comes to salary negotiations, I would recommend using a salary generating website, like salary.com, which allows you to see what others are earning on average in that field. You can list specific criteria,…

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Asked by Tanya on February 1, 2017

What is a normal amount of summer work experience or internships to have coming out of college?

Merck & Co. have responded.

When reviewing recent graduate or current student resumes, its not uncommon that these candidates have very little to no work experience. Recruiters and hiring managers understand this, and will look to other…

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Asked by Sam on December 26, 2016

I'm fairly confident I'm going to be offered a job any day now from a company I've had a few interviews with. If the salary is less than desirable how do I go about negotiating it? I have limited experience, but I know your salary early on dictates how you scale up in the future.

Merck & Co. have responded.

When it comes to salary negotiations, I would recommend using a salary generating website, like salary.com, which allows you to see what others are earning on average in that field. You can list specific criteria,…

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Asked by James on November 6, 2016

I'm currently a student at TSTC. I'm going to graduate in May 2017 with a minor in Digital or Computer Forensics. I worked for a couple large tech companies but was laid off, so I decided to go to college to start a new career. I was hoping you could help me figure out what career I should maybe look into, or help me think about what to consider.

Merck & Co. have responded.

Coming from a person who changed their major several times, and still went back to school for multiple different degrees and certificate programs, I totally understand what it's like trying to decided what…

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Asked by Alison on August 9, 2016

I just received a degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) and am looking into employment options. Seeing as BME is a newer field, many companies do not advertise directly for a BME in their job listings. What other industries are available to biomedical engineers? And what are some nontraditional companies interested in a biomedical engineers?

Merck & Co. have responded.

Biomedical Engineering is an educational discipline with variety of traditional and nontraditional career paths. Traditionally, BME’s are employed with Pharmaceutical, Hospitals, Educational and Research…

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Blog post on March 20, 2015

Networking For A Job While You're Still In College

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No matter how many credits you have until graduation, you know the day is coming when you’ll need your first “real” job. For some it feels like a long way off, but for others the day of self-sufficiency is coming all too soon...

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Blog post on March 17, 2015

3 Things To Consider Before Your Internship

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Internships can be pure joy, filled with numerous opportunities during summer break or post-graduation. An internship also has the possibility to be pure undiluted slog...

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Blog post on March 12, 2015

2 Simple Ways to Improve Your Job Search

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Once you find a job you're interested in, the path to employment is fairly straightforward. Resumes, applications, interviews and, if all goes well, a job offer...

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Blog post on March 10, 2015

Anxiety and the Interview

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Since graduation, your anxiety may have been like waves on the beach. It seemed to overwhelmingly crash forward then recede calmly away...

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Blog post on March 5, 2015

How to Negotiate an Entry-Level Salary

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You networked like a savant, crafted the perfect resume, knocked the interview out of the park, and were offered the job! Your moment of jubilation is met with the sudden thud of a less than impressive initial salary offer. Negotiating a salary at any level can be difficult, but this can be especially difficult if you are starting your first job out of college...

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Blog post on March 2, 2015

How to Change Careers

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Changing careers is common for many people. Whether you’ve simply discovered you actually hate your current career path or your industry has made it impossible for you to continue being employed...

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Blog post on February 26, 2015

5 Ways to Improve Your Resume

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You found the perfect job opening. It has all the elements you desire: compensation, corporate culture, and location are all in line with your dream job...

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Blog post on February 23, 2015

Coffee Fiends In The Workplace

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Coffee is a national pastime for millions of people in the US. From the first cup shortly after the alarm goes off in the morning, to the 3pm refuel we’re a country that loves our bitter caffeinated beverages...

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Blog post on February 20, 2015

The Balancing Act Of Vacation Time

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Vacation time can be a difficult subject to deal with in the workplace. Most companies have a set amount of paid time off based on various elements that designate a person’s ‘right’ to more or less vacation...

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Blog post on February 17, 2015

How To Work With People You Genuinely Dislike

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The workspace can be a place of inspiration and joy, filled with people who you deeply appreciate. Your office can also be a drudgery littered with various individuals who you’d rather not see twice let alone every day...

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