As you can imagine, I spend most of my time interviewing candidates for positions, which is the job of an executive recruiter. So it should come no surprise that when people interview ME for consulting positions I do very well. After all, if I am the interviewer and know what kinds of questions to ask and what the answers should be, naturally, I do very well when I’m being interviewed.
Over the years, I’ve had some very interesting interviews – I’m talking about the ones where I was interviewed. On a recent interview, I was asked:
“Why don’t you start up your own company?” to which I replied that I do.
My business, Executive Life Science Recruiting is very successful – my clients are boutique retained executive search firms who contract their retained positions to me. I do everything from research and candidate development, to phone interviews and client presentation for them, bundled and unbundled retained searches. As an executive search consultant in the life sciences industry rather than work as an employee for one company, I work for several companies, choosing my projects, based on my interests. Most recently I completed a Chief Medical Officer position for a small biopharmaceutical company on the west coast, a Vice President of Clinical Operations position for a start-up in New Jersey and Executive Director Clinical Development for a mid-sized pharmaceutical company in the northeast. In some cases, I interact only with my client, the retained search firm, while in others, I interact with their client – the pharmaceutical company directly.
The success of my company lies in ME – I give 200% to every project I take on, and I give my client fully vetted candidates who are ready to be hired.