Life Sciences


20 Interview Questions to Ask Executive Candidates and What You'll Learn from Their Answers

We asked executive candidates what questions the companies they interviewed with SHOULD have asked. Here's what they told us. You can learn a lot from a resume. But what you really want to know from an executive interview is how the candidate will perform in YOUR organization. Your interview questions for executive candidates, therefore, should […]

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The Hennessy Group Strengthens Leadership at Agile Therapeutics, Pacira BioSciences and Galectin Therapeutics

August 20, 2020 -- The Hennessy Group, an executive search firm specializing in life sciences, announced the recent placements of key executives at three leading biopharmaceutical companies. Paul Korner, MD, MBA, was placed as Chief Medical Officer with Agile Therapeutics, a cutting-edge women's healthcare company. In this new position, Dr. Korner will support the commercial launch […]

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Trouble Hiring in Life Sciences?

I know many of you are seeing an increase in help wanted ads for life sciences talent. Companies are advertising through local BIO chapters and even on the back-end of news feeds. It’s a desperate time for many small to mid-cap ​companies, particularly those located in areas with limited local talent pools. Virtual hires are […]

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8 Tips for Connecting with a Retained Search Firm

Why Connecting with a Retained Search Firm Is Important to Your Career by Robert Hennessy Go to any online job board and search for C-suite, executive or senior management positions and you’ll find slim pickings. Worse yet, the chances of hearing from any of those companies or landing those roles are so low that job […]

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The Innovation Bonus of Hiring a Competitor

At my firm, we’ve known for a long time the value that experience earned at one pharmaceutical company can have on the next pharmaceutical company that hires an executive. It’s the primary reason why we keep such close tabs on the candidates we connect with and the ones we place. We try to maintain these […]

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Preparing to be the right candidate

First, a disclaimer: you can’t be the right candidate for an executive position if you’re not qualified, no matter how many advice articles you read. This article is no exception -- it’s intended only to help you if you have what it takes to succeed at the role in the first place. So why did […]

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How Executive Candidates Know They’ve Found the Right Job

Publicly, you’ll usually hear me giving advice to companies looking to hire their next amazing executive. But behind the scenes, I spend a lot of time advising the executive job candidates who are being reviewed by these companies, too. The candidates’ number one question: how do I know that this is the right move for […]

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Is “overboarding” a problem?

How many boards can an experienced director participate on and still remain effective? I’ve known (and placed) brilliant board members and directors and realize that most are quite adept at performing the role for more than a single organization. But is there an upper-end limit? In the life sciences industry, the goal is to save […]

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Can you be too careful when hiring?

It’s good to be careful, but can you be too careful when you hire? It’s a trend that’s increasing today across all industries, even as hiring becomes more competitive, and it holds true whether you're hiring executive candidates or people on the front line. And, warning, it may not be ideal for your employer brand. […]

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Can You Fight C-Suite Turnover with Employer Branding and Candidate Care?

If I told you a high-performing, high-producing member of your c-suite was planning to leave in the next year or two, would you do anything to try to keep them? What if I told you your entire c-suite would be going? C-suite turnover is a real thing -- and a real problem that keeps growing […]

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