AstraZeneca is an innovative-drive, global, biopharmaceutical company that heavily relies on new technology, and innovative science. At AstraZeneca candidates have a chance to think big to change the course of medicine, and be involved in a mission to improve healthcare.

You can join the company by choose one of the following Graduate Programmes: Operations at AstraZeneca, Biometrics and Information Sciences (B&I) Graduate Programme (UK, Sweden and Poland), IT Leadership Programme (UK, U.S., Sweden, India, Japan and China), Pharmaceutical Technology & Development Programme (UK and Sweden), Operations Global Graduate Associates Programme (Global), IMED Early Phase Drug Discovery Graduate Programme (UK, U.S. and Sweden)

Details on the AstraZeneca Application Process can be found below:


AstraZeneca Application Process

There are 3 steps involved in the AstraZeneca Application Process:

Step 1: Online Application

Step 2: First Assessment Centre

  • Presentation
  • Interview
  • Group Exercise

Step 3: Second Assessment Centre (optional for some programmes)

  • Strengths Based Interview


AstraZeneca First Assessment Centre

Once your Online Application positively evaluated, you will be invited to First Assessment Centre. This step will aim at assessing your knowledge and skills needed for the career path you have chosen. The exercises will vary depending on the Graduate Programme but applicants are advised to prepare for the following:

Presentation – this assessment can take two forms, either you will be supplied with a topic before the first meeting at AstraZeneca, or you will be given a plethora of reading during the assessment center day to prepare. Anyhow, practicing before might help you get on top of the list, so if you are not a born speaker you can check the Assessment Centre Guide, for more useful tips on how to prepare a great talk.

Interview – this will be a standard motivational and strengths-based interview. You are expected to give full answers with specific examples of your achievements, as well as show that you understand well what your role will be about, and what working at AstraZeneca means. Remember to show some enthusiasm and passion!

Group Exercise/ Individual Exercise –  This could be either, depending on the size of the assessment centre and the role that you are applying for. As for a group exercise, the general skills that the assessors are looking for is a good balance between teamwork and leadership skills. You might want everyone in the room to see your great leadership skills, but approach the group exercise rather as a test of your collaborative and teamwork abilities than a show of a directorship. Most likely you will have a brief to read and discuss possible solutions with a group and then present a conclusion to the assessors. It is important to stick to your guns if you are convinced about your answers.The individual exercise may be in the form of a case study where you will be required to read and analyse the information.


AstraZeneca Second Assessment Centre

For some roles, this might be an additional stage. The applicant will be asked to take part in case-studies that would reflect working environment and tasks assigned to the position they have chosen. These exercises will be aiming at validating their natural skills and competencies. Both Assessment Centres were designed with an objective to disclose more about the company and structure of work that candidates will experience.


Application Process

Step 1: Online Application
Step 2: First Assessment Centre
Step 3: Second Assessment Centre




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  • Practice Verbal Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Situational Judgement Tests

  • Practice Assessment Centre Tests

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AstraZeneca has a number of different graduate career opportunities for different areas of the business; Innovative Medicines and Early Development, IT Graduate Leadership, Operations Global Graduate Associates and Pharmaceutical Development. All of these require a degree in a relevant discipline.

Innovative Medicines and Early Development – This is for those who have a clear interest in science. This programme lasts 2 years where you will complete 3 different eight month placements, of which are available in the US, Sweden and the UK. You will be involved in different projects and help with scientific advances, gaining a breadth of knowledge and making important contributions whilst being involved in design and development.

IT Graduate Leadership Programme – This scheme is for technically focussed people who wish to advance their career in the IT world. This two-year programme is designed to develop your skills and provide you with enough industry exposure to progress to a senior position in the IT area of the organisation. You’ll work on your skills in all areas of IT including project management, business analysis, application development and many more.

Operations Global Graduate Associates – The Operations part of the organisation have one simple goal – to ensure patients are supplied with life-changing medicines. Therefore, this part of the business acts as an important connection between the research and development lab and the pharmacies. Operations is one of the largest and most important areas of the business and is organised into 4 regions (Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific), 3 global functions (External Sourcing, Quality and Supply Chain & Strategy) and 2 corporate functions (Global Procurement and Corporate IT). This is a 3-year programme, the first two years of this will be split between 3 different placements, giving you plenty of experience in different areas.

Pharmaceutical Development – During this programme you will have the opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading scientists. This is a 2-year programme with 3 different rotations, one of which can be in another area of the business. You will be involved in the design and development of products and processes which will lead to the next generation of medicine.