The application process

Step 1:

Find out which track(s) is/are relevant for you! If you’re in doubt, please check the programme track overview and explore the best fit based on your educational background and interests or visit the graduate blog. You can also learn more about the different graduate programme tracks and meet us at our different career events around the world! 

Step 2:

When you have found the best fit for your profile and career aspirations, please go ahead and apply by following the application process.

After filling in details about you and your educational background, you will be asked to answer the following questions (you have a maximum of 1200 characters per question):

  • What is your motivation for joining Novo Nordisk and the pharmaceutical industry?
  • What are the 3 things that you would find most exciting and motivating about joining the specific graduate programme track? Explain why.
  • Why are you a good fit with this specific graduate programme track? List 3 personal competences and explain how you will use them to succeed on the programme.

Some programme tracks will also have an additional question tailored to the specific track you are applying for (available in the job ad).

Also, as part of the application, the process includes that you must record a 1-minute personal video answering a question specific to the programme track you are applying for (available in the job ad). This will enable us to get a good feeling about who you are and how you will match our organisation.

When applying make sure you have your CV and a transcript of your latest grades ready.  

To hear some of our programme managers view on the ideal graduate candidate, take a look at this video:



Step 3:

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an initial online or phone interview with the programme manager or a local HR representative. The candidates who are not invited for an interview will be notified by mail. Feedback will be provided to the candidates who have been invited for an interview.

Step 4:

The successful candidates will be invited to the Graduate Recruitment Centre, in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Candidates will take part in interviews, team- and individual exercises, and will be given feedback on personality and aptitude tests conducted prior to the Graduate Recruitment Centre. 

The following video from 2018 gives you an idea of what to expect - and remember to also check out the video from 2019 on the front page:



What is the typical recruitment timeline?

Application period opens


Application deadline. For the positions as a Graduate starting in September 2020, the application deadline has passed - stay tuned for updates on Graduate positions in 2021. 

Video/phone interview. Final candidates will be selected and invited to attend the Graduate Recruitment Centre.

The Graduate Recruitment Centre is hosted in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Graduate programme starts on 1 September