My first question is: Why would you want to? The industry's going downhill fast for pharmaceutical sales reps. With many block-buster products losing patent privileges, weak future product pipelines, slow market growth, tremendous litigation issues, an ever-increasing regulatory environment, and continued formulary tightening by insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies are being battered and forced into mergers, buyouts, and massive layoffs in order to stay afloat. Other areas of medical sales (laboratory sales, clinical diagnostics sales, medical device sales, biotech sales, imaging sales, pathology sales--just about any other area of healthcare sales) are more stable, less tied to the economy, more respected, and more appealing if you really like the sales process. But, if you're set on taking your chances in pharmaceutical sales, here's what to do to have a successful pharmaceutical sales job interview:
5. Consider custom coaching from the Medical Sales Recruiter. Most people need no more than an hour. Ask the questions you need in a private, one-on-one conversation to improve your personal situation. I've been a medical sales recruiter for over 10 years now, and I was in the medical sales area before that as a sales rep, regional manager, and national accounts manager. I can go over your resume with you, critique your answers to interview questions and prepare you for the interview, give you insider tips on the industry, help you get into medical sales if you're new to it, teach you how to negotiate and recognize a fair offer, build your personal brand, or even decide between job offers. Career coaching works.
A face-to-face interview is the toughest part of getting you a job. Further, if you are from a science or a medical background, the situation becomes worst. Science is a vast subject and you need to cover a great deal of topics before going for an interview. If you are a medical professional or a doctor then, you must know that a doctor’s job involves competence, technical expertise, integrity and social ethics. Therefore, a medical job interview is considered to be one of the toughest job interviews.
This article covers a few questions that are generally asked in course of a medical interview. You need to go through this list and prepare potential, impressive answers for them. The first question is the most commonly asked questions. I have mentioned an answer to it.
7. The day before your final exam, one of your family members has expired. How will you deal with this situation? How will you manage your studies in such a crisis?
8. A young woman suffering from AIDS comes over to your clinic and requests you not to inform her spouse about it. What will you do?
9. A 7 year old child is suffering from cancer. The kid’s life expectancy is approximately five months. How will you tell her parents about it?
So, these were some of the question you may encounter on the road to become a doctor. You should answer them in a composed manner. And remember, besides being a doctor, you are a human too! So keep up the dignity of this post.
Consulting Jobs - How to Pass the Interview
In general, case interview is very common in interviews with consulting companies, interviewer will measure a candidate's attitude toward risk and comprehensive logical analysis ability with some cases, to see whether a candidate is flexible and can adapt quickly.
There are two stages of case interview: preparative stage and formal case interview stage. During the preparative stage, you may need to introduce yourself. Then answer the interviewer's question about your resume and some broadly issues about personal considerations.
The next stage is a formal case interview. Case interview is to draw a conclusion about some business issues with analysis. Unlike other kinds of interviews, case interview is an interactive process. You will get some business issues from the interviewer and are required to provide an analysis and advice on these issues. Your task is to put forward some logical questions to the interviewer in order that you could have more comprehensive and detailed realization on these issues, and finally give a conclusion through systematic analysis.
Please keep in mind there are not absolutely correct answers in case interview, interviewer concerned about your analytical ability and creativity exhibited during the interview, but not the answer.
Purpose of case interview
Consultant will spend lots of time with their clients and colleagues for the purpose of intercommunion, and they were required to have some special qualities in order to succeed in consulting projects. These qualities include: ability to remain calm under pressure, ability to quickly established an assumption according to the details of projects, and make a conclusion depend on strong logical analysis capability and so on. Therefore, the cases interview which highly interactive and tight bounds for practical as well as strong requirement analysis skill would let interviewer evaluate the qualities of candidates effectively.
Same as the other case interviews, it is not very important to get a correct answer, but the method you decomposed a large-scale project into several small-scale projects and resolve each one respectively is really the most crucial, as well as you should have some common sense to answer these kinds of question.
For business cases interviews, the most common case is that interviewer ask you how to analyze an project according to the description of project background such as market entry, profit decline, industry analysis, sales decline and so on. The interviewer always doesn't provide you enough detailed information, so you need to keep on asking targeted questions in order to get more useful information.
Brainteasers are often very hard and very tricky questions that include mystery question and numerical estimates question. The purpose of these questions is to inspect your creativity and ability to analyze and resolve issues under pressure.
In general, case interview will include either a long time business case, or two short time cases: almost inevitably one should be guesstimates and the other one might be brainteasers or a short time business cases.