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Teva Pharmaceuticals
Medical Science Liaison was asked...28 October 2015

What do you think will be the biggest challenge of the job?

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If you are married w/ kids, good work-family balance is challenging with majority of MSL positions b/c of the travel, large geography, overnights w/ company meetings and conventions. Keep in mind your kids won't remember how much money you make but how much you were there for them growing up. For the unattached , well, you're off the hook for now. Less

At the end of the day, there are only two challenges to any sales job. Getting the customer to understand the benefits your product will provide for them and having them say "Yes, we want to order that". Less

Eli Lilly and Company

How many years of experience do you have?

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A few

I have a experience for 5 years and 7 months

Janssen

You are trying to see a head of department and they simply ignore your emails and phone calls, how do you go about this?

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I would try to reach out to other physicians in the department and better understand the situation (personal emergency and so on). I will utilize my connections with other staff physician to get in touch with the director. If the matter is urgent and for example we need their signature on an application to be sent out, I will show up at their office or clinic and ask the reception for an urgent short meeting. Less

AbbVie

What do you think you'll need the most assistance with

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MSL duties and compliance

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Wat is je leeftijd?

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28 jaar

GSK

Why do you want to join GSK

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Cos of the culture

Como lidaria com tantas viagens

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Que não haveria problema algum, já estava acostumado

Genomind

Interview questions were specific to the topic of my presentation and how well I understood the topic I presented. No Questions were behavior based such as, “Tell me a time you disagreed with your boss and how you resolved the disagreement.”

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I answered based on my understanding of the topic.

Urovant Sciences

Upper executive management kept adding a layer of sexism at every turn of questions and answer… the best fit for the Field Medical positions would be a male or someone who doesn’t mind classic yet sometimes egregious attempts at side-lining individuals with a strong target towards females

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The best way to handle this behavior is to take an expressionless but long pause to a count of 8 seconds/ then smile- or laugh- and move on into the meat of the discussion or ask them to repeat and clarify just to “help me understand that there is no subtext to the question or answer.” Less

Merck KGaA

All bar one question were standard. But the exception made me uncomfortable, and it was asked twice, in two separate occasions: “How do you feel about working in a team of women?”

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Obviously I answered truthfully and said I’d be fine with that, as I would in a team of men or a mixed team. But it was so odd, and I’d question whether it was appropriate. It left me thinking no matter what, they’re clearly looking for a woman to fill the position, and I’m here for this 2 month long interview process, just to make up the numbers. In the end, I was knocked back because of lack of commercial experience. That, despite setting up my own biotechnology team and being a hospitality manager for a decade at the same time. Less

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