The Medical Science Liaison (MSL) profession is a growing and essential part of the biopharmaceutical industry. As a candidate trying to break into their first MSL role, it is essential to understand the interview process involved in earning your first job offer. In this blog post, we’ll take a deep dive into what that process looks like.

Interview Process for Neuroscience MSL Roles

MSL candidates are thoroughly interviewed. The process typically consists of the following steps:

1. Phone screening: A recruiter from the company will conduct a preliminary phone screening to cover basic requirements and assess candidate interest.

2. In-depth phone interview: A more detailed phone interview with a company recruiter will explore the candidate’s background, career progression, and motivations. This may occur at the same time as the initial screen.

3. Medical Affairs interview: A phone interview with Medical Affairs leadership (oftentimes the hiring director) will delve into the candidate’s technical and scientific background. There may be more than one of these.

4. Live panel interview: Candidates will participate in a live panel interview with representatives from the company. During this stage, candidates are usually asked to give a 15-20 minute presentation on a topic (sometimes the candidate’s choice, sometimes predetermined).


A career as an MSL offers the opportunity to work with top pharmaceutical companies and make a significant impact in the field of their therapeutic area. With a clear understanding of the key requirements, interview process, and benefits of working in this role, candidates can confidently apply for these positions and advance their careers. Good luck in your application and interview process!