The role of a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) is a highly sought-after position in the pharmaceutical industry. However, the interview process can be challenging, especially for those new to the field. Here are some important tips that will prepare you to ace your upcoming MSL interview.

Perfect Your Introduction

The question “Tell me about yourself” is almost guaranteed in any interview. Practice your response out loud several times (suggestion: tell it as a story). This question is your opportunity to differentiate yourself from other candidates, so focus on what sets you apart professionally rather than delving into personal history.

You can learn more about professional introductions here where we discuss crafting a compelling introduction.

Start with a Question

Begin your interview by asking the interviewer why they chose to bring you in for the interview. This question not only shows your enthusiasm for the role but also prompts the interviewer to reflect on your unique qualifications.

Research the Company Thoroughly

Deep research about the company is crucial. Go beyond the company’s website and mission statement. Look at the investor’s tab on the company’s website, listen to their podcasts, read press releases, and understand their pipeline. Familiarize yourself with the company’s key opinion leaders and thought leaders. 

This research will help you understand the company’s focus and can provide you with valuable name-dropping opportunities during the interview.

Prepare for the Presentation

Most MSL interviews will require a presentation, typically using PowerPoint. Ensure your presentation is polished, error-free, and visually appealing. Practice your presentation out loud and be prepared to answer questions about it.

Don’t Bring Up Money or Work-Life Balance

Avoid discussing salary, vacations, or work-life balance unless asked. Hiring managers are looking for motivated, hard-working candidates who are eager to contribute to the team’s success.


In conclusion, acing an MSL interview requires thorough preparation, from researching the company to practicing your presentation. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to impressing your interviewers and landing your dream MSL job.
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