The Pharma Sales Interview Breakthrough Blog
Over the past few months, I have been tackling a series of more interesting interview questions. As I have mentioned, these are just my rambling thoughts regarding my approach to these questions and what I believe the interviewer is attempting to gather from your response. Take my responses for what they are worth. You may find my thoughts useful...you may not.
Before we tackle the next question, let's review the ones I have covered:
18) How would you respond if I said we are not going to offer you the job?
17) How would you describe your work ethic?
16) What are your expectations of medical sales/hours/etc.?
15) Share with me your most creative/imaginative work.
14) How did you prepare for this interview?
13) Have you ever worked on a team where someone wasn't pulling their own weight?
12) What are your salary expectations?
11) Why did you leave your previous jobs? Why do you want to leave now?
10) How do you see the role of medical sales evolving over the next decade?
9) Describe how you sell products to people?
8) Share with me several business critical decisions that you've had to make in the past year in your current role at your current company.
7) Is there anything that you have heard or read that you don't like about our company?
6) I'm not sure I can sell you to my supervisor as the one to hire. Why should we hire you?
5) Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and a subordinate. And, what would you do if you disagreed with your boss?
4) What are your stengths? What are your weaknesses?
3) How have you handled failure when you went against the majority opinion/rationale?
Ok. let's look at #2
President Trump has stated that pharmaceutical companies "are getting away with murder" and he has proposed to pass legislation that would allow the government to negotiate their own pricing with pharma companies. This would apparently save about $155 billion dollars over a 10 year period for the government and for taxpayers.
All this being said, what would you say to him if he were here right now?
I have to say, this is a darn tough question that I created for myself to tackle...but is one that is relevant and pertinent. So...how would I go about tackling this one????
Well, let me start off by saying that I have done a bit of research to answer this...but I want to address it for you, just in case you are asked this type of question...because it is a question that health care providers could certainly ask the pharma reps themselves. So here is my response.
President Trump, I certainly understand your position on having the government negotiate drug costs...especially since the Congressional Budget Office made that estimation of a $155 billion in savings over 10 years. But, let me ask you a couple of questions and share a couple of counterpoints that you should consider.
Ok, so...that would sort of be my response. Feel free to critique and share your thoughts regarding my response.
I hope you found this helpful! Good Luck!
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