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Postby DLJ » Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:39 pm

I just posted a new message on the main forum with a few questions related to the MSL position, but I just wanted to echo Dave's comments -- the way in which you present yourself will allow you to overcome a lot of shortcomings.

I was contacted by a recruiter about an MSL position in which my research matched the therapeutic area quite well. However, I'm early in my postdoc and have no experience outside of academia, and I didn't even know what an MSL was until the recruiter called me. I had phone interviews the next week, and then the company brought me in for a full day of interviews and I gave a research talk.

To be sure, I got a lot of questions about my lack of experience. My answer to these was pretty simple. In a very confident manner, I stated that I was an extremely fast learner and that I was extensively familiar with the therapeutic area. I said that if they were looking for someone with experience above all else, then, quite frankly, I'm not the right guy for the job. However, if they want a hard worker who learns quickly, who has great credentials in the therapeutic area, and who will bring a great deal of value to the company, then I'm their man.

Long story short, I got the offer. I haven't seen all the "numerical" details yet, so I haven't decided whether or not to accept. But I just want to emphasize that what Dave is saying is true, even in 2011. It's all in how you present yourself.

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Postby Dave Jensen » Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:56 pm

Congratulations DLJ. Let us know how it turns out!

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