Sometimes I’m asked whether I, as the author of “How To Get A Dream Job In Pharmaceutical Sales – Direct Inside Advice and Guidance From a Sales Manager“, is available to conduct pharmaceutical sales interviews. These would be much like real job interviews but potential candidates would want some type of assessment after the interview and then perhaps a referral from me to one of my industry contacts.
Here is my honest answer. I would be available for interested people but … it would be fairly costly. I don’t think meeting with me for an interview would be a necessary investment for people interested in getting a pharmaceutical sales job.
An interview would still take at least an hour and some assessment which would take another 30 minutes to another hour at least. So you are looking at 1.5 to 2 hours of my time. This would effectively be a private one-on-one consultation session which never comes cheap.
And then if such a test job interview was to be done somewhere I would have to travel to, you would have to add in my flights and hotel accommodation plus other travel related expenses which of course the interviewee would have to cover. Surely, it would be more cost effective for aspiring pharmaceutical sales representatives to develop valuable contacts in their own area over time and the usual expense would be say lunch or dinner with each of the networking contacts locally.
There is the possibility of a telephone consultation which I do offer at $47 US for 30 minutes but again, to do this right you would need 1.5 to 2 hours which would really add up. I’m just trying to save everyone unnecessary costs here.
Those interested in pharmaceutical sales interviews would be better off spending the time to carefully build up relationships with industry contacts in their own areas over the next couple of months based on the steps I outline in my book and audio program until these contacts feel confident to refer upwards. A good first step if you already haven’t, is to go through my free webinar first.