Asking you about your strengths during a meidcal pharmaceutical sales job interview is an opportunity for you to sell yourself. Asking you about weaknesses is another matter. You must be careful here not to expose any specific weak skills that may hurt you during an interview. Whenever I encountered questions about my weaknesses during my pharmaceutical sales interviews, I countered with something like this;
“In all honesty, the only weakness I think I have is perhaps a lack of industry specific experience since pharmaceutical medical sales will be new for me. However, I am strong on my communications and sales related skills. I am also a fast learner so I am certain that industry specific training that your company could provide will help me make up for this lack of industry experience. I’m sure that I would be able to get up to speed pretty quickly and start growing those sales for your company.”
Notice that I bring up the trainability fact in the above statement. It is extremely important that you convey the fact that you are an effective learner of new skills and environments. I use this attribute to effectively wipe out any weaknesses.
Many more useful tips regarding pharmaceutical sales interview questions can be found in the book, "How To Get A Dream Job In Pharmaceutical Sales - Direct Inside Advice and Guidance from a Sales Manager".
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