Breaking into an MSL role takes focus, upskilling and dedication. Here are 4 tips for those seeking their first MSL role:
1) Writing a compelling MSL CV.
2) Become Board-Certified MSL: BC-MSLcert
3) Getting 100% interview MSL ready, the 4 steps of the MSL hiring Process
Step 1: The phone call with HR. You need to fully understand what an MSL does and be prepared to explain your interest in the position and why you would be good for this MSL role at their company.
Step 2: The technical and behavioral interview. This interview assesses your skills, competencies and knowledge that are relevant to the MSL role. It also assesses your communication skill, motivation to work for this company and the company culture fit. Strong communication is mandatory for MSL (see our soft skills test).
Step 3: The clinical paper presentation. You will be asked to present and critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of a clinical trial. Some companies ask to present the clinical data as if you were an MSL presenting to a group of KOLs and they give you 24h notice.
Step 4: Contract negotiation. Your first MSL salary will be used as benchmark for any bonus paid out and future salary growth. Come prepared with real-life MSL salary numbers to start at the right level.
4) Find a supportive MSL recruiter and MSL community and mentors.
Good luck everyone,
Read how other moved into the MSL role without any MSL experience: https://www.fromsciencetopharma.com/testimonials