Questions to ask during an interview for Medical Affairs jobs (includes top interview questions you can expect)

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An interview can be nerve-wrecking, but with good preparation it can go by in a breeze. Most people focus on making sure their resumes are clean and grammatically accurate, their attire is laid out and that they are well prepared with answers about the job and the company.

As such, Real Staffing collated a list of interview questions you can expect within Medical Affairs jobs in Singapore which you can start planning your answers for.


5 top interview questions that are commonly asked in Medical Affairs jobs

For Medical Science Liaisons:

  • What clinical experience do you have that can help you be successful in this role?
  • How do you analyse a clinical trial paper?
  • Can you describe a project you were directly responsible for from start to finish?
  • Can you describe a leadership position you held and what it entailed?
  • Why do you want to be an MSL?


For Medical Directors:

  • Tell me about an experience in which you analysed information and evaluated results to choose the best solution to a problem.
  • Describe an experience when you conducted research to develop methodologies, instrumentation, and procedures for medical application, analysing data and presenting findings.
  • What kind of experience do you have in planning and directing studies to investigate preventive methods, and treatments for disease?
  • Share a time when you willingly took on additional responsibilities or challenges. How did you successfully meet all the demands of these responsibilities?
  • Provide a time when you dealt calmly and effectively with a high-stress situation.


But what is as important as the above questions is the preparation for questions of your own. This is a key part of every interview process. It is almost a given that employers will pause towards the end of the interview to ask, "Do you have any questions for me?"


Why should you ask questions during an interview?

The questions you ask can show how invested you are and, if the job is one you are really enthusiastic about and truly want. It can also showcase your competency levels, depending on the questions asked.  

Asking a ‘killer’ question may be the one thing that makes you stand out from other candidates. At this point in the interview, you want to make use of every opportunity to wow your interviewer: try to demonstrate out-of-the-box thinking. You have a chance to make yourself shine and prove yourself to be thoughtful and proactive with the questions you ask.

To help job seekers interview for Medical Affairs jobs, below are some questions you can consider.


5 top interview questions for job seekers to ask during an interview for Medical Science Liaisons in Medical Affairs jobs

  • How do you measure a Medical Science Liaison’s (MSLs) success?
  • What are currently the top 3 priorities of this role?
  • Do you provide in-house training and how long is the training period?
  • How do you manage compliance?
  • How will I be involved in working with clinical trial sites?

Be sure your questions are open-ended to give the employer a chance to provide a thoughtful response and avoid queries that encourage a "yes" or "no" type of response.


5 top interview questions for job seekers to ask during an interview for Medical Directors in Medical Affairs jobs

In addition to all the questions above, job seekers looking to fill the position of Medical Director can ask:

  • What Medical Affairs area will I help to develop?
    • Communications
    • Information
    • Publication
    • Strategy
    • Clinical Development
  • Will I be helping to expand the Medical Affairs team?
  • What is the culture of the team I will be inheriting?
  • Will I be managing vendor relationships?
  • Are there new therapeutic areas the company would like to explore?

You may also want to avoid asking non-relevant questions to ask as filler. Salary and benefit questions are also not recommended unless the employer has already outlined these first. If you are brought back for follow-up interviews, these details will come up at that point. You want to impress your interviewers first, before negotiating a salary package.


Bonus tips to prepare for a Medical Affairs job interview

Do your research

Hiring managers may ask how you perceive their company's position in its industry, who the firm's competitors are, what its competitive advantages are, and how it should best go forward. For this reason, avoid trying to thoroughly research a dozen different industries. Focus your job search on just a few industries instead.

Emphasise on your "selling points" and the reasons you want the job

Prepare to go into every interview with three to five key selling points in mind, such as what makes you the best candidate for the position. Have an example of each selling point prepared:

  • "I have good communication skills. For example, I persuaded an entire group to ..."
  • “I think on my feet. For instance, there was an incident where…I was agile to come up with a solution to…”

Be prepared to tell the interviewer why you want that job – including what interests you about it, what rewards it offers that you find valuable, what abilities it requires that you possess and even what motivates you about the job. If an interviewer doesn't think you're interested in the job, he or she won't give you an offer – no matter how good you are!


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