A position in medical equipment sales or pharmaceutical sales is a great way for people to make a living. It’s an exciting industry with opportunities for people from a variety of different backgrounds to succeed. Plus, There’s also untapped income potential. If you are good at your job, you can make a very comfortable living. But, Of course, you need to get your foot in the door first.
If you are interested in starting a medical sales career, you need to brand yourself a sure way to appeal to employers and part of that means acing your interview. Being that we are in the midst of a Global Pandemic, it is essential to prepare for a video interview as well, just in case. Here are some quick tips for you:
1. Remain Professional
It’s important to remain professional at all times. This is especially true when you are writing on your resume. When you get scheduled for an Interview, You need to look professional, speak and act professionally at all times. Even when other people are getting a little out of line, you need to maintain a disposition that proves that you take the role seriously.
And you have to think about how you present yourself outside of the office/work environment. Your social media and your behavior outside of work can play a role in how your employer and co-workers perceive you. While you can show your personality, you want to keep any inappropriate behavior off your social media. You also want to be careful when you are out in public. Because you never know who might be watching you.
2. Perfect Your Resume
Before you even meet with a potential employer/interviewer, their first impression of you will be your resume. You want to give an excellent first impression, so take the time to sit down and go over your resume word for word. Look for spelling and grammar problems. All verbs should be consistent, it should be easy to read for executive recruiters, and it should demonstrate all of your experience relevant to medical sales. While you may be proud of particular accomplishments, they might not belong on your resume if they don’t apply to the job.
Just in case you aren’t sure how well your resume looks, get some help to make it its best. If you have friends or family members with a lot of medical sales experience, they could be a valuable resource. Even more helpful is a professional resume writing service. They will be able to format the resume and write it to help make you stand out for the crowd in a good way.
3. Learn About the Industry
Medical sales is a great industry. If you are interested in getting into the business, you should start by learning as much as possible. Research the job online to see what qualities employees are looking for. Learn about the average salaries and the day-to-day work you may be doing in the near future. You can even use some of the jargon you learn in your research to enhance your resume.
If you know someone in the business, that’s even better. Ask them to let you shadow them while working remotely one day. There’s no better way to learn about a job than watching someone in action.
4. Prepare For Your Interview
Interviews will be a part of any position you’re looking to get hired for, including one in medical sales or pharma sales. Working with a recruiter may assist you through the process of landing your first position in medical sales. If you are lucky enough to have an executive recruiter call you in, be prepared when you get a schedule for an interview.
Being prepared means looking your best, dressing professionally, and being ready to do an interview anytime whether that’s over the phone, video conference, or in person. Knowing about the company, the industry jargon, and having answers to the most common interview questions is a great start to winning over the hiring manager.
If the hiring manager does conduct your interview through Zoom or video conference, you might also want to consider preparing an appropriate spot to conduct the video interview. You also need to check your internet connection’s stability, mic, and speakers, and that your camera is clear and has proper/enough natural lighting, no background noise, and a decent background.
It’s no secret that many interviewers ask the same interview questions. For example, here are some questions you may be asked during an interview:
- “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
- “Tell us about your ability to work with others.”
- “Do you have any unique talents, skills, or hobbies?”
- “What are the reasons you want to work in the industry?”
- “What are the reasons you want to work for this company?”
- “Why should we hire you over the other candidates?”
- “What makes you a good salesperson?”
Prepare to answer these questions before the interview, so you don’t have to make up answers on the spot.
Don’t forget that eye contact during an interview sends a message; the most important is confidence and self-esteem, which are important qualities for a candidate to have. The Interviewer can also assess your interest level based on the amount of eye contact you make. Keep a smile on your face and stay engaged. If the executive recruiter likes you, you may have a new career!
5. Keep Trying
You won’t always get your dream job on the first try. If your first or second interview with an executive recruiter for a medical sales position doesn’t go exactly how you’d like it to go, that doesn’t mean your quest for a job in the industry is over. Keep trying.
Continue to improve your resume and your interview skills. Look for experience and education that will make you a more desirable candidate. One of the quickest paths to medical device sales or pharmaceutical sales is becoming a top-ranked B2B sales associate for a leading company. Once you’ve established yourself as a go-getter, a trendsetter, and in the top 10% of your region or division, it may be time to talk to a recruiter about taking the next step into an entry-level medical sales or pharma sales position.
When you work hard, you have the potential to create a great life for yourself. It can seem challenging to get started, but with time and effort, you will see progress. Use these tips to make yourself as appealing as possible. You may be in your next position before you know it.
Remember, First impression matters, And they last! That’s why you need to be prepared for an interview anytime.
Best of luck!