Sean McCarthy is president of SEEK Medical Consulting. Prior to starting his own company, McCarthy held several management positions in corporate America, including area sales manager, director of sales, director of strategic marketing and director of strategic business unit. During his sales management career, McCarthy interviewed in excess of 150 potential hires.
Recently, I had the opportunity to ask McCarthy the following question: "What is the best advice you can give someone who has been unsuccessful in obtaining a sales position?
McCarthy didn't hesitate. "You should come in prepared to show how your past success will translate to the future. Ask the interviewer what qualities he or she is looking for in the position, and then show the interviewer why you have those qualities. Finally, close and get agreement that you are the right person."
McCarthy's answer demonstrates four selling skills that all sales managers want to see in someone they interview:
1. "Come prepared to show how your past successes would translate to the future." Every sales manager wants salespeople to be prepared when they meet with a customer.
In the sales arena, thorough knowledge of your products' features and benefits demonstrates your level of preparedness. Knowing those features and benefits enables a salesperson to persuade customers to purchase the product.
However, in those situations where the interviewer appears non-committal or indifferent, asking for the job will force the interviewer to let you know how enthusiastic he or she is about offering you a position. Lack of enthusiasm on the part of the interviewer will provide you another opportunity to probe, listen and uncover objections or concerns in order to provide an appropriate short story or clarify something you said earlier in the interview.
Once you have answered all the interviewer's concerns, it will seem very natural to get an agreement that you are the right person for the job. If you walk away from the interview without answering all the interviewer's concerns, you probably will not have a second opportunity to do so. For this reason, asking for the job is an important step in an interview.
McCarthy offers excellent advice on acquiring a sales position. Enhance your chance to receive a job offer by following his four tips:
1. Prepare to explain how your past successes will translate to future success.
2. Probe to find out what qualities are necessary for success in the sales position.
3. Listen and supply proof that you have those qualities.
4. Close and get agreement that you are the right person for the position.
A face-to-face interview is the toughest part of getting you a job. Further, if you are from a science or a medical background, the situation becomes worst. Science is a vast subject and you need to cover a great deal of topics before going for an interview. If you are a medical professional or a doctor then, you must know that a doctor’s job involves competence, technical expertise, integrity and social ethics. Therefore, a medical job interview is considered to be one of the toughest job interviews.
This article covers a few questions that are generally asked in course of a medical interview. You need to go through this list and prepare potential, impressive answers for them. The first question is the most commonly asked questions. I have mentioned an answer to it.
7. The day before your final exam, one of your family members has expired. How will you deal with this situation? How will you manage your studies in such a crisis?
8. A young woman suffering from AIDS comes over to your clinic and requests you not to inform her spouse about it. What will you do?
9. A 7 year old child is suffering from cancer. The kid’s life expectancy is approximately five months. How will you tell her parents about it?
So, these were some of the question you may encounter on the road to become a doctor. You should answer them in a composed manner. And remember, besides being a doctor, you are a human too! So keep up the dignity of this post.
Four Selling Skills That Will Get You a Job
There are a lot of articles on how to prepare for the interview, but knowing what not to do is often as important as knowing what to do.
Our team of medical recruiters see these 7 mistakes over and over. Make sure you do not make any of these blunders during your next medical sales interview.
1. Not dressing for the job
2. Not bringing copies of your resume
3. Texting or picking up a phone on a ride along
4. Not having good questions for the hiring manager
5. Talking about salary/ commission before the interviewer brings it up
6. Talking negatively about your old company/boss
7. Not asking for the job
1. Talking about salary/commission before the interviewer brings it up. We all know medical sales representatives should be money motivated and commission driven, but do not make the mistake of just talking about money and how much commission you can make. Never bring up money before the interviewer does. Sales Managers want someone who is going to drive the sales and wants to make great money, but more importantly they want someone who has a proven track record of success, knows products, the territory, culture of the company and can be a team player. Let the hiring manager find out about you and lead the money conversation.
6. Talking negatively about your old company/boss. Another question that always comes up on an interview is "Tell me why you are looking." At this point do not blunder and say anything negative about your current company or boss, even if that is exactly why you are looking. Managers will be wary of you and think you do not get along with others and may even be concerned you will speak badly of them in the future.
7. Not asking for the job. Sales 101, always close the interview. Sales managers are going to think you will not ask for the business if you cannot ask for the job. Always close the interview by letting the hiring manager know you are interested. More candidates are knocked out of the interview process for this blunder.
Now that you have read our Top 7 Blunders during a Medical Sales Interview, you will be sure not to make them on your next interview and be well on your way to you dream medical sales job.