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4 Reasons Job Auditions are the Future of Medical Sales Recruiting


It’s time to pull the cloth off of traditional interviews and reveal their true identity. That’s exactly what recruiters in LinkedIn’s 2018 Global Recruiting Trends report are doing. In fact, 63 percent feel traditional interviews fall short when it comes to assessing candidate soft skills, and 57 percent said the same about understanding candidate weaknesses.

That’s why companies are turning to job auditions. Unlike traditional interviews, job auditions last an entire day and allow candidates to do real work. This gives recruiters hiring for medical sales jobs the opportunity to see a candidate’s true personality, sales skills, problem-solving skills, and cultural fit in action.  

Here’s why you need to start incorporating job auditions into your recruiting process today:

See how candidates interact with customers

Customers are the life of your company. Not knowing exactly how a candidate will interact with your specific customer-base is a major risk.

Unfortunately, asking scripted questions in a traditional interview doesn’t get to the heart of the candidate’s personality. This makes it nearly impossible to fully trust a candidate’s genuine ability to engage customers before hiring and sending them out in the field. And leaving customer experience to chance isn’t a risk you can afford.

Narrow down the candidate pool by using one-way video for the first-round of interviews. You can get a glimpse of their qualifications and personalities, but won’t spend a large amount of time scheduling and interviewing.

Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few candidates, invite them in for a job audition. Pre-coordinate with customers and your sales reps to schedule ride alongs. As candidates interact with your customers, take note of how they present themselves. Watch their posture, their confidence, questions they’re asking, and if the customer responds well to the conversation.

Watch them sell first-hand

Years of experience, awards, goal-hitting records all point to an accomplished sales rep. But all of these don’t show you how they reached success.

Selling styles vary from company-to-company and rep-to-rep. Your current customers may not respond to either an aggressive or softer selling approach. Even if their style worked well at their previous employer, it could leave your customers feeling devalued or neglected.

Give candidates an opportunity to sell. First, explain to customers the situation and ask if it’s OK for the candidate to present a product. If you’re not along for the presentation, be sure your sales rep is not only watching for sales style, but how their customer responds to that style.

Give them real-time obstacles

A ‘what would you do’ scenario during traditional interviews only scrapes the surface of a candidate’s problem-solving skills. Even though the scenarios and questions are realistic, candidates can often prepare, giving scripted responses.

Give them an opportunity to take action on your current workplace obstacles. Don’t be afraid to put them in high-pressure situations, like dealing with a company error or customer complaint. Then, put them to work with your team to brainstorm how they’ll fix the error.

Observe cultural fit

Traditional medical sales jobs interviews, even team interviews, don’t give you and your team a full understanding of a candidate’s personality. On the same note, candidates can’t get a feel for what your company’s and team’s culture is like.

Job auditions are like immersion therapy with your culture and candidate’s personalities. Cut out the step-by-step interview processes and place them directly in your team from the beginning. Give them the opportunity to interact with employees on the sales team and in other departments.

Then, ask for feedback on how they interacted with individuals and if they can visualize them as part of the team. Additionally, ask candidates what they liked about the culture and if there were any red flags that made them feel they might not fit in well.

How do you plan on incorporating job auditions into your interviewing process? Let us know!