Robots are taking over — and that’s great news for entry-level medical sales job seekers.
OK, so they’re not completely taking over. Hiring professionals are still hard at work searching for the next top medical sales talent. However, they’re using new advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) to find the right matches before bringing candidates in for interviews.
In fact, 35 percent of hiring pros say AI is “very” or “extremely” important to the future of their recruiting and hiring efforts, according to a new report from LinkedIn. Additionally, 76 percent say AI’s impact on recruiting will be, at least, somewhat significant.
This means you’ll be entering new job search territory — even if you’ve only been out of the game for a few years. While AI seems intimidating, it’s actually improving the hiring process for recruiters, HR pros, employers, and job seekers.
It’s saving time, removing human biases, and matching you with the best companies and teams. With this new tech, there’s no need for entry-level medical sales job seekers to beat the machine. Instead, it’s time to start working with AI to find and land your medical sales dream job.
Here’s how you can do it:
Stay in touch
Without the help of AI, hiring pros end up chained to their desks. They receive hundreds of resumes per job opening. Then, their inboxes are flooded with candidate follow-ups, and they still have to tediously schedule interviews.
These mundane tasks slow hiring pros down and burn them out. However, new software reads resumes, automatically follows-up with candidates, and schedules interviews, simultaneously. With this speedy workflow, hiring pros have time to do their favorite part of recruiting — connect with candidates.
Now, it’s your turn to make the most out of hiring pros’ newly opened-up schedules. Before, during, and after you apply to a job, focus on making connections. Even if you don’t get the job, stay in touch with your contacts. Send them a referral for another job opening, let them know your resume has updated experience for them to review, or just check-in to see how they’re doing.
Make unexpected first impressions
First impressions have drastically changed. From dressing up and shaking hands with the interviewer to watching what you post on social media and talking into a computer camera, you need to be prepared at all times.
Remember, it’s AI’s job to analyze you before interviewers take the time to meet you face-to-face. For AI to effectively analyze you, it’s important to be deliberate about your words on application materials, be honest in candidate screening tests, and be genuine and authentic during video interviews.
Focus on the traits, both personal and professional, that make you qualified for this entry-level medical sales position. Use words that specifically match the job description, the company’s mission, and its values and culture.
During screening tests and video interviews, don’t attempt to come up with the ‘right’ answer. Instead, focus on being honest to ensure you’ll be matched with the medical sales team and career that’s right for you.
Just be yourself
Being yourself is a solid tip for any job seeker in any era. The difference in the age of AI is that the machines will know if you’re not honest by analyzing your facial expressions. Admittedly, it sounds a little bit creepy but is a huge positive for both hiring pros and candidates, alike.
As an entry-level medical sales candidate, it’s challenging enough to land that dream career. Yet, when unconscious bias gets in the way, you’re given an even higher mountain to climb. But with AI’s ability to analyze your facial expressions, machines are wiping out those biases, increasing your chances to receive a fair analysis.
Beyond removing bias, the goal of AI during video interviews is to determine your honesty and emotions. Being fully transparent and authentic allows the machines to properly analyze your fit with the company. This is the perfect time to show your emotional intelligence. Share stories of why you’re passionate about medical sales, the specific skills you used to reach success in previous jobs, and why you’re the perfect cultural match for this company.
Do you have job search tips for entry-level medical sales reps in the age of AI? Let us know!