INTERVIEWING SALES CANDIDATES
Interviewing sales candidates is the most critical phase of sales recruiting. Here are some important recruiting tips for interviewing sales candidates from the CNI Recruiting team.
1. Multiple Interviews And Interviewers
Many hiring managers will “cut corners” during the recruiting process by not having a sufficient number of interviews and/or interviewers. No matter how urgently you need to fill a position it is best to take the time required for at least three interviews with at least two interviewers. Hiring the wrong candidate is much worse than the problems that result from having an open position.
2. Past Performance
A candidate’s past performance is the most important indicator of future performance. Accordingly, review every previous job with candidates or at least the last three jobs. Discuss personal sales vs. quotas (and team sales vs. quotas if appropriate). Ask about candidate successes and how they achieved them. Probe candidate challenges and how they overcame them. Determine what candidates liked and didn’t like about their jobs. Ask about their relationships with peers, supervisors, prospects and customers.
Job tenure is a critical component of your evaluations. You do not want to spend the time and money ramping up a new candidate who will leave after a short period. So, discuss why candidates left each previous job and any extended gaps between jobs. Be sure to obtain tenures of all previous jobs in months and years if resumes do not include them.
Discuss the methods candidates use to prospect and determine the percentage of leads converted to prospects and the percentage of prospects converted to sales. Ask how they move past gatekeepers. Also ask about their most difficult prospecting experience and the outcome.
5. Test Candidates
Invite candidates to “sell” you their current solutions. During the “sale” ask questions and raise objections. Grade candidates on communications, establishing trust, relationship building, engagement, obtaining requirements, matching requirements with solution strengths, overcoming objections, subject matter expertise, competitive knowledge, positioning, confidence, competence and closing.
Ask candidates probing questions. Answers to questions will lead to follow-up questions, which can be as simple as “why?”
Ask candidates if they will do whatever it takes within reason to make a sale and request examples of this level of commitment.
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