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November 3, 2017

4 Creative Ways to Survive a Sales Role-Play in an Interview

A sales role-play scenario is common. Many sales recruiters use role-playing and situational questions as a way to assess candidates. There is no better approach than to see a candidate…

Claire McConnachie

A sales role-play scenario is common. Many sales recruiters use role-playing and situational questions as a way to assess candidates. There is no better approach than to see a candidate in action and see what they are made of. This approach gives companies a real sense of what the sales candidate can do and how they will interact with their customers.

From the candidate’s perspective, while it can be an intimidating endeavour, it gives you the chance to show what you are truly about and differentiate yourself from other candidates.

Here are a number of ways to not only survive sales role-play scenario but also thrive:

1. Treat it as a real sales interview

Even though it’s a role-playing situation, it’s important to take it seriously and treat the situation as a real sales call. From the second you start, use your best sales approach. Treat the sales recruiter as a sales client, and take them through your sales process. Be ready for objections and maybe an unforeseen circumstance or two. The interviewer will want to see how you react to a variety of situations that could pop up during a sales call.

2. Research the company’s products ahead of time

Expect the company to ask you to sell one of their products. Therefore, it is extremely important to learn as much as you can about the products or services you would be selling if you got the job. Companies ask you to sell their products to not only see your sales skills in action but to also see if you did your homework.

3. Act as if the job is already yours

Confidence is important. When planning your approach, it’s important to act as if the job is already yours. Act as if you are a representative of the hiring company. This shows confidence, and it also provides the hiring manager with a visual of you working for the organization.

4. Attempt a close

Every sales call ends in an attempt to close or move the sale forward. Based on where you got during the role-playing, confirm the steps and information communicated, propose the next steps in the process, get agreement on key pieces of information, and if the timing is right, ask for the sale.

 

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Claire McConnachie

Claire is a Western University graduate with a background in recruiting, sales and customer service. As a Recruitment Consultant, her goals are to place the best people in the right roles resulting in satisfaction for both the candidate and client.