6 years ago
February 20, 2018

Don’t Go! 4 ‘Stay Interview’ Questions to Ask Your Sales Employees

Do you conduct stay interviews? You should. The ability to keep your best sales employees in-house is one of the most effective recruiting strategies. As sales recruiters, we know the…

Claire McConnachie Recruiter
Claire McConnachie

Do you conduct stay interviews? You should. The ability to keep your best sales employees in-house is one of the most effective recruiting strategies. As sales recruiters, we know the longer you can hold onto top talent, the less time and money you need to spend trying to replace them.

Stay interviews are an alternative to the traditional exit interview. Rather than only interviewing employees when they leave the organization, spend time interviewing current employees and asking them why they enjoy working for your company.

If you don’t currently use stay interviews, no problem. Now is always a good time to start. If you currently use stay interviews, asking the right questions can help you gain valuable insights about what your company does well, and where you can improve.

Top Stay Interview Questions to Ask Sales Employees:

Our sales recruiters have put together a series of questions that you should ask your sales employees during stay interviews:

1. If You Could Change One Thing About Your Job, What Would It Be?

Asking this question gives your employees the opportunity to voice displeasure or things they would like to see change. Often, this will lead to better efficiency and better overall usage of an employee’s skill set and abilities.

2. What Type of Feedback About Your Job Would You Like That You Currently Don’t Receive?

Employees love to receive regular feedback about their performance. Even though you may be providing regular feedback, it may not be in the areas your employees want. Asking this question will help you understand the specific type of feedback your sales employees would find most beneficial.

3. Are There Professional Development Opportunities You Would Like to Pursue?

Offering professional development is one thing. But allowing employees to somewhat dictate the type of training they need or want to pursue allows them to improve skills in a more satisfactory manner.

4. What Types of Perks Would Help Improve Your Work-Life Balance?

Happy and healthy employees are more productive. Therefore, it’s important to understand the types of perks that matter most to them. For some, it may be having the opportunity to work from home occasionally; for others, it may be a corporate discount for a gym membership. You won’t know for sure unless you ask.

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Claire McConnachie Recruiter

Claire McConnachie

Claire has 4+ years of experience in sales and recruitment. As a Director of Client Services, her main objective is to connect great people to great companies by building strong relationships with both top clients and candidates in the sales industry. She specializes in sales roles of all seniority levels for both enterprise and start-up clients North American wide. When Claire isn't networking with top talent, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling and spending time with friends & family.