7 years ago
November 16, 2017

Don’t Make These Hiring Mistakes! 4 Mistakes Sales Recruiters Should Avoid in an Interview

Want to avoid hiring mistakes? All companies do. Hiring is your opportunity to improve your sales team. Each time you hire a new sales rep, it’s an opportunity to positively…

Rhys Metler

Want to avoid hiring mistakes? All companies do. Hiring is your opportunity to improve your sales team. Each time you hire a new sales rep, it’s an opportunity to positively impact organizational culture and help your sales team.

Unfortunately, there is no shortage of sales companies that make hiring mistakes. They hire the wrong person for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the common mistakes sales recruiters make during the job interview process:

1. Undefined recruiting objectives

Who are you looking for? Are you looking for someone with fresh ideas? Are you looking for someone to fit a specific mould? Or are you looking for someone completely different from the person who previously held the position?

One of the biggest hiring mistakes sales companies make is not understanding exactly what they want in a candidate. If you are not sure who you are looking for, you’ll likely have a generic job description that attracts somewhat qualified candidates.

You also could end up asking generic and untargeted questions that do little to help you find the right candidate. Know who you are looking for before you start the candidate search.

2. Too much emphasis on experience

Experience is important, but it’s not the only thing on which you should focus. It’s tempting to hire a candidate who has 10 years’ experience and a good track record, but don’t overlook other things such as their fit within the company culture, their attitude, personality and other soft skills.

3. Rushing the process

Pressed for time and under pressure to fill a void, many sales recruiters simply rush the process. Rather than spending the time to find a great talent who can make a difference, they hire the first person who is good enough to fill the role. Sure, you will accomplish your goal of hiring, but are you really improving your company?

4. Not following up with references

References are one of the most important and often overlooked part of the hiring process. Hiring based on what you discussed in the job interview alone can be a mistake. References provide you with the opportunity to not only verify information, but also follow up on things that were said during the interview.

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Rhys Metler

Rhys is a tenacious, top performing Senior Sales Recruiter with 15+ years of focused experience in the Digital Media, Mobile, Software, Technology and B2B verticals. He has a successful track record of headhunting top performing sales candidates for some of the most exciting brands in North America. He is a Certified Recruitment Specialist (CRS) and has expert experience in prospecting new business, client retention/renewals and managing top performing sales and recruitment teams. Rhys enjoys spending quality time with his wife, son, and daughters, BBQing on a hot summer day and tropical vacations.