What is your interview strategy? Sales recruiting is your opportunity to identify and hire the best sales talent available. The position you are hiring for can alter your interview strategy….
What is your interview strategy? Sales recruiting is your opportunity to identify and hire the best sales talent available. The position you are hiring for can alter your interview strategy. Experienced and inexperienced sales candidates apply for all types of jobs. But how you interview them may change slightly.
Whether experienced or inexperienced, the goal of a sales job interview is to find the best candidate possible. Therefore, the job interview strategies you use should remain similar. You need to test candidates for their ability to do the job and to fit within the company culture. At the end of the day, you want to answer:
Don’t immediately put a resume in the “no” pile because a candidate is inexperienced. Inexperienced candidates can still bring a lot to the table. Give them the opportunity to show their worth.
Previous experience does not always mean a candidate is the best fit. While past experience does have a lot of merit, there are many other factors to be considered. One, in particular, is potential. Look for candidates who have the potential to not only do their current job but also evolve and expand their skills and change with the times.
One area of your sales recruiting strategy you may adjust when interviewing experienced versus inexperienced candidates is the type of questions you ask. It will be clear by a candidate’s resume which type of candidate they are.
If the candidate is experienced, you will want to ask them about previous work, their accomplishments, and how they can apply their experience to the role.
If the candidate is inexperienced, asking the same questions about their experience will not tell you much about them. Rather, ask them more situational questions to test their knowledge, demeanour, and potential. You want to know that, even if they lack experience, they have the ability to overcome this and quickly adapt to the job.
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Gabrielle is a Wilfrid Laurier University graduate with a degree in Business Administration. She has a background in both sales and marketing, with experience working in the technology, education, and travel sectors.