7 years ago
February 21, 2017

How to Close a Star Candidate: 5 Tips From a Sales Recruiter

Did you find a top salesperson? Want to hire them right away? Read – How to Close a Star Candidate: 5 Tips From a Sales Recruiter.

Claire McConnachie Recruiter
Claire McConnachie

A job interview and sales calls have a lot in common. You are looking for a good fit, you exchange information, and if there is mutual interest from both parties, you come to an agreement and close the deal. However, closing a star sales candidate is a little more challenging than closing a candidate for a non-sales role.

Sales professionals are very familiar with closing techniques and know how to close effectively themselves – a reason why you are interested in hiring them in the first place. So, traditional sales closing strategies may not be as effective. But this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to close the deal.

Sales Recruiter Tips to Close a Star Sales Candidate

1. Know what matters most:

If you want to close top sales talent, you need to know what matters most to them. Listen to their answers carefully to get a sense of what they are looking for. Is it opportunity? Do they care most about compensation and benefits? Are they looking for flexibility?

2. Understand what the market has to offer:

If you are interviewing top sales talent, the odds are they are also interviewing with other companies. This is why it’s important to know who is hiring, for what positions, and how much they are offering. This will give you some leverage and insight into what it will take to close if you are prepared to make an offer. It will also prevent you from lowballing them and ensure your offer is competitive.

3. Use mini-closes throughout the interview:

As they say, “always be closing.” Establishing a series of mini-closes in regards to duties, timelines, and other details of the position will help you build rapport and establish momentum toward closing them.

4. Shorten the hiring cycle:

Long, drawn out hiring processes give top candidates the opportunity to explore other options. It also allows competitors to swoop in and steal them. When you identify a great candidate, work quickly to get them onboard.

5. Give them the grand tour:

Make the candidate feel like they already work for you by giving them the grand tour of the office, introduce them to key members of the sales team and take them out for lunch to discuss moving forward.

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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.