5 years ago
November 22, 2018

Sales Interview Not Going as Planned? 4 Ways to Redeem Yourself

Some sales interviews don’t go as well as you plan. It happens. Even if you were completely prepared and put the work in, some interviews can go off the rails….

Rhys Metler

Some sales interviews don’t go as well as you plan. It happens. Even if you were completely prepared and put the work in, some interviews can go off the rails. Perhaps you are feeling a little under the weather, you didn’t have a great rapport with the sales recruiter, or things just got off to a poor start.

Whatever the reason for your interview not going as planned, you always need to have a backup plan to get things back on track. Here are some ways to redeem yourself:

1. Ask for More Time

Whether you get caught off guard by a question, draw a blank, or would just like to reiterate some things about your skills and experience, you can always ask for more time.

When the recruiter asks if you have any questions, ask them for a few minutes to circle back to specific questions or answers you feel did not go as planned.

2. Close Strong

Always have a strong closing statement prepared. No matter how mediocre some of your answers may have been during the interview, how you close will leave a strong impression on the interviewer. A strong close will help you minimize any previous blunders. Effectively summarize why you are the best candidate and a good fit for the sales position.

3. Follow Up

Always follow up with a quick thank you note. Reiterate your interest in the job and thank the interviewer for their time. If you feel like you need to elaborate on something from the interview or provide additional context, use this communication to do so.

4. Move On When All Else Fails

If an interview just didn’t work out, chalk it up as a learning experience. Learn from your mistakes, reflect on the experience and use this as a lesson to crush your next interview. Forgive yourself and avoid dwelling on it. You have future interviews to prepare for!

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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.