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“What motivates you to sell?” is one of the most common questions asked during sales interviews. Preparing your response in advance can help you answer with confidence, highlighting important elements of your approach to sales.  When crafting your answer, keep these tips in mind:  Give a specific response.  A vague, generic answer like “I appreciate… Read more »

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Many sales and marketing leaders don’t think about recruiting until the need to fill a position arises. Only seeking new talent when you need it, however, leaves your team and company vulnerable to poor hires.   Here are five reasons recruiting should be a regular part of your day to day work:  You’ll keep your talent… Read more »

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Knowing your management style can help you lead more effectively and build stronger teams. Your management style can help you understand your strengths, shore up your weaknesses, and recruit candidates who thrive under the type of guidance you provide.  Here’s how to evaluate your own management style.  Ask yourself, “How would I define ‘good management’?”  The… Read more »

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Sales success doesn’t happen by accident. It’s the result of a strategy – and the best strategies are those that are geared toward success.  With a clear strategy in place, you can test hypotheses, gather data, analyze results and implement changes that will bring your sales activities closer to your personal and professional goals. Here… Read more »

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One-on-one meetings offer an opportunity to delve into a topic in-depth with a single person, or to have a sensitive conversation that’s not appropriate for a larger audience. Like any meeting, however, a one on one meeting can devolve into a nonproductive social visit if both parties don’t pay attention to their work and one… Read more »

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As children, many of us were required to write thank-you notes in response to gifts we received from family or friends. While it may have felt like a chore as a child, in adulthood, writing thank you notes is one of the most powerful tools job candidates have.    A thank you note leaves a… Read more »

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During an interview for a sales position, you may be asked to talk about a deal you lost or failed to close.   This question, a variation on “Tell me about a time you failed,” isn’t intended to embarrass you or give the interviewer a reason not to hire you. Instead, the interviewer wants to understand… Read more »

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  During a sales interview, it’s essential to dig into a candidate’s specific background, experience and approach to adversities like lost deals, stubborn clients or unexpected events.  By focusing on a candidate’s specific approach to key sales problems, hiring managers can compare candidates based on their skills, response to interpersonal situations, and potential for growth.  … Read more »

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In a competitive business environment, every member of the team needs to pull their weight. Salespeople have the advantage of being able to express their contributions with objective, quantifiable data – but they also have the challenge of meeting the high standards those numbers demand.  For hiring managers, hiring the right salesperson is a must…. Read more »

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Companies throughout the United States and the world require talented sales and marketing professionals. Opportunities abound – and some of those opportunities require you to relocate from your current address in order to seize them.  Should you relocate? If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, ask yourself these questions:  1. Does this job offer me… Read more »