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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 »

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When hiring managers look for sales and marketing professionals, they often skip over the resumes of recent college graduates in favor of candidates who are already working in their chosen field. Taking a second look at recent graduates, however, can benefit your team and company.   Here’s what recent sales and marketing graduates bring to the… Read more »

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Every sales interview will include at least one question about your sales process or methodology. An interviewer might ask directly, “What’s your sales process?”, or they may ask a more detailed question, like “How do you generate, develop and close sales opportunities?”  No matter how the question is phrased, it offers candidates the same chance… Read more »

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Good salespeople can be difficult to find, especially when the economy is strong. Top candidates often field competing offers from several different companies, and much of the best talent is already happily employed.   Finding the right talent isn’t impossible, however. A staffing firm that specializes in placing sales professionals can be an invaluable source of… Read more »

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“Why do you want to work in sales?” is one of the most commonly-asked questions in a sales job interview. To stand out from other candidates, you’ll need to put some thought into your answer before your interview date arrives.  Here’s what to consider when crafting your answer to the question, “why do you want to… Read more »