Tag: Human Resources


Run Away from the “Face Palm” Sales Candidate

In this series, I’m identifying a group of sales candidates who, when hired, fail to meet expectations. But they all have one thing in common: they interview well. You struggle to hire good salespeople but experience frustration when they fail to meet their sales goals. Here is an example of a type of sales candidate you’ll want to avoid… The Face

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Watch Out for This Tricky Sales Candidate

In this series of articles, I identify types of salespeople who fail to meet expectations. But they all have one thing in common: they interview well. You struggle to hire good salespeople but experience frustration when they fail to meet their sales goals. Here is one example of why this happens… The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing This salesperson exhibits a very

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Why Bad Salespeople Get Hired

A friend told me over lunch about a sales rep he hired the previous year. He sold seven times the industry average of $1million at his previous company. At $7million in sales, he was a superstar. My friend (the CEO) and one of his Sales Managers snatched this sales rep up with great expectation. After several months of ramp up they

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The One Question You Must Ask Every Candidate

Why do you want to leave your job? That question may be a very common one to ask for most hiring managers, but it’s loaded with the opportunity to gather some great information that many times gets overlooked in an interview. Why people leave a job is varied, but it can have a dramatic impact on whether or not they

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Hire Better Sales Reps By Adding This

It’s a little unnerving to look back on a salesperson’s first six months and realize that the interview was that employee’s career highlight.  Too often sales leaders make hiring decisions based on how well a candidate performs during an interview, not how well he will perform in the field. Why is the salesperson you hired with great promise fail to meet

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9 Smart Questions Successful Hiring Managers Ask Before Recruiting Salespeople

People call me every day about hiring salespeople. I always respond with, “Describe the sales role please.” Many times they will struggle with defining the specific details of the sales role for which they are hiring. A salesperson may perform exceedingly well in one type of sales role and fail miserably in another. Defining your sales role first is critical to

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Your Crisis Stricken Employee Deserves More Than a Sympathy Card… Do This Instead

Your employee is in crisis – a close member of their family died, a child has become severely ill, or their spouse was injured in an accident and cannot work. You want to offer help, but may not know exactly what to do. Apart from giving them time off and sending them a card signed by their coworkers, here are

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6 Smart Interview Questions to Ask Superstar Sales Candidates

In some (rare) cases, you need to roll out the red carpet for a sales candidate. Yes, they are that good. And with the ever decreasing quality of candidates searching for jobs, you need to sell your job to a superstar candidate. One way is to ask great questions to find out exactly what they want and need in order

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Sales Candidate

Interviewing a sales candidate can be intriguing. As a Sales Manager, you can’t help but be excited about the prospect of a high volume salesperson in your organization. They could be the one to take your whole team to the next level. A sales candidate’s sales numbers from their previous employers can be deceiving, though. To really understand what you’re getting,

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4 Killer Questions that Can Make or Break Your Hiring Process

Be sure to consider these four questions when hiring your next employee. Is your recruiting and hiring process doing its job of attracting and acquiring premium talent for your organization? For a moment, set aside your job description, compensation, and benefits plan and consider these four questions that can dramatically affect who you hire. 1. What is the Quantity of

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