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Know What You’re Looking For In a Salesperson

If you’re looking for the ideal or perfect salesperson, look no more. They don’t exist. What’s “perfect” for you and your company depends entirely on what you sell, your selling environment, and the prospects you sell to. Every sales position has a degree of uniqueness about it. Smart companies take the time to define what […]

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The Boring Part of Onboarding a Salesperson

Every great author has a trilogy and this is mine. Well actually I’m not really a great author, but this is part of a trilogy. This is the third article on the topic of onboarding salespeople. For the uninitiated, "onboarding" is what happens after you successfully complete the arduous process of hiring a new salesperson. […]

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Hiring a Salesperson? Hire for Attitude.

Seasoning is great “on” food and “in” people! One of the things employers often look for in a sales candidate is past sales experience and “seasoning.” However, sometimes when you hire one of these seasoned pros, they come complete with complacency. In sales, like in many things, attitude counts. I don’t ever discount a salesperson’s […]

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Set an Interview Time Limit

I’ve blogged in the past about sales candidates who have a propensity to be verbose and why you may want to avoid them (huge time wasters). Whenever I’m tasked to do an interview with someone who our Sales Temperament Assessment has flagged as being over-social, I use the following technique to see if the person […]

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When to Interview the Sales Candidate’s Spouse

There are a couple of situations  when it makes good sense to include an interview with a sales candidate’s spouse. The first situation is when you’re seriously considering hiring a salesperson from a competitor.   The salesperson may be playing you off against his current employer for a raise. Asking to include the spouse in the hiring […]

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