Recruiting and searching for business development reps is half the battle. The second part is being able to effectively identify and interview the right sales candidates for your business development team. Having the right sales interview process in place is what will make or break your ability to hire the right business development reps for your team. Interviews are time-consuming and you need to make sure you aren’t wasting anyone’s time. You need to know who is involved in the interview process, how many steps are involved, and when you need to make a hire. The most effective sales interview process consists of 4 major steps.
It’s all about the language…When a Sales Manager wants to find a way into the hearts and minds of their people, they may explore a variety of routes. “Maybe I could run a contest…” “Maybe I could give them a half day off….” “I think I would like it, if I were still in Sales, if my manager did_______” The reason that precious few of these take hold in the head and heart of most sales people is that they are focused on some sort of tired call-and-response approach to drawing the best out of sales people. “If I do this action, I hope to get this result.” Sorry, NO.
Your salespeople drive revenue. You can’t afford to lose top producers. Literally, it will cost you. Employee turnover will cost a company 50-60% of the employee’s annual salary. Yikes! So why do top salespeople leave? More than 70% of the time, salespeople leave your company because there is a lack of sales management and engagement. A weak or disengaged sales culture will lead to employee turnover. You need to actively engage with your sales team and invest in what will make them successful. Here are 5 tips to retain top salespeople:
As an industry, sales has become faster, more precise, and even more competitive. Consumers have access at their fingertips, and are educating themselves on your products and services before they even speak with a sales rep.And as sales professionals, we have resources, tools, and technology to streamline the sales process. We can prospect smarter, manage the sales funnel with accuracy, and close deals faster. Your greatest resource as a salesperson is TIME.
Salespeople are the revenue engine of your company. Empty territories lead to missed quotas which equates to lost revenue. You need top sales performers and you need a fast and effective way to identify top sales talent. You need salespeople who possess the sales characteristics that best align with your selling environment. You also need people who are the right culture fit for your company. Here are 2 steps to recruit top salespeople and build a sales culture of success:
A strong sales team is key to any company’s growth. When you grow sales, you grow you grow revenue. But what happens when you can’t recruit, sustain, or retain sales professionals to help you meet revenue goals? That’s where sales culture comes in. And I am not referring to your game rooms, nap spaces, beer fridges, and free lunches. I am referring to what really drives sales success and a healthy selling environment.
Sales careers outnumber marketing careers 60 to 1, and 1 out of 9 b2b professionals work in the sales industry, yet sales still seems to be missing from the classroom. As one of the largest professions in the country, sales is rarely offered as a major or minor to college students, even though more than 50% of college graduates will hold their initial job in sales.Here are the top 6 sales universities in New England