How to Recruit the Right Sales People into your Business

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Finding and keeping quality sales people is not the easiest task for any company. Before you hire any new staff you need to first discover what motivates sales people to succeed within your organisation so that you can ensure their intentions are aligned to your company.   

Doing this will also ensure that sales people have the right reasons for committing to the job offer, and remain grounded in both good and bad times.

To do this, simply go ahead and ask the sales person to write down 35 reasons why they want to be a car sales person, consultant, telemarketer, etc. within your organisation.

Why 35? Because the first 15 reasons are usually surface level, external reasons, which are relatively easy to communicate. Having done this exercise with thousands of sales consultants in the past couple of years, a common theme that has always popped up is that by the time they reach around the 15th reason they usually get stuck. The final 20 reasons are the core deep motivating drives for why they want to have this position.

If you include this exercise in your interview process, several things will happen:

1. No completion: The sales person fails to come up with 35 reasons. Any time this happens alarm bells should start ringing. I have never hired someone who has not completed their 35 reasons.

It’s really simple: If they can’t come up with enough reasons for why they want to have this certain role then they don’t want it badly enough.

2. Repeats: You will also get a lot of people who repeat their answers; they are simply trying to cheat their way through so that they can show you they really want the job. You know what they say: once a cheater always a cheater.

3. Bad motivation: This is found in around 20% of cases, so not many, but something to watch out for. You get some sales people who have the wrong motivation drive for wanting the job. They say things like:

  • I want the job so I can get out of debt
  • So that I can pay the bills
  • So that I can get some experience in the work place
Alex Pirouz

Alex Pirouz

Stay away from sales people like these, as they tend to crumple under pressure, and leave if the going gets tough.

4. Completion: When you get the form back and look at their reasons and see that this person has written 35 or more, excluding the above pitfalls, you should know that you’re onto a winner. Do everything you can to ensure that sales person is hired and managed properly to stay in the long term.

By following and applying this one strategy you will be able to maximise your success rate of only hiring staff that have shown the greatest  enthusiasm, drive and dedication for the role.

Alex Pirouz is the founder of RIDC Advisory Pty Ltd


Published On: 25th Apr 2011

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