Sales Recruiting

Stop Making These 3 Simple Sales Recruiting Mistakes

Stop Making These 3 Simple Sales Recruiting Mistakes

I was on the phone with one of my candidates yesterday. A true talent with an amazing track record of sales success hunting and winning new business. Probably not another person like him in the entire region --he is that good. 

He went for an interview and was expecting to discuss an offer

Finding Top Sales Talent is Difficult for Everyone

Finding Top Sales Talent is Difficult for Everyone

In good economies and bad, finding top talent is difficult. Think it's any easier for Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, or Google? Sure, they have distinct competitive advantages, but it still takes teams of recruiters interviewing around the clock to recruit and hire staff even for well branded growing organizations.

The Importance of Making Sales Recruiting a Top Priority

The Importance of Making Sales Recruiting a Top Priority

If you’re a sales leader, the fastest way to success is to recruit the right team members. Without the talent you need to succeed, you’ll find yourself with a whole new set of problems. Recruiting is hard work, and requires a top slot on your priority list. Now is the time to start looking for the talent you need to achieve your goals.

Three Steps to Recruiting Better Sales Candidates When Competition for Talent is Fierce

Three Steps to Recruiting Better Sales Candidates When Competition for Talent is Fierce

With everyone promising high-growth, big OTEs, and amazing products, it can be hard to compete for top sales talent. Many of today’s sales candidate have been promised the moon a few times, only to become a bit more skeptical with each job move. A CEB study in 2014 concluded that 65% of Millennials are more skeptical of employer claims than they were in 2011.

The Number One Way to Build a Successful Sales Team

The Number One Way to Build a Successful Sales Team

Is Building a Winning Sales Team as Simple as Following a Proven Recipe?

If I want to bake a chocolate cake, I’ll pull out a recipe book. Then I’ll follow the directions and in about an hour and a half or so I’ll have a cake. If you just follow a recipe, you’ll get predictable results. Right?

Except every time I try to bake a chocolate cake, it never comes out quite the same. Sometimes they’re good , sometimes they’re burnt, other times they just taste like a cardboard sponge. (Not sure I’ve ever eaten a cardboard sponge, but you get the point.)

The Shocking Truth about Sales Recruiting

The Shocking Truth about Sales Recruiting

Banging your head against the wall trying to recruit for your sales team?

Are you recruiting top software sales talent and running into roadblocks? You’re not alone. The sales function appears to be an easy role to recruit for on the outset. Yet recruiting sales talent is one of the more difficult and time-consuming recruitment jobs around.

Why Trying to Recruit and Hire the "Perfect Salesperson" is a Recipe for Disaster

Why Trying to Recruit and Hire the "Perfect Salesperson" is a Recipe for Disaster

Are You Still Trying to Recruit and Hire the "Perfect Salesperson"?

Hiring can bring out your worst fears. Especially if you’re a new manager or just starting with a new organization. When your first goal is to immediately staff up—your reputation hangs in the balance. Everyone’s watching...quietly rooting for your success or failure.

7 Ways to Get Control Over Your Sales Recruitment Process and Win the War for Top Sales Talent

7 Ways to Get Control Over Your Sales Recruitment Process and Win the War for Top Sales Talent

Top Sales Talent is THE Edge You Need to Win Business

Losing out on good candidates to other companies? Wonder why you can’t seem to attract enough sales candidates to make a strong hire? It’s no secret that hitting your revenue targets starts with building a successful sales team. Recruiting the right players who are motivated to succeed will prevent the problems that hiring the wrong people create.

Getting and keeping your sales team in top shape requires an exceptional recruitment strategy. If you’re determined to win the war for talent, you must first win the recruitment battle. It starts with these seven strategies…Read More

Is Hiring Sale Professionals Really About Selecting People With The Best Skills?

Is Hiring Sale Professionals Really About Selecting People With The Best Skills?

Rethinking Your Hiring Logic

Why do we hire the people we do? Human psychology and science help explain our hiring decisions. Many of today’s hiring managers have had little to no training when it comes to hiring sales talent.

Therefore, sales managers rely heavily on the interview process and collective opinion to build sales teams. Trial and error has also been an employable strategy for the few companies that can afford it. This strategy calls for hiring as many salespeople as possible, assessing performance, and cutting the bottom 50%. -Read More-

More than 8,000 Interviews Boiled Down to 16 Observations about Sales Hunters

More than 8,000 Interviews Boiled Down to 16 Observations about Sales Hunters

From the Front Lines: Observations about Sales Hunters

I’ve interviewed more than 2,600 people in-person at all kinds of places: coffee shops, airport terminals, tiny interview rooms, bars, airport lounges, fancy offices, restaurants, city clubs, Starbucks, and more. I’ve video called and phone interviewed more than 5,500 sales candidates not including the 2,600 in-person interviews.

With rare exception, every candidate I’ve met in this population has had at least five years of experience post college. They are candidates from across the country, from New York to San Francisco. They’ve earned from 120K to 700K a year.  Read More

Two Sales Recruiting Strategies You Can't Ignore

Two Sales Recruiting Strategies You Can't Ignore

Two Strategic Times to Capitalize on Hiring Top Sales Talent

When it comes to recruiting A-Players, there are a few tricks of the trade that will help you win top-notch sales talent. I’m not going to lie: recruiting top software sales talent isn’t easy. There are no silver-bullets and it’s just plain hard work. Although sales recruiting can be frustrating, using a few key strategies will give you a leg-up in the talent war and help you attract top software sales talent who will help you win new customers and increase top line revenue growth. Read More