When Agency Recruiters Can’t Help You Fill Your Sales Roles

When Agency Recruiters Can’t Help You Fill Your Sales Roles

8 Reasons Why Agency Recruiters Can’t Help You Fill Your Sales Roles

Isn’t it frustrating when you reach out to a recruiter to help you fill a role and you don’t see strong results? As a hiring manager or an internal recruiter, when you’re looking for top sales talent, your neck is on the line. You need to get roles filled with the right salespeople and you need to make it happen fast so you can hit your hiring and top line revenue goals.

Three Strategies You Can Use When Interviewing Long-Winded Sales Candidates

Three Strategies You Can Use When Interviewing Long-Winded Sales Candidates

The Secret to Dealing with Sales Candidates Who Talk too Much During Interviews

I had a candidate in my earlier years that loved to talk. At the time, I thought perhaps he just loved to talk to ME. I considered myself to be a pretty good listener so I figured he would cut down his answers in the proceeding interviews.

Well, despite my warnings about being careful not to “hog all the air time”...he wasn’t able to apply the feedback when he met with my client.

Executive Recruiting Firms Producing Mediocre Results?

Executive Recruiting Firms Producing Mediocre Results?

Working with Recruiting Firms Driving You Crazy?

If you told me you’ve tried using a recruitment firm in the past, and things didn’t work out, I wouldn’t be surprised. Although there are a lot of exceptional recruiters out there, a few bad experiences can taint a person’s willingness to try again.

If you’re looking at a recruiting firm like a commodity, you probably won’t get good results. I’ve gotten calls from companies who’ve had searches out to multiple firms and are were adamant about paying discounted fees. Saving a few thousand dollars today was more important than hiring the best employee.

3 Keys to Keeping Your Top Sales Professionals Happy

3 Keys to Keeping Your Top Sales Professionals Happy

3 Keys to Keeping Your Top Sales Professionals Happy

It’s no secret sales turnover is expensive. Putting a number to the financial loss can make you feel queasy. But what’s even worse is finding a replacement for your top rep. It’s an exercise in frustration, disappointment, and frankly, it’s an excruciating process.

Although some turnover is obviously healthy, when you start losing the top 25% of your sales team, things can start to look bleak. Too often it starts when one top rep leaves, then before you know it; your top three performers are gone.

So what can you do to keep your best sales pros happy and productive?  

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.

Is Your Company’s Reputation Hurting Your Chances of Hiring A-Players?

Is Your Company’s Reputation Hurting Your Chances of Hiring A-Players?

Your Corporate Reputation Will Impact Your Ability to Recruit Top Sales Candidates

Who are the most reputable companies in the tech sector? According to Reputation Institute, who runs annual surveys collecting data from more than 60,000 respondents, the lineups have included companies like Google, Sony, Canon, Apple, Microsoft and Samsung.

Why does your reputation matter? Companies who have excellent reputations engage more with employees and enjoy much stronger levels of employee referrals, client referrals, and positive online recommendations.

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Recruiter

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Recruiter

Building Lasting Partnerships With Recruitment Agencies

If you’ve used a recruiter to source sales candidates successfully, you understand the importance of your role in the recruitment and hiring process. Taking an active interest in the recruitment process, making yourself available, and fostering open communication with your recruiter are important parts of developing a productive working relationship.

Top 3 Ways to Avoid the Pain of Hiring the Wrong Salesperson

Top 3 Ways to Avoid the Pain of Hiring the Wrong Salesperson

Hiring the Right Salespeople is Powerful

Gallup reports companies increase profitability by 30% when companies pick top employees.

So what happens when you pick the wrong employees?

Mis-hires are expensive, embarrassing, and potential career killers. According to the Corporate Executive Board survey on hiring executives, one out of five hires is a mistake. Yes, you read that correctly. One out of five, or 20%.

Time-Tested Strategies for Hiring Sales Performers

Time-Tested Strategies for Hiring Sales Performers

Put the Sales Hiring Odds in Your Favor

Are you still dealing with high-turnover, under-performers, and missed quotas? The greatest challenge of any sales manager is in the recruiting. Getting the right people, on time, with the right skills that fit the corporate culture is a challenge.

So how do you pick the best sales talent?

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

Reduce Sales Turnover in a Hot Tech Market with Training and Development

Reduce Sales Turnover in a Hot Tech Market with Training and Development

Sales Training and Professional Development Says, "We Care."

As the job market picks up steam in the technology sector and employees have more options, turnover becomes a heated topic. In today’s job market, employers need to continuously protect their hiring investments and work hard to improve retention rates. One way to increase retention rates is to implement training and development programs. Read More

New Year Brings New Challenges in 2016. Will You be Ready?

New Year Brings New Challenges in 2016. Will You be Ready?

The Job Market, Recruiting, and Trends Ahead for 2016

Welcome to 2016! If you’ve hired for your sales team lately, you’ve learned how difficult it is to find top sales latent. Most hiring managers have discovered hiring sales talent is frustrating, difficult, and riddled with career risks even in the best of times.

As we head into 2016, this year should prove to be even more difficult when it comes to attracting top talent. With the unemployment rate continuing to decline, and the number of jobs increasing, attracting and retaining sales talent has never been more challenging. Read More

Five Ways to Get Ready for Year End Sales Turnover

Five Ways to Get Ready for Year End Sales Turnover

Preparing for Year End Turnover

The end of the year is looming. While you’re busy making strategic plans, setting revenue targets, and carefully carving out territory changes for 2016, some of your key salespeople are getting ready to leave. It’s simply inescapable. Healthy turnover is ideally concentrated towards sales reps that’re under performing. But unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Read More

Avoid Losing New Sales Recruits to Counteroffers

Avoid Losing New Sales Recruits to Counteroffers

Dealing with Counteroffers

The single biggest recruiting expense is time.

Never waste your time trying to recruit someone who is unrecruitable. The following guidelines will save you from murdering your own time. Hoping and betting on long-shot candidates will kill hours and weeks of your life. Save yourself from the misery and heartbreak that comes from counteroffer acceptance: Read More

Running Out of Time? How Can You Hire Salespeople Now?

Running Out of Time? How Can You Hire Salespeople Now?

Have You Considered These Recruiting Channels?

With Q4 quickly coming to a close it’s time to step up your sales recruitment game as you look towards 2016. Now more than ever, top sales talent is hard to come by, and you’re not alone in the quest. With rapidly increasing numbers of counteroffers and top candidates receiving multiple offers, it’s time to tighten up your sales recruitment efforts.  Read More

What do Dolly Parton, Jerry Seinfeld, and Rock Star Sales Rep Mike Have in Common?

What do Dolly Parton, Jerry Seinfeld, and Rock Star Sales Rep Mike Have in Common?

Providing Sales Talent With More Than an Internet Connection

Imagine you run a production company. You’ve had a few big wins and business is going well. You’ve hired a master songwriter, and you’re certain you have the next big hit. In fact, this song’s so catchy, even a second tier singer could make it a hit.

But your business is just starting to gain momentum. And what you really need at this stage in the game is a big star. You know a hit song combined with a big name performer will almost guarantee financial success.

So you go out and recruit Dolly Parton. Sure, it takes a few months to get her attention. But you’re convincing, persuasive, and she likes your song. Read More