What do companies like MailChimp, Square, and Venmo have in common? They were all started in the most recent recessions (2001, 2009). It might be a contrarian, but sometimes it’s better to move in the opposite direction of the crowd. When everyone else if laying off employees, think about hiring.Continue reading
If you’ve ever met an overly optimistic person, you’ve learned firsthand how optimism can murder your time and wreak havoc on your life. Although it seems wrong, there’s a dark side to optimism when it comes to sales recruiting. Sales recruiters who are endlessly optimistic will waste too much time on the wrong sales candidates.Continue reading
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 offerContinue reading
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 MoreContinue reading