Did you know that 90% of hiring decisions are made from the interview? That seems reasonable until you factor in that traditional interviewing is only 14% accurate when hiring for sales.
It's important to realize that salespeople are different from every other role in your business so if you use the same interviewing methodologies you do to hire every other function in your company you are going to get it wrong.
And according to the data, you will get it wrong 84% of the time. With those kinds of odds, you'd be better off rolling dice or asking the magic eight ball who to hire.
Of course, you'd never really roll dice to choose a new hire; but let's face it, if you don't have a scientifically accurate and predictive way to select sales winners for your company, then you are doing just that.
Salespeople will out-talk and out interview you if you don't know how to run an effective sales interview. If you lack the skills to effectively screen a sales candidate, you will likely focus on insignificant and unscientific details that will lead you to choose candidates based on the font they use on their resume, how well they are dressed or the words they use to spin their so-called prior sales success.
The end result of all of this is that you'll have no idea if the salespeople you hire have the actual skills you need them to have to perform well in the exact sales role (and there are many different sales roles) you are hiring them to do. And remember the data: 84% of the time they won't.
Salespeople are different from every other role in your business so if you use the same methodologies you do to hire every other function in your company you are going to get it wrong.
Here's how to know if your sales selection process is not working:
There is a right way - an effective way - to hire salespeople. And you can learn it and apply it in your company. To learn more about driving revenue through salespeople, including how to hire the ones who can and will sell for you click here. And you may want to register to join us for our next live webinar later this month. You can do that here.
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