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Sales Interviewing & Hiring

How to Use Extreme Questions in a Sales Interview

Interviewing sales candidates can be particularly challenging. Often, sales candidates can be hard to read in an interview since many are skilled at presenting themselves in a favorable light. A powerful technique for quickly moving past a candidate’s defenses is to use “extreme” questions. When asking the right type of extreme questions in a sales interview, you are much more likely to identify a candidate’s true potential. This technique’s power comes from its ability to get right at the heart of the matter, allowing you to learn the candidate’s tendencies. “Extreme” interview questions gain their namesake for a reason and
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What Drive Is and Why You Need a Sales Personality Test to Assess It
Sales Assessments

What is Drive and Why You Need a Sales Personality Test to Assess It

Whether you want to hire new salespeople for your company, or want to improve your current sales team, one of the most important things you can do as a sales manager is determine what it is you are looking for in your ideal salesperson. There are a number of qualities that a promising sales rep should have. From the ability to listen, to organization skills and so much more, but being a superstar salesperson takes a certain type of personality. So, how do you know if you have found the right person? Focus your attention on searching for a candidate
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Sales Strategies

The Importance of Active Listening in Sales

How to Ask the Right Interview Questions to Identify a Sales Candidate’s Listening Skills At SalesDrive, we focus on how to effectively hire sales reps for your company. While our goal is to help you find salespeople that possess Drive and ambition, we also understand that there are other skills that matter. At the top of this list is listening. Let us take a look at the importance of active listening — what it is, how you can identify good listeners and avoid poor ones. What is active listening? Active listening means listening with all of your senses. It requires
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Sales Interviewing & Hiring

Experience or Drive: Which is More Important to Sales Success? [Video]

Of course, sales experience is a great indicator of whether a candidate knows how to sell, especially within your industry. But, experience alone does not tell you whether the candidate will perform well for you. In this 6-minute video interview excerpt, with David Domos of, Dr. Chris Croner shares his research on the important questions that more sales managers should be asking when hiring sales candidates. These questions include: Which is more important to sales success…industry experience or Drive? Do high-Drive salespeople need training? Does the candidate fit into the sales eco system? What type of testing works best
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Sales Interviewing & Hiring

How to Attract the Best Salespeople [Video]

Hiring high-performance salespeople can be very difficult, and not to mention competitive. After all, less than 20% of the general population is high in Drive – the personality trait shared by successful hunter salespeople. Drive is made up of three non-teachable personality traits. Your candidate either has these traits or he/she doesn’t, and testing for these traits, prior to hiring, will save you both time and money. Need for Achievement: The intense desire to attain excellence & accomplish challenging goals. Competitiveness: The unquenchable thirst to outperform one’s peers & win the customer over to his point of view. Optimism: The
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The Magic Wand Question

“Why did you leave your last job?” It is a question nearly every hiring manager asks, and with good reason. Since the best predictor of future behavior is previous behavior, it is important to know what kind of environment and mindset your candidate is coming from. Is your candidate going to be brutally honest, unusually vague or even downright make up an answer on the spot? Some answers may affirm your confidence in their future with your company, while other answers may send up immediate red flags. As an interviewer, one of your most critical jobs is making sure you
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