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Despite what you may have heard, being a great salesperson isn't about your ability to sell ice to Eskimos, having the 'gift of the gab' or simply being a people person. Of course, if you do have all of the above, then you're well on your way. Though a leading sales profession has a lot more to offer than frozen water and a way with words...
A sales job interview is unlike any other. Not only are you there to demonstrate why you match up to their idea of the perfect hire, you'll be assessed on your ability to present, convey information and keep your cool under pressure. All the makings of a great salesperson, though not so easy to master in an interview situation.
Sales professionals are a certain kind of person. They're tenacious, driven, have a built in radar for opportunities and a tendency to make friends easily. Though with a sales career also comes a number of traits you may not have had previously, though will now become a fully ingrained part of who you are. Here’s what you can expect…
Social media technology has given recruiters and hiring managers the ability to get to know a candidate before they even pick up the phone. So that perfectly polished CV can quickly make it's way to the bottom of the pile if that Instagram post makes it's way out into the world.
Sales careers have changed a lot since back in the day when we think of door-knocking sales reps or phone-hammering robots trying to get us to buy double glazing. Today, the role of a sales executive is one of individuality, flexibility and often a dash of glamour if you get lucky. So what does a sales role look like? Let us sell it to you...