What questions should every sales candidate ask at the end of their job interview? If you only ask one question, make sure it’s this one.
What questions should you as the potential sales candidate ask at the end of your interview?
Recently, a member of our LinkedIn Group posted a video that sparked a discussion about the most important questions asked in an interview are the ones the candidate asks. Nothing could be more true then when you are applying for a sales position.
What a Sales Candidate Should Ask in a Job Interview
Here are the one, three part question, you should ask in every sales job interview:
- First, you should ask what is the next step in the company's hiring process.
- Secondly, you should inquire if, based on the interview today, whether you will be considered for that next step.
- If the answer is yes, then you should ask when is that step going to take place.
Why Are These the Questions Sales Canadidates Should Ask in a Job Interview
The reasons for these questions are quite simple. Not only is this critical information for you as a candidate to know, but it also shows you possess a higher level of sales skills as well.
When you think about it, if you were interviewing someone for sales, wouldn’t you expect them to ask these questions? After all, if they don’t ask the right closing questions in the interview, then they probably won’t ask them of a potential customer either, and are probably not worth hiring in the first place.
Lastly, you should ask for business cards from each of the interviewers you met with to ensure you have all the proper contact information so you follow up properly down the road.
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Some Sales Job Search Tools
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- Why You Should Consider A Career in Sales
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- Job Search Tracking Worksheet
- Ideal Sales Job Definition Worksheet
Simply put, the better you do in the interview, the better your chances of getting the job. As you get ready for your meeting with a recruiter, remember what Earl Nightingale once said; 'Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.' More motivational quotes here.
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