I am very detail oriented, and that helps me in sales in many ways. I make sure that I know everything there is to know about the product I'm selling, so that I can answer any questions a customer may have to their satisfaction. I also like to know my territory in and out, and I like to find out about my customers personally, so I can better serve them.
I really enjoy being in sales, and I try to look at the whole package when assessing my likes and dislikes. While sometimes there is a difficult customer, or a company who doesn't stand behind their product the way I'd like, the vast majority of the time, I am happy to help my customers, and proud of the companies I represent. When there is a small problem, I really believe it just helps to keep me focused.
► I expect to remain in sales throughout my career, moving from direct sales, and eventually into a management role.
► I am interested in all aspects of the retail market, and see myself in the long term spending some time working in a variety of roles.
I'm an avid amateur golfer, and I find your company's products to be incredibly easy to use, and helpful to the average person. I believe selling something that I personally enjoy using so much makes me even more effective as a salesperson.
The quality product comes first. When you are able to provide a consistently high quality product, you are providing the customer with the most important aspect of customer service, a superior product experience.
I think the most rewarding thing about sales is providing customers with the best service possible. I pride myself on making sure that a customer knows about the product they are purchasing, and has the ability to use it to its fullest potential.
I have always met or exceeded my professional sales goals, and most often my personal ones too, especially in the last few years. I think with experience, I have learned to set my personal goals at an attainable level, very high, but not unreachable.
► Do not attempt to close until the buyer is ready.
► When you propose a close, be silent until the buyer responds.
► After the sale is made, quit selling.
My most successful sale was one where I had taken over a customer from another salesperson who had to leave suddenly. I immediately contacted the person, and let them know the situation. I knew that my colleague was having a difficult time getting the clent to commit to the purchase of a large motor home. Part of it was circumstantial, but when I was given the opportunity to take over the sale, I was able to give the customer some reflection time, and was ultimately able to close the sale.
Common sales interview questions and answers revolve around how you view the skills involved in a specific sales technique or aspect of the sales process. For example, "What do you see are the key skills in closing a sale?" Answers to these types of questions should always focus on responding to the buyer's concerns and on how the product or service will benefit the recipient.
I prefer a longer sales cycle, because the pace can be adjusted depending on the individual client you are dealing with. Some clients like to have a lot of information about a product right up front, are knowledgeable, and have a lot of technical questions. Others are more interested in the personal benefits of a product, and with a longer cycle, I have the time to spend letting them know about the features that make this the right product for them.
Rejections are common within sales jobs, and one of the primary reasons that most personalities could not handle sales roles. Try to downplay how hard you take rejections, but feel free and be honest about a technique you use to handle rejection or answer with something like, "I simply move on to the next prospect, because a rejection is simply a sign that the individual was not yet ready for our solution."
Any interview questions about your discomfort in sales should always be responded to with a "no" without any elaboration. If you are uncomfortable, reevaluate whether the position is right for you.
Not everyone can handle sales. You need to have the right attitude and abilities. At your job interview, the interviewer will be looking for your sales skills, and the aspects of the process that help close deals. An example of a good answer includes "The ability to recognize both verbal and non-verbal cues to adapt the sales strategies you implement to impress the prospective buyer.
Any time you are asked to provide a negative trait about the position you are applying for, you should tread carefully. An example of an answer that effectively resolves the question is, "Walking away from a sale when I know the prospect could benefit from our solution." This answer shows you know that there are times where you need to walk away and show that you understand that sales is about solutions.
Should be able to describe three different closing techniques.
► Average number of contacts should be 12.
► Ask for the different types of contacts they make to qualified prospects.
They describe selling on value, not on price.
Look for logical steps including building a relationship and asking about the prospect's needs as the first two steps.
Keep asking for more and more detail to get insight into work ethic.
If they give a positive one, ask for a negative one. e.g. a time they failed and what they learned.
Asking for referrals from current customers should be a large part of the answer.
See if they understand how to sell "solutions" as opposed to "products" or "services".
Should have had concrete goals with metrics.
Should have done a thorough job of research or your industry and company.
Should be enthusiastic about setting goals.
Should be comfortable with a large share of compensation at risk (at least 50 per cent).
Sales coordinators coordinate the specifics of sales before and after the actual sale. This includes handling contracts in a detail-oriented and responsible way so as to satisfy both company and client. Give examples of specific contract deals you participated in and your exact part in the process.
Sales coordinators communicate with everyone involved by every means available: phone, email, fax, as well as through personal meetings. Coordinators might have to meet clients on the various company sites and property to demonstrate their products.
Sales coordinators do not work alone. They are part of a team. They coordinate information and action. They move back and forth between employees, departments, sub-contractors, and clients. As their title indicates, they are not only able to extract or communicate information, but to coordinate it as well, creating a coherent team-work environment.
The job of a sales coordinator is a versatile one and requires many skills. One of them is multi-tasking; sales coordinators are not narrow specialists and must be able to coordinate many activities simultaneously. This also requires organization and time management, as well as being detail oriented.
A typical key task might be communication with existing and prospective customers. Coordinators answer queries, settle complaints, and maintain a consistent and productive relationship. Their goal is to keep customers happy and loyal, as well as to attract new customers to optimize sales.