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.
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.
I'm a people person. I was always happiest - and most satisfied - when I was interacting with customers, making sure I was able to meet their needs and giving them the best possible customer experience. It was my favorite part of the job, and it showed - I was rated as "Good or Excellent" 95% of the time. Part of the reason I'm interested in this job is that I know I'd have even more interaction with customers, on an even more critical level.
Make sure that you are positive and excited about the product as you introduce it. You might say something like "I am so excited to tell you about how this apple can add to your eating pleasure and healthy diet." The non-verbal elements of your presentation will be as critical as your words, so make sure you pitch the product with an enthusiastic voice and facial expressions.
I've been an Executive Assistant for the past ten years - my boss has said time and time again that without me, the organization would fall apart. I've also taken the time to educate myself on some of the software I regularly use (but didn't really understand the ins and outs of). I'm an Excel wiz now, which means I can work faster, and take over some of what my boss would traditionally have had to do himself. What's good enough for most people is never really good enough for me.
Salesperson or agent (whether or not under the direct control of a firm) authorized to solicit business for a firm, and compensated usually through a commission or salary, or a combination of both.
A person employed to represent a business and to sell its merchandise (as to customers in a store or to customers who are visited).
My work is important to me, so I won't be satisfied with any old job. Instead of rushing to accept the first thing that comes my way, I'm taking my time and being selective to make sure my next role is the right one.
"I'm more interested in the role itself than the pay. That said, I'd expect to be paid the appropriate range for this role, based on my five years of experience. I also think a fair salary would bear in mind the high cost of living here in New York City.
"In five years I'd like to have an even better understanding of this industry. Also, I really love working with people. Ultimately, I'd like to be in some type of managerial role at this company, where I can use my people skills and industry knowledge to benefit the people working for me, and the company as a whole.