Interview Preparation

How to Impress a Sales Recruiter With Your LinkedIn Profile

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The world of recruiting is changing. It’s no longer an effective strategy for recruiters and employers to only post job openings on Monster, CareerBuilder, or other online job boards. Instead, they’re using resources like niche job boards and social media to reach out to both active and passive candidates and LinkedIn is quickly becoming a go-to resource for recruiters looking to hire top sales...
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20 Tough Questions to Expect in Your Next Sales Interview

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No matter how much experience you have or how many times you’ve been interviewed for a new job, it can still be hard to remain confident and find the right answers to tricky interview questions. Sales interviews, in particular, are known to vary from direct questions to abstract questions to even very vague interview questions. As a sales candidate, you have to be ready for all types of in...
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Interview Best Practices to Land the Job

You only get one chance to make a good first impression, and this is especially true when it comes to having your first interview with a company. If you don't impress the interviewer in this stage, then you won't get a second chance to make up for it in another interview. Follow these tips to learn what to do before, during, and after your interview to improve your chances of landing the job! ...
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How to Interview For Your First Management Job

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There’s no question that job interviews are stressful, but they can become even more nerve-wracking when you’re interviewing for your first management role. You somehow need to be able to show off your leadership abilities and relevant experience, even when you’ve never held a leadership title. However, don’t get discouraged just yet. There are still ways you can impress the interviewer and prove ...
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11 Questions to Ask During a Sales Interview at a Startup

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Working at a startup can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it’s also a big risk to work at a company that might end up failing and has no real track record of success. As a salesperson, it’s important to really get an understanding of the company and the product before accepting an offer. Learn which questions to ask during the interview to make sure the position is the right fit for yo...
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3 Keys to Hiring a Successful Chief Marketing Officer

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Companies are starting to see the value in hiring senior marketing leadership to help increase the success and growth of their businesses. In fact, 62% of Fortune 500 companies currently have a Chief Marketing Officer and the average tenure of CMO’s has increased from less than two years in 2010 to 44 months in 2016. But as more companies are hiring CMOs for the first time, there can be some co...
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5 Preventable Job Interview Mistakes

5 Preventable Job Interview Mistakes
The interview process can be stressful and nervewrecking for many job candidates. You're being evaluated on everything from how you dress to how you prepared for the interview, and you only get a short period of time to prove that you're the right person for the position. Help prepare for your next interview by learning about some easily preventable mistakes actual job seekers make and then avo...
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5 Phrases to Omit From Your Sales Resume

5 Phrases to Omit From Your Sales Resume
Resumes are often your first chance to make a good impression on a prospective employer and can even be the deciding factor in whether you get a call back for an interview. While you want your resume to stand out, you also want to make sure it stands out for the right reasons. Keep reading to learn about five phrases you should omit from your sales resume to avoid getting your resume moved to the ...
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5 Questions Every Sales Candidate Should Ask During an Interview

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Responding to an interview question with a flawless answer is not the only way to impress a hiring professional. Interviewers also take into account whether candidates are asking intelligent and thoughtful questions about the position and the company. Sales candidates should be especially concerned with which questions they ask during an interview. Asking the right questions will not only help...
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How To Answer Difficult Sales Interview Questions

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Interviews are nerve-wracking enough on their own, but sales interviews are notorious for having outlandish questions, role-playing exercises and even the dreaded “sell me this pen” scenario. Even the most experienced sales reps can get caught off guard when trying to answer a difficult sales interview question if they’re not expecting it.   Before your next sales interview, take some time to r...
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3 Ways Candidates Can Prepare for a Video Interview

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Although in-person interviews remain the most popular interview method by employers, video interviews are not far behind. According to research done by Mollie Lombardi and Ted Bondenrader, 52 percent of Best-in-Class companies are utilizing video-enabled application, and a Jobvite study found that 31 percent of job seekers in the software/technology industry have experienced a video interview. ...
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3 Strikes, You’re Out! – Tips for Post-Interview Follow Up

After completing an interview, your next step should always be to send a thank-you email to the interviewer or hiring manager. Since hiring managers are very busy people, sometimes it can take them a few days or even a week to respond to your email. But what happens when the hiring manager isn’t responding at all? How do you know when to stop reaching out? In honor of baseball being back, I’m g...
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5 Avoidable Job Interview Mistakes

You only have one chance to make a good first impression in an interview.  You are being evaluated on the way you talk, dress, and even smell from the second you enter the room. What you do, and even what you don't do, can be the difference between landing a new job or heading back to the job boards. Before you schedule your next interview, consider these 5 common mistakes job seekers make in inte...
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Practice Makes Perfect: How to Rehearse for Your Next Job Interview

By Caroline M.L. Potter (Monster.com) There are a lot of steps that usually happen before you get to the interview portion of your job search: writing a resume, networking, compiling your references. Most folks are able to put a lot of effort into getting the interview, but many fall apart during the actual interview. Why? Poor planning and a lack of practice. Instead of winging it, or relyi...
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15 Common Sales Interview Questions

  Every job is different. An auto-mechanic does not have the same tasks as a HR manager, who does not have the same tasks as a urinal toilet cleaner. These jobs are all different, and require different types of knowledge and abilities. Sales interviews are no different. The best way to prepare for a sales interview is to study up on the possible questions that you may face during the in...
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Weirdest job interview questions…

What interview question has thrown you for a loop?  Suzanne Lucas of CBS Money Watch shares research from Glassdoor about interview questions companies ask.  It certainly makes for some interesting reading.  Glad I am not on the end of some of these questions!  Here is what the firm identified as the 25 strangest interview questions of 2012.
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5 Questions Great Job Candidates Ask

By Jeff Haden, INC.com Be honest. Raise your hand if you feel the part of the job interview where you ask the candidate, "Do you have any questions for me?" is almost always a waste of time. Thought so. The problem is most candidates don't actually care about your answers; they just hope to make themselves look good by asking "smart" questions. To them, what they ask is more important than ho...
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Getting Through a Group Interview

Group interviews are relatively easy if you work well in a team and are able to make your ideas heard in a crowd. However, they can be challenging if you have a quieter personality and prefer to keep to yourself. Regardless of how you feel about group interviews, there’s no reason you should treat them any different, in most respects, than a standard, one-on-one interview. The same basic principl...
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Didn’t Get the Job? Don’t Be Shy… Ask Why!

By Tim Estiloz, Posted Dec 7th 2010 AOL Jobs You go in for a job interview and do what you believe is a killer performance that should nail you the position, only to find out a short time later, after no call backs, that someone else got the position. Along with the natural disappointment at losing the job, it's also natural to wonder why your qualifications and presentation fell short. You can't...
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Seven Tips for Reentering the Workforce

Original Post: By NicoleWilliams.com staff Reentering the workforce can be a challenge no matter how good your excuse is: volunteering, working or studying abroad, starting a family, caring for a sick relative or coping with your own illness, or investing in your future by completing a graduate degree. Your search can be made more difficult by the poor economy and a bias against people who have ...
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What to Expect on a Second and Third Interview

Original Post: By Darryl K. Taft, The Ladders “Understanding the typical schedule and purpose of each round can prepare you to face each and give you an advantage in the hiring process.” Before you hear the words, “You’re hired,” you will typically sit through three separate interview sessions … at least. You prepared for the first interview. So you’re prepared for the second and third interviews...
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Phone Interviews: Five Tricks for Standing Out

Original Post: Monster.com - By NicoleWilliams.com staff Phone interviews are a useful tool for potential employers -- the conversations help screen candidates quickly and determine who’s worth a face-to-face meeting. So when you’ve sent out and uploaded your resume online, it’s essential to be ready to kick booty when the phone rings. Here’s how: Know what you speak of: Make sure you have a cop...
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What if They Want Me to Sign a Non-Compete Agreement?

By Jack Chapman - Original Post: The Ladders.com Don't sign that non-compete agreement. A non-compete agreement may look harmless enough, but if you're not careful it can cost you a lot of time and money in the long run. Here's an example: A college student had an internship at an ad agency. She signed a routine non-compete and was subsequently hired as a full-time employee. Two years later a for...
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Keys to Researching Your Next Employer

Original Post: By Beth Braccio Hering, CareerBuilder Writer "I know right away when a candidate doesn't know the current news about our company," says Chris Brabec, director of leadership talent acquisition for Western Union. "If you don't know the CEO is retiring, or if a company made a big acquisition recently, that's not a good sign. If a candidate can't tell me what the company does (or think...
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Are You Getting Interviews, But Not the Job?

Original Post: How to Diagnose Where You Might Be Going Wrong By John Rossheim, Monster Senior Contributing Writer Your resume has earned you interviews with several employers over the past year. That's impressive, especially in this economy. But none of those interviews has yielded a job offer. You've done the standard interview preparation. You've shown up on time and dressed in appropriate in...
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Prep Your 30-, 60-, 90-day Business Plan for the Job Interview

By Andrew Klappholz Original post: The Ladders Want to land a sales job and start on the right foot? Be ready to explain how you’ll move the numbers in the first months. If you work in sales at the manager level or above, you should be prepared to hear the question from a hiring manager on a job interview; he wants to know what your 30-, 60- and 90-day plans are to build a new sales territory...
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6 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Hired

Frustrated by unemployment? Job hunting is tricky business. Getting hired is a subtle mix of the right qualifications, enough experience, interview chemistry, and a dash of luck. Assuming you’re making all the right moves and avoiding the really obvious job seeker mistakes, there are a few points to consider that could be your ticket out of unemployment. Sales HQ suggests getting out of your job...
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Step-by-Step Guide to Negotiating a Great Salary

By Kim Lankford, Monster Contributing Writer Here's a secret: Employers rarely make their best offer first, and job candidates who negotiate generally earn much more than those who don't. And a well-thought-out negotiation makes you look like a stronger candidate -- and employee. "We found that those people who attempted to negotiate their salary in a constructive way are perceived as more favor...
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How to Prepare for a Sales Job Interview – Not exactly like a date, but close!

Geoff  Alexander shares the story of a successful sales professional that took one of his inside sales training courses. Here's what Allison has to say about preparing for a Sales Job Interview: When you get asked out for a date, wouldn’t you want to know who you’re dating, what the person is like and how much fun you think you’ll have?  With the internet as your tool, you can easily find the a...
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Dressing for the Interview, by Industry

By Peter Vogt, Monster Senior Contributing Writer (Monster.com) There's no getting around it: In every job interview, you're going to be judged -- at least partially -- by how you look. But how you should look varies depending on your industry and the job you're interviewing for. Take a look at general interview attire expectations for eight career areas.
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