WHAT TO BRING TO A SALES JOB INTERVIEW
- Positive Attitude: Many things are out of your control, but you can control your attitude and bring your best to display your best to the hiring sales manager. With preparation, you will feel confident and use this to set yourself apart from the other candidates. Arrive early and get your spirit and mind in a positive state.
- Pen & Paper/Notebook: Take the interview serious and bring two pens and a notebook or paper to write down key information you gather from your interview. Show that you are prepared and ready to do business.
- Brag Book: Bring the proof of the value you will bring to the job with a clean sales brag book. Reference and provide impact to your answers by linking them to your brag book.
- Questions: Have 5-10 good questions to ask the hiring sales manager. Use your pen/paper, to take good notes and ask open ended, clarifying questions to learn more about the sales job opportunity, the position, the product, the sales manager, the company etc.
- Calendar: Have a calendar ready to check on dates for next interview or if you are lucky a start date. Be sure to turn your phone off if you work off your smart phone’s calendar. Print out your calendar or use your day planner to have dates ready to fill with next steps in the sales job interview process.
- Breath Mints: Don’t chew gum, but have some mints available to pop in your mouth to freshen it up before entering the sales job interview.
- Directions & Contact Information: Be sure you have directions handy and planned out a day prior to leaving. Give yourself enough time to be on time. Use a gps to help you find your way. Be sure you have the contact information of the hiring sales manager in case you are running late. It is also good to know the name of the hiring sales manager you are about to interview with.
- Folder/Briefcase: Show that you are organized by having everything you need neatly ready in folder(s) or in a briefcase.
- Resume: Be sure to bring clean copies of your resume for each person who will be interviewing you. Be sure to have a copy for yourself when you use to explain your resume.
- 30/60/90 Day Business Plan: Show that you are ready to do business and go above and beyond to show what you plan to do for your first 90 days with the company and position. Learn how to create a 30/60/90 day plan!
- References: Have this ready in case the hiring sales manager asks. Have enough copies for everyone at the interview.
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