Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Sales Joke of the Day (June 2) The Interview.

A sales manager was interviewing a young salesman for a position in his company. He wanted to learn something about his personality, so he asked, "if you could have a conversation with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?"

The young salesman quickly responded, "The living one."

Moral of the story.   True sales professionals realize that interviews are nothing to be nervous about.   When asked an open ended question, do not be afraid to give complete answers and say what you mean, not what you might think the interviewer wants to hear.   Interviews are an opportunity to see if you are a fit for the rest of the team.   But you must never forget, it's your opportunity to see if the prospective company is a good fit for you.   Make sure to ask questions.   Good questions that do not refer to material readily available from their website, which you should have looked over and memorized before the interview.

“In most cases, the best strategy for a job interview is to be fairly honest, because the worst thing that can happen is that you won't get the job and will spend the rest of your life foraging for food in the wilderness and seeking shelter underneath a tree or the awning of a bowling alley that has gone out of business.”   
-  Lemony Snicket, Horseradish:  Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid