Once in awhile, Treeline recommends a book to our community because the book is actually worth the time and attention of Sales Leaders. Derek Gatehouse's The Perfect SalesForce is easily one of these books that is truly worth your time! This book provides a framework and lens for unlocking the secrets to hiring and retaining the right sales people for your particular company, culture, and product/solution.
Why would a company use an executive search firm to find qualified candidates? Truth be told, an executive search firm is not always going to be the best bet for a company's search, it would be foolish to state otherwise. But, every company could find value in building a partnership with an executive search firm. Let's explore some of the challenges and benefits to working with a search firms. There are so many candidates out there - why would I pay a fee to find one? As recruiters, we know that there it is no great challenge to find candidates. Where we add value is in successfully finding the RIGHT candidates. We will partner with a company and find out the ins and outs of who they are looking for, who has been successful in the role in the past, and how we can replicate that success. We unearth information such as sales size, sales cycle, what kind of titles are being sold to, etc. A successful search firm does not just recruit candidates - they recruit the RIGHT candidates.
This pharmaceutical company has been recognized by multiple publications including Fortune, Selling Power, and Business Week. They have a strong portfolio of products, and a deep pipeline of potential therapeutics. Professionally, they offer a tremendous opportunity for an aggressive sales person looking to grow in an exciting industry. As a specialty representative, you will promote three products within an assigned geographic territory. You will be calling on primary care physicians, specialty doctors, hospitals and pharmacies.
This is a rapidly growing security software organization that addresses real world problems without compromising the integrity and security of the enterprise environment. This organization has been recognized for its cutting edge security solutions and already has a footprint within large Gov't Institutions, Financial firms and worldwide corporate accounts. This is a fast paced fun working environment and the company is geared for hyper growth.
So you walk into your interview calm, cool and collected. You confidently think "I've got it. I'm so prepared that nothing will stump me." The first few questions are text book. Really? Could they get even a little creative? And then, smack! Yeah that's right. The booby trap questions! All of a sudden you start sweating. You respond with "I'm sorry can you rephrase the question?" That didn't work so you start fake coughing and ask for a glass of water to give yourself a little more time. Wait a minute. What just happened?? Do I answer it this way or that way? Do I tell them yes or no? OMG!!! SOS!!!!!
This organization is a rapidly growing software organization that targets selling into IT Directors of mid-large size businesses. They are headquartered in the US and has a worldwide presence. They are privately held, profitable and have doubled their revenue over the last 3 years. This opportunity is calling for an Inside Sales Representative who will follow up on leads generated through marketing campaigns as well as gradually start to close deals and segue into a field sales position with 20% travel. You will have the advantage of working along side the VP of Sales.
You've been doing most of the selling for your company. One day, you decide to recruit your first salesperson. After weeks of interviewing, you pull the trigger and hire the salesperson you hope will finally get you out of being your company's chief revenue officer.