Interviewing for Sales and Marketing Jobs
Come across in the interview as someone who wants to be there. Someone who is confident that you are the right person for the position and as someone candid and fully invested in the conversation.
Monotone speech kills an interviewer’s ability to obtain a job offer. It also can appear to the hiring manager or recruiter that you are bored, disengaged or simply not interested in the job.
As a job seeker, when interviewing for a sales or marketing job, make the employer or recruiter feel important and do it sincerely.
Confidence Begins With Knowing What to Say
Most sales and marketing job seekers don’t have a firm career plan. Often, this makes their answers sound less organized and meaningful when compared to the job seekers who know where they are going in both their career and in life.
Know where you want to be in 1, 3, and 5 years. To achieve maximum career results, we have to set firm goals and relentless pursue them.
Make sure the interviewer gets to know these career targets. They will respect you more as a job seeker. Remember to be specific, descriptive and speak with authenticity.
Our recruiters provide some key 1, 3, and 5 year examples for your next sales and marketing interview below.
- In 1 year, I want to be heavily contributing to a company’s bottom line and want to be a stand-out sales representative at a firm that rewards hard work, has a competitive product, and is full of intelligent, engaging people.
- By the end of year 2, I would like to be responsible for mentoring other people in the office and want to be recognized as a sales leader among my peers.
- Within 5 years, I would like to be a sales and marketing manager and consistently upgrading those under me and creating a sense of optimism and hard work in my subordinates.
You need to appeal to an interviewer’s emotions in order to persuade. No matter how logical or rational your interviewing answers are, if you do not arouse emotions you will have great difficultly influencing the hiring manager or recruiter.
Don't Just Talk. Listen, too!