What Interests You Most About This Sales Position?

Selling Yourself and Your Experience

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Sales is a challenging job, trying to sell something to someone if they don’t want it or don't know yet that they need it! Your job in a sales interview is to sell yourself as a salesman, and this is an ideal chance to showcase your skills with this important question you'll likely be asked upfront: What are you interested in selling and how is that applicable to our company?

Demonstrate the research you’ve done on the company and discuss why you want to sell their specific products or services.

Talk about your understanding of the company's product and sales strategies and how it relates to your past experience, using examples and anecdotes where possible.

Selling Yourself for a Sales Position

Here are sample answers for the interview question "What interests you most about this sales position?"

  • I'm an avid amateur golfer, and I find your company's products to be superior and affordable for the average golfer. I believe selling something that I personally enjoy using so much makes me even more effective as a salesperson.
  • I have worked in this territory for many years and would welcome the opportunity to utilize my contacts and experience selling a superior product such as this.
  • The opportunity to utilize my experience in international sales is what interests me most about this global position.
  • Your company has an outstanding track record in customer service which I greatly admire.  I have broad experience selling to your customer base and I know how to feature the customer service component. For example, I developed a campaign last year that focused on the importance of customer service...
  • I am continually motivated by the challenge of selling something new. Crafting a pitch and landing a new client is a satisfying process that never fails to excite me.

What Motivates You?

This is a related question, because if your prospective employer's products or goals don't get you fired up and motivated to sell, then you're likely not a good fit for the job.

Does money make you get out of bed in the morning? Do you like the challenge of selling something you've never sold before? Are you all about competition with your colleagues and a drive to surpass their sales? Be honest about your answer. If it's money and the company is driven to hit killer numbers month over month, this is a good thing in their eyes. It it's competition and they post a monthly tally of everyone's sales to keep people on their toes, you'll be driven to work hard.

Sales Job Interview Tips

Before you head out to your interview, review these sales job interview tips so you can convincingly sell your most important product - yourself - to an employer who is well-versed in sales strategies.

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