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Sales Truths : Check and Evaluate Job Applicants’ Skills and Composure Under Fire.

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Sales Truths : Sales Truths : Check and Evaluate Job Applicants’ Skills and Composure Under Fire.

BY DAVID RICHARDSON

Published in the April 2013 issue.

WHY IT IS TRUE: Thinking on your feet is a critical sales skill. Measure your candidate’s ability by asking her one or two challenging and unexpected questions.

PLAN OF ACTION: Ask questions such as: “Tell me about your last performance appraisal. In what areas were you most disappointed?” and “How would your previous manager rate your ability to cope with last-minute changes?” Listen carefully to her answers, probe her responses, and fairly evaluate what you are hearing, and seeing in the way of body language. It’s not your job to like the candidate, but rather it’s her job to make you like her. — DAVE RICHARDSON

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For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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Sales Truths : Check and Evaluate Job Applicants’ Skills and Composure Under Fire.

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Sales Truths : Sales Truths : Check and Evaluate Job Applicants’ Skills and Composure Under Fire.

BY DAVID RICHARDSON

Published in the April 2013 issue.

WHY IT IS TRUE: Thinking on your feet is a critical sales skill. Measure your candidate’s ability by asking her one or two challenging and unexpected questions.

PLAN OF ACTION: Ask questions such as: “Tell me about your last performance appraisal. In what areas were you most disappointed?” and “How would your previous manager rate your ability to cope with last-minute changes?” Listen carefully to her answers, probe her responses, and fairly evaluate what you are hearing, and seeing in the way of body language. It’s not your job to like the candidate, but rather it’s her job to make you like her. — DAVE RICHARDSON

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Celebrate Your Retirement with Wilkerson

For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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