Sales Hiring

// Quick Takes on Hiring+Selection

March 20, 2020

How to Hire Your Next Sales Manager

Are you struggling in your quest to hire your next sales manager, even after you review the results of the sales hiring assessment? We all know that the core functions of business are: the vision and development of the key product or service and selling.

March 12, 2020

Young Job Seekers View Tough Skills Tests Favorably

Last week, we posted anecdotal evidence about Gen Z job applicants and how they prefer an informal interview structure when they’re determining which company they want to work for. That evidence may be true to some extent, but young job seekers also favor tough skills tests, including a thorough sales assessment test.

March 7, 2020

Manage Smarter 112: Growing Through Amazon and Emerging Digital Pathways

Timothy Seward is the author of Ultimate Guide to Amazon Advertising and founder of ROI Revolution, a digital marketing agency. Timothy recognized the struggles business owners face in the digital world and decided to instill his expertise into the first (and currently, the only) published book on the art of Amazon advertising. In this episode, we discuss: ow Amazon is the new search engine; How to use Amazon for your company’s growth and acquisition opportunities; Why managers who ignore the digital revolution are at peril; and The growth of B2B sales via Amazon.

March 1, 2020

Manage Smarter 111: Is Hire Slow, Fire Fast Terrible Advice?

Micah Rowland is COO of Fountain and an expert in people, teams and processes in the service industries. In this episode, we discuss: Why he feels "Hire Slow, Fire Fast" is Terrible Advice; The top reasons why companies have trouble hiring and firing; The areas managers are deficient in that cause hiring/firing issues within an organization; and Hiring/Firing techniques for startups.

// Making the Case for Talent Analytics

The average economic cost of turning over a highly skilled job like sales is 213% of the cost of one year’s compensation

Center for American Progress citing 11 research papers

Organizations that consistently use hiring tools are 30% more likely to have confidence in their sales talent

CSO Insights

68% of salespeople plan to look for a new job within the next year


Open sales positions remain vacant for an average of 3.7 months with another 9.2 months to get new hires fully up to speed

CSO Insights

71% of salespeople are likely to accept less money to work on a team with a great culture


Higher sales rank corresponds to about a 15% higher probability of being promoted to sales management

Harvard Business Review

Most sales teams are over-reliant on their top talent with the top fifth bringing in almost 60% of revenues

CSO Insights

High ranking salespeople promoted to management average a 7.5% decline in their subordinates' performance

Harvard Business Review

87% of high-performing reps say sales manager competency is a top decision driver when considering a new job


Sales managers need an average of 7 months to terminate a poorly performing rep

2019 Voice of the Sales Manager study, SalesFuel

// On-Demand Webinars About Hiring+Selection

// Interviews with SalesFuel Executives About Hiring Salespeople

C. Lee Smith Talks About Sales Coaching and Hiring in a COVID-19 Economy

C. Lee Smith Talks Behavioral Analytics on the Lorne Epstein Radio Show

'Leadership Strategies for Tomorrow's Leaders' Features SalesFuel CEO

C. Lee Smith Leads Off New Season of All Business Podcast with Jeffrey Hayzlett

SalesFuel CEO Talks About Rep's Role in the Customer Journey on "Crack the Customer Code"

C. Lee Smith Featured on WABC Radio in New York

SalesFuel CEO Appears on Take the Lead Radio

Topics covered on this page: Sales Coaching, Independent Sales Coaching, Customized Sales Coaching, Sales Coaching Strategies, Sales Coach, Sales Manager Help, Sales Management Training, Sales Increase, Revenue Increase, Sales Rep Improvement, Sales Improvement, Sales Time Management, Adaptive Sales Coaching, Closing Sales, Sales Assessment, Sales Rep Assessment, Sales Motivators, Personalized Sales Coaching, Sales Engagement, People Skills, Adaptive Learning, Learning Sustainment, QuickCoaching, Quick Coaching, Microlearning, Sales Candidate, Sales Candidate Assessment, Sales Turnover, Toxic Employees, Sales Success, Sales Recruitment, Sales Recruiter, Sell Smarter, Hire Smarter, Sales Aptitude, Sales Technology, Sales Traits, Sales IQ, Sales Tech

Every hire of a new salesperson is a gamble. Stack the deck in your favor.

— Lisa Rigsby, SalesFuel Director of Sales