When You Should Take No For An Answer
The best sales representatives out there have many redeeming characteristics, but the most successful sales reps are experts at one thing- LISTENING. There is a natural tendency to talk too much in trying to get a point across, but if there’s one thing that a customer or hiring manager cannot stand is a pushy sales rep who does not listen to what is being said.
When I prepare a candidate for an interview, I usually do a role play regarding closing for the next step in the process. This will entail a scenario where the candidate is asking me (the manager) to schedule the second interview. So the candidate will close, and I will say, “Well, Melissa, I’ve got 3-4 people to interview tomorrow and I will get back to you or your recruiter by Friday.” So naturally Melissa, being a great rep and not taking no for an answer, presses further, And I repeat, “Melissa, I really appreciate your persistence, but again, I want to interview these other candidates and I will get back to you by Friday, I promise.” And so Melissa, being a great rep and not taking no for an answer, presses again. And I say, “Melissa, I told you twice that I will get back to you by Friday- ok?”
Hypothetically, Melissa has blown the interview. That is why I role play with my candidates.
Here’s the rule of thumb. If you hear the same objection twice in a row it is a legitimate objection. Let it go. Thank the manager and leave. (Make sure you send a follow up note). Pressing a manager further only gives the impression that you are not a good listener and could actually ruin your chances of landing that position. I have seen this happen time and again in my 35 years of medical sales recruiting.
This is one time when you should take no for an answer!
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