The Art of Hiring Great Sales Talent

In Episode 33 of Best Hire EverKris Dunn talks with longtime sales leader Karlie Jessop (Big Health, ADP, Xerox) about the art of hiring great sales talent. KD and Karlie talk about her growing up in the classic Xerox sales organization and her style as a sales leader when it comes to hiring.

Karlie also breaks down what she thinks has changed in sales hiring as a result of Covid, hiring virtually rather than bringing candidates in, as well as her favorite interview question when it comes to sales interviews. Great stuff from one of KD’s favorite sales leaders!

Show Highlights

3:40 – Kris and Karlie talk about Karlie’s background, including being a sales pro and sales leader at Xerox, ADP, and more. Unbelievable training grounds for sales pro and sales leaders. Karlie talks about how it all came together in her career.

14:05 – Karlie’s in a new industry — mental health — and talks about how building a salesforce for this business differs from what she’s done in the past.

20:05 – Karlie talks about her experience building great sales teams as a sales leader. Regardless of the industry, what’s the same and what’s changed related to finding, attracting, and landing great sales talent?

25:53 – KD asks Karlie how being a woman helps her in her role as a sales leader? What barriers does that present?

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34:00 – Karlie and KD talk about high-end sales candidates. What’s changed during and coming off Covid related to what they are looking for? If a sales pro is gainfully employed, does she think they’re harder to get to make a move coming off the pandemic?

37:03 – What’s Karlie’s favorite interview question when interviewing sales candidates?

41:10 How did Karlie change her interviewing style and onboarding focus as a result of this unique pandemic theme?

46:35 – Karlie tells KD about her best hire ever!

BEST HIRE EVER is a podcast that explores a simple truth: There’s nothing that drives success at your company like making a great hire. Make your BEST HIRE EVER, and suddenly you sleep better, work less nights and weekends, and you might even start being talked about as that guy or gal that’s just naturally a great developer of talent.

Of course, making great hires is incredibly hard, which is why this podcast exists. Join Kinetix CHRO and partner Kris Dunn (founder of Fistful of Talent, The HR Capitalist, and author of The 9 Faces of HR) as he digs into the topic of hiring top talent with undeniably talented corporate leaders, recruiters, and candidates. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll learn the hard lessons others learned as they developed their approach to make their BEST HIRE EVER.