- August 10, 2006
- Posted by: Dave Kurlan
- Category: Understanding the Sales Force
One large company used OMG’s Sales Candidate Assessments to assess five candidates that were recommended by a standard personality test. To their surprise, all five candidates were very weak and ill-suited for the position. Although I wasn’t surprised, it’s always difficult to help clients through the difficult process of learning that their assessment of choice wasn’t providing the intelligence they had hoped for and required.
Candidate #1 was strong enough. She met both OMG’s and the client’s criteria but she lacked Commitment and Outlook.
Candidate #2 was very weak.
Candidate #3 was was stronger than #2 but not as strong as #1 – not recommended.
Candidate #4 failed to meet both OMG’s and the client’s criteria and was even weaker than #2.
These candidates weren’t different than the personality test indicated, they weren’t great candidates for this specific sales opportunity. They probably have sales personalities, but sales personalities aren’t predictive of performance!
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