How to Hire a Sales Associate

Does your growing business need a Sales Associate? Sales Associates work with customers to complete sales and deliver a positive impression of your company.

Here are some tips to help you find great Sales Associate candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Sales Associates search for Jobs on Indeed*

3,524,000

job seekers clicked on sales associate jobs

897,455

resumes from job seekers with sales associate experience on Indeed

112,893

sales associate jobs that received clicks

Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $10.37 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $7.25$23.60 hourly
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Common
$7.25
$23.60

*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Sales Associate?

The need for new staff can affect both your existing team and your bottom line. A great Sales Associate hire can help your business:

• Work with customers to determine their needs and recommend a solution
• Cultivate strong relationships with customers
• Clean and maintain organization in the selling area

Skills to look for in a great Sales Associate

A great Sales Associate candidate will have the following skills and attributes as well as work experience that reflects:

• Bachelors in marketing or sales
• Exceptional customer service skills
• Strong sales quota records
• Strong communication skills
• Quick learning style
• Flexible working schedule

Writing a Sales Associate job description

A thoughtful description is important to finding qualified Sales Associate candidates. A Sales Associate job description includes a compelling summary of the role, detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred skills for the position.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Sales Associate jobs, such as:

• Sales Associate
• Retail Sales Consultant
• Sales Clerk

Interviewing Sales Associate candidates

Strong candidates for Sales Associate positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

• Setting a method to ensure sales quotas are met
• Management of a regular client book for follow up sales
• Developing a strong relationship with the brand or product being sold

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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