Recently, several of us sat in the conference room, discussing several dozen salespeople we had interviewed. We had the data from their OMG sales assessments, but wanted to determine if any of them stood out from rest of the pack and if they did, what it was that made them stand out.
The challenge in this exercise was that whatever made them stand out was not necessarily going to show up or be correlated by data on the assessments.
The other challenge in the exercise was whether the factors we identified would be common factors among all who stood out, or factors that were unique to each individual that stood out.
It turned out that there were 6 that stood out from about 45 in all. The factors we identified included things like:
- appreciation for the help
- perceived desire for and commitment to self-improvement
- their self-awareness and knowledge of strengths and weaknesses in the context of the roles they are in and the challenges they face.
- how likeable they are
- their next steps
- the questions they asked
- their receptiveness to constructive criticism and coaching