Best question to ask an interviewer?

Has anyone ever interviewed for an AE or BDR role and asked the interviewer a question that blew their mind and helped you land the job? If so, what was it and what was their response?

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Sandbagger31
Member
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VP Sales
"What is preventing you from hiring me today." It can come across pushy so be careful how you phase it. It should give you an idea on what they thought of you and what the rest of the process looks like. Also for a sales job its not bad to come off confident but not like a douche.
whathaveyousoldtomorrow
Opinionated
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sales
I like, "do you have any concerns about me joining your team?" I am a woman so I use a softer assumptive close. 
H2S
Opinionated
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Account Executive
I love this one ("questions or concerns") and I use it in every interview at every stage. It helps to get the buy-in from each interviewer and if there are any concerns you get a chance to address them. Sometimes those concerns are a great reason to follow up after the call with supporting evidence to help ease those concerns. 
SaaSsy
Politicker
2
AE
Same - I always preface with why I know I'm a great fit and then ask if they see concerns. Definitely want to address on the spot and most hiring managers like the confidence and seeing you think on your feet.
LindseyTruman
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Client Success Manager
I love that, I'm using that this week!

proudprospector
Catalyst
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Business Development Representative
“Do you have any hesitations or concerns about my qualifications that I can address before we end our conversation today?” Same meaning different words 
Aurelius
Member
3
SDR
This one sounds great, I have an important interview on Friday. Wish me luck.

EyeSee
Executive
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BDR
This one sounds great!!!! Will use it from now on!
Dezzy
Contributor
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Internal Service Manager for Dealership
GENIOUS! i love this- it leaves room for any misleading information or discomfort to be addressed and it also leaves a lasting impression, Ive had the "pleasure" of meeting a couple hiring managers that don't actually know how to ask the right questions correctly, then i feel what happens is that the whole situation is left to his/her/their feeling about how the interview went rather than the qualifications that are being met. its not too harsh not too soft, simply said, i love this i will use this thank you
SexyWexy
Contributor
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Pro Development
great question but phrase it as "what hesitations or concerns....." as to make them give you a detailed answer rather than a yes or no.
TheChosenWon
0
IT Supposed Analyst
I agree. Ask open ended questions that force the interviewer to provide a detailed answer.
Hotsaw
Politicker
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VP Sales
Variation of the same theme, which is: for any sales job, you have to ask for the job at some point during the interview. It demonstrates your ability to go for the close. I wouldn't hire anyone for a sales job if they didn't ask for the job.
Sustain
Member
2
Actual Working Consultant
Agreed, I never hire anyone that doesn't go for the close.
Tapati0
Opinionated
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Business Development Manager
I use this in my interviews. I word it a lot softer though. “Based on our conversation today I feel like I am a great fit for this role because of my background at x company and because I take initiative, am coachable, and build lasting relationships. Do you see any reason why we can’t move forward with this process?” Definitely have to feel it out though. I’ve had it backfire with some aloof HR people that didn’t expect me to ask for the job. 
funcoupons
WR Officer
3
👑
Careful with this one...it can put the interview on the spot and make them feel uncomfortable. Most employers interview prospective hires more than once, so definitely do not ask this in the first interview but I'd argue not to ask it at all.
SADNES5
Politicker
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down voters are marketing spies
People that ask this go into the no pile for me. Pushy. If this is how they are selling themselves, they will sell product the same. No good.
UserNotFound
Politicker
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Account Executive
My version of this is "Is there anything preventing me or giving you hesitation for me to move to the next step in this process?" 
SADNES5
Politicker
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down voters are marketing spies
Much better question. It's objection handling.
They can say "oh you don't have a Standford MBA, we need that"
Sandbagger31
Member
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VP Sales
I dont understand why you wouldnt want a Sales person to be good at selling. I am asking a direct question. Its not disrespectful, Im not being "pushy". If I am interviewing for a position I dont think its wrong to ask where I stand.

SADNES5
Politicker
0
down voters are marketing spies
Understandable, but you don't know your customer here. 

Asking for the sale is one thing, being brash is another. 

If you're not qualifying your customer (interviewer) correctly, it will reflect in your sell style.
Ladycloser
Fire Starter
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Sales Executive
I ask this question in every interview and have never not been hired or promoted when using
TheChosenWon
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IT Supposed Analyst
I disagree. I say go for it and don't be scared. You have to stand out from other applicants. Just blending in will get you overlooked and not selected for the job. Worst thing they can say is yes or no.
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
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President of Callahan Auto
My favorite question to ask. Works like a gem and always impresses them. They can see you want to receive feedback.
ventox35
Politicker
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Director of Business Development
Fantastic. Very black swan Chris voss-esque question
sellingsellssold
Politicker
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SDR
I actually like this question, I would have to be really confident in the job to ask this. But I think it shows confidence which is key in sales. 
LindseyTruman
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Client Success Manager
Awesome! I'm always afraid to really push like that and come off overly confident...
sharpshooter2
Catalyst
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MAKING IT HAPPEN!
I also have used, what does your intuition tell you about me joining your team? This one backfired a few years ago after I had a gap in my employment when my Dad was ill.
SalesWhisperer
Personal Narrative
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Division Sales Manager
But, importantly, you got the information. Then you can address it. Oh, I understand how your intuition could be telling you x. Let me give you a bit more context here...
34fifty
Valued Contributor
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Team Lead
I could be wrong. But I use my questions not to impress but to identify potential red flags in the organisation i'm interviewing for. 
funcoupons
WR Officer
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👑
You should - an interview goes both ways. It's an opportunity for both parties to assess each other. You do have to sell yourself in an interview, but a lot of people seem to forget the employer has to sell themselves to you, too.
stanrym
Valued Contributor
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CEO
ask about the tech stack. i care a lot about tools they use 
JuicyKlay
Celebrated Contributor
2
AM
Same! If they're not rocking Outreach or SalesLoft and/or don't have a CRM, it's a no from me dawg.
sharpshooter2
Catalyst
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MAKING IT HAPPEN!
I will use this as I have an interview this week with a SaaS company.
funcoupons
WR Officer
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👑
What makes someone successful in this role? (Shows you're interested and would be committed to doing well.)

What is your favourite part of working here? (Time for them to sell you.)

Describe the company culture. (Shows you're interested in a good fit and their answer can help you determine whether you'll enjoy working there.)
ChiefGreef45
Catalyst
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Account Executive
I've used the 2nd question as well.  Sometimes phrasing it like they would with me where they ask "Why Company X?"
JuicyKlay
Celebrated Contributor
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AM
Good call! I always ask the second two but need to start asking about what makes someone successful. Thanks friend!
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
6
☕️
"What can I do on day one that will make me successful at XYZ company?"
JuicyKlay
Celebrated Contributor
1
AM
Starting out strong! I love it!
SalesLlama
Good Citizen
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SAE
This one has done well for me
paddy
WR Officer
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Director of Business Development
I like to ask what their goals are to grow, within the company and/or personally. 
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
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Regional VP
You ask that to the interviewer?  Sounds like something that they'd ask the candidate.
BigCheese
Notorious Answer
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Agency Recruiter
While interviewing candidates, I appreciate it when they ask deeper questions about the role, company, goals, etc. Shows initiative.

Interviews should never be one-sided.
JuicyKlay
Celebrated Contributor
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AM
That's a good one! You can never go wrong having someone talk about themselves.
whathaveyousoldtomorrow
Opinionated
4
sales
If I am scrambling for a question: "Is there anything we didn't cover I should know?" 
Chep
WR Officer
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Commercial Account Executive
At the end of the interview {If it went well and you really want the gig} Ask when can you start?
SADNES5
Politicker
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down voters are marketing spies
The assumptive close. It's a tricky one. If it's a panel, no don't do this. It will 💯 sour one person. 

If it's a 1-1 and you've established great rapport, sure. Shoot your shot.
salesboi22
Opinionated
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AE - Team Lead
Agreed, would probably not go well in a panel situation. No one wants to say yes on the spot in front of their peers.
JuicyKlay
Celebrated Contributor
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AM
100% using this next time I want/will get the job
BigSchwab
3
Associate Director
My favorite interview question: "You're sitting down a year from now with the person you hire for this role, me or someone else. What one or two things did this person do in the last year to blow your expectations away?" 

This pulls the interviewer out of evaluating you and thinking deeply about the future of this role (something most hiring managers haven't ACTUALLY thought through). It gives you insight to the core function(s) of the role and the metrics the company uses to evaluate performance (and a chance to make sure you SHINE in those core functions if you haven't already addressed them). It also reveals organizations that don't have a clear path to success in the role you're interviewing for (which should be a red flag). 

Every time I ask this in an interview the immediate response is "wow, that's a great question, I have to think about that." 
steakalldayerryday
Opinionated
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AE
What does an average rep W2?
Machine
Politicker
2
Enterprise AE
What are the characteristics of your most successful reps? 
JuicyKlay
Celebrated Contributor
1
AM
Used this last week! Turns out they’re just like me 😂 
sellthemetal
Personal Narrative
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Mid Market Manager
"What is one question you wished I has asked today, and what would have been your answer?"  Works when you are interviewing people as well.
SussDR
Contributor
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SDR
If I was asked that as an interviewee I would say, when would you like to start, and respond with now. Then I’d walk to a random desk and start dialling. Power move
lindseyboggs
Good Citizen
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Sales Development Manager
"How does this role's success help you to get to where you want to be?"
SADNES5
Politicker
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down voters are marketing spies
What does your ideal candidate look like? A "purple squirrel" candidate looks like X in this role?  (HR peeps know this phrase specifically).
Can I hot on any of these points when they answer. 

JuicyKlay
Celebrated Contributor
1
AM
Great call! Using this next time.
swizard
Celebrated Contributor
1
Sales Evangelist
What would you ask if you were in my role today?
Salespreuner
Big Shot
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Regional Sales Director
How'd one be successful in this role and what's the Y+3 year career map look like?
Queen_of_the_funnel
Opinionated
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Sr Manager of Business Development
How did you become a part of XYZ organization? What has your journey looked like here? Was this a position you thought you would be in when you initially started? 
Argonaut
Good Citizen
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Enterprise Account Executive
Ooooooo, Yes! This is a great set of layering questions that will make the interview think. You might not get a straight answer, but they'll leave with those questions top of mind. You need to rock the boat a little, do some DQing, and establish that you value the role but don't need the role - just like a sale.
playercoach
Personal Narrative
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Director of Business Development
I do the same but frame it differently. If the interviewer is provided I check their LinkedIn profile prior to the interview. I ask them questions specific to their prior experiences that led them to the current company.

Lets them know you did your homework and shows interest in them and the company.
rmpavlik1
1
VP marketing
I ask, "Do you see any concerns in my background that I can address while we're together?" At least you're able to answer rather than being silently eliminated afterward...
G00ND0CKS
Personal Narrative
1
CSM
I have a lil salesman in my blood, so I usually go for the close at the end of each interview.
"If you had to pull the trigger on the hire today, would I be your choice?"

Its strong, and should only be brought out if the vibe is vibing, but if the VP or whoever you're meeting with has sales written in his/her DNA, he'll /she'll admire your chops.
playercoach
Personal Narrative
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Director of Business Development
I always close with the question "do you have any hesitation about selecting me for the position and is there additional clarity about my experiences that I can offer you to ensure I am a good fit for your team?"
goose
Politicker
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Sales Executive
Is it unreasonable to ask “what’s the catch?”   If I’m interviewing and it sounds great I might say “nothing is this perfect, what’s one or two difficult things?”
GDO
Politicker
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BDM
I always ask about what kind of people are successful in the company. 
yc1
0
Enterprise account exec
What does it take to be successful here?
godpull54
Praised Answer
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PDR
I always ask "Based on what we've discussed today and what you've learned about me is there any reason we can't move forward." One person told me they had concerns over certain aspects and I addressed them at that moment. I received an offer letter the next day.

neckbreaker
Old School Bravo
0
Head of Growth
I like to know the challenges they are facing, not only in sales but as a company. So I typically ask, "What is one thing you would change about the company right now?"
justdooit
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Client Solutions Manager
I like this one: "Should you decide to move forward with me in the process, are you willing to share with me some feedback on this conversation so I can implement in my next interview" This also gives you an opportunity to address any of the feedback if they are on the fence about moving you forward. 
CRyan
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General Manager, Sales
“When can I expect an offer?” If I just went through their interview process and they’re not already thinking about making me an offer, then I will not spend any more cycles on their opportunity. I’m confident that I’ll find the company who gets excited to hire me. 
Charito
Fire Starter
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Senior Account Exec
Check out the article reverse interview by Elena Verna. Some great insights. 
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