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Passed over for AE - WWYD?

What would you do if you were in my shoes? Curious to hear your thoughts.


My context: I've been a BDR at my org for 18 months (overall BDR experiences >2 years) and applied to AE. Had my presentation - VP says I didn't make it for my business unit, but he's happy to refer me to another AE role within the company. I have 2 AE final round interviews, but nothing means anything until an offer is in hand...



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braintank
Politicker
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Enterprise Account Executive
Whatever you do don't quit to go be a BDR someplace else.Β 
countingmyinterest
Politicker
+4
Account Executive
Oh yeah, of course not. I've been a BDR for 2 years already cumulatively.Β 
Closed
Opinionated
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Enterprise Business Development
Would someone swimming the English Channel, after almost making it fully across, turn around and go back because they’re tired?
Rallier
Politicker
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Account Executive
Sounds like you're close, especially if you have 2 AE final round interviews. keep going!
Full_Send
Contributor
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Mid Market AE
I mean it sounds like you’re still in the running, but did they hire someone else instead of you for the other business unit? If no then I’d say they don’t think you’re ready, if yes, they think there’s better options.

whst has your performance been tenure means nothingΒ 
countingmyinterest
Politicker
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Account Executive
Finished Q1 as #2. Always been in the top 3 of a team of 15 - performance has been good and I've had some monster deals come in.Β 

They said "work on storytelling and do better discovery. You did a good job, but it didn't wow us".Β 
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Catdad
Good Citizen
Director of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs
Do you like the company? Grind out the review process but keep your options open.Β 
countingmyinterest
Politicker
+4
Account Executive
Overall I like it - well known company and CEO is super cool. Products have become commoditized but we still do well overall.Β 
softwaresails
Politicker
+4
Sales Manager
Continue hustling where you are at. It’s not worth starting over somewhere else if you like the company.Β 

Appears like you are still in the running for some AE positions. You got this!
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Cash
Politicker
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Account Executive
I've kept in touch with former colleagues who quit and said the grass isn't greener on the other side.

Seems like you're pretty close to getting that AE role. If I were you, I'd stick it out, but set a reasonable timeline for yourself (i.e. If I don't get AE by November, I'll start looking at other options).
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