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The most ridiculous requirement you've seen for an "entry level" sales position?

Lots of jobs are listed as "entry level" and then require years of experience - ridiculous and nonsensical, but no surprise. I've seen as high as NINE YEARS of experience being required for an entry level SDR role. What in the everloving fuck!?


Other than experience levels, what other ridiculous requirements have you seen for SDR (or other entry level) sales roles?

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salesnerd
WR Officer
+16
Head of Growth
Requires a college degree...
No
Noneyabusiness
Good Citizen
District Sales Manager
My company has this requirement. Itโ€™s absolutely silly as at the end of the day we sell dog food. I myself have a BS and 2 MBAs. I use none of them to do my job
leasingislife
Good Citizen
SDR Manager
agreed.
fuzzy
Notable Contributor
+21
CMO (Chief Meme Officer)
10 years of experience, college degree, masters preferred.ย 
pitchandputt
Valued Contributor
+4
Account Executive
You saw a requirement for 10 years of experience for an entry level position? Definitely beats my 9 years. Holy smokes.
pitchandputt
Valued Contributor
+4
Account Executive
I'll go first. I once saw a job ad for an entry level SDR role at a company that sells a SaaS solution for call centres - and they only wanted candidates with 2+ years of experience at call centres.

I get that you want your SDR to deeply understand your customers, but if this is the only way you hire your salespeople, you're gonna run out of candidates pretty fast.
SalesPharaoh
Politicker
+8
AM BDR
I was just going to say hiring entry level with expectations of experience. Some have the nerve of asking you in the interview whether you have experience previously or not? dude I just graduated or didn't you put the time to read my resume?
pitchandputt
Valued Contributor
+4
Account Executive
"Entry level" my ass
Trinity
WR Officer
+7
BusDev
Saw one last year with MBA (preferred)ย 
pitchandputt
Valued Contributor
+4
Account Executive
What a fucking joke. Big yikes.
Trinity
WR Officer
+7
BusDev
Right?! I hope they have a 6-figure salary as a base
Jackywaky
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
Under 25yr oldย 
3+yr exp desirable
A Master's degree is a desirable plus.ย 

WTF - what's next? super powers?ย 
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Isn't it illegal to discriminate based on age?ย 
Jackywaky
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
IDK - but that's just ridiculous. I don't have a job 'cause I don't have the experience, but I don't have exp. 'cause I don't have a job.. 'cause I don't have exp... ยฌยฌ
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Any job where the educational requirement has absolutely nothing to do with the role. Seeing this more and more often lately. A bachelor's degree in anything however unrelated to the job seems to be the new high school diploma.
Haast
Notorious Answer
+9
Account Executive
I feel like 3-5 years experience is like a default option on any role nowadays.ย 
Stringer
Arsonist
+8
SDR
Saw a "Closers Only" requirement. What a joke.ย 
pitchandputt
Valued Contributor
+4
Account Executive
For an entry level position...? Wowzers
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i_got_the_need_for_leads
Old School Bravo
Account Executive
Not to beat a dead horse, but ran across two job postings for the same company today.ย  Each one of them stopped me in my tracks.ย  First posting required 8 years.ย  I thought maybe they forgot to change the template.ย  The second posting required 12 years of experience of experience!ย  WTF?ย ย 
thebishop
Catalyst
+6
Sr. Sales Executive
Not a direct answer to your question, but similar concept I had a head hunter call me yesterday and he said... "You're pretty junior". I was like um... I'm not 45 years old, but I've been selling enterprise deals into fortune 100 for the last 8 years, crushing quota every year.... but ok, I guess I'm juniorย 
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