I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Salesforce.com.
Interview Details – I had the opportunity to have a phone interview because i was referred by and existing employee.I was asked what i knew about the company and why i wanted to go into tech sales. I believe I was more the prepared as I researched the company and studied all the programs for days.
Interview Question – How are you being paid at your current role? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at Salesforce.com in March 2013.
Interview Details –
Phone Interview with recruiter- very standard questions, but make sure you know as much about salesforce's products (not just CRM) as possible
In person interview in SF- Nice offices but kind of static. It isn't culty like other people have said on glassdoor, but It seemed very corporate (quiet, not a lot of smiles, everyone typing away).
First an interview with a sales rep- very friendly girl. Not that bright but friendy
Then a panel interview with sales managers. Make sure you know the products inside and out, and make sure you can show that you are fine making a ton of calls a day and doing just that, developing leads and nothing more.
Interview Question – What salesforce product would you sell and how would you sell it? View Answers (2)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Salesforce.com in March 2013.
Interview Details – Got a referell
Interview Question – Explain the cloud to a kindergartner View Answer
Reason for Declining – Felt like I was taking a step back, the job is lead gen
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Salesforce.com in January 2013.
Interview Details – I have enjoyed the interview process thus far. The recruiters are very friendly and transparent.
Interview Question – Asked about specific sales metrics at my current position. Answer Question
I applied online - interviewed at Salesforce.com in November 2012.
Interview Details – You should prepare yourself well for this, know the product and the company values. You should have a knowledge of the applications and the products that the company sells. Have confidence when you talk and know what to say.
Interview Question – They differ depending on the interviewer. View Answer
Very Difficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Salesforce.com in November 2011.
Interview Details – phone interview, group interview and then a presentation to senior management.
Negotiation Details – Little negotiations
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Salesforce.com in April 2011.
Interview Details –
After my friend referred me, I was contacted by a recruiter to set up an initial phone screen interview that would take around 20 min. This went fine, although my background does not fit a typical sales background so I had to find ways to apply my skills towards sales. She asked me what I knew about the position, why I was interested in tech sales and what I knew about the product. She asked me to do a brief sales pitch which my friend had warned me about. I felt really prepared and was glad that I was.
Next they set me up for 4 1:1 interviews in the San Mateo office. 2 with current Sales Representatives and 2 with managers. The Sales representatives were more casual and didn't ask me really any questions. They advice you to prepare lots of questions for them and I felt very prepared. They asked about my background, what I was looking for in a job, etc. etc. The mangers were a little more tough and kept asking how and why I wanted to change my career and get involved in sales. I really tried to sell myself saying that I wanted the job and know I could do it. They are looking for someone who is very competitive and can reach goals for this position. If there's anyway you can showcase that I would. One of the managers asked me typical interview questions like "When was a time you hit the wall?" and "How would you change that situation now?" Another one was "What drives you?". They asked me to do a short sales pitch which I researched the Elevator Pitch and made a short 2 min. description in laymen's terms of the products and company. Download the trial, everyone asked if I had used the CRM products before.
I walked away knowing I was prepared but felt like I might not have a shot since my background is so different. They are more concerned with personality, attitude, etc since they will train you and set you up with a mentorship program. About a week after the interview, they called me to say that although my interview went well, they went with someone with a tech sales background. I was upset since Salesforce.com would be an amazing company to work, they can be choosy. Good luck!
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Salesforce.com in August 2010.
Interview Details –
I initially applied for the Account Executive role, and reached out to a recruiter via Linked In InMail. That worked well at quickly getting a call scheduled with the recruiter, who then told me I didn't have the appropriate experience for the role. He passed me along to another recruiter for a different role, but didn't tell me what it was. I did have to follow up with the initial recruiter by email because I never heard at first. Once I made contact via email, I scheduled a phone interview. The 2nd phone interview was very vague, no tough questions. She asked me to pitch my company and told me more about the role. She then invited me in for a live interview, 4 30 min sessions with 4 different people 1:1, 2 being in the role currently and 2 being managers. The first 2 rounds were easy, just getting to know me and telling me more about the role. The 2nd two did inquire more about personal achievements and the ability to hit goals, and how I would react if I was coming in at the bottom. Once the interviews were over, I heard 4 days later that I was given a verbal offer.
After reading some reviews on this site, I was extremely prepared with knowledge of the product and ready for tougher questions. I think knowing what was going on with the company and how the tools worked helped.
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Salesforce.com in April 2009.
Interview Details – The recruiter called me and we had a brief conversation. She asked me about my previous work experience and my knowledge of the company. She asked me why i wanted to join salesforce and future goals. She scheduled a meeting with 4 other people, including the Vice President for salesforce latin america. She recommended that i did more research on the company, and sign up for a free trial. I spent an entire day looking at the website, getting started on the free trial, and watching demos. I also googled the company to learn more about the company, CEO, and work culture. Once i arrived at the salesforce office, i realized that its a young, energetic, and fun company. The people are stylish, competitive, and driven. Most of the salesforce employees live in the Marina district in San Francisco. The office is painted in bright colors and the kitchen has big colorful bowls filled with all sorts of snacks. The interview went smoothly. The Vice President asked me about my knowledge of CRM and how I would sell it to the latin american market. They asked me about any challenges i had enountered in the past and how did I manage to overcome those challenges, very typical interview questions. I asked "why would you not hire me"? they said because of the lack of technology knowledge. Because it was a sales rep role, they were ok with my lack of tech experience. As soon as the interview was over, the recruiter called me back and told me that I had done well and followed up with me within a couple of days. She emailed me a job offer and I took the job.
Interview Question – How would you sell salesforce.com? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – You really cant negotiate your salary. They have a base salary and commision. The base is pretty good though, so you cant complain.
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Salesforce.com.
Interview Details – Apply through the website for jobs which are posted there for years. In fact for most of the jobs advertised on their website, few have a real opening.
Interview Question –
After a short phone interview, the HR recruiters want you to come to face to face interview in Dublin as quick as possible.
When you ask for what position and if there is a position actually open, the answer is vague or negative.
They want to meet you for an hypothetical, prospective future...
If you, like many of us, have a real job or a real activity, you don't have time to go to Dublin for a mock interview just to justify the fat salary of HR people who need to show they are busy recruiting while they have no real openings.
So, I told them to contact me when there will be an opening. 2 weeks later, the same HR rep. calls me again, start the same interview all over again and ask me again to come for a face to face interview in Dublin (there is still no opening).
When I tell him we already had this conversation, he/she is confused. They probably don't know how to use their own CRM in the HR dpt of saleforces.com. Answer Question
Smart colleagues with passion for the product and driven to perform at 110% to make sure the product is successful at launch.
Bonuses were regularly paid and pretty good.
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