Customer Service Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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How do you feel about promoting a product, or upselling, during a customer service based interaction?

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Customer Service Interview Questions & Answers

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    How do you feel about promoting a product, or upselling, during a customer service based interaction?

      How to Answer

      Customer service does not always mean sales. The interviewer wants to know that you would be comfortable taking a customer inquiry and turning it into a sales opportunity. If you have a specific example of a time when you made this happen, this is an excellent addition to your reply. Be sure to mention any training that you have in sales, upselling, or a similar skill.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have a few years of experience selling in a telemarketing environment where upselling was very important. I am fully comfortable putting in some extra time to turn a customer inquiry into a new sale."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I have not received any sales training, but with a little bit of help, I think that is a task I would enjoy. I am great with building customer relationships."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I believe that each customer service interaction should be considered an opportunity to upsell or turn an existing customer into a larger one. I am very comfortable doing so when I can stand behind the product that I represent."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I will upsell a client any time that it makes sense. It's important to me that my client trust my recommendations so, for that reason, if they upsell opportunity is relevant, I will certainly take it."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "In retail, I consider every customer interaction an opportunity to sell and upsell. Its important to me that the people I communicate with are aware of the great products and services available to them. I am happy to make suggestions that I believe will benefit their lives."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I am comfortable selling, and upselling, anytime that it makes sense. As a sales professional, I have a natural inclination to take a customers' pain point and turn it into an opportunity to help them through a service or product offering."

      2 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I feel it is important to let the customer know of a product or service that is available to them. They could be a member for years and not realize there are new improvements or better solutions for them. I will always let a customer know of a product that is available but I am not comfortable pushing the product on the customer."

      Cindy's Answer

      Good. Your answer gives more than the question asks for and as a result, it is very persuasive. You're reflecting a deep understanding of the importance of introducing new products and as a result, you are convincing about your comfort level. Nice work.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I don’t look at it like I’m up-selling. I try to get to know a customer's needs by having solid conversations. Then it feels like I’m offering solutions instead of upselling."

      Rachelle's Answer

      A fantastic answer that any interviewer would love to hear :)

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