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Are you comfortable being paid on a 100% commission basis?

1 of 10 Salary Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on January 20th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know if you are happy with being paid solely on your performance. The majority of roles that will pay 100% commission are retail and sales based positions. Whether the job pays 100% commission or not, may not be the point of this question. Assure the interviewer that you are confident in your ability to be a top performer, regardless of commissions or a comfy base salary. Are you able to work hard and be paid based on your performance alone?

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I can assure you that my performance is always top notch and I am comfortable being paid based on my performance. I have earned solely on commission for many years."

Retail
Answer example

"Although I have never worked in a 100% commission environment, I do know that I would perform well, and hit my sales targets, even in the absence of a base salary. I am confident in my ability to be a high performer, either way."

Sales
Answer example

"As a sales professional, I am motivated to drive my performance independently. Working in a 100% commission sales environment allows me to determine my compensation and manage my business and income accordingly."

Temporary Staffing Recruiter
Answer example

"I can assure you that my performance is always top notch and I am comfortable being paid based on my performance. I have earned solely on commission for many years, first as a car salesperson and now as a temp recruiter."

Permanent Staffing Recruiter
Answer example

"I can assure you that my performance is always top notch and I am comfortable being paid based on my performance. I have earned solely on commission plus a minimal draw for many years, first as a car salesperson and now as a permanent staffing recruiter."

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 01/10/2017
Last modified on: 01/20/2019

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