Avances en Psicología Latinoamericana
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CASALLAS OSORIO, Walter Smith. Identifying job skills in commercial advisors in a health insurance company. Av. Psicol. Latinoam. [online]. 2009, vol.27, n.1, pp. 207-230. ISSN 1794-4724.
The aim of this research was to identify the critical competence of success of the commercial adviser in a company providing insurance and health services. For this research a sample of 34 commercial advisers. The sample was divided into four groups (two per product and two per criterion of success). Systematic field observations, interviews of critical incidents, application of response tests and sales workshops were used to evaluate the differential competences that the successful advisers were showing in relation to the advisers defined as average. The success criteria were based on the generated commission performance over the 10 months. All in all, significant differences were found between the "successful and "average groups. Furthermore, competences that correlate positively with a top sales performance were observed and competences that have major level of discrimination between the "successful and "average groups were established. Orientation to achievement, planning and management, information search, commercial aggressiveness and strategic vision are the competences that were considered to be key in the top performance of a sales agent or commercial adviser. Additionally, the results in the response tests were analyzed in the four study groups, without observing significant differences between them, which supports the theoretical framework of the present study.
Palavras-chave : labor competence; commercial adviser; success factors; sales.