HubSpot Inbound Sales Certification Exam Questions and Answers
1) You and a team member are working together to sell to a potential buyer. You’re both trying to take an inbound selling approach, and your team member has been assigned to advise and deliver the presentation. She plans to conduct a product demonstration and runs it by you. The flow of the demo emphasizes your product’s best features. What feedback would you have for this team member?
A) I think it would be helpful if we both presented. To closely align with an inbound selling approach, we need to make sure that one of us knows the product inside and out since we should do a full demo.
B) “Let’s take more of an inbound approach and tailor the presentation. Rather than showing our best features, we should illustrate only the features important to the potential buyer.”
C) “I think it could be improved and is more of a legacy sales approach. You should present it in the order like we always do and emphasize the most common value propositions.”
D) “Looks good. Be sure to share our newest feature to show that we’re always evolving for our customers. It would also be helpful to share our most popular case study.”
2) What framework is used to understand how your customers buy your product/service?
A) The Buyer’s Journey
B) The Inbound Sales Methodology
C) The Exploratory Guide
D) Ideal Buyer Profile
3) True or false? Inbound salespeople prioritize passive buyers ahead of active buyers.
4) How would you describe an inbound sales professional?
A) Inbound salespeople are experts, like doctors, who are there to diagnose and recommend the right solution. They ask the questions that are sometimes difficult to ask (or answer), but are in the best interest of the potential buyer to consider.
B) Inbound salespeople are experts that use their industry and product/service knowledge to convince potential buyers to purchase because they know what’s best.
C) Inbound salespeople are experts at identifying pain points of potential buyers and pushing on those pain points until the buyer feels as though they have no other option but to purchase if they hope to be successful.
D) All of the above
5) You’ve joined a sales department at a new company. During training, your manager walks you through when you’ll need to transition into presentation mode. She says you should transition into presentation mode the moment the prospect expresses interest. Your manager then provides you with the presentation template that all of the sales representatives use. Is your new sales team practicing a legacy sales approach or an inbound sales approach?
A) Legacy – Legacy salespeople revert to generic presentations and jump into presentation mode too early when they don’t understand the buyer’s context.
B) Inbound – Inbound salespeople lead with a presentation if the buyer has expressed some form of interest because they know they can help the buyer.
C) Both – Presentations are more of a legacy sales approach but the presentation template is a best practice of the exploratory phase.
D) Neither – Both legacy and inbound salespeople have transitioned away from giving presentations because all of that information can be found online.
6) Based on this course, what is the framework for the buyer’s journey?
A) Awareness, Consideration, Decision
B) Research, Consideration, Purchase
C) Research, Connection, Advise
D) Awareness, Connection, Advise
7) Which of the following is a question that you should be asking yourself to fully understand the awareness stage for your buyer?
A) When buyers investigate your company’s offering, what do they like about it, compared to alternatives?
B) What concerns do buyers have with your product or service?
C) How do buyers educate themselves on their goals?
D) How do buyers become aware of the pros and cons of potential solutions to their challenges?
8) What are the four stages of the Inbound Sales Methodology?
A) Research, Connect, Present, Advise
B) Attract, Convert, Close, Delight
C) Identify, Connect, Explore, Advise
D) Awareness, Research, Consult, Purchase
9) Which of the following is NOT an example of a trigger event?
A) A phone call from a potential buyer
B) A newspaper article about a potential buyer
C) A mention in social media by a potential buyer of a hashtag aligned with your value proposition
D) A blog post by a potential buyer
10) True or false? To identify passive buyers, you can identify companies that match your ideal buyer profile by leveraging LinkedIn or other company databases.
11) True or false? Inbound salespeople differentiate from legacy salespeople by prioritizing active buyers over passive buyers.
12) Enrichment data about your leads will help you understand their context and personalize the sales experience accordingly. What are the two enrichment data categories?
A) The buyer’s common connections and the buyer’s current solution
B) The buyer’s competitors and what the buyer is currently using as a solution
C) The buyer’s budget and the buyer’s timeline
D) The buyer’s interests and the buyer’s demographics
13) True or false? You recently got an inbound lead from a company that fits your ideal buyer profile. However, the lead is a lower level employee with no buying power. This is still a good inbound lead.
14) Which of the following is not a type of lead defined in the Identify class?
A) Inbound leads
B) Inbound companies
C) Common connections
D) Inbound hires
15) What is an ideal buyer profile?
A) A description of a past buyer who closed quickly
B) A semi-fictional representation of your ideal customer based on market research
C) A description that defines which buyers you can help and which buyers you can’t
D) All of the above
16) True or false? Ideal buyer profiles and buyer personas are the same thing, but ideal buyer profiles are for sales and buyer personas are for marketing.
17) Fill in the blank: Your best leads are strangers that match your ___________ and are active in ____________.
A) buyer persona, profiling companies
B) buyer’s journey, researching solutions
C) company fit, making a purchase
D) ideal buyer profile, the buyer’s journey
18) You recently started using a software that identifies the company from which an anonymous visitor originates. You find that someone from Sprocket Corporation has been visiting your website and their company fits your ideal buyer profile. What should you do?
A) Find the contact at the company that is the most likely buyer of your solution
B) Create a new lead in your CRM with the appropriate point-of-contact and their company
C) Move the new lead to the enrichment step of an identify process
D) All of the above
19) When developing the content for each attempt in your sales sequence, the most important thing you can do is:
A) Make sure your goal of selling to them is clear in your outreach
B) Ensure you address them properly based on their role in the organization
C) Support the potential buyer during their buying journey
D) Personalize the entire sales experience to the buyer’s context
20) What is the correct order of the three steps to set up your Connect strategy?
A) Determine your personas, define the sequences for each persona, and define the outreach for each sequence.
B) Determine your personas, define the challenge for each persona, and define the connect method for each persona.
C) Determine your primary persona, define the sequence for them, and define the connect method for each persona.
D) Determine your personas, define your negative personas, and define the ways in which you will reach the personas.
21) As a new inbound salesperson, you are most excited when you are able to leverage your large network because it relates to the common connect strategy. Which of the following is a common connection that you can leverage?
A) One of your customers may refer a potential buyer
B) One of your fellow employees knows the potential buyer
C) An acquaintance outside of your organization knows the potential buyer
D) All of the above
22) Which of the following should you keep in mind when defining content for each sequence?
A) Adjusting the length of your content accordingly – 200 words to 400 words.
B) Referencing your product/service at least 2x as much as you mention the buyer.
C) Pulling from your inventory of existing content.
D) Mentioning how you helped a similar company see success.
23) Regardless of the of your lead (e.g. inbound buyer, triggered event, etc.), it is critical that you gain buy-in for a longer exploratory conversation by doing the following two things:
A) Establish why you’re calling, then position a challenge you can help people like them overcome.
B) Establish who you are, why you’re calling, and how you and your product/service are able to help them.
C) Validate their interest in discussing their problems with you, and provide value to them with your product/service.
D) None of the above
24) Inbound companies are similar to inbound leads. While you may not know who actually visited your website, you do know that someone from that company took that action. Based on this information, which of the following is the best way to begin your email outreach?
A) Hi [Buyer Name], I noticed your company’s recent job tweet about how to get rid of old electronics. I thought you would appreciate the popular eBook we wrote titled “Top Security Issues for Small Businesses” and will send it to you now.
B) Hi [Buyer Name], Earlier today, you downloaded our eBook on top security issues for small businesses. Based on this area of interest, I thought you may also enjoy [Blog Article A] and [Blog Article B].
C) Hi [Buyer Name]. [Common Connection First and Last Name] suggested I reach out to you. We were discussing best practices our firm recently uncovered on purchasing new electronics and security issues that most small businesses face. [Common Connection First Name] thought you would be interested in th
D) Hi [Buyer Name], Various people within your organization have been reviewing our content on how to recycle old electronics. Based on this area of interest, I thought you and your team may also enjoy [Blog Article A] and [Blog Article B].
25) If your company does not have much content, how can you provide information to your potential buyer?
A) Send them the relevant content you do have
B) Send useful content from thought-leaders in the relevant industry
C) Offer a consultation/product demo
D) None of the above
26) True or false? When defining personas, you should first segment your target market by the types of companies, and then the different types of people you target within those companies.
27) True or false? Advanced technology is required to execute a high quality connect process.
28) True or false? When inbound salespeople get a potential buyer on the phone, they initially focus on qualifying the potential buyer for proper budget and authority.
29) You’ve just joined a new company as one of their newest inbound sales representatives and are excited to begin executing on their connect strategy. You’ve recently identified a potential buyer, determined their persona, and identified which lead they came from. What are your next steps as an inbound salesperson, in order?
A) Explore all information you can find on them and then assemble your method of reaching out and decide.
B) Assemble the content for your persona, assemble the best medium for connecting, and then begin the outreach.
C) Assemble a sequence plan, assemble the content for each sequence attempt, and then begin the sequence.
D) Identify a common connection or some method of outreach, and begin the connect conversation by personalizing your message.
30) You’ve placed a connect call and sent a follow-up connect email, and fortunately, the potential buyer reaches back out. He expresses interest in the help you offered in your phone call and email outreach. Based on the process outlined in the Connect class, your next step should be:
A) Find a time to discuss
B) Manage the connect call by referencing their activity
C) Call them and get them on the phone
D) Develop credibility with the buyer
31) As a salesperson, you’ve decided to reach out to a prospective buyer on social media. In order to do this the inbound way, it’s important to do the following:
A) Customize and personalize your outreach
B) Personalize and present your value
C) Produce something of value
D) Connect with your potential buyer and begin a relationship around your company
32) You’re about to develop your company’s personas for connecting. Based on the inbound sales approach, your best path to success would be:
A) Starting with one segmentation at the company level (like industry) and then moving to one segment at the individual level (like role).
B) Starting with the most common individual-level segments and then moving to company-level segments.
C) Starting with your most profitable segments at the individual level (like role) and then moving to the company size (like small, medium or enterprise).
D) Being all encompassing, as you’re looking to define this for the first time and need a starting point to work from.
33) All of the following are important types of context that can lead to a personalized message EXCEPT:
A) The buyer’s industry
B) The buyer’s role
C) The buyer’s sphere of influence
D) What the buyer has done on the seller’s website
34) True or false? After a potential buyer explains their timeline and plan to you, you should begin to understand how eager they are to change.
35) Before moving into presentation mode, what information must an inbound salesperson know?
A) The chain of command, so you can speak with the most relevant stakeholder.
B) The potential buyer’s infrastructure, so you can make sure they have the team to run the methodology.
C) The scope of your traditional offering, so you can compare it to your competition, preventing the potential buyer from shopping around.
D) The buyer’s context, so you can deliver a customized proposal to the buyer.
36) When should budget-related discussions happen during a normal exploratory meeting?
A) At the beginning of the meeting
B) In the middle of the meeting
C) At the end of the meeting
D) Budget shouldn’t be discussed during the exploratory meeting
37) True or false? Discovering a potential buyer’s consequences and implications should be done at the Explore stage of the Inbound Sales Methodology.
38) Is it important to make sure the potential buyer is interested in implementing several of your solutions to overcome the things that stand in the way of solving their issues with your product?
A) Yes, it’s important to understand that you’ll be able to provide value to the buyer
B) No, it’s not as important as getting their timeline and budget
39) As you carefully listen to a potential buyer, you make it a point to process what he is saying. After he finishes speaking, you quickly repeat back what he said, and ask a question to confirm what he just told you. What important sales skill did you just use?
B) Active listening
C) The LAER technique
D) The BANT method
40) A meeting with a potential buyer is coming to an end. You suggested new plans, helped them quantify consequences, encouraged them to think through their decision-making processes, and discussed their budget. What should you do next?
A) All requisite information has been shared. You respect their time and finish the call.
B) Verbally recap your understanding to your potential buyer. This helps them realize you fully understand their context.
C) Tell them you will send them a recap before your next call, later on.
D) Ask if they can think of any limitations they should share with their team.
41) You’re running an exploratory call with a potential buyer and you’ve had previous discussions about why they need to purchase your service. How should you start the call?
A) Start with a strong agenda and then build some rapport.
B) Start by building some rapport and then begin where the previous conversation left off and dig right in.
C) Start with a strong agenda and then ask them if they have any questions before you begin your presentation.
D) Start by building some rapport and then recap what you learned and shared from previous conversations.
42) Why is recapping the conversation you just had during an exploratory meeting so important?
A) The potential buyer will be less likely to try to leverage a cheaper price from you.
B) The potential buyer will appreciate how effectively you listened during the meeting and will be excited for the next steps.
C) It demonstrates what an experienced salesperson you are.
D) It gets them to believe that inbound is a real thing.
43) Why is it important to get your potential buyer to reflect back on their goals and challenges?
A) It’s important because you’re getting another chance to listen to their situation.
B) It’s important because you’re getting them to think critically about their situation.
C) It’s not important for the potential buyer to reflect back, you should always be moving the sale forward, not backward.
D) It’s important because you’re leveraging the power and impact of repetition.
44) True or false? When a potential buyer begins to expresses interest, inbound salespeople transition into exploratory mode instead of pitch mode. Inbound salespeople recognize they don’t have enough understanding of the buyer’s context to deliver a personalized presentation yet.
45) A potential buyer just shared a very important goal they have with you. What should you do next?
A) Ask the potential buyer to share this goal with their leader/manager
B) Encourage the potential buyer to write it down
C) Have the potential buyer quantify the goal
D) Identify who came up with this goal
46) You’ve recently joined a new company and are learning how to help potential buyers understand why they would benefit from purchasing the product that your company sells. How can you start to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes so you understand why they would buy your product?
A) Read and understand your company’s best practices and case studies inside and out
B) Talk to other sales professional
C) Look at your company website
D) Read all of the content your marketing team produces
47) You’re discussing a potential buyer’s plan to reach one of their goals for this year. You discover they have some reservations about the plan and aren’t completely confident in it. How can you help the potential buyer feel more confident?
A) Identify the plan’s failings and suggest an easier set of goals
B) Quickly but politely end the call so you can focus on buyers with clearer goals
C) Elevate their concerns by positioning solutions that will help them overcome any problems while reaching their goals
D) Downplay their concerns and praise the good points of their plan
48) You’re discussing the cost of your service and the potential buyer is asking questions about potential costs that could arise in addition to your service. How should you respond?
A) “Great question. We should definitely review the costs to implement this solution.”
B) “No need to worry. Your account manager will be there to help defray any additional costs.”
C) “It’s important that we cover this at another time. For now, I’m just learning about your goals and challenges.”
D) “There aren’t any additional costs–our service pays for itself.”
49) You’re helping create a timeline for your potential buyer. The timeline is probably going to have to change. Which of the following options will give you the best chance of closing the sale?
A) You should be cognizant that your buyer will waiver, and plan accordingly by setting expectations with your buyer.
B) You should convince the buyer that your timeline is actually a better timeline for their needs.
C) You should be mindful that purchasing decisions can often be difficult and be empathetic but firm in the timeline.
D) You should be flexible and understand that a timeline might need to change based off the buyer’s needs and urgency.
50) Which of the following is NOT completely necessary to the advising checklist?
A) Confirming their budget, decision-making processes and timeline.
B) Including a recap of what you’ve learned, so they know you understand their situation.
C) Earning their trust by starting off with some information about yourself and other businesses that you’ve worked with.
D) Suggesting ways to help them achieve their goals and overcome their challenges using your product/service.
51) A potential buyer just explained to you why they want to purchase your product. What should you do next?
A) Make sure that they’re a proper fit for your company by asking them more questions to ensure it is a good partnership.
B) Acknowledge what they said by repeating it back to them. Ask them to elaborate.
C) Repeat back to them that they’re ready to purchase and send over the contract.
D) Encourage the potential buyer to help group-sell the decision maker on the final details.
52) Why should you start a presentation with a recap of what was discussed during the connect and explore phases?
A) By starting with a recap, you make sure that you’re both on the same page. You’re both on the same side of the table.
B) By starting with a recap, you’re able to remind them of whatever you previously discussed and even convince them of some new things they may not have realized before.
C) A recap is not necessary and you should immediately dive into how you will help them reach their goals.
D) A recap is not necessary. You provided email recaps already. To recap again is a waste of both parties’ time.
53) What is the main goal of a presentation?
A) To add value
B) To review what the potential buyer should know
C) To help them achieve their goals
D) To recap the exploratory call
54) You’ve spent a lot of time creating a presentation for your potential buyer and you’re excited to present it. However, as you continue to work your way through the presentation, you notice the buyer is not engaged. What should you do?
A) This is a natural part of any presentation. Continue on and be sure to address their questions at the end.
B) Adapt your presentation to what’s unfolding during the conversation.
C) Stop and ask them if what you’re covering makes sense.
D) Be honest with them and ask them about their lack of engagement during this presentation and the reasoning why.
55) To confirm timing of a purchase with your buyer, you should ensure all of the following are covered EXCEPT:
A) Verifying all of the positive changes that will occur by hitting your recommended timelines.
B) Verifying when they need to implement their plan.
C) Verifying when they need to achieve their goal by.
D) Verifying when they need to eliminate specific challenges.
56) Which of the following is the proper order to conduct the advisory part of your presentation?
A) Confirm timeline, authority, and budget
B) Confirm authority, timeline, and budget
C) Confirm timeline, budget, and contract details
D) Confirm budget, authority, and timeline
57) True or False? With the 1-10 closing technique, you help a potential buyer weigh the pros and cons for purchasing.
58) True or false? Inbound salespeople deliver the same presentation and same case studies to all buyers because they spend time understanding and perfecting what works.
A) True – Inbound salespeople know their product well enough that they have perfected their pitch.
B) False – Inbound salespeople customize their presentation to the buyer’s context.
59) A presentation is an all encompassing term to convey the process of advising a potential buyer to help them move forward with a purchase decision. Which of the following is NOT considered a type of presentation?
A) A proposal
B) A contract
C) A demo
D) A pitch
60) Your buyer needs more time to purchase the product you’re selling. How should you respond to the buyer’s needs with an inbound sales approach?
A) “Sounds good, we’ll adjust our timeline so you feel confident with the purchase.”
B) “Sounds good, let’s add one more week to the timeline.”
C) “I would advise you against waiting, simply because I heard our product will soon be increasing in price.”
D) “I would advise you against waiting because the longer you wait, the longer it will take to start seeing value from your purchase.”
61) You let your boss know that you want to start applying an inbound sales approach to the way you sell to your potential buyers. Your boss is onboard but says you still have to meet your cold call and cold email quota each day. How would you respond?
A) “Actually, I’ll need to stop calling altogether. With inbound, everything can be done through our website forms, automated email, and our CRM. We’ll save everyone time.”
B) “That’s fine. Colding calling is a key part of transitioning into presentation mode, which is when you can really add value for the potential buyer.”
C) “Interesting. Why not increase the quota? Cold calling is an important part of inbound since it helps you understand the buyer’s context if you get them to answer the phone.”
D) “Let’s compromise. I’ll still do some cold calling, but it will also be important for me to position myself as a thought leader. Can we lower the quota, so I can contribute to the company blog?”
62) Fill in the blank: Inbound salespeople advise ____________, and if the buyer agrees the salesperson is best for their context, they become _______________.
A) opportunities, customers
B) leads, marketing qualified leads
C) opportunities, leads
D) marketing qualified leads, customers
63) When developing a persona, you should ask yourself all of the following questions EXCEPT:
A) What are the implications of inaction by each persona?
B) How do these personas describe the goals or challenges they encounter that align with our company’s offering?
C) What are their preferred methods of communication within their team, their company, and their family?
D) How do these personas typically educate themselves on their goal or challenge?
64) True or false? It is not ideal to send an invitation to connect on social media until you have shared valuable content with the buyer.
65) True or false? As you try to advise your potential buyer on which option is best you should start a presentation about yourself, your company’s history, and a description of what you provide.
66) Why is using a 1-10 closing technique to gauge the conviction of a buyer a good idea?
A) It will encourage the potential buyer to share why they want to buy.
B) As they weigh the pros and cons, many potential buyers will overcome any lingering concerns.
C) A & B
D) None of the above