K-State Sales Team

K-State Sales Team Tryouts FAQ

To help students prepare, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help everyone better understand the structure of the K-State Sales Team Tryouts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to compete?
All students who meet the following criteria are eligible to compete. Registration is limited to the first 30 students who register to compete.

  • Admitted into the Certificate or Major in Professional Strategic Selling.
  • Participated in at least one internal sales competition hosted by the NSSI during the Spring 2023 Semester; competitions included Huhtamaki, Edward Jones, or Lockton Companies.
  • Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.
  • Graduating May 2024 or later.

Where can I find the case scenario and judging rubric?
Upon registration, students will receive the case scenario and judging rubric. In addition, students can find the case scenario and judging rubric within the K-State Sales Team Tryouts Module in the K-State Sales Program Canvas course. Note, that each round is a new scenario; however, you as the salesperson are still representing the same company, role, and services offered. Therefore, each round will be scored using the same judging rubric.

How long is each role-play?
Each role-play shall be no longer than 12 minutes, regardless of the round. Time slots are in 20-minute increments to allow for a 12-minute role-play and eight minutes of verbal feedback.

What is the role-play structure for the K-State Sales Team Tryouts?
Tryouts will consist of Round 1, Wildcard Round, Round 2, and Round 3. Up to 30 students can compete in Round 1; the top two students in each room will advance to Round 2 and the remaining 24 students will compete in the Wildcard Round. Additonally, the top student in each Wildcard room will advance to Round 2, with nine students competing in Round 2. The top student in each Round 2 room will advance to Round 3, with three students competing in Round 3.

Students will sign-up for both their Round 1 role-play time slot and their Wildcard Round role-play time slot. Students will be assigned a role-play time slot for both Round 2 and Round 3.

When will I get the link to sign-up for my Round 1 role-play time slot?
All students will receive a confirmation email upon completing their registration. The confirmation email will include a link to sign-up for their Round 1 role-play time.

How do I confirm my scheduled role-play time slot(s)?
All role-play time slots will be confirmed with calendar invitations. The calendar invitations will come from the K-State Sales Program. Please be checking your email frequently to accept the invitation once you receive it to confirm your role-play time slot.

Three students will advance to Round 3, or the final round. Student merit awards will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st place: $1,000 student merit award
  • 2nd place: $750 student merit award
  • 3rd place: $500 student merit award

In addition, one student will be awarded the Rising Star Award and a $500 student merit award. The Rising Star Award will be given to a student that exhibits the most improvement from Round 1.

How will students be selected for the 2023 - 2024 K-State Sales Team?
The nine students advancing to Round 2 plus the student recipient of the Rising Star Award will automatically be invited to interview for a spot on the K-State Sales Team for the 2023 - 2024 academic year. Other students may be invited to interview based on their performance during tryouts.

When will interviews take place to select the 2023 - 2024 K-State Sales Team?
Interviews will take place the week of April 24, 2023. Students invited to an interview will receive an email to sign-up for a time slot to complete the interview with Kellie Jackson, K-State Sales Team Coach, and current senior Sales Team members. All interviews will be held in person at the College of Business.

When will students be notified if selected for the 2023 - 2024 K-State Sales Team?
All students will be notified by Friday, April 28, 2023. Kellie Jackson, K-State Sales Team Coach, grants final approval for all members elected to the K-State Sales Team for the 2023 - 2024 academic year.

What are the class requirements if selected for the 2023 - 2024 K-State Sales Team?
If students are accepted on the K-State Sales Team for the 2023 - 2024 academic year, students must enroll in SALES 498 for 0-3 credit hours during both the fall and spring semesters. The class meets every Monday from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. If a student can not fit this class into their schedule, they will not be selected as a member of the K-State Sales Team.


If you have questions, please contact Kellie Jackson, K-State Sales Team Coach.