Interior design sales consultants are employed by various companies, but primarily by furniture stores, building supply companies, and home improvement stores. While many companies may not require formal training or education, some will prefer those with several years of study at an accredited design institution or an equivalent degree from a higher education institution. Some companies do not require experience to begin, while others prefer as many as five years of prior experience within the specific industry.
Interior design sales consultants generally work indoors in retail or office environments. Good communication skills are essential, as they will interact frequently with clients/customers to sell products carried by the company. These consultants are also tasked with selecting suitable products and samples for the particular client's interests (and budget) and helping them design and implement plans and layouts.They may offer consultations, which can involve some traveling on occasion.
Those in this position are also required to create presentations and work with teams in order to provide the best-possible service to the company's customers, and should remain up-to-date with all design and color trends to accomplish this. They also work regularly with employees in other areas of their company, such as fabrication, installation, and delivery, to ensure its effectiveness in each and every way.
Sales Consultant, Interior Design Tasks
Assist clients with selection and purchase of goods, answering questions and suggesting items.
Network and increase awareness of consulting services.
Monitor showroom condition and ensure accurate inventory.
Collect payments, schedule deliveries and track concerns and special needs.