Over the last 45 years, I’ve hired and trained many outside and inside salespeople. I’ve made a lot more hiring mistakes than wins. This writing is to hopefully help you, the manager, make fewer mistakes than I did. Sales professionals can also learn to stay in touch with previous supervisors. Make checking references an integral part of the interviewing process, not just a formality. The tendency is to ask easy questions, hoping no red flags come up that would cause you to question the decision you have already made to hire the person. Don’t do this!
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