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What are some of the worst lies told to you during an interview process?

Some of my favorites:

Our entire sales team was above quota last year (the few we didn't let go)

Our top rep made almost half a million dollars (like 1 time, 3 years ago)

We don't hire leadership externally (before they hire your new boss externally and dont promote you or your team members)

We have 80% inbound leads, 20% will be "hunting" (if you're lucky, its 20% inbound)


This was a new one:

You'll be reporting directly to me (after he had already taken a promotion). Ended up starting a job in a new industry with 0 leadership support :D!


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Ras_Rebuttles
Contributor
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Sales Consultant
Oof the inbound vs outbound lie is REAL.ย 

Mine is probably "Yeah OTE for an AE is $130k"ย 
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OTE = $97kย 

Just me?
FeelItInMyPlums
Opinionated
+4
Sales Account Executive
Was that a recruiter or actual company?ย 
Selichimorpha
Politicker
+6
Growth Executive
the OTE lie is the biggest one. "If you hit all of your metrics, you'll make $150k!" I now know that I need to ask what percentage of reps actually hit "all their metrics."
FeelItInMyPlums
Opinionated
+4
Sales Account Executive
No way! If you asked they'd tell you 80%. Its always 80%.ย 
Soiboi
Politicker
+5
Account Executive, EIAS/Compliance
Just happened, we have Ramp, I had pipeline coming into the role, and lastly limited metrics to get bound down by. All lies, whatever though muscle through.ย 
FeelItInMyPlums
Opinionated
+4
Sales Account Executive
Haha seriously.ย  After cleaning up the BS pipeline from the guy before you, there's usually nothing left. Anything real goes to the tenured reps on the team to finish off.
TheLoneGun
Good Citizen
Extremely Rad Product Offloading Specialist
It was a sales director job for a marketing company, they wanted me to build out a team. My pay was heavily tied to overall growth. We discussed numbers and when I asked what's the goal for YOY growth? She replied "30%"( every fucking month)
Jgre12
Good Citizen
+1
Senior Account Executive
We have a great culture and truly care about our employees wellbeingย 
allsaasnobrakes
Good Citizen
Growth Account Executive
+1 to the "we don't hire leadership/promote externally" point. Can guarantee this is untrue in basically any business lol
Marketingpet
Opinionated
+1
Partner Manager
โ€œYouโ€™re our number 1 pick. We got our number 2 pick hired now we just need you.โ€ The number 2 pick had 5 years of sales experience from a national company in the same industry. I had zero years, it was a complete lie (I rejected the offer)ย 
FeelItInMyPlums
Opinionated
+4
Sales Account Executive
Lol. Thats gold. Im gonna use that if I ever become a people manager
champchamp
Catalyst
+5
Enterprise Sales Development Representative
"All the reps that follow my process hit quota." No one was hitting quota, literally no one. There were 8 people on the team.
Gottapumpthosenumbers
Opinionated
+2
Market General Sales Manager
Funding. I was told by a company one time that their financial situation was "rock solid". The company had massive layoffs and a total financial restructure 45 days later. Smh.
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