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  • Disclosing Sales Figures To A New Employer?
  • If you were applying for a job in a shop that is in direct competition with your current employer and you took evidence of your very good sales figures from your current shop/employer to the interview as evidence of how good you are, bearing in mind the figures will display yours and others sales figures from different locations, would you get into trouble with the current employer and cause concern to the prospective new employer?
    Not sure if this is the done thing or not.
    Bluddy ell, that’s a long sentence

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Tricky one. I’d give the figure for your sales.

    Mind you, most Sales people take everything with them, inc confidential stuff, clients etc. Are you sure you’re cut out for sales (having a conscience)?

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    I’d wonder if you got the job would you show commercial information to competitors?

    Retail so not ‘sales’ as in the Rep.’ing kind of position.
    That’s what I was thinking Mike but I could really do with seeing how good my figures are but not get them worried about my integrity……which may not be as good as I’d like to think it is anyway if I’m contemplating this?

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    how would you convince them that the figures you show are accurate anyway ?
    (IANASalesperson)

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    You could always show them commission statements as proof of sales etc..

    GJP
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    Can’t you describe your performance in less specific terms. Constantly beating targets by x%, relative to peers etc. I would have thought you were sailing pretty close to breach of contract, gross negligence sharing any figures with a competitor. I do not work in sales. Most importantly do not take evidence, but I may be interpreting what you have written too literally.

    b r
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    So, you are asking them to employ someone who would show THEIR sales figures to your NEXT employer?

    I wouldn’t take actual numbers, but would be happy to ‘talk’ numbers.

    I think I might have a compromise. I could redact the figures which is the sensitive info. At least then the new employer would see my position without the commercially sensitive sales figures? Makes it a bit vague but they can see my standing in the company.
    Would that work?

    meehaja
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    Surely “my figures are excellent, x % etc. actual figures are of course available from my referees”

    andyrm
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    Whenever I hire sales guys I always ask for payslips to see commission payments.

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    cyclepathologist – Member
    I think I might have a compromise. I could redact the figures which is the sensitive info. At least then the new employer would see my position without the commercially sensitive sales figures? Makes it a bit vague but they can see my standing in the company.
    Would that work?

    check your contract, if I was your boss you would be out for something like that.

    If you can’t get through the interview without the figures I wouldn’t be giving you the job either.

    brakes
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    give relative amounts rather than absolutes, if you can work them out/ make them up.

    Thanks guys. Pretty obvious now you’ve spelt it out. I’ll not bother.

    Premier Icon nedrapier
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    wot brakes said. “I produced x% of the total sales for the period in a y person team. Top (top 3, whatever) sales for n out of the last r months” yadda yadda.

    Premier Icon nedrapier
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    sorry, you’d got it already. good luck! 🙂

    Tom83
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    Someone in my company did that at an interview with our competitor. He didn’t get the job, and the competitor told our boss. Ended up getting sacked!

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