An important question to ask during a sales job interview is about the amount of travel you are expected to do for the sales position you are applying for. Not all outside sales jobs are created equal when it comes to travel time.
This is important to know and consider before taking a sales job because it could mean the difference between job satisfaction and dissatisfaction. Be sure to know how much travel you are willing to do before going into a sales interview. Some sales jobs require the rep to be on the road for the majority of the work week and are considered road warriors but some sales jobs are focused within a district or city. Regional sales representatives and sales management jobs require extensive travels to meet with customers and the sales team.
QUESTIONS TO ASK
- Ask about the percentage of travel required for the position.
- Ask about a week in the life of the position you are applying for.
- Understand the area of responsibility you will be covering.
- Ask about what customers you will be calling on and where the customers are located.
In knowing how much you are willing to travel to fit your work life balance, prepare travel requirement questions to see if the sales job fits in with your sales career goals.