What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Business Development Manager in London:
"Detailed responsibilities + my manager's dogmatic nature."
Don't get excited with a large OTE.
Check if it's realistic to achieve it. And mist certainly check the commission structure especially the commission paid on each bracket I.e. 0-75% of target earns you 2% - 75.01% -80% gives you and also your client base.
Business Development Manager in Maidstone:
"More about the industry."
I landed on my feet in a great company, but I could have given myself a head start by researching the industry thoroughly before joining.
Business Development Manager in Taunton:
"The companies trading history"
One of your biggest risks is the financial directorship of the company, especially if the directors have other businesses. It is very common for directors to move funds around their businesses but not very appropriate. Find out who else works for the firm and see if you can find them on LinkedIn. You may be able to determine the stability of the company by identifying how long others have stayed, or by identifying the skillsets and values of the other members of staff.
As a business development manager - having budgets set and then supplied promptly in accordance with your business plan is essential - so try and identify if your prospective employer can deliver - or if it's just wishful thinking.