I work at a small company with around 25 people in my division. Recently, I applied for a new sales focused position within the company which would allow me to do some things I am more passionate about, and also move closer to home. While I have some limited sales experience, I would like to learn a little more about it in this specific industry to prepare me for my next interview.
I was thinking of emailing/calling one of our current sales reps to see if they would be willing to give me some advice. However, after my first interview with my boss, he told me the second interview would include someone else on the phone, most likely one of our sales reps. So my question is: When they may be interviewing me, is it appropriate to reach out to a sales rep for advice?
Also, just to clarify: This is small and intensely private industry. The people with experience are very few, and the number of people outside our company who would be able to talk about their business is zero.