I'm hiring a regional sales manager. I want him to last, and to be happy with the company. I have 8 really strong candidates, and I think that the package that I am offering is competative and the job is very attractive. now, some the people who report to me love me, some hate me. I am, as it were, an aquired taste. when I choose the final candidate, I will fly them in from europe for a few days interview. I will spend maybe as much as 50K on training them, and they will probably earn 200K before they sell their first cent. so I really don't want to hire somebody and have them leave soon later. I am thinking that I will ask the final candidate, before he comes to the states for the interview, to talk on the phone with two of my present reports, as well as a report who quit because he hated working for me. I honestly don't think the latter will lie, I think he will say thinks like "globetrotter is such an asshole, he used to insist that I get up in the morning and work" I recognize that this is risky, but I think it migth work. what do you think?