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How do you screen jobs for work culture before you accept an offer?

Once, I interviewed and got a position that seemed perfect... until I saw the long list of people who had the position and then quit. The manager was mean, sneaky, and micro managing and I wish I knew that before I accepted! How do you get truthful answers about managing style, and get info from previous workers? badboss newjob workculture

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Whitney’s Answer


Whitney recommends the following next steps:

Use Glassdoor to get an idea of the company culture; are there any red flags?
If you see some issues on Glassdoor that concern you - ask in the interview! Remember - an interview is you interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. Let them know what you saw on Glassdoor or heard from a colleague and ask their opinion on it. Remember to add a positive spin on your questions; you are excited about the opportunity but you "heard XX about the company culture; what are your thoughts on that?"
Figure out what made your last manager so unappealing & tailor questions around that. For example: was your last manager micro-managing you? Create a positive question like: I enjoy having some autonomy when it comes to my work - "do you think your management style aligns with that?" Or simply "What is your management style?"
You can also tailor the questions about the work style that you prefer. Emphasize the things that you need from a manager that will help make you successful & even bring up examples of previous poor experiences. For example, if you had a manager who spoke down to you in front of others in the past, maybe say something like: "I am someone who is motivated by positive reinforcement. I am always open to feedback and growing but have found that I prefer to have these conversations one on one with my manager instead of in a group setting." Managers should be able to identify in the interview if that makes you a fit for their team or not.
Check out the website "The Muse" to get great interview tips and tricks and to get ideas on how you can interview the company during your interview!
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Esther’s Answer

While you are in an interview you are there to also interview your potential employer. You can absolutely ask questions about their management styles and their work culture. The first time I did this i think i surprised them and after I was hired that manager said that was what was their deciding factor of hiring me. I was interested in more than just the position and they said they felt I would affect positive change in their environment.
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Mervin’s Answer

Linkedin.com has a lot of good information about companies. You can do a search for the company you are interested in and check posts. There is a section for life at the company, people at the company, and testimonials.

Mervin recommends the following next steps:

Sign up for a free linkedin.com account.
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