Before You Take the Job: Get to Know Your Future Manager

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Read the Manager's LinkedIn Recommendations

If you've connected with the manager on LinkedIn, spend some time researching their recommendations. As you scan through their recommendations, pay attention to whether current or former employees provided any.

Take note of the personality traits people have identified with the manager. For example, do people say the manager is bubbly and fun to work with? Or do they say the manager is results-driven and a team player? These attributes can offer insight into what the manager's personality is like.

What qualities would your perfect manager have? What management style would inspire you to be your most innovative and productive? When interviewing for a new position, it can be tough and at times nerve-wracking to try to divine if the potential manager's style and team would be the right fit for you.

If you're like most people, you probably hope your future manager will be supportive of your goals and professional development. Research by Zenger/Folkman found the most important quality an effective manager should have is the ability to motivate and inspire others.

So how can you get the lowdown before you're actually committed and working in the new position? With a little prep and taking an active role in the interview process, applicants can gain a clearer picture of what to expect once hired. Heather Huhman, writing for Glassdoor, has identified five things you should pay attention to when getting to know a future manager.

 

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