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

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Ask Why They Love Their Job

When you ask someone why they love their job, it gives them the opportunity to talk about their passions and goals. If you ask the manager this question and they offer a glowing response, it's very likely this manager genuinely enjoys what they do.

As the manager talks about why they love their job, pick up on the key details of what they like most. For example, does the manager explain why she loves team meetings or does she focus more on creative projects? These qualities can give you a better idea of the manager's personality and leadership style.

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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