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

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Every manager is unique when it comes to getting projects completed. Ask the manager questions about their typical day in the office and how they like to interact with employees.

For instance, say you've applied for a graphic design position with an advertising agency. Ask the manager to explain his system for approving final projects. The manager might explain how he uses a project management system called Brightpod to manage his projects and communicate with employees. You can infer from this answer that the manager is very organized and ensures deadlines are met.

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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