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

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Ask About Their Greatest Accomplishments with the Company

This question is a great way to find out how a manager prioritizes their projects and what they care about most in the workplace.

For example, if the manager talks about how his team was able to launch a viral social media campaign, you can assume that the manager cares about the overall success of his employees. On the other hand, if the manager talks about numbers and data, you could assume that he's a results-driven manager.

Just because you're being interviewed for a job doesn't mean you can't interview your future manager. The more you can learn about your future manager will help you determine whether the job is a good fit for you. By bringing up some of these topics during a job interview, you'll discover what you really want to know about your future manager.

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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