It is more important than ever to ask great questions when being interviewed for a job, particularly if you are being interviewed by the person who will be your supervisor. Assuming that you want to be successful in your new position, gathering as much relevant information as possible is vital to achieving that goal. Things that should raise red flags include:
1. When your potential supervisor’s perception of his/her management style, communication style, working environment, etc. differ dramatically from employees’ perceptions, there may be a real disconnect that will eventually result in job dissatisfaction.
2. When the interviewer is unable to describe a recent coaching/mentoring success with an employee, it may be a sign that the company does not have a culture that encourages mentoring. There may be no desire or ability to help you advance to the next level in your career.
3. If your potential supervisor has a history of changing jobs frequently within the company or with different companies, beware. If you take a position based on your chemistry with the manager and that manager leaves the company or takes a new position within the same company soon after you start, you may find yourself in a difficult situation.
The truth is that it isn’t always obvious when to decline a job offer. Sometimes it is best to trust your instincts. If your gut is telling you that something is not quite right, then there is a good chance that you’ll be happier if you walk away.
Eric Murphy is Senior Recruiter in the Professional Search Division at CEO Inc., which specializes in direct hire placement, temporary staffing, and human capital services. He can be reached at 704-372-4701