A career change is not something to take lightly: evaluating your future job and employer is key. While the company culture and growth opportunities probably spring to mind first when assessing if your future workplace is the right fit for you, it’s wise to take into account your future employer’s view on people management as well.
Talk to your network
The first logical step is to talk to friends and acquaintances who work or have worked for your potential employer. What are their thoughts on the corporate culture, the work environment and the atmosphere among colleagues? Are employees given the right opportunities? Is taking initiative rewarded? Is the company open to new ideas?
You’ll learn the most about job requirements by talking to your predecessor. Note, however, that former employees sometimes have a strongly biased opinion. Always take what they say with a grain of salt and try to separate facts from subjective statements.
People management and boss compatibility
People management naturally involves your future boss, so take your time to better get to know them as well. You may not fully realize it now, but even the most fascinating job and challenging responsibilities are bound to lead to frustrations if you don’t see eye to eye with your supervisors.
Whether you and your future employer are a professional match depends on his or her leadership styles. We say styles, because a good boss is like a chameleon, adapting his or her style to whomever they collaborate with. While some employees want their leader to inspire them and delegate responsibilities, others look for a coach who encourages their personal development.
Ask the right questions during the interview
Job interviews are the perfect opportunity to learn more about your future employer’s leadership styles and people management skills. It’s definitely worth asking the following questions:
- “How do you go about delegating tasks? Are there tasks you always delegate? Tasks you never delegate? If so, why (not)? Would you like to delegate more? Have you experienced problems delegating so far?”
- “How do you motivate employees in difficult situations? How do you coach them towards mastering certain skills and adopting particular attitudes? How do you bring out the best in people? How do you deal with underperformers?”
These and other questions reveal plenty about leadership styles. Based on the answers, you can conclude whether your future workplace puts emphasis on individualism or collaboration and how your future employer handles group leadership.
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