How Do I Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Prospective Manager

I have a job offer, but before I accept I’d like more information on the person I’d be working for to determine if we’re a good fit. I met him in the interview of course, but would like a more behind-the-scenes look before I make this big move. How can I make that happen?

Ann-Z-newThis is a totally appropriate thing to request, and if you position your request properly, it can even enhance the way you are perceived.

As part of any interview prep, candidates should always check out the company on GlassDoor. This is a terrific website that offers current and former employees the chance to shine a light into the culture of various organizations. Keep in mind that there is no screening process in who is allowed to leave reviews on GlassDoor, so look at the information provided in general terms, paying close attention to trends and any troubling behavior that is mentioned multiple times.

When asking for the opportunity to spend one -on-one time in the office, coach your request by saying that you take this decision so seriously, and want to make sure that this is a role that you can reasonably stay in for quite some time, so you want to make sure that you give it your full consideration.

Specifically ask to spend a day or even a few hours with someone in the role you would be in, or perhaps asking to shadow someone, aiming to interact with people that you would be working with. If you pay attention, you will pick up tremendous amount of information, regarding how your potential boss is perceived, the work environment, culture, etc.

Keep in mind that we have had a handful of candidates over the years conduct themselves so poorly at the ride-along stage when they had requested it, that the offer was rescinded. So tread carefully when evaluating and countering offers, and determine on a case-by-case basis, if the risk is worth the potential reward.


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Ann Zaslow-Rethaber

Ann Zaslow-Rethaber

A recruiter since 1996, Ann Zaslow-Rethaber is the president of International Search Consultants, a global executive recruiting firm launched in 1999.

ISC has become one of the country’s most reputable search firms, earning more recommendations on Linked In than any other 3rd party recruiting agency in the entire country. With a team of 15 talented recruiters, utilizing the very best high- tech tools available, ISC can produce highly qualified candidates for companies with hi-volume recruiting needs.

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