5 questions to ask your boss-to-be

What to ask during your interview to determine whether your manager is a good fit for you.

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You’ve heard it before: “People join a company but leave their boss.”

It may be conventional wisdom, but maybe it’s time to buck the convention. With savvy interviewing skills, you can increase your chances of avoiding that clichéd outcome and find a manager with “staying power.”

Predicting the potential of a relationship after one conversation is no easy feat, unless you’re a speed-dating world champion. To make the most of your interview, arm yourself with these five questions for your boss-to-be, and see whether you’re really meant to happily share that office kitchenette.

1. How and when do you give feedback to employees?

If she only talks about the annual performance review process, it may be a red flag that the lines of communication for honest, constructive feedback aren’t open. Let’s face it: We all can get better at what we do. Would you rather start getting better immediately, or first hear about your “development opportunities” on your hiring anniversary?

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