Spotting a toxic workplace before accepting an offer

Run, don’t walk, if you spot these red flags during the interview process.

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How to spot a toxic workplace

Landing a job can be a dream come true. And hopping into a new gig can also backfire spectacularly.

To help avoid the latter scenario, offers a raft of ways to spot a toxic workplace—before accepting an offer you seemingly can’t refuse.

The guidance includes doing your due diligence before even applying for a position. Here’s what to watch for:

Start with Glassdoor. Don’t be daunted by one or two bad reviews, suggests, but loads of scathing rants are an obvious cause for concern. Beyond raw employee takes on a company’s culture, leadership and business practices, use Glassdoor to dig up salary data and to discover which companies receive glowing reviews from employees.

Watch for vague job descriptions. Job descriptions should be specific, transparent and detailed. For example, does the listing outline the role’s daily responsibilities and to whom you’ll report? How about a reasonable salary range or a list of metrics by which a candidate will be judged?

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