How to Spot a Bad Job Before You Accept It

How to Advance Your Career

You're unhappy at your current job. So, you naturally want a new one. Remember, though: It pays to look before you leap. Otherwise, you might end up just as unhappy in your new role as you are in your current one.

"Interviewers will be focused on finding out if you're a right fit for the position, but it's also important to decide if the company is a right fit for you," says Glassdoor contributor Heather Huhman.

According to Huhman, asking a few strategic questions at the end of a job interview can help you identify whether a position -- and a company -- is right for you. Start, for example, by asking questions about your role, such as: Can you offer specific details about the position's day-to-day responsibilities? What would my first week at work look like? And, what do you hope I will accomplish in this position?

"If rather than going into detail about the primary responsibilities listed in the job description, the employer rambles off many more duties -- they may be asking you to take on more than you initially thought," Huhman says.

It's also a good idea to ask about the interviewer. You might ask, for example: What do you enjoy most about working here? Why are you working in this industry? Or, what is your team's greatest accomplishment?

"Most likely, the interviewer is the first contact you'll have at this company -- they could even be your future boss. Asking questions can help you understand their attitude, company values and where the company's future is heading," Huhman says. "Be wary of leaders who have trouble opening up or don't seem passionate about their company and team."

And finally, don't forget to ask about management style. In particular, ask: How do leaders set employees up for success? And, how does management deliver negative feedback to employees?

"Employers who can't list how they encourage employees and set them up for success may not deliver the support you're looking for in a company," Huhman concludes.

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