4 ways to spot a toxic work culture during an interview

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By Shreya Chakraborty

Working in a toxic work environment can be a bad experience for anyone. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that your next company has a healthy work ecosystem.

Here are a few tips to find if a workplace is toxic before you start your first day and throughout your interview process.

Understand the job description

It’s essential to thoroughly read and understand the job description to avoid any confusion regarding expectations about the role. If you apply for the job, snag an interview, but don’t correctly learn about the role and company, there’s a high chance that you aren’t aware of the company culture.

Ask the right type of questions

Remember that you are also exploring the company to get a better understanding of the role, culture, and team. While developing interview questions, be mindful of creating leading questions. Leading questions are questions that hint at the desired answer.

Connect with employees at your future company

Don’t just blindly follow employees who work at your future employer on social media. Genuinely reach out to someone who works at the company and ask for a virtual coffee date. Having a conversation who isn’t within the hiring process can give you the unfiltered information you need to decide for yourself if the company is the right fit for you.

Stay patient

When you’re desperate to land a new job, you’re more likely to miss or ignore warnings and forgot your intuition surrounding it. So be patient and calm while choosing a company.

She is a trainee writer at TimesJobs.

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