15 Methods to Spot a Poisonous Work Setting Earlier than You Take the Job

Plus seven questions you can ask to help uncover red flags during your interview.

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November 4, 2020 2 min read

When applying for a job, you want your resume and interviews to show your experience in the best possible light. The companies you apply to are no different. From intro chats with hiring managers to interviewing your potential future boss, everyone you speak to wants you to see the best parts of the work there – and maybe gloss over the not-so-great parts.

Any job will have positive and negative aspects, but a toxic work environment can have serious effects on your mental and physical health.

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In a July article in the Harvard Business Review, Manuela Priesemuth, Professor of Management at Villanova University, who studies workplaces, wrote: “My own research has shown that abusive behavior, especially when shown by executives, spreads across the company and can create a whole climate of abuse. As employees look to and learn from managers, they understand that this type of interpersonal abuse is acceptable behavior in the company. In essence, employees are starting to think “this is the way it is here” and that belief manifests itself in a toxic environment that tolerates abusive behavior. “

However, getting rid of a toxic job is difficult as the job search has to be started again. It is better to avoid an abusive office environment.

Resume.io has explored some of the classic warning signs to look out for in job interviews, as well as seven questions to ask to help determine whether or not a job is toxic. Read the infographic below to see what to look for.


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