A job interview gives you essential insights into the character and culture of an employer. While you should not go into a job interview cynically, you should be clear-eyed and attuned to obvious warning signs. Cheryl Hyatt was recently featured in Ms. Career Girl outlining three signs of a dysfunctional employer. Hyatt cautions to watch for power struggles. She explains,

“A healthy work environment energizes employees to support one another and work together. Productive organizations are founded on collaboration, not competition. As you interview, evaluate how the different departments interact? What is the relationship like between the administration and the board of trustees? Is the workplace typified by backbiting and suffused with tension or a place of mutual respect? Nothing will sap your job satisfaction faster than office politics.”

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