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How To Spot A Toxic Boss At The Recruitment Stage

By | MAGGIE ZHOU | www.refinery29.com

We talk a lot of shit about bad bosses — we’ve all have had one, or at least had a friend vent to us about theirs. Unfortunately though, it’s usually pretty late in the game that we pick up on their toxic tendencies. But what if you could catch them out in the recruitment process?
Securing employment, or even landing a job interview, can be tough enough. And when you’re cash-strapped and job-hungry, it’s easy to have your blinkers on and overlook some warning signs. It’s important to remember though that as much as a job interview is an opportunity for a company to see if you’re the right fit, it’s also a chance for you to suss out whether your potential employer is right for you. 
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We talk a lot of shit about bad bosses — we’ve all have had one, or at least had a friend vent to us about theirs. Unfortunately though, it’s usually pretty late in the game that we pick up on their toxic tendencies. But what if you could catch them out in the recruitment process?
Securing employment, or even landing a job interview, can be tough enough. And when you’re cash-strapped and job-hungry, it’s easy to have your blinkers on and overlook some warning signs. It’s important to remember though that as much as a job interview is an opportunity for a company to see if you’re the right fit, it’s also a chance for you to suss out whether your potential employer is right for you. 
So when I saw a TikTok from Allison Peck (@allifromcorporate0) where her hiring manager actually offered to give her references from previous employees who had worked under him, I was gobsmacked.
“He told me, ‘here’s three women who have worked for me before and they’ll serve as my references and they’ve said you can call them and ask what it was like as a woman working for me.’ I called them and they said he was the best boss they’d ever had. I worked there for years,” Allison said. 
Talk about a power shift.
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