Ask the Headhunter: How do I know this company isn’t a horrible place to work?

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View of a Young attractive woman during job interview. Photo by Production Perig/Adobe Stock

View of a woman during job interview. Photo by Production Perig/Adobe Stock

Nick Corcodilos started headhunting in Silicon Valley in 1979 and has answered over 30,000 questions from the Ask The Headhunter community.

In this special Making Sen$e edition of Ask The Headhunter, Nick shares insider advice and contrarian methods about winning and keeping the right job, on one condition: that you, dear Making Sense reader, send Nick your questions about your personal challenges with job hunting, interviewing, networking, resumes, job boards or salary negotiations. No guarantees — just a promise to do his best to offer useful advice.


Question: When I’m in a job interview, I get very limited time to figure out whether this is a company I really want to work for (even if they decide to make me an offer!) What can I say or ask that will give me the best idea of whether a company is going to be a good place to work? How do I know it’s not horrible?

Nick Corcodilos: Hey, I know this one with my eyes closed. In fact, I devoted a section to this question in my PDF book, “Fearless Job Hunting, Book 5: Get The Right Employer’s Full Attention,” titled “Is this a Mickey Mouse operation?”

What do you ask in your interviews to avoid companies that are Mickey Mouse operations?

No, you don’t need to buy the book to get answers. What I’m looking for is your ideas and methods for checking out employers. I’ll share some of my own tips from the book after readers post ideas about how to figure out whether a company is a good place to work. Please leave ideas in the comments section below.

And if you have a horror story about how a company that looked good at first turned out to be a nightmare after you started the job, feel free to share it. Maybe we can figure out what you might have done to avoid it.

Dear Readers: What do you ask in your interviews to avoid companies that are Mickey Mouse operations?


Nick Corcodilos invites Making Sense readers to subscribe to his free weekly Ask The Headhunter© Newsletter. His in-depth “how to” PDF books are available on his website: “How to Work With Headhunters…and how to make headhunters work for you,” “Keep Your Salary Under Wraps,” “How Can I Change Careers?” and “Fearless Job Hunting.”

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