You may be excited to move forward to your next career opportunity, particularly if you’re trying to leave an unhealthy work environment. But as you interview with prospective employers, don’t ignore the signs of toxicity that may be right in front of you. Identifying toxicity in an organization you don’t currently work for can prove to be tricky. If you’re trying to leave a toxic workplace but don’t do your due diligence on future employers, you could end up back in another miserable environment. The author presents three things to watch out for to stop yourself from joining a toxic workplace.
Early on in my career, I was thrilled to get a call from one of the top global beauty brands to interview for a marketing role. I had applied online and remember the recruiter aggressively insisting that I come to their office to interview with less than 48 hours’ notice. I called in sick to my then-employer and went into the prospective company’s office to meet with 11 individuals for 11 separate interviews.