Manage Up: Using the Interview to Tell if a Workplace is a Bad Fit or Toxic

November 18, 2020
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Micromanaging boss? Petty colleagues? Unreasonable expectations? How can you frame questions and assess a workplace, lab, clinical setting or workplace to help you determine if a job, postdoc or residency is a bad fit for you or toxic? How can you get accurate information when current staff might not be motivated to be candid with you? Come to this interactive workshop and we'll show you how to use your interview effectively!

Learning outcomes:

This session is intended for trainees at all stages.

  1. Define what a ‘bad fit' or 'toxic work environment’ is
  2. Identify steps to research the environment of a lab, residency or job opportunity before the interview
  3. Use questions during an interview to determine whether an organization values a healthy environment
  4. Articulate strategies and practice language to frame questions, considering that current staff will probably not be candid with candidates if their environment is unhealthy
  5. Describe examples of verbal and non-verbal red flags during an interview
  6. Describe factors that can make it difficult to recognize and weigh the potential impact of red flags during and after an interview
  7. Utilize their professional community and social media to vet various institutions and opportunities


Naledi Saul, MPM, Director, Office of Career and Professional Development



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