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More than any other aspect of your job, your direct supervisor has the power to make or break you. Research has shown most people that leave their jobs, don’t leave the organization, they leave the person that they directly reported to. If this person is the biggest indicator of how successful you will be in your new work, shouldn’t you know as much as you can about him or her?

  1. Talk to people within the company.
  2. Ask detailed questions during the interview. (What type of person do you like to work with? Describe a time when you had to discipline one of your staff. If I talked to your staff, what would they tell me about you?)
  3. Do research online before showing up.

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When you’re on the job hunt (or planning for your career in general), the best way to get to know if you want to work in a field (without the full-on commitment of starting a job) is to simply talk to the people who do it.

People get jobs through connections. If you don’t have any, make them. And then ask yourself these five questions to prep.

Always re-examine and reflect on where you are in your career at least every two years. Even if you’re perfectly happy with your job, the exercise forces you to check that you are actually enjoying your work and learning on the job rather than just being comfortable.

Edmond Lau, who was an early engineer at Quora, offers advice that he received by way of a friend’s mento.

4 must-have skills to bolster any career

Check out this company’s office"Our new space brings everyone together in a single open-office environment that supports instant communication and improved collaboration across teams.”

“An office isn’t just four walls and a lease. It’s a perception of you. Location, surroundings, and community all play into the company culture.”

But is it as cool as Google’s new Dublin HQ

Writer Rebecca Thorman’s advice on interview preparation: "Rifle through your resume and cover letter to find three times where you felt unstoppable—anecdotes that ‘illustrate your relevant skills, experience, and lessons learned.’”

How telling great stories can help you land a job