Ask To Sit In On A Team Meeting Before Accepting A Job Offer

Ask To Sit In On A Team Meeting Before Accepting A Job Offer

You’re interviewing for a job and you think it’s a good one, but you’re not completely sure. Before you accept the job offer, test out your cultural fit with the company by attending one of their meetings.

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This advice comes from Kimberley Kasper, chief marketing officer at Highfive Technologies, in an interview with BBC:

“Sitting in on a staff meeting gives you a glimpse of the team in action, personalities, and how your potential manager manages the team,” she said in an email.   Not every applicant gets this type of opportunity — but there is little harm in asking to attend a staff meeting, Kasper said. However, avoid asking human resources, she suggests, as the request might give the wrong impression that you have reservations about taking the job. Instead, bring it up your potential new manager.

You’ll get to see how the team operates in real life and if an employer lets you do this, you’ll know they’re probably very serious about having you onboard.

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  • I think this would be awkward and an HR / confidentiality nightmare. Everyone in the meeting would either be thinking:

    “Oh, so you’re new – but not really. Do I ignore you or embrace you?”
    “Can I talk about that upcoming project that hasn’t been announced?”
    “I need to look super enthusiastic so they sign on to our team”

    • Exactly my thoughts.

      I’ve worked in a lot of different office environments over the past 20 years and I can’t think of a single place where this would’t be extremely weird.

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