Using the interview to tell if a workplace is a bad fit or toxic

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Micromanaging boss? Petty colleagues? Unreasonable work expectations? How can you frame questions and assess a workplace, lab, or clinical setting 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? 

We'll show you how! By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

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

Whether you're in your first year at UCSF, or your last, this is the session for you. This workshop is for UCSF students and postdoctoral scholars only.

Naledi Saul, Director, Office of Career And Professional Development

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 10:30am to 11:30am

School of Nursing, N-721

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Students, Postdocs




Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD)

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