Within 6 Months, 30% of New Hires Quit. Head Off a Mistake. | JobSearchTV.com

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

That manager sitting opposite you who’s trying to decide whether to hire you is not your friend and is withholding information that will affect whether you will enjoy working there. It’s one reason why 30% of new hires quit within 6 months of joining. Here’s what to ask to avoid stepping into deep doo-doo.

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30% of new hires quit their job, within six months of joining. I want to repeat that. 30% of new hires quit their job within six months of joining. Something’s  wrong here. By the way, within 18 months, your manager thinks they made a mistake 60% of the time with who they hire. Obviously, something’s broken. But on your side of this, I want to point out, most of the time, you don’t have an idea of the environment that just stepping into, because they’re painting a happy smile button face for you and talking about a terrific opportunity with a terrific team of people. “Have I mentioned we’re like family around here.”

And the fact of the matter is four people have sat at the same desk that they’re going to be asking you to sit at, and they all left. And it wasn’t just simply because they got a better opportunity. So here’s a couple of things that you might ask.  I would encourage you to do this at the second interview. There are specific questions, I coach people about asking at the first interview, related to their expectations of you, during the time that you join, within the first year, things along those lines.

So at the second interview, at some point, I want you to ask, “how would you describe the culture and the work environment here? Pretty innocuous question, right? And the second part of this is a little bit later, you would ask your hiring manager, the person you’d be reporting to, “Can you tell me one or two of your favorite things about the work environment here and one or two of the things that might be challenges or frustrations I should know about before joining the team?”

If they pretend everything is perfect, I’ll tell you, it probably isn’t and they’re trying to hide something from you. Because, like I said, people have left this job before you and they’re not telling you why. So be aware. Start asking questions about the culture or the environment that you’re stepping into, to head off issues that might show up once you’re on board.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2300 episodes.

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