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CAREER TIPS - New Job? Ask Your Boss These Questions

Posted 2nd November 2021 • Written by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic on •

When you start a new job, the most important relationship to get right is the one with your boss. How do you build trust right from the beginning? And how do you get the feedback and insight you need to succeed? Here are a few questions to ask your new manager.

  1. How do you like to communicate? Knowing whether your boss prefers email, Slack, or Zoom will help you reach out to them in the right way. It’s important to be flexible about how you communicate, especially if your office is shifting to hybrid or in-person work.
  2. Who should I meet with outside of our team? What you know is often less important than who you know. Your ability to influence others will improve once you understand the informal networks that determine the social dynamics of your new organization.
  3. How can I support the team and add value? This question will help you clarify your role, align on expectations, and prioritize your responsibilities.
  4. What would you do if you were in my shoes? Invite your boss to empathize with you and show them that you respect their expertise. This will help you establish a strong connection and deepen your understanding of how your manager thinks, feels, and acts.

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