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Is This The Most Important Question About a New Job?

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I recently came across a New York Times headline that read, “The One Question You Should Ask About Every New Job.”

Now, that’s a pretty powerful headline! I obviously read on to find out what the article (written by Adam Grant) deemed to be the most important question, which basically boils down to this:


Calling any singular question “The one question you have to ask” is bold seeing how subjective of a call this is. But I must say, this is indeed one of the most important questions you can ask.

From my experience as a Career Coach, you do not want to take a job without knowing you are a good company culture fit. And the article makes a good case for why this question is so essential.

Mr. Grant specifically calls out 4 sub-questions about a company’s culture that will help you really know if it’s the right fit:

  1. Is the big boss human?
  2. Can the little person rise to the top?
  3. Will I get fired?
  4. How will the boss react to mistakes?

Read the whole article and get more insight into how and why you should ask these questions!