Medical device employment and compensation have been frequent topics of mine over the past couple of years (see list below). It’s an important theme.
Today I’d like to talk about reference checking your prospective new boss. As a senior executive in the industry, I’ve hired many people for my companies – some more than once. As part of the hiring process, I always try to find colleagues in my network to provide references on the prospective hire. My goal is to build an outstanding team, and mistakes are costly. While I always ask candidates to provide references, I also like to check with colleagues not on that list.
Turnabout is fair play. Yet I’ve never had a prospective employee ask me for references. Why not? I’m happy to provide them.
While I’m at it, here are a couple more questions I wish prospective employees would ask:
Describe your management style?
How do you help employees improve their skill sets and advance in their careers?
Taking a new job means agreeing to spend the next part of your career working for a new person. It’s not a decision to make lightly. After you get an offer, ask your prospective boss for references and do your research.
On his blog, Guy Kawasaki’s advice is even more direct. Check it out here.
And here’s that list of my employment and compensation posts:
- Why You Should Join a Medical Device Startup
- Finding Your First (or Next) Medical Device Position
- The lean medical device startup compensation policy
- David Weekly’s Introduction to Stock and Options
- Stock Options – Wilson’s Rules