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Stop! Before you accept that cushy job, make sure it's actually as cushy as you think it is. Here's my top ten questions to ask before taking an IT job:

10. What happened to the last person in this position?

Did they quit, did they get promoted, did they die of a stress-induced heart attack, what? Rarely is a position created completely from scratch, and you want to know why the last person left so you can avoid their fate. If they'd been around for less than a year, I would ask the same question about their predecessor as well.

9. Have you had any layoffs in the last year?

Nobody's going to tell you if layoffs are scheduled for the future, but you can at least ask about the past. Maybe they did a round of layoffs and they're perfectly positioned for future growth, but maybe they're spiraling down the toilet.

8. What's the on-call rotation schedule?

Will you be sharing the pager with someone, on call one week per month, or on call at all times? If you're on call, do you get a company laptop and wireless aircard to be able to respond, or do you have to hoof it to the nearest desktop, or heaven forbid, the office? And to follow that up...

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