The Most Surprisingly Effective Way to Judge a Potential Employer

BMoe (Brad Moore)
3 min readMay 31, 2022

I discovered it by accident, and I should have turned around and left before the interview even started.

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Early in my career I was changing jobs usually more often than every 2 years. I went through a record-breaking run of 5 or 6 employers in a row which went belly-up in the 90’s, and at other times a job change was the way to get a raise or promotion.

The more things change…

I had taken a job at a small “Computer Shopper” mail-order shop, but that only lasted about three months. I wish I had known this trick back then.

I drove to Greeley for my interview. I had no intention of working in Greeley, but was eventually hired to stand up a new location in Denver (from a networking/IT standpoint).

Upon arriving at the HQ in Greeley I made a quick trip to the men’s room. As I came around the corner in this warehouse-like facility, there was flooding coming out of the restroom, and workers were being told to go over to the ladies room across the floor. A manager was put in charge of monitoring who went in and out, so as to help maintain privacy.

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When myturn finally came, I realized that this bathroom may have been drier than the flooded men’s room, but it was otherwise not in better shape.

Relieved (or “having relieved myself”), and slightly disgusted, I left the warehouse floor and went to my interview.

My follow-up meeting was at the Denver location and was a big improvement.

Photo by Drew Harbour on Unsplash

That is not a compliment.

I took the job, because I needed it. I know, that never happens. As the Denver facility grew, the bathroom situation stabilized.

I didn’t say “improved”, I said, “stabilized.”

From my first interview until the day I left, this company (which WOW, they are still in business! Imagine my shock) showed me two critical things:

  • A company’s bathroom reveals what the employees think of their employer, and
  • A company’s bathroom reveals what the employer thinks of their workforce.

As strange as it sounds, in the almost 30 years since that day, I now make it a habit of visiting the men’s room before interviewing. At first it was just curiosity, but as patterns arose validating my initial assumption, I began making it a qualifying component for accepting a job with any company.

Now, run down to your bathroom. What does your employer think of you?

Working from home? What do you think of your employer?



BMoe (Brad Moore)

Crappy writer with good information. I’m here to inform and protect through better management and improved technology