Anjali Athavaley of The Wall Street Journal writes on Getting the Scoop on a Future Boss:
There are now more ways to get the inside scoop about an employer — before you are hired.
In the latest expansion of the Web phenomenon of social networking, more sites are launching features that make it easier for job seekers to connect with the employees of prospective hirers. Still, before you gather around the virtual water cooler, keep in mind that on many sites, what you post can be viewed by anybody — including your current or future boss.
Whether you’re approaching a company about a job or to sell to them, I definitely strongly recommend that you look for insiders who can give you the scoop about the company. One tactic Anjali doesn’t discuss is: look in resume database (like Monster) for people with a background similar to yours, and approach them for advice.