I've held several jobs where it was not apparent to me right away what management considered most important. Sometimes the jobs were exactly the same but because of the order of priorities they were executed very differently.
For example some places considered the most important thing to work as fast as possible. Others thought not making mistakes was most important and working fast was pointless because there was always more work. Others it was knowing how to deal with every possible contingency. Others thought appearance was the most important (whether on paper or in person). One manager told me appearing confident to certain people is important and asking them questions diminishes this. Naturally I tend to care very little about appearance but if I'm told to do so I will.
When starting a new job how can I get a sense for these types of things? Should I ask the manager what they consider the most important?
I know a manager may reply "they are all important" which isn't really helpful. That is why I'm asking how to phrase it here :)