How To Spot A Bad Boss In An Interview

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        An interview is classically seen as a crucial step in the procedure of getting a job. Its always good to have proper interviewee etiquette. Where you are asked questions about your knowledge, experience, and get a chance to show off your personality. Yes the main purpose of the interview is to see if you are a good fit for the company, from the company’s point of view, but this is also the best time to see if the company is the right fit for YOU. Half of your day will be spent at work, on a daily/weekly basis, and it is definitely a good idea to find out what type of people you are going to be working around for such a long time. Working with a good boss is a pleasure for any employee. A good boss knows how to make their employees work in a healthy environment. An employee who enjoys his work will produce good work. Having a bad boss can make work more stressful than it actually is.

             Anyone’s productivity can be affected by his or her relationships with coworkers, depending on who they choose to interact with as well as forced interactions with coworkers and more so managers. An employee’s productivity can be negatively affected by the relationship with his or her boss. Even if you are working in a company of your choice, your boss can turn your job into a nightmare. But luckily you can spot out horrible bosses easily during your interview, so you can realistically consider yourself working at that specific company or a different company. It isn’t always likely to foresee whether a person will turn out to be a bad boss during interviews, same goes for employees BUT knowing what warning signs to lookout for will surely help you out.

“When the manager walks by, are coworkers not friendly with him and quickly turn around to avoid eye-contact? If so then that’s another HUGE red flag and it’s time for you to look for the exit.”

Arriving late for the interview

                A late manager that doesn’t notify you when he’s late, especially in an interview where you are suppose to show the best of who and what you are or represent a company, is a big RED flag. This shows that the manager either doesn’t know the value of time or they hate their job so being late to them means nothing. If there is a call or message from the interviewer telling you they are going to be a little late then that’s acceptable because life happens at random times…..He’s only human.

Ask Questions

                You can effortlessly get a sense for the manager and the company’s culture by asking the correct questions. “Is this the correct career move for me?” Make your questions give the impression of interest in the company and how the day-to-day work experience is actually like, make sure to not word your questions in a way that make the interviewer feel like you are interrogating them, which may irritate the interviewer and overall not help you. If your questions are too direct, you may sound like you aren’t interested in the position anymore. Instead think of questions that will help you get an understanding for the company’s culture. Ask questions like “what is a typical day here like?”. Inquiry about opportunities for expanding your knowledge within the company and learning new skills you can apply. How your interviewer answers these questions will give you a lot of info on what type of person they might be. Are they interacting and willing to expand on the conversation about your questions? Or are the answers dismissive and short spoken with no real commitment or explanation to them?

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                   How the interviewer handles your questions and the overall interaction with you will show how they approach work situations. Does the vibe you get from the interviewer come off as a self centered person? Does he or she focus on themselves more than the job itself? This is a clear signal that this person might be a bad boss. More than likely this person will think their ideas are always best and anyone else’s ideas are stupid or will not work. Also if the interviewer interrupts you during your answers to provide his own feedback or to correct you, this is a tell tale sign they’d probably be difficult to work with. If you haven’t even been hired yet and the manager doesn’t show you respect in the interview, more than likely the lack of respect will get worse once you are actually working in the company.

                   The body language the interviewer has shouldn’t be over looked. A person who has negative body language isn’t someone you want to have to interact with, a person in an important role that of manager with negative body language is a HUGE red flag. He or she might look at the door, phone or watch again and again, avoid making eye contact, attends to personal calls over his or her phone, recheck your resume, not really have a conversation with you. All these actions show lack of interest in conducting the interview.

How they carry themselves

                  Pay attention to how seriously the interviewer takes your job and how seriously he takes his job. Yes there is some flexibility here depending on what work environment you’re looking for. But there is always a clear line between professionalism and being plain unorganized. Does the manager show up late constantly? Late response to emails? Phone calls? etc. These bad habits will more than likely translate over to work as well.

“Positivity and possibility should dominate the way he speaks and his ideas, these are the qualities of a good manager”

                  How does the manager speak? Positivity should dominate the way he speaks and his ideas, these are the qualities of a good manager. If most of his sentences and ideas begin with a negative outlook and he tries to justify those unproductive viewpoints or discreetly tries to change the subject; symptoms of a bad manager. These are clear signs this person is dominated by negativity and that negativity will dictate his work and relationships. In short, this is NOT the type of person you want as a manager.

Pay attention to coworker interactions

               One of the best ways to get a real insight about what and how the day-to-day goes in the potential company you will work for is to talk to current employees. They will give you an unbiased review of the company. Ask them how the manager behaves in the workplace; they will give you the truth. Remember the manager is trying to “sell” you the job, so he or she will sugar coat most everything about the reality of the job. Another thing you can do is watch the behavior of the other employees when the manager walks by. Do they scurry back to their seats and “work” or are they not friendly with him and quickly turn around to avoid eye-contact? If so then that’s another HUGE red flag and it’s time for you to use your eyes and look for the exit door.

Not knowing the company’s goals or culture

               A good manager will surely know what is happening within the company and the culture of the company or department you will be working in. If you ask a few questions about the annual turnover, company traditions, current projects, etc. He should be able to give you nothing less than a confident definite answer, anything else will indicate of whether he is a resource or burden to the company.

 

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