5 ways to spot a bad boss while being interviewed
We've talked about what not to do in an interview. One thing you should do, although many don't, is interview the interviewer. Some people are so fixated on getting the job that they'll go along with whatever the boss says or does not realizing that they could end up working for a bad boss. This, in many cases, will cause more aggravation than the job or salary are worth. CNBC wrote about five tricks to spotting a bad boss. Here's my take on them as someone who has been through the process many times throughout my career.
Go with your gut- If you're not feeling good during the interview there's probably a reason why, even though you may not be able to put your finger on it at the time. How have your instincts served you in the past? If you're leaving the interview with a bad feeling, it's probably a good idea to keep going.
Miserable employees- Sure telltale sign of a bad boss. Although some of that can come from corporate policy that is over your superior's head, it's still a major part of the boss's job to keep morale up. The better you feel about your job the more you'll work for it. Check out how they treat the ones they come in contact with while you are there then picture yourself in the employees shoes, you could very well be.
The boss kept you waiting and never acknowledged it- I hate when they do this. It's one thing when there is a legitimate emergency and it's explained, but when some bosses simply take calls during your interview, making you feel uncomfortable while you wait for them to get off the phone, it's just insulting. Just as you should never take a call during an interview, neither should they.
The boss belittled you or was rude- There is no place for that in the job interview nor ever on the job. If they didn't feel your previous accomplishments were good enough to get you in there, you wouldn't be in that room in the first place. This can also show a sign of insecurity or that they may feel threatened by you down the line.
The boss derided the work of another employee to you- Again, something that should never be done but a couple of different ways to look at it. While it may feel good that they're taking you into their confidence, they may be testing you to see how you will react. Will you join in on the criticism of an employee you may not even know to a boss you also don't know? How would you feel if you were the employee getting criticized in the next interview. It could and probably will happen.
One thing to keep in mind when going for a job interview is that if you get it, it's going to become a big part of your life for the time that you are there. It's also not the only job in the world and if you don't feel right about it, it's probably not worth taking.
Remember a job interview is a two way street. As much as you're trying to impress your prospective employer, make sure that you yourself are impressed as well!
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