Don’t wait until after you’ve been hired to discover a bad boss – watch for these red flags during your job interview (Photo: Shutterstock)
I’ve worked for some pretty bad bosses during my career (as I’m sure you have too). Some became my boss after I was already working in the job, but others were toxic bosses that I should have spotted before I even accepted the job offer.
Here are seven ways to spot a bad boss – before you take the job:
They’re late for the job interview. I once sat outside a hiring manager’s office waiting for my job interview. I waited. And waited. Forty-five minutes after the interview should have started, the hiring manager showed up. He rolled his eyes. “Oh great. Another interview. Like I don’t already have enough to do,” he grumbled. This hiring manager had not only forgotten about my interview, he also hated his job. A dangerous combination – and one to avoid.
They ask illegal questions during your interview. Does the hiring manager ask questions that make you feel uncomfortable, such as how many children you have or if you’re married? Hiring managers should avoid asking any questions based on race, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, veteran or military status, and physical, mental or sensory disabilities. These are all “protected classes” under most state law. If you’re asked any of these types of questions, it means the hiring manager isn’t trained, isn’t experienced or may be unethical.
Other employees avoid the hiring manager. As you walk down the hallway to the hiring manager’s office or conference room for your interview, be aware of how other employees react to the manager. Do they quickly turn around and walk away or dive behind cubicles? Look for signs that other employees are afraid of the hiring manager or trying to avoid him or her.
They don’t focus on the job interview. The hiring manager should be 100 percent focused on the candidate and interview. Look for red flags, such as checking email, answering telephone calls, texting and speaking with others during your interview. Avoid accepting a job for a boss who doesn’t give you his or her full attention during your job interview.
They don’t ask difficult questions. To find the best candidate, it requires a lot of digging and questioning. So be wary of the hiring manager if he or she isn’t asking you tough questions about your knowledge, skills and experience. They should be trying to find out as much as possible about your background as well as testing your skills with “Tell me about a time when…” questions. If you aren’t getting tough questions, be suspicious.
They can’t clearly communicate what it will take for you to be successful in the position. The hiring manager should know what it takes to be successful in the job for which you’re interviewing. This includes the knowledge, skills, background, education and attitude necessary. He or she should also be able to discuss the types of people who have previously been successful in the job and the key attributes that made them successful. If they don’t know this information, they shouldn’t be the hiring manager.
They don’t have a clear vision with goals and objectives for their department. It’s an issue if the hiring manager can’t clearly articulate the vision, goals and objectives for their department. You don’t want to work for a boss who doesn’t know what they’re doing.
Review these tips before your next job interview – because the best time to spot a bad boss is before you accept the job. That way, you can make an educated choice as to whether you accept the job offer (or not).
Source : This article was published forbes.com By Lisa Quast