People leave their bosses, not their jobs. This reason, according to Gallup, is the number one reason people leave their jobs. Don’t let this happen to you. You can spot a bad boss during the interview by paying close attention to subtle clues. Sizing up your future boss should be on the top of your priority list when deciding whether or not to accept a job offer.
- Take a temperature check of the team. When you arrive for your interview be observant of employees’ body language. Do they seem distant and avoid eye contact with you? Or do they openly greet you and welcome you to the office. If there is dissent within the team people will hunker down and keep a low profile.
- Meet the team. If you are interviewing for a management level job make sure you interview your future team members and other peers. A controlling boss will keep you isolated from the team particulary if there is disention amongst the ranks. Ask to spend a half day with the team prior to accepting the offer.
- Ask about turnover. If the job you are applying for has been vacated repeatedly, chances are the problem is with the boss. If so, this should raise a huge red flag. Ask the manager what the reason is for the vacancy and see if his verbal answer is in sync with his non-verbal behavior (body language). Following the interview do your research by tapping your network to get answers. Check out Glassdoor for any recent employee reviews on the company. Do a Google search on your potential manager.
- How engaged are they in the interview? If interruptions are the norm during your interview (taking calls, answering emails and texts) it’s likely you are dealing with someone who is an ineffective leader; not to mention, not focused on you. You could be entering a chaotic work environment with a boss who doesn’t have the time of day for you.
- No clear vision for their organization. If the hiring manager can’t clearly articulate the vision, goals, and objectives for their department, then they have no business being in that role. This isn’t the kind of manager you want as your leader.
- Trust your gut. How well did you connect with this person during the interview? Did she engage in real dialogue and seem interested in you or simply ask canned questions from a list? Is this someone you could invision spending time with 5 days a week? If your are queezy about any of your answers, think twice. Your gut does not lie.
Thriving in your next job depends greatly on who you will be working for. Do your homework and be mindful of everything going on around you while you are interviewing with your prospective boss. It could make the difference between having a great work experience or the job from hell. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.