4 ways to spot a great boss during your next job interview

Will your next boss be a bad manager or a good leader? (Shutterstock)

Because the last thing you want is to regret changing jobs only to work under the world’s worst boss.

When you’re on the hunt for a new job, you’re probably worried about whether the company – and the boss – you choose is going to be awesome or terrible. If you think about it, the whole point of pursuing a different job is to move towards greener pastures. The last thing you want is to regret the job change only to work under the world’s worst boss. So, here are the clues to look out for during the job interview to ensure that your new boss is going to be an amazing boss:

She’s authentic

A great boss is natural, genuine, sincere, and doesn’t appear to be hiding anything.

If you leave the interview with a funny feeling about your potential boss being 'weird' or 'off' but you can’t quite put your finger on it, let this be the first warning sign that something’s up. Think hard: who does she remind you of and is that person someone you'd be happy to work with? If you’re usually a good judge of character, it’s best you trust your gut.

She’s a good listener

An indication that she is a terrible boss, is in her demeanour. If, while you’re talking, she's very fidgety, on her mobile device, or staring at nothing, chances are she's not listening to you at all.

Also, if she has no follow-up questions or doesn't respond to your answers, she's having trouble connecting with you. Someone who engages with you, gives you a chance to finish your thoughts, reacts to your contributions, and refrains from going off on a monologue, are all positive indications that they’re a great boss and treat subordinates with respect.

She's confident

If her answers are vague and include phrases like “I’ll have to check,” “I’m not sure,” or even worse – she circumvents the question like a politician, she probably isn't as involved as she should be.

A good boss knows what each person on the team’s role is. A good boss knows the ins and outs of their department.  And a good boss speaks passionately about the company, its goals, and their team’s role within the bigger picture.

Oh, and if she becomes annoyed with all your questions, she's definitely someone you don’t want to work with at all – much less work under!

She's a good leader

The last thing you want is a boss who brags, refuses to share credit, is somewhat of a bully and thinks the company or department will collapse without them. This person's language choices are a good indication that they possess a low EQ.

Instead, you want a team player, someone who inspires and creates an atmosphere of growth. Pay attention to the way in which your potential boss interacts with her co-workers. Also, look for clues in the manner that your potential boss discusses her department’s goals and achievements during the interview. "We did it” and “we’re busy with,” are signs of her team spirit. However, if she speaks of I, I, I... “I orchestrated it" or “I’ve told them to…", she's not keen on team collaboration.

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