Many clients tell me the same thing: They hate their boss. They feel unappreciated and disrespected. Rather than recognize a job well done, the bad boss will say nothing or, worse still, ask for more. To be fair, in many cases, the boss’s boss is probably putting pressure on her to do more and more. That’s too often the nature of business today. Still, would it hurt a boss to say, “Good job,” or “Thank you”?
How can you avoid working for a bad boss? When you interview for a new job, ask this question: What will it be like to work for this person? Pay attention your potential supervisor’s mannerisms and body language. A good question to ask would be: “What are the three most important qualities you look for in a successful employee?” The answer should indicate whether you and your prospective supervisor share the same values.
You can’t control your boss or the company you work for. However, you can decide what company you want to work for. Hiring is a two way street. If you’re looking for a new job take the time to evaluate the person who can make you life miserable. It’s never easy to walk away from a job. Sometimes it’s better to do that than to be miserable and mistreated. It’s your choice.
Employers want candidates to ask questions at interviews. Here’s a question I recommend clients ask: “What are the top three challenges I’ll face in this position?”
This question works in several ways. First, it shows the employer that you want to confront challenges. Second, once the employer tells you what the challengers are, you can address how you would deal with them. Finally, you will get a sense of what the employer thinks is most important. Employers want good employees. What’s a good employee? Someone who is not afraid of challenges.