How to find the right boss

2008

When you decided it's time to look for a new job, you need to consider a lot of things. You need to think about the company, its financial situation, the work involved, the hours expected, the salary offered and the benefits package.

But perhaps most importantly, you should also find the right boss to work for. The Washington Post has some suggestions on that in their article A< href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/12/AR2006081200369.html">Finding the Right Boss.

The article offers several things to keep in mind during your next interview:

  • Are you meeting with the right people? Do you meet with the person you will be reporting directly to? If not, consider this a warning sign.
  • Is your boss wiling to discuss himself? You don't have to pepper your boss with questions, but setting him up to discuss how he got where he is can indicate his willingness to share information.
  • Is there a positive "vibe" regarding the person who previously held the position? Or did that person quit in anger? The past may have an impact on your future.
  • How's your future boss' career? Is he considered a "rising star?" Has he been promoted regularly?
  • Watch for non-verbal tips and cues. Did your boss show up to the interview on time? When he or she spoke to you, did they look you in the eye?
  • Follow your hunches. Your gut can really be a great barometer. Did you get a good feeling from your boss? Trust those instincts.

Remember, the job interview is as much a chance for you to interview your future supervisor as it is for them to interview you. Don't be afraid to ask questions, do some research and make the right decision.

And final tip from our columnist Bob Selden, whose piece How to select your new boss explores similar territory.

Before you even get to the interview, jot down what your selection criteria are for an effective boss. You should do this in much the same way as you would if you were a manager selecting a new employee.

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