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Questions to Reveal a Potential Bad Boss

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Sep. 16, 19 | 11:35 am

If the title of this article has caught your attention, then you might be struggling with a bad boss, still hesitant about your future boss, or unsure about your own management skills and approach. Well, regardless of the situation you are currently struggling with, this is the first step towards getting out of an unpleasant and unsatisfactory work situation.

Situation #1 – Questions to ask the interviewer if he/she is your direct potential manager

How long have you been managing and leading this team?
This question is aimed to find out if the manager is fully devoted and invested in the team. Also, watch out to how the team grew since this manager took the lead. Find out if there is any abnormally high turnover or conflicts.

How do you evaluate your current team?
This question is aimed to help you find out if there is a review cycle for the team and the employees as individuals, and if they are constantly being evaluated based on their performance. How does the manager aim to help employees set and accomplish their targeted goals and objective? Does he/she suggest and advice employees a detailed action plan and provide the necessary resources?

Do you give constructive criticism? If yes, how do you give it?
Make sure the manager does give frequent feedback; as no one wants to have a position where they won’t learn and develop further. However, the feedback should be given in a way that shows care to develop their individual goals. Feedback isn’t meant to point fingers; it is rather intended to make tasks easier. Another way to detect their feedback and communication style, is to ask them to give you feedback as an interviewee at the end of your session.

What does your ideal employee posses? In your opinion, how does he/she stand out from the rest?
Make sure to be attentive to what they say about their perfect-fit employee to make sure you truly fit into the criteria they want. If you find that you don’t fit with the criteria that the manager have mentioned, then this is enough of a sign that you will not get along or enjoy the team.

Situation #2 – Questions to ask if the interviewer works directly with your potential manager

What is your favorite thing about working with your boss?
Focus on the tone and attitude; is there something specific regarding the boss’s traits or personality that the employee seems to bring up more than once? Values or characteristics such as honesty or flexibility can have a huge impact on your daily working schedule. Did they provide examples to support their claims or was the answer broad and vague?

Can you tell me more about the work environment, the team and the office culture?
Try to know about how people get along inside and outside of the office, how they communicate with each other, and to what extent is your potential boss involved in the team culture. Are there any problematic areas or is it a comfortable and relaxed work environment?

What is his/her management style?
Be attentive to the way the employee responds to this question, and whether or not they truly like their boss’s management style or not. Find out if the manager is supportive and respectful of others. Does he/she tend to trust new employees? Does he/she tend to communicate often? Do they micromanage? Do they delegate? Do they celebrate success and praise wherever due?
Other than the questions to ask your potential manager or the interviewer, there are other things that you need to take into consideration and be attentive to that can reveal the boss’s attitude towards the team.

Body language, for instance, is essential in every interview and plays an important part in telling to which extent the person is comfortable and confident in their responses. Non-verbal cues come in handy, they reveal answers to questions, and these include facial expressions, tone of the voice and eye contact.

Also, never neglect your own principles and values. People differ in their preferences and it is essential to keep yours as priority when it comes to the work environment and the management style. Prior to going to any job interview, have a couple of minutes with yourself and focus on what you look for in your potential boss, and whether you can compromise on one attribute or not. If you find yourself not sure of what you exactly want in your future boss, then try to think of your past mentors, leaders, bosses or anyone who has been your inspirational leader or manager and what that person possessed.

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