We’ve all heard stories about the nightmare of working for bad bosses. Some of us have even had the unique displeasure of doing so ourselves.
A terrible boss doesn’t just impact the way you work in the office, they affect your entire life. So, it’s important to look out for red flags to such behaviour. They often appear as early as the interview process, which is one of the best times to know what you’ll be going into before accepting a job offer.
We’ve compiled a few warning signs of a toxic boss. Watch for them in the interview and you might be able to avoid a toxic work environment, or at least know what you’re in for:
Is your potential boss talking over you in the interview? Does he seem more interested in discussing himself than in asking you questions?
If his ideas seem to be more important than finding out about your ideas, or if you provide an answer and the interviewer tells you you’re wrong or interrupts with his own answer to the question, it may be an indication that he will be difficult to work with.
If your boss scans you from head to waist versus waist to head as they extend their hand in greeting you, they are intuitively sending a message that you are smaller than they are,” explains Zannah Hackett, author of .
Though subtle, it’s the nonverbal equivalent of a belittling comment. This is not a good sign that your talents are going to flourish in this environment.
They’re body language is intimidating
Body language says a lot, if you can look closely. Looking down at you, pointing fingers, and crossing legs on the table are all signs of an intimidating boss.
On the other hand, if they do not make eye contact, shift uneasily, keep looking at their watch, rechecking your resume, then you have a boss who’s not confident and may not let you grow in your role. An insecure boss will find you threatening if you are good at your job and will use the power of the position to make your life miserable
They don’t focus on the job interview
The hiring manager should be 100 percent focused on the candidate and interview. If you notice for red flags, such as checking email, answering telephone calls, texting and speaking with others during your interview, then something is just not right there.
Your potential boss would be too engrossed in himself when you eventually work with him. Avoid accepting a job with a boss who doesn’t give you his or her full attention during your job interview.
You don’t get clear answers
If you ask straightforward questions about the company’s future, the organizational culture, the demands of the role, the opportunities for advancement, and you’re met with a wall of weasel words, jargon and general equivocating, know that your potential boss is a poor communicator at best and a shady character at worst.
Anything you ask of him in the future, from a request for feedback on a project to clarity around the next quarter’s budget, will net you the same vague rambling or refusal to be transparent that you’re being met with in the interview.