Let’s face it: one of the reasons that people look to change jobs is because they don’t like their boss, for one reason or another. Maybe you’re one of these people. Perhaps you’ve tried to make it work. You’ve done all the things that a good employee should do, but you’re right back where you started—frustrated and ready to find a better, more satisfying work environment.
But how do you make sure that your new position doesn’t come with a boss who’s just as bad as your current one . . . or, perish the thought, even worse?
A recent Inc. magazine article by John Greathouse titled “It’s Not Me, It’s You: 5 Ways To Avoid Another Horrible Boss” provides tips for doing just that.
However, a couple of the article’s tips might not be applicable, namely the ones regarding doing ad hoc projects for the company prior to full-time employment or becoming your own boss by starting a company. Conversely, the ways that might pertain to you include the following two:
- Checking your potential boss’s references—How do you accomplish this? As you probably already know, LinkedIn is a great way to uncover professional information. If you’re a little more daring, you could reach out to past employees who worked for the person or to current employees to ask questions about the company (and then subtly weave in inquiries about the management and your potential new boss).
- Ask targeted questions during the face-to-face interview—This is also more daring, but necessary if you want to accurately assess the situation. According to the Inc. article, you should ask your potential boss about past employees who ultimately were not compatible with the way in which they like to work. Then closely observe their reaction.
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