In recent months, many graduates are searching for their jobs. Every time when you get an interview, you will try your best to focus on getting the job. However, have you tried to ask yourself, “Is this the right boss for me?” It may sound like an indulgence to ask such a question in these unstable economic. Nicole Williams, career expert and author of Girl On Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success, says that actively finding the right boss for you is more closely tied to career success and income than you may realize.
After read Nicole’s articular, I realized that boss can dictate your future. A good boss can help you to have a better career development. Your boss can decide how much mentorship to give you and assign the tasks for you. Hence, your working experience is largely depend on your boss.
So, I want to discuss with you about how to identify a good boss.
1. Eye contact
Eye contact is one of the important factor. If the boss doesn’t pay attention to what you are saying in the interview, this means that he/she is not interested in you. He/She is not willing to spend time in the interview or even does not care about what you can contribute to the company.
If the boss is using smartphone or computer rather than paying attention on you during the interview, this is disrespectful and this can show his/her management style.
2. Questions in the interview
Nicole points out that a boss who asks thoughtful questions during interview means that heshe is a thoughtful boss. He/she will interest in your passions or what you enjoy. If the boss just asking some standard questions like, “Where did you go to school?” or “Can you describe your previous job?”, it shows that he/ she does not have enough understanding of your job or does not taken the time to read your resume.
3. Signs of balanced lifestyle
Most of the bosses do not have a balanced lifestyle. They spend most of their time on work. To avoid working for a workaholic boss who does not have a balanced lifestyle, we can look for signs of interests other than work. We can start by looking around his/her office. Are there any family’s photos on the desk? Are there any decoration? If the answer is no for these two questions, you may need to follow his/her lifestyles when he/she employs you.
4. “Let’s be BFFs!”
For female interviewee and female interviewer, a little bit of female bonding during the interview is a good thing. Nicole says to steer clear of the boss who tries to be your new best friend. The boss who discloses too much personal information about herself during the interview may be looking for a therapist instead of an employee.
If she says, “Let’s hang out,” you should be mindful that she may be an emotionally needy boss that could become emotionally draining, not to mention a productivity zapper. While it’s nice to be liked, your professional competence should be the reason you’re hired, so you can spend your time shining at your chosen job, not worrying about managing a rocky relationship.
5. ”You’re just like me”
For female bosses, they may say some encouraging words like “I see myself in you.” This seems to be a good sign that she is willing to assist with your growth and development. However, if a boss finds a strong similarity between herself and you, Nicole warns that she will often have relative higher expectations of you than of other employees. She will also be more deeply affected and personally disappointed the moment you make a mistake.
You need to spend more than 8 hours a day with your boss. He/she will have a major impact on your life, happiness and success. So, think carefully before accepting a job offer. Good luck to all of you.