What’s the Boss like? Find Out Before Taking Job
If you are in the middle of a job interview, asking questions, but chances are you will forget to ask one of the most important you can ask a boss:
“What is your managing style?”
That answer could determine whether you will be able to be successful in the position. People want to be in a situation where they like their boss and want to work for them.
“You really have to be honest with yourself,” said Alan Hubbard, LandAjob’s Chief Operating Officer. “Does their style match with how you want your work environment to be? If they are hard-charging and you are laid back, you probably aren’t going to be successful.”
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While the boss is researching to see if you are the right person for the job, Bertram says you should be doing the same thing.
“Networking can be a very good tool here,” he said. “Reach out to people you know who might have worked for the boss or knows them. Most people get jobs through personal connections with the companies.”
If you talk to someone who had a great experience with the person interviewing you, look for things they say that might be an issue for you. For example, the boss might expect everyone to stay around and socialize after the day is over. The person you are replacing liked to do that, but you want to go home to your family.
When you are talking to someone who had a negative experience with the person who might be hiring you, don’t necessarily rule out taking the job. The person might have struggled to get down the basics of the job and the boss might have been more understanding they really needed to be.
“You have to look at the information, good and bad, with a critical eye,” said Hubbard. “Don’t get caught up in the emotions of the person you are talking with. If you are listening closely, and asking good questions, you will be able to get the information you need to decide whether you want to work for that person or not.”
After you have the information you need, an important step, according to Hubbard is, to be honest with yourself. There might be a list of 10 things you have learned about your future boss and how do they match with your work style. Chances you won’t go 10 for 10, but can you be successful if it is seven out of 10?
“You will have to make adjustments and that’s something you do whenever you start a job,” said Hubbard. “Getting the information about the boss is just the first step. If you take the job, you need to make sure you are committed to making sure this works out for you and your boss.”
(LandAjob helps Americans with disabilities find jobs with a free database of more than 600,000 positions. You can also learn how to get up to $13,000 in job reimbursements and expenses. Go to www.landajob.org.)
“You really have to be honest with yourself. Does their style match with how you want your work environment to be? If they are hard-charging and you are laid back, you probably aren’t going to be successful…”