You’ve passed the interview, you got a job offer, and now, it’s time to meet your potential boss. Like most people, you’ve probably promised yourself that you won’t clash with your boss no matter what happens. But what if all the signs are saying that you won’t be getting along with your potential manager?
Though first impressions say a lot about a person, it can be hard to identify a bad boss within the first few minutes. But there are warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore, and these signs could mean that you should proceed with caution in your new job—or that you should just find a new job.
Here are the signs that you won’t get along with a potential boss.
The manager communicates in an unprofessional manner
Observe the way your potential manager talks to you. If he’s curt or hostile, or if he has a tendency to be evasive, then it’s likely that his attitude won’t change once you start working with him. While your manager does not have to be friends with you, he still has to treat you with respect.
You have different working styles
You’re used to working independently and you expect your boss to trust you with the tasks assigned to you. However, your potential boss has the tendency to micro-manage, and her helicopter management style isn’t what you expected at all.
The people in the office look unhappy or afraid
If the people in your potential workplace are acting like Miranda Priestly’s staff in “The Devil Wears Prada,” then chances are, you might not get along with your potential boss. If the majority of the workers look stressed, unhappy, or seem genuinely afraid of the boss, chances are you won’t feel any differently when you start working there.
They’re too eager to hire you
While this might seem like a good sign for others, think about the reason why the company is so willing to hire you even without checking your references. It’s possible that your position has a high turnover rate due to the boss’ attitude, or the job is just too demanding or too stressful for one person to handle. Ask questions about what the job entails and what happened to the other person who used to do the work. By doing so, you’ll get some insight on whether this is the right job for you or not.
For more, check out Jobs & Hire’s report on the people you shouldn’t use as job references.