A lot of my posts have been talking about how important it is that you are a cultural fit in the mind of the hiring party - that they can picture you at a cubicle or office at their company - but it is just as important for YOU to feel comfortable and interested in being surrounded by these people for a bulk of your days as the employee. Most important is, of course, your manager but your co-workers are also part of whether you succeed or fail. These two articles talk about bosses and coworkers .
The use of the term "bad boss" is a relative term - what management style works best for you might be the stuff of nightmares for someone else. You really need to get a feel for the type of person your manager is and the type of management style that works best for you. The article from CareerBuilder gives some great tips like observing how the manager handles other people during your interview and how they treat you - are they asking great questions, are they engaged. Also, do not be afraid to interview them as best you can - ask questions that will give you insight into how they would handle you as an employee. There is only so much you can really determine during the interview process so one piece of advice I would add is do not forget to trust your gut - make your decisions rationally but with the understanding that if your gut is saying something is off, maybe it is.
Fortune has a really great write up from Kim Getty, President of Deutsch LA about what they look for in employees and you can use these tips when considering what you want in your coworkers. Deutsch LA wants people who are entrepreneurial and can think outside the box and with that, the confidence to keep coming up with new ideas even if not all of them are successful. Also they look for doers - someone who is not just waiting for instructions but can move and make things happen on their. The ability to be problem solvers and know more than their area of expertise is also a wanted trait. The best advice to be applicable to YOUR next step decision is the Plane Ride Test - can you picture yourself sitting next to this person for a long plane ride?
So as the companies you meet with are assessing your fit with the colleagues and culture, it is important for you to be doing the same. Using some pieces of advice from the above two articles can help you make your best next step. What do you think of the advice? Is it applicable to you as an interviewee? What if you are a hiring manager, does it apply to you, too? Happy Hunting!
Career Builder Tips for Spotting a Bad Boss In An Interview
Fortune 4 Qualities of Great Co-Workers
Lisa Vento Nielsen