7 years ago
September 12, 2017

How to Spot a Bad Boss During a Sales Interview

No one wants to work for a bad boss. Most people leave their current job because of their boss or direct manager. Working for one can have a huge effect…

Rhys Metler

No one wants to work for a bad boss. Most people leave their current job because of their boss or direct manager. Working for one can have a huge effect on your work life. It makes it difficult to get motivated, and you could find yourself dreading going into work each day. It’s not a situation you want to find yourself in.

Sometimes there is nothing you can do about it. If a new boss comes on board at your current job, you will have to adjust to them. But, if you are interviewing for a new job, being able to spot a bad boss during a sales interview can help you avoid making the wrong career move.

“One of the greatest predictors of your happiness at work is your relationship with your manager. So when you’re considering a new job, it’s important to know how you’ll get along with your new boss. This can be hard to assess in an interview when you’re working hard to demonstrate why she should hire you. But it’s important to evaluate her as well,” says Sara Stibitz on Harvard Business Review.

Here are 3 tips to help you spot a poor sales manager during your job interview:

1. If You Suspect a Bad Boss, Go with Your Gut

Don’t ignore your instincts. When you meet a potential boss, feel them out. If you get a bad feeling, there is a reason for it. Is this a person you could work with long term? Do they seem easy to work with? Could you foresee issues developing or personality clashes? What is your overall feeling about them?

2. They Have a Bad Attitude Toward Other Employees

Listen carefully to how your potential boss talks about others in the organization. Are they dismissive? Do they speak poorly about others? Do they seem like they want to establish their authority? How they treat others is a sign of how they will treat you if you take the job.

3. Other Employees Don’t Speak Highly of Them

What other employees have to say about the manager can speak volumes. If you know people at the company, talk to them about your potential boss. Also, look up review sites to see if you get can a glimpse of what past employees had to say. If possible, talk with other employees when meeting with the company for your interview. But tread carefully.

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Rhys Metler

Rhys is a tenacious, top performing Senior Sales Recruiter with 15+ years of focused experience in the Digital Media, Mobile, Software, Technology and B2B verticals. He has a successful track record of headhunting top performing sales candidates for some of the most exciting brands in North America. He is a Certified Recruitment Specialist (CRS) and has expert experience in prospecting new business, client retention/renewals and managing top performing sales and recruitment teams. Rhys enjoys spending quality time with his wife, son, and daughters, BBQing on a hot summer day and tropical vacations.