There is a certain important aspect of a job interview that is not getting proper attention. It is something that will have the most profound impact on your job satisfaction, and ultimately your career – yet it is often neglected.
It’s compatibility with your prospective boss.
It’s true that people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers. But more specifically, they leave manager’s personalities. An interview naturally focuses on the applicant’s suitability for the job. But does your prospective boss’s personality suit you? It’s the proverbial elephant in the room that not enough job seekers care or even dare to uncover. You may be thrilled about the prospects of the job of your dreams, but getting along with your manager is likely what will truly make or break a new position.
Putting it firmly on your agenda when you go for an interview, you can (and should) analyze the fit between you and your potential boss. You need to ask the right questions and listen closely – that’s all it takes. And it will increase your odds of career success exponentially.
As workplace conflict plagues today’s office and continues to make HR headlines, there’s no time like the present to brush up on this skill if you’re conducting a job search or considering one. Read more about it in my article on PsychologyToday.com.