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Job Interview Tip: Google Your Potential Boss

The following is a post from one of our guest bloggers:

When you see the headline “Job Interview TipGoogle your Potential Boss”, you must be wondering what eBossWatch is referring to?  Well, let me tell you about a personal experience from last year.  

Given the current economic condition, we are in what is referred to as an employer’s market.  I was invited into an interview in a major city and I when I saw the agenda, I could not believe the schedule.  It was an all-day interview, which lead me to believe they were just using that time to find things wrong with candidates and to be overly critical.  Nonetheless, I went to the interview and was appalled to discover that another candidate for the same role had been invited there for the same time – a big red flag and inappropriate. 

I went through the all-day job interview without being offered lunch and was dying to get home.  The potential boss seemed amiable, but I believe he went overboard for this easy position.  His name was very distinctive and he told me where he used to live.  When I returned home from the job interview, I Googled this boss and this is the headline that I found of an article about him from a major newspaper:  “Candidate charged with indecent exposure in ’97”

Anyway, I never heard back from that company, and it was probably a blessing in disguise. 

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Oprah on Bad Bosses and Workplace Bullying

Oprah.com has posted an article that discusses the workplace bullying phenomenon.  The article mentions the many health problems that can be caused by a toxic boss and lists the warning signs to look out for if you suspect you might be working for a bully boss.  The following are a few of the warning signs:

  • You attempt the obviously impossible task of doing a new job without training or time to learn new skills, but that work is never good enough for the boss.
  • Surprise meetings are called by your boss with no results other than further humiliation.
  • Everything your tormentor does to you is arbitrary and capricious, working a personal agenda that undermines the employer’s legitimate business interests.
  • Others at work have been told to stop working, talking or socializing with you.
  • You constantly feel agitated and anxious, experiencing a sense of doom, waiting for bad things to happen.

While the Oprah article mentions ways to ‘fight back’ against a workplace bully, we believe that there is little you can do to stop a toxic boss.  The best solution is to use free resources like eBossWatch to identify and avoid hostile workplaces during the job interview process.

Click here to read the entire article.

Click here to rate your boss at eBossWatch.

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