5 tricks for spotting a bad boss during a job interview

  1. The boss kept you waiting and didn’t acknowledge it

Marketing strategy consultant Dorie Clark says you can tell a lot about a person from how he or she treats your time.

“Did they keep you waiting, and if so, how did they handle it?,” Clark tells CNBC. “Everyone has occasional delays or emergencies. But if they kept you waiting for more than, say, 10 to 15 minutes, you want them to be contrite about it.”

“A blithe willingness to waste your time will carry over once you’re officially their subordinate,” says Clark, author of “Reinventing You.”

  1. The boss belittled you or was rude

“If the boss makes fun of or minimizes your accomplishments when looking at your resume, consider this another red flag,” Hakim says. “Someone like this will often criticize you instead of lifting you up.”

Also, pay attention to whether or not the boss has manners you’d expect from, well, anyone. Look out for a manager who is blatantly sarcastic, consistently interrupts you, texts or emails during the interview without explanation or seems uncommunicative.

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