Interviewing for supervisor position, advice about "being the boss"?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by mrgreen4242, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    OK, I have an interview to become a supervisor of 6 to potentially 9 people and several projects and programs. It's a first level management job, and my first time with a management opportunity. They're only interviewing two candidates and I'm the only internal promotion so I feel confident about my chances as I'm also a good interviewee (I actually just hired in about 7-8 months ago so I've recently done the whole interview process).

    Here's the advice part: what are the best and worst qualities of bosses you've had?
  2. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Good: Give an assignment with clear parameters
    Bad: Define the parameters to the point of might-as-well-do-it-yourself

    Good: Showing a temper when you're not really mad (see Bull Durham)
    Bad: Showing a temper when you are mad

    Good: Praise in public, berate in private
    Bad: Berating publicly, never praising

    Good: Keeping an even strain
    Bad: Total unpredictability

    Good: Being friendly
    Bad: Being their friend

    Good: Making sure you notice and reward exceptional performance
    Bad: Not having the balls to discipline poor performance

    Good: Being a decent fellow because it comes naturally
    Bad: Being a decent fellow because you read it in a book

    Good: Being willing to chip in to help meet a team goal
    Bad: Always having to chip in because you're a soft touch

    Good: Positive news is a result of your boss (This is called "being a team player")
    Bad: Bad news is a result of your boss (This is called "taking ownership of the message")
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    Always follow up on tasks you give: What gets checked, gets done.
  4. mrgreen4242 thread starter macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    Good advice, I will keep it all in mind if things go well, which I have a good feeling they will. :)

    I had a boss recently, r.j.s., who used to carry around a little black book where he'd write down things he told you to do and then he'd cross them off or highlight them or something when you did it. Your advice reminded me of that. I found it kind of annoying, but I can see how, from his POV, it was probably very helpful.

  5. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop
    Balance the terrible threesome:
    Manage to get the job done,
    Coach people to completing the job, and
    Lead people to want to do the job with you.

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