Q: I am in a job search and want to find a new boss who is willing to give credit where credit is due. How can I tell if someone will hog the limelight or claim others’ victories as his or her own?
A: Try Googling a prospective boss to find past media interviews or quotes; use LinkedIn to be able to contact people in your network who are also connected to him or her, so you can ask for their input, confidentially. Two telling signs of a possible “hoarder boss” may be a job that remains open quite a while, or that comes open repeatedly.
During an interview, look for hints—such as whether the boss talks only about his or her own accomplishments versus speaking about the team and praising its talent. Ask directly about management style, employees’ ability to speak to or publish in the media, and ways the team celebrates wins and breakthroughs. Watch for the way people speak about the boss, as well as listen to what they actually say. Sometimes the best indication comes between the lines, not in the words used but in the non-verbal cues and clues.