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There are a lot of positive signs that we will soon see the light of day and the other side of the pandemic. This is good news no matter who you are and what you do for work or play.  And while the future is starting to look like life post Covid will be similar to the world pre-pandemic, vigilance and caution remain important considerations.  For now we should all adhere to local health mandates and requirements, reading instructional postings at the entrances to stores and businesses, and follow the rules intended to protect ourselves and our loved ones, keeping in mind that one can be asymptomatic and still carry the COVID 19 virus and unintentionally infect others.  And we must also remain respectful.  Not everyone has achieved the same comfort level being in public knowing when to wear or not wear a mask, getting vaccinated, etc.  


On a recent road trip to Southern California, several factors about some of the pandemic’s effects were quite visible.  There were an awful lot of empty store fronts, many of which will remain unfilled for a long time to come.  Many of them small mom-and-pop businesses, but chains and franchises have also felt the impact.  Yet, now that people are moving about more freely, it is very evident that … (read more: https://hanklondon.com/opening-up/ )

Tough Interview Questions and Answers

Every few weeks or so we pose a question you might get asked during an interview and a suggestion on how you might formulate your answer. 

This week’s question:

What do you want from your boss?


There is no right or wrong answer to this question. However your response should indicate an awareness of the leadership needs for the position you are interviewing for, not just the personality traits of the boss you hope to have. This question will be a bit easier for someone with a longer career and history performing similar tasks, as they have likely been exposed to more examples of leadership styles and characteristics than someone just starting out. Consider the following questions in determining your needs for your next boss.


Do you want someone who will thoroughly explain things, and possibly provide instruction or real-world examples of what’s needed or expected?


Do you want a leader who is totally versed in the inner workings, hierarchy and goals of their department as well as the company?

Do you want a boss who has excelled at performing the same tasks you are expected to tackle?

Do you want someone who dictates what needs to be done and then leaves you on your own to complete tasks in the best method you know or can find?


Do you need a boss who is friendly and makes every attempt to build trust and camaraderie among their team?


Would you prefer a boss who seemingly pays no attention to what’s going on in their department, letting subordinates operate with little to no supervision or feedback?


Sure, some of these characteristics might be determined by corporate policy, hierarchy, or “the way things are done around here,” attitudes that are long-engrained into the business, its leaders and its corporate culture. You should always try to work with people with whom you feel comfortable, who inspire and motivate you. I hope you find a boss who provides the leadership style you need to help you excel in your job – no matter what stage of your career you’re in!


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