How to spot a bully early on

Bullying

Afraid you won’t be able to detect a bully on your next job interview? In his book Bully in Sight: How to Predict, Resist, Challenge, and Combat Workplace Bullying : Overcoming the Silence and Denial by which Abuse Thrives, Tim Field outlines these bully characteristics:

  • Cavalier attitude
  • Delegation and dumping
  • Differing values
  • Divided loyalty
  • Duplicity
  • Envy
  • Evasiveness
  • Failure mentality
  • Fait accompli
  • Favoritism
  • Focus on the victim
  • Frequent moves
  • Humorlessness
  • Inability to cope with failure
  • Inability to plan ahead
  • Inconsistency
  • Indecision
  • Ingratitude
  • Insatiability
  • Insensitivity
  • Insincerity
  • Interference
  • Imposition
  • Jekyll and Hyde persona
  • Know-it-all attitude
  • Lack of competence
  • Lack of contingency planning
  • Lack of foresight
  • Misrepresentation
  • Mood swings
  • Need to assert authority
  • Negative language
  • Opportunism
  • Plagiarism
  • Poor judgment
  • Poor listening skills
  • Resoluteness
  • Rigidity
  • Self-importance
  • Selfishness
  • Shifting goalposts
  • Short-term thinking
  • Short-term memory
  • Spinelessness
  • Steadfast self-reliance
  • Taking credit
  • Trivializing
  • Untrustworthiness
  • Unwillingness to accept responsibility
  • Unwillingness to acknowledge
  • Unwillingness to apologize
  • Unwillingness to communicate
  • Unwillingness to cooperate
  • Vindictiveness

Remind yourself of these traits and look for evidence of them next time you job hunt.

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