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The Mayo Clinic defines narcissistic personality disorder as "a mental disorder in which an individual has an inflated sense of his/her own importance, a deep need for admiration, and a lack of empathy for others." Narcissistic personality disorder is a severe mental disorder that can cause a variety of serious problems in the workplace. The bad news is this mental disorder is not something that is easily detected in a job interview, and the narcissist specializes in securing positions of authority.
Since narcissists believe they are superior to others, they are most commonly found in management positions, or positions where they have authority (control) over a staff of employees. In most cases, you will meet with your direct supervisor in your job interview. Be prepared to take some mental notes during your interview, and learn how to increase your awareness to spot the narcissist before you accept the position.
Narcissist supervisor symptoms
A narcissist supervisor graciously accepts any opportunity to become the center of attention. They love to hear themselves talk, and enjoy talking about themselves while reminding people of their success, accomplishments, and skill sets. They will often place themselves on a pedestal, and may put down others to satisfy their own sense of importance. This trait is the only trait that is most commonly detected in the early stages of employment. Pay close attention for these warning signs during your job interview:
1. Trophy Status - Take a look around the room and notice how many awards, trophies, certificates, recognitions, and other heroic credentials, or achievements. Would you consider the decor "over-the-top"? How much time during the interview did the boss spend talking about these things? How did the boss speak about these things? Did he/she put these trophies of his/her own before speaking about your achievements?
2. First Impression - The narcissist does not want you to walk away from the interview until he/she feels as if you are impressed with him/her. Keep a conscious eye on how much time during the interview the supervisor spends talking about him/herself versus how much time is spent talking about you. Were your qualifications discussed, or did you feel more like you were being "sold" on a job position?
3. Lack of Empathy - This one might be a little tricky, as you will need to pay more attention to the body language of the boss as opposed to his/her words. Remember, they want you to admire them so they will lie straight through their teeth if it means they are impressing you. Listen to how the supervisor talks about other people. Are they speaking about them in a positive or negative manner? Are they expressing with their words and body language any signs of care, concern, and compassion for other people? If they do show care, concern, and compassion - is it genuine?
After the interview