By Skip Freeman
Imagine for a moment that an exceptional job candidate is about thirty minutes into an important job interview. The candidate, whom we'll call Joe, and the hiring manager seemed to have hit it off almost from the start. Joe has nailed every job-related question the hiring manager has thus far asked him. Because the hiring manager has such a pleasant personality and relaxed, friendly manner, she has put Joe completely at ease. He is absolutely certain at this point that he is a virtual "shoo-in" for the job. Then, seemingly out of the blue, the hiring manager asks him, "So, tell me about your boss."