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Picking a boss, someone you can work with, trust and who can inspire, may be as important to your job satisfaction as the salary and benefits you negotiate.

While you're making a good first impression, make sure the person on the other side of the table is trying to win you over as well. If he’s looking at his watch or flipping through messages on his smart phone, he may not be that in to you as an employee.

Just as a prospective employer will without a doubt do his homework on your background - checking references and those pesky social media posts - you should take the time to do some research of your own.

Looking at a prospective boss’s Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter accounts could provide some topics to ask about during the interview, Donna Schilder, a leadership, career and business coach based in Long Beach, California, who has her own web site, said.

“You could look to see if you have anything in common, something you can build a rapport with,” Schilder said. “You could also search for clues about what type of person they are and what kind of values they have.”

No boss is likely to have all the traits you’d like to see, but here are seven things you should key in on during the interview.