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Preparing for a job interview - top tips for Black Bears
- The most common positive feedback for Black Bears following an interview is they are hard-working, focused, driven iconoclasts, and energetic. The most common negative comments are they were too predictable, single-minded, and ruthless. What are interviewers likely to say about you? Here are some tips to help you do well in the interview.
- As a naturally good talker, able to think on your feet, you should be able to provide detailed answers to questions you are asked. Be careful not to talk for too long. Your answer should just refer to the question you have been asked. Listen carefully to each question. If you are asked for two examples to demonstrate a skill or experience then give two, not three or more. If you would like to add more ask if you can, do not assume.
- Do not interrupt the interviewer when they are speaking. You can tend to take charge which is great in many situations but not in an interview. You can describe how you have led in the past but not take control of the interview.
- As a naturally organised person you should be well prepared for the interview. You will be appropriately dressed, groomed, on-time, have researched the company and the role you have applied for and have a folder containing your qualifications, certificates, and references if you have been requested to bring them along. You may have even rung up beforehand to find out how long the interview will be, how many people will be interviewing you and if there are extras like tests or group discussions. All this preparation will serve you well. Fewer surprises on the day will put you at ease and help you retain control and composure.
- You may need to prepare for the unexpected. Have a plan if something happens you have not thought about. Perhaps be ready to take a deep breath and reset before you continue.
- As a naturally direct and objective person you are likely to interview well when you stick to the questions being asked and do not ‘put the world to right’ by offering your frank opinions on business inefficiency or controversial topics. Save your pearls of wisdom until you have been offered, accepted, and have been working for the company beyond a probationary or trial period. You are likely to describe your skills clearly but do ensure you do not sound arrogant or insensitive. Share your possible answers with a friend before the interview to ensure you get the balance right.
Coping with change
As humans we are programmed to look out for danger and to avoid it. This helps us survive. We grow to like familiar things and prefer to avoid change. We can see change as a potential threat. However, some change is inevitable and most change is not a threat, but we are programmed to be wary and suspicious of change which can cause stress and unhelpful patterns of thought. We have a big brain which can make us worry in a big way. Our personality has a huge influence on our response to change.
Does change affect you the way it does people who share your personality animal?
Black Bears have the most naturally resilient personality profile
They rarely describe themselves as stressed. They are like the toys in the Duracell battery adverts that run on and on. They have the drive and determination to go on when others falter. Do take a break now and again and treat yourself, friends and family. Enjoy the fruits of your hard work.
Black Bears sometimes just need a bit more time than other animals to digest and accept change
Give yourself space where you can think through the logic and implications of the change and identify ways to make it work for you. You will then be ready to push on and achieve the desired goals.
Black Bears can try and do everything themselves
'If you want a job doing well, do it yourself.' During changing times this can cause stress to themselves or others. Let other people join in and share responsibility. They may not reach your high standards, but they will be more invested in helping everyone cope better with the changes. Taking people along with you generates team-spirit.
Job suggestions for Black Bears based on Leeds City Region key sectors:
As natural organisers of information, systems roles play to these natural black bear strengths.
Black Bears would suit roles such as:
- Business Intelligence Analyst
- Technical Architect
- Data engineer
Black Bears have a natural ability to produce consistent, high quality work.
Black Bears could thrive in roles such as
- Civil Engineer
- Quantity Surveyor
- Alarm / Security System Technician.
Black bears are often seen as direct and natural managers. They generally support people with a decisive, practical and unsentimental approach.
Black Bears are suited to roles such as:
- Care Assistant
- Social Services Manager
Many Black Bears like to apply their skills to organise complex systems and processes.
This can be achieved in roles such as:
- Compliance Manager
- Automotive Service Technician
Working to tight deadlines and challenging targets can bring out the best in black bears and many manufacturing roles require these qualities as manager, technician, or production worker.
Black Bears have a creative side. More frequently advertised roles combining creativity with organisational skills and measurable achievements can suit Black Bears such as:
- Desktop Publisher
- Business Continuity Planner
- Communications Manager
- Fundraising / Development Specialist