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Preparing for a job interview - top tips for Dolphins
- The most likely positive feedback for Dolphins following an interview is they are friendly, creative, and organised. The most likely negative comments are they were too nice and probably wanted to keep everyone happy. 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 go off on entertaining stories and anecdotes. You like to lead the way. This can be entertaining and useful in social situations but must be curtailed in an interview where your answers need to be specific and relevant.
- 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 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 friendly and sociable person you are likely to make a good impression with the people you meet before, during and after the interview. Use your natural people skills to read the atmosphere and the situation to project an appropriate response.
- Beware your tendency to see criticism where there may only be feedback being given, or an attempt to see how you react to a tough question. Stay focused and concentrate on providing clear answers. Do not get personal in your answers.
- Be careful not to be too modest about your achievements. You do need to showcase your best achievements and qualities in an interview. You can state positives in the third rather first person. For example, say ‘people tell me I’m great in a crisis’ rather than ‘I’m fantastic in a crisis’.
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?
Dolphins will know they are stressed if they display cynical, sarcastic or mean-spirited behaviour
This can manifest itself inwardly by berating yourself or outwardly projecting on to others. It is your mind’s way of telling you to change something and regain your equilibrium.
People are often drawn to seek advice from the perceptive and warm dolphins
You like to support people and can often promise too much. You cannot help everyone so you may need to learn to say no and ration your compassion. You may be a natural at helping others navigate through change but do spend time on your own needs and build a network of people who can support you.
Dolphins like to be in charge and in control
If you feel this slipping away from you it can cause distress. Avoid being overwhelmed by the big things in life such as climate change, injustice, poverty and so on. Instead, concentrate on the things you can control and influence. Prioritise key positive actions you can take to get yourself back on track.
Job suggestions for Dolphins based on Leeds City Region key sectors:
Roles that involve connecting people in creative ways often appeal to dolphins such as:
- Solutions Architect
- Computer Systems
The natural warmth and enthusiasm dolphins bring into their work can suit roles with customer and client interaction such as:
- Quantity Surveyor
- Cad Designer
- Civil Engineer
Dolphins are natural advisers, mentors, and coaches, especially when motivating or inspiring groups. This is a strength in roles such as:
- Teacher and teaching assistant
These qualities can also help dolphins thrive in roles such as:
- Social Worker
- Care Assistant
- Occupational / Speech / Art / Drama Therapist
Many dolphins like to apply their creative side to design, make, improve, or manage things better. This can be achieved in roles such as:
- Product Development Engineer
- Medical Scientist
- Researcher/ Research Associate
- Compliance Manager
Dolphins are most comfortable performing roles in which they oversee the creative process. More frequently advertised roles can therefore appeal to dolphins such as:
- Fundraiser, Editor
- Interpreter / Translator
- Art Director