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Preparing for a job interview - top tips for Pandas
- The most common positive feedback for Pandas/Teddys following an interview is they are friendly, warm, and organised. The most common negative comments are they were too nice, modest, and superficial. 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 but in and finish people’s sentences which can be useful in many situations but not in an interview. You can describe how you have succeeded 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 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 benefit by preparing 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 skills to read the people and the situation to project a positive vibe.
- 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. The interviewer probably does not need to know what you did not like the people you used to work with.
- Be careful not to be too modest about your achievements. You do need to showcase your best achievements and qualities in an interview. Wrapping them up in a concise example usually works well.
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?
During stressful times, our strengths often desert us and expose our weaknesses
For Pandas, their usual compassion and desire to connect with people can ebb away. This is replaced by internal confusion, misreading people and situations. If you feel these emotions be reassured that they are temporary feelings and a sign you should pause, reset, and return to your strengths to guide you.
Pandas like to look-after people
Pandas will often prioritise other’s needs ahead of their own, sometimes promising too much. You cannot help everyone all the time without physical or emotional burnout so you may need to learn to say no more often and look after yourself not just others.
Some people appear to look forward to the future positively and embrace change
Pandas tend to be a little more cautious. You need to be convinced of the benefit of change. You can see what is working well now so why change? You are typically good at supporting others plan and prepare for change. Try the same techniques and tips you would use to help others on yourself.
Job suggestions for Pandas based on Leeds City Region key sectors:
Organising, coordinating, and maintaining accurate, detailed records to support others in roles such as:
- Database manager
- Security manager
- Clinical data manager
The Pandas natural attention for detail and conscientious approach lend themselves to roles such as:
- Land surveyor
- Trades such as painter, plumber, electrician
Most Pandas are naturally warm and friendly, especially when providing services to people. This is a strength in roles such as:
- Teacher or teaching assistant
- Speech and language therapist
Many Pandas like to apply their skills to monitor, make or repair things. This can be achieved in roles such as:
- Machine mould maker
- Scheduler/operations coordinator
Pandas, like most people, have a creative side, especially when working with or around people. More frequently advertised roles combining creativity with connecting people that would suit Pandas include:
- Public relations
- Social media strategist