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Preparing for a job interview - top tips for Seahorses
- The most common positive feedback for Seahorses following an interview is they are deep, calm, imaginative and organised. The most common negative comments are they were too timid, modest, and quiet. What are interviewers likely to say about you? Here are some tips to help you do well in the interview.
- As a naturally good listener you are likely to appear calm and polite throughout the interview. You will listen carefully to the question and answer it concisely. Do make sure you answer fully. If you are asked for an example to demonstrate you have a skill required for the post do not give a brief and self-effacing answer. Do include all relevant facts. Practice saying some of your answers with a friend to ensure you include all the relevant details. Do maintain eye contact. Look at the interviewer regularly.
- 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. If you dry up and are unable to think of an answer have a couple of prepared and rehearsed general answers about one of your proudest achievements. You could say that is a great question, I am the sort of person who likes to think before giving an answer. That way I give a really good answer. For example, in my previous job we were asked in a meeting how to improve our service at reception. I gave my thoughts the next day and two of my suggestions were implemented.
- As a naturally considerate and warm 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 didn’t 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. You can say things like ‘people say I’m very kind/creative/organised, for example…’ , if you don’t want to say ‘I’m very kind/creative/organised’.
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 Seahorses, their usual compassion and desire to connect new ideas to support people can seep away. This can be replaced by: an almost obsessive attention on external distractions such as tidying or cleaning, an aggressive attitude to people who disagree with you or being attracted to the lifestyle of a member of The Rolling Stones! 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.
Seahorses sometimes just need a little longer than other animals to process and accept change
Allow yourself space where you can think through the implications of the change and imagine innovative potential outcomes and consider which would work best for you. You will then be ready to move toward, reassured that you have discovered a new perspective.
Seahorses like to care for other people and value politeness and integrity
You rarely let anyone down so can be hurt and stressed when let down by others. Learn not to take it personally. Cut other people slack, do not hold a grudge, they may have been going through a difficult time or have different priorities. Move on and do not stew over it to reduce your distress.
Job suggestions for Seahorses based on Leeds City Region key sectors:
Roles that blend creativity and organising, managing, and maintaining accurate, detailed records in jobs would suit Seahorses such as:
- Software developer
- Web developer
- UX designer
The Seahorses flair and naturally patient / thorough approach can suit roles such as:
Seahorses are naturally kind and caring, especially when dealing with people one-to-one in a calm environment. This is a strength in roles such as:
- Social worker
- Care assistant
- Family worker
Many Seahorses like to apply their skills to design, make or repair things. This can be achieved in roles such as:
- Maintenance Technician
- Robotics Specialist
- Quality Inspector
- Tool Maker
Seahorses are more satisfied in roles which allow their creative side to flourish. More frequently advertised roles involving creativity would suit a Seahorse such as: