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Preparing for a job interview - top tips for Tawny Owls
- The most repeated positive feedback for Tawny Owls following an interview is they are intense, clever, imaginative, and plain-speaking. The most repeated negative comments are they were lost in their own imaginary world and lacked the focus to reach work targets. 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 flexible and spontaneous person you should be ready for unexpected questions or situations and be able to remain calm under pressure.
- Do ensure you have prepared fully for the interview. Do not be tempted to ‘wing it’ or ‘see how it goes’. Here is a checklist of the essentials: discover and adhere to the company dress code, be well groomed, on-time, check and stick to realistic travel times to reach your destination, research the company and the role you have applied for, take a folder containing your qualifications, certificates and references if you have been requested to bring them along, telephone 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.
- 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 been working for the company beyond a probationary or trial period.
- 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'm 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.
- 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 strike the right balance.
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?
Tawny owls often describe being a little detached from ‘the real world’
This can act as a protection from stress. It is like having a forcefield around you that repels some of the strange and bad things happening in the world. The downside of this can be the occasions where you need to join ‘the real world’ of people or making important decisions. Check with one or two trusted friends that you are not missing any relevant information or putting off making an important decision for too long.
Tawny owls are daydreamers
They spend more time than most animals imagining different scenarios which draws them to embrace change far more than others. This can be exhausting for those close to them. Be careful not to initiate so much change that you overextend yourself and neglect to finish the projects you start.
Tawny Owls can be creative and persuasive debaters
Be careful not to win the argument but lose friends and allies. You can be refreshingly blunt, witty, and be especially insightful about intellectual puzzles and abstract ideas. This can be endearing but can also push some people away. Be extra careful not to alienate those closest to you; you may later benefit from their support.
Job suggestions for Tawny Owls based on Leeds City Region key sectors:
Tawny Owls like to create new ways to present information and ideas to support company goals. Roles that require the application of creative thinking in jobs would suit Tawny Owls such as:
- Computer Systems Engineer/Architect
- Software Developer
- Web Developer
A Tawny Owl's natural inventiveness is suited to roles such as:
- Civil Engineer
- Quantity Surveyor
Tawny Owls are easily bored so benefit from plenty of variety and interaction. This is a strength in roles supporting people such as:
- Social Worker
- Laboratory worker
Many Tawny Owls enjoy applying their skills to monitor, make or repair things in roles such as:
- Mechanical engineer
- Autobody technician
Tawny Owls are more satisfied in roles which blend their creative side to solve complex problems and puzzles. More frequently advertised roles that combine these elements include:
- Desktop publisher