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Preparing for a job interview - top tips for Tigers
- The most repeated positive feedback for Tigers following an interview is they appeared confident, sure, and dependable. The most repeated negative comments were they appeared aloof, individual and tough. What are interviewers likely to think 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.
- 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?
Tigers appear tough and resilient to others
They pride themselves in being internally strong. They rarely describe themselves as stressed. They push through challenges and learn from them. They can be detached observers. This serves them well when things are changing. They have the drive and determination to keep going when others falter. When you cannot think of answers it is important to seek help. It is not a sign of weakness. The advice of trusted people can help you get back on track far more quickly and rediscover your independence and strength.
Tigers 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 tackle the issues and move toward the desired outcome
Tigers can have a low tolerance for putting up with other people’s faults
They can quickly label others as weak, ignorant or incompetent. Although there is a place for blunt and honest realism, it is probably not when you or those around you are at your most stressed or vulnerable. It is better for you to focus your energy on solving the problem itself and not turn on the people involved, even if they are at fault
Job suggestions for Tigers based on Leeds City Region key sectors:
Organising, coordinating, and maintaining information and data roles would suit tigers well such as:
- IT project manager
- Software developer/engineer
- Quantity surveyor
A Tiger’s natural interest in action and solving immediate problems by thinking on their feet is suited to roles such as:
- HIVAC mechanic/installer
Most Tigers are easily bored so enjoy plenty of variety and interaction. This is a strength in roles supporting people such as:
- Social worker
- Care giver
Many Tigers like to apply their skills to monitor, make or repair things. This can be achieved in roles such as:
- Mechanical engineer
- Scheduler / Operations coordinator
- Production supervisor/worker
Tigers like to express their creative side, especially when they can be spontaneous and autonomous. More frequently advertised roles combining creativity with flexibility such as:
- Marketing manager