The group interview, different personalities and how to deal with them – Part Three

This article is part of an ongoing series of guest articles by James Fitzsimons, Director of Elevate Career Advice. Make the next step in your career count –⁠ visit Elevatecareeradvice.com.

There are few things that can be more stressful than the prospect of a group interview. Unlike its one-on-one counterpart, in the group interview you have to compete for your assessor’s attention but in a non-obvious way. You do not want to be over-domineering or seem as if you cannot work in a team setting.

Of course, there will be people who set out to rule the roost from the get-go. Your task will be figuring out the best way to deal with them. In a group interview, you will find a whole array of different personalities, ranging from loud and proud to shy and observant.  The best way to prepare for such an experience is to figure out how to identify those different personalities and how to deal with them.

If you master this, you can then insert yourself as organizer of the group effortlessly and without looking like you are trying to dominate the conversation. Companies look to hire people who can collaborate well and so it is important you learn to read the room and the various personalities in front of you.

The best way to break down these personality types is by colour. As a general rule, personality types can be broken down into four different colours; blue, red, yellow and green.

People may be a mixture of some or all of these colours but being able to identify what personality traits they are showing will help you regardless. You could have someone who seems to have a red personality but in certain circumstances might display blue behaviour. Recognising this could help with making your interactions with them as useful and productive as possible.

Over the next few weeks we will be going through the four different personality types and how to deal with them. Having already covered the blue and red personality types in our previous articles, today we come to the discussion of the third colour category; the yellow personality.

What is a Yellow Personality?

It is not hard to spot a yellow personality. They are that person in your life who is perpetually optimistic, cheerful and has a bright outlook on life. Yellows can also be described as outgoing, enthusiastic, persuasive, touchy-feely and happy to talk about their feelings.

It can be said that they quite literally have a sunny disposition. Often, they are driven by merriment and laughter. This can also mean that if somewhere is no longer fun, they move on to another place where the atmosphere is better. They know how to capture people’s attention and how to keep it. When a question comes up, a yellow will always answer it by telling a story, regardless of whether it has anything to do with the issue, but you tend not to mind because they put you in a cheerful mood.

People with yellow personalities also tend to make quick decisions and operate on their “gut” feelings rather than on much thought. Due to this a lot of the time yellows cannot explain their thought process. They are very focused on creating relationships and will insist that everyone has to be involved in the group activity. It is hard for them and generally will not stand for anyone in the group being gloomy.

They are extremely energy-oriented people due to their own huge store of it. Yellow people find most things interesting and tend to have an insatiable curiosity about everything. This helps them in their focus of building relationships as they will always be interested in the people around them.

How do you work with a Yellow personality?

The central tenent of a yellow’s work ethic is their resourcefulness. Due to their optimistic nature, yellows will always focus on finding new opportunities and solutions, often in creative and outside of the box ways. With this uncontrollable optimism, they can also demolish all opposition quite effectively because they can see past the negativity or challenges that others present. They rarely see any limitations where a project or idea is concerned. They dare to go beyond the usual conventions when they are in their creative mode. This trait has its perks in the working environment as a yellow will provide an optimism about a project that will motivate the whole team involved and innovation solutions to potential problems.

It could also however cause a problem if other personalities find the yellows refusal to acknowledge limits frustrating. Yellows are also useful to work with when it comes to persuading potential clients or co-workers to consider an idea or proposal. Without even knowing it, yellows tend to be skilled rhetoricians.

Yellow personalities have a unique way of expressing themselves which keeps the listener captivated. Often, they use vivid and colourful imagery when they speak, which appeals to all five senses and creates an impression that is felt by the whole body. They certainly have the charismatic skills to sway those clients or co-workers. Instinctively they know that their ethos, the bearer of the message, is just as important as the message itself.

Their natural skill of relationship building prompts them as well to get their message through to the person as an individual. They will make small personal comments, ask the right questions and make sure to make you feel important. Yellows would certainly shine in client facing positions in a company where there prized communication skills will shine.

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