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Brain Hacks to Land Your Ideal Job

Posted 7 years ago

This week, Merrick Rosenberg joins us and shares his first blog post with us on Platinum Rules for Success! Today’s post from Merrick shows us how to leverage the four personality styles for your dream job. Merrick gives us tips on how to utilize DISC Styles in your job interview as well as how to learn more on how to adapt and connect with your boss and coworkers in order to excel in the workplace.

Brain Hacks to Land Your Ideal Job

by Merrick Rosenberg

Use the Four Personality Styles During Your Interview
In my book, The Chameleon, I linked the four personality styles to four birds to help make DISC more brain friendly. They include:

  • Eagles: assertive, driven, & direct
  • Parrots: enthusiastic, talkative, & upbeat
  • Doves: compassionate, helpful, & harmonious
  • Owls:  accurate, logical, & inquisitive

While each of us is a combination of these four styles, there is likely to be one or two that drive our needs, motivators, and fears. These styles determine the type of environment in which you will thrive and the kind of manager with who you will connect. Your bird type also reveals the type of job that is likely to feed rather than drain you, as well as how you will likely present yourself during the interview process.
Before the Interview:
Ask yourself- which bird are you? The most successful and satisfied people are the most self-aware people.
Next, use the styles to determine what that means for the job and environment. For instance, if you self-identify as a Parrot, you may ask questions about the culture to determine if they are a good cultural fit. The Parrot can ask, “Can you describe how innovation plays a role in your culture?”
After determining that the company is a good cultural fit, you can then turn to the job itself. Continuing with the example of a Parrot who thrives on multi-tasking, you might ask, “When you think of someone who would be a good fit for this role, are you looking for someone who likes to work on one thing and finish it completely or would you prefer someone who can juggle multiple priorities?”
What each style needs to hear to influence the outcome of your interview:

  • Eagles:  Emphasize results
  • Parrots: Emphasize how exciting this will be
  • Doves: Emphasize how good it will make everyone feel
  • Owls: Emphasize quality

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Merrick Rosenberg is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur and thought leader on personality styles. He co-founded Team Builders Plus in 1991, and Take Flight Learning in 2012. Merrick is the author The Chameleon and co-author of Taking Flight!.
Under Merrick’s leadership, his company has been selected as the NJ Business of the Year and named one of the Fastest Growing Companies and Best Places to Work in the Philadelphia region. Merrick received his MBA from Drexel University who recognized him as the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year. Merrick has worked with more than half of the Fortune 100 companies in the US and around the world.
Merrick has led DISC training programs for more than 30,000 people and spoken to tens of thousands more on how to incorporate the personality styles in their work and lives. The DISC training program that Merrick designed, Taking Flight with DISC, was recognized as the Best Personality Styles Training Program in the United States by Corporate Vision Magazine.
Publications regularly seek Merrick’s input, as he has been interviewed by: New York Times, Fast Company, Fortune, Huffington Post, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, InformationWeek, Parents and Glamour. Merrick is also a sought-after guest on radio and television shows.