How to do well in an interview as an ‘ISFP’ personality type: The Composer
In this week’s personality series article, we have discussed the ISFP personality type. Each personality type has potential strengths, weaknesses, and ideas on how to improve themselves and more specifically, their job search. We have discussed other personality types in the past, so if this particular one is not for you, the rest of this series are in the E&TJ Career and Advice section.
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Typically, the ISFP type are people who like to live in the moment and really appreciate what they have and their surroundings. They are flexible and spontaneous people that like to go with the flow and see where the day takes them. However, they can be difficult to talk too as they can sometimes be quiet and reserved people. But when you do get to know an ISFP or ‘The composer’ they can be warm and inviting people.
This personality type can be very artistic and are skilled at practical jobs. Whether this be in their personal time or at work, ISFP types would make great engineers. Bringing the artistic side out of the people around them!
What does ISFP stand for?
Introverted – This indicates a person that is energised by spending time by themselves. This doesn’t mean they don’t work well with others, but in order to recharge, some time alone can go a long way.
Sensing – This describes someone who prefers to focus on facts and details, rather than ideas. This means that they feel more comfortable working with statistics rather than ideas.
Feeling – An ISFP is someone that typically prefers to make decisions based on feelings and their own personal values. They don’t let others try to sway their minds.
Perceiving – They are someone who prefers to be spontaneous rather than being tied down to a schedule. They like to go with the flow and be flexible with their days, meaning they feel less restricted.
ISFPs are typically modest and may underestimate themselves. However, they step in to do what needs to be done and are satisfied by their personal sense of being helpful to others. They work hard and find it easier to express themselves through action rather than words.
Strengths of an ISFP type
Observant – It’s not very often that The Composer will overlook any details, they are very observant and great problem-solvers. ISFP’s tend to be good at finding patterns and being able to make connections to allow them to solve problems and find solutions. They are very good at providing practical solutions and tend to look for the best outcome. This is a great skill to have and most employers look for great problem solvers, but also for people that are going to give them viable solutions. Being sensible with their ideas and basing them on facts is what employers want. So, use this as one of your strengths if asked for any in an interview.
Spontaneous – An ISFP type is more likely to live a very active life, they know that time is precious and will do anything to be able to keep active and busy. They like to have a few hobbies and projects on the go at once, which also tends to mean that they are good with their time management. They like to give each project the time and dedication it needs, because of their hard-working nature. Time management is another highly sought-after skill, sometimes even the best professionals lack time management. It’s a good skill to have on your CV!
Individuality – When it comes to themselves and the way they think, they like to be themselves and that means thinking outside the box and steering themselves away from the norms of society. They rely on their thoughts and instincts to make choices and sometimes a bit of individuality and a different view is just what a workplace needs. Being able to have people with all different kinds of backgrounds, opinions, and ways of working, often means you come up with the best ideas. Teams should be made up of a whole range of different people, so shout about your differences. It’s not only what makes you, you, but it might just be the thing that will set you apart from other candidates.
What weaknesses may an ISFP type have?
Easily bored – This personality type are people that learn through experience and being hands on. When other forms of learning are present, whether that be the more analytical side of a job role or something less busy, they tend to become demotivated. This can cause them to maybe not learn as much as they could, simply because their interest can drop. There can be two sides to a job and to be able to be practical, you may need to also be analytical. We all have to do things we may not enjoy sometimes but sticking to it can result in more knowledge and experience. Try and find ways to interest yourself and bring some creativity into the more ‘boring’ tasks.
A lack of planning for the future – Sometimes living in the moment and taking each day as it comes can be a good thing, but not having a plan for the future, whether that be in your personal or work life, can leave you struggling when the time comes. The Composer doesn’t always think ahead and because of this, they don’t always perceive the consequences of their actions. When it comes to work, it can be crucial to plan for upcoming events, projects, and deadlines. Work towards them, but also think ahead to any potential problems that may arise. The ISFP is a great problem solver, so problems like this are highly preventable.
Can be unpredictable – ISFP’s are very adaptable, they can be put into any situation and are likely to be able to think of a way out. They are innovative and work with what the day brings to solve problems and overcome challenges. However, not planning for the future can leave them making rash decisions they don’t have to make. There is a fine line between flexible and undecisive. It may be time to start thinking ahead and helping your decision making at work a little bit easier.
What can you do to improve to better your interview technique?
A good place to start is by simply making plans for the future. This can simply be looking forward to next week, but it can be important to start thinking about certain paths you want to take, projects you want to be a part of and where you want your career to go. Living in the moment can be a good thing, but in the end, it can only get you so far. It is possible to plan without losing your sense of spontaneity. Think about personal and professional growth, an ISFP has so many great qualities, it might be time to start using them to your advantage.
An interviewer may ask, ‘Where do you want to be in 5 years?’. You don’t have to have a plan that’s set-in stone but having an idea can really help you professionally. It can motivate you to take the steps you need to get there. So, take the time to start thinking about what you want, because you have the skills to help you reach your goals. Try connecting with people that can help you find what you lack. Grow your network and find people that will help you find your passion and help you look to the future.
The Composer has some great qualities, they are hard-working, selfless and charitable people. However, they can sometimes be so open-minded that they tend to let some people walk all over them and persuade them to do things they may not want to do. They treat others better than they treat themselves and this is not how things should be. ISFP’s work well in a team, but you have so many ideas and it’s time to start putting yourself first and sharing the great ideas you have. Just because the people around you are good at what they do, doesn’t mean that you aren’t. Start giving yourself some credit and the moment you do; you will learn that you are just as deserving as everyone else. Shout about your achievements and you will tend to feel and perform better in interviews. It’s all about self-belief and you have plenty to be proud of!