What’s Your Job Interview Style?

Kelli Fox

Job interviews tend to strike terror into the strongest of hearts, but knowing how to play to your strengths really does help. Here’s a quick and easy guide to your sign’s job interview style – what to showcase, and which “talents” might be best left un-mentioned! If you know your Ascendant sign, read that one too, because our Ascendant signs usually come across strongly in a “first impressions” situation such as a job interview.

Aries (March 20th - April 19th)

Confident and charismatic, you probably don’t lose much sleep with pre-interview nerves, but your courage can sometimes come across to strangers as arrogance, which nobody likes to see in a potential employee. Your enthusiasm and obvious dynamism, however – now that’s likely to get you to the front of the queue. You respond quickly to interview questions, which helps give an upbeat impression, but you don’t always give yourself enough time to think through your answers. As a naturally competitive sign, you do especially well in group interviews, but if there are group or team tasks involved, try hard to lead without coming across as too aggressive. Do: Show your eagerness for new challenges. Don’t: Point out the shortcomings of the other candidates!

Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)

Taurus is a hard working, down to earth sign, and that’s exactly how you come across in an interview too. Your carefully considered answers let interviewers know that you are taking the process seriously….but sometimes you can appear a little on the dull side. Help the powers-that-be to see you as a whole person, not just an applicant. Using your dry sense of humor can help, and don’t forget to smile! You do well in tests, but off-the-wall interviews where you’re required to do something silly completely turn you off – and it shows. You won’t give up your dignity for something as small as a job, because you have values which extend much deeper than that.Do: Talk with passion about your hobbies, charity work or unusual talents – anything that makes you come alive.Don’t: Make it all about the money.

Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)

A born communicator, you approach interviews much as you’d approach any other situation – with friendliness, openness and a certain degree of informality which doesn’t always go down too well. Make sure that you are aware of any dress codes, and don’t be too familiar with the interviewer. Your ability to talk is not in any doubt, however, and you can come up with interesting, valid and impressive answers to most questions, which is a huge plus. In a group interview situation, don’t forget why you’re there – this is not a social event! Your likeable and affable nature puts you at a distinct advantage though, with all but the most heard-hearted of interviewers. Do: Give concrete examples to show that you can walk the walk as well as talk the talk.Don’t: Dwell too much on your somewhat checkered work history.

Cancer (June 21st - July 21st)

Although quiet and softly spoken, you actually have a very shrewd head for business, and it doesn’t take long in a typical interview for this to shine through. Your biggest interview problem is not your abilities, but your nerves. Having probably been ill with worry for days, it’s sometimes hard for you to showcase the very best of yourself. You’ll feel much better having had some practice role-play though, so rope friends or family in to help you out. Your natural warmth and sincerity is appreciated by interviewers, who probably find you among the most “natural” of the candidates they see – and that’s a very good thing!Do: Show how you have grown as a person through your various career experiences.Don’t: Allow one mistake to panic you.

Leo (July 22nd - August 21st)

There’s no mistaking a Leo in an interview situation – you’re the candidate who feels that all eyes should be on them, at all times! Your natural authority and warm personality are obvious advantages in a interview situation, but your desire to be in the spotlight can turn off some types of employers. Remember, this is about what you can do for the company, not what you expect them to do for you. Try not to ramble, either – answer the questions you’re asked without detouring into your life story. Among your strongest business assets are your loyalty and creativity, so highlight these skills and leave the dramatic tales for the water cooler once you’re hired!Do: Let your genuine personality shine through.Don’t: Let your ego off the leash.

Virgo (August 22nd - September 21st)

Meticulous, dutiful and immaculately presentable, as a Virgo you turn up for an interview on time, on form and on a mission to show this prospective employer exactly how you can help. Among the most reserved of all signs, however, your biggest challenge is the first impression you make – it can be difficult for you to speak up, make eye contact and really sell yourself, which is such a shame as you have so many skills to offer. Work hard on your confidence in the days and weeks before the interview, because if you can crack that, you’ll do well. Once you start talking, you do relax, and that’s when your obvious integrity and talent starts to get noticed.Do: Show your interest in what the position involves and how it relates to other jobs in the company.Don’t: Apologize unnecessarily or offer up negatives about yourself.

Libra (September 22nd - October 22nd)

Libra is a charming and a socially at ease sign, and you find it relatively easy to put on a good show at an interview – provided it’s all nice and friendly. Where you start to unravel slightly is if the interviewers adopt more aggressive techniques. You quickly become flustered if challenged on something, and you’re liable to take personally remarks which might be designed to test, well, whether you take things personally or not. Cultivate calm, keep smiling and be gracious if you are shown to be wrong about something. In a group interview situation, don’t allow others to walk over you. You’re a nice person, but do you want the job or not?Do: Emphasize your fondness for hard work (!)Don’t: Give up on yourself too easily.

Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)

Scorpio loves mind games, and you see interviews as something of a power challenge. You’re typically very well prepared and will have done your research on the company, so you’re able to ask all the right questions and drop in bits of impressive knowledge here and there. All well and good, and you can speak with passion about how much you’d like the position too. However, your tendency to gloss over awkward points in your work history or personal background can be your undoing. Be upfront and honest about any skeletons in your closet, because you have the skill and the persona to be truthful yet to convince your potential employers that they really shouldn’t care anyway.Do: Show off your background knowledge or industry knowledge.Don’t: Psycho-analyze the interviewer. At least, not out loud!

Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 20th)

Your approach to interviews is very casual, in keeping with your pretty carefree approach to everything else in life. You’ll turn up not necessarily on time on more or less the right day, dressed how you please but ready to wow them with your optimism and freshness. And, infuriatingly for more traditional signs, you might well do just that. Interviewers love your honesty and your openness, although telling them that you only want their job until something better comes along is a risky strategy to take. Your positivity is one of your greatest assets, as is your philosophical approach when you don’t gel with an interviewer and they just don’t “get” you.Do: Show that you’re willing to put down some roots and see the job through.Don’t: Look at your watch or show boredom with the process.

Capricorn (December 21st - January 18th)

Formal, career-minded and quite serious by nature, you’re the high-achieving interviewee that others dread to find themselves up against. Your ambition is clear and you won’t hesitate to ask about future prospects for the role in question. The danger is that interviewers may find you over-qualified, or too eager to move up the ladder without paying your dues in this position first. On the plus side, you account very well for your skills when questioned, and you are personable with a self-deprecating wit which comes across well in these situations. You wouldn’t be there if you didn’t really want the job in the first place, and interviewers sense genuine interest on your part.Do: Emphasize your suitability for this particular job at this particular time without placing too much emphasis on the future.Don’t: Ask when your would-be boss will be retiring!

Aquarius (January 19th - February 17th)

Interviewing an Aquarius must be a somewhat frustrating experience – not because you’re not likeable, skilled and interesting (you are all of those things) but because you often go so far off the point that you may as well be interviewing for a different job altogether. You have so many ideas and so much to say, but sometimes you’re not specific enough to come across as anything other than a know-it-all or eccentric. Along with your unusual sense of decorum and your slightly aloof but inescapably zany aura, you’re simply too “out there” for some interviewers to handle. On the plus side, you absolutely excel in interviews designed to find….people like you.Do: Focus! Understand which skills you’re supposed to be demonstrating, and demonstrate them!Don’t: Lose the uniqueness which is your strength.

Pisces (February 18th - March 19th)

Easily distracted by the hot guy walking past the office window and can easily confused by questions which span more than one sentence, Pisces in an interview gives off a slightly kooky, slightly vague but very appealing aura. You have a natural empathy which makes others warm to you, especially if the job involves the caring professions, but you do lack the killer instinct and this is all too obvious in jobs of a more competitive nature. What your interview lacks in focus, it more than makes up for in your intuitive understanding of the role. If you can concentrate long enough, and avoid mentioning “that incident”, then you will give a good account of yourself.Do: Go with your gut instinct when answering questions.Don’t: Be too needy or insist upon knowing when you will hear a result.

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