Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)
The third in our 3 part series, today’s Post looks at the strengths and the weaknesses of the scottian personality type, in a job interview. In the previous two examples, we watched a clark contain his fear and cover up his natural blue-ness1 and we witnessed the self-assuredness of a roger remain intact, despite being totally out of her natural environment. Now it is time to see what the Doctrine can offer the scottian personality type.
Scenario C: Manufacturing Environment:
…the Human Resources Offices of a local manufacturer of in-ground swimming pools, you are here to Interview for a job as a welder. You have an Associate Degree in drafting from the Community College but your work history since getting out of school has been a bit…sketchy? You have had little trouble getting a job, but seem to have a problem staying in the job… a variety of reasons but you always look back and know that they ‘just don’t have a sense of humor/are way to rigid with the rules. A variety of jobs, including small engine repair, qua hogging, short order cook and weekend relief counselor at the local detox (you once went out with the Night Supervisor). To make things interesting, the job you are applying for today, is one that you held for a short time two years prior. You lost that job for refusing to apologize to the Manager of your Department for your speaking pidgin English for an entire day. ( the Company was owned by a Japanese conglomerate but has since been bought by a lock group of business men). A former girl friend let you know about the change in ownership of the company, because “she can’t get over me” as you would relate the story to your friends, any time you met a person who asked what was new.
And so, you’ve got an Interview with the Human Resources Manager and the Fabricating Department Foreman.
(…. oh! do we need to mention that you are a scott?)
Your appointment is at 8:00 am in the factory Business Office. As you walk in the back door of the plant, past the time clock, for no apparent reason you begin to feel uncomfortable, almost anxious. The feeling grows as you walk along, waving to people on the shop floor that you know, so you decide to sing an old Hank Williams song (Your Cheatin Heart). You find that as people look up from their stations at you, you are starting to feel better, so you sing louder as you come up to the door of the Production Offices. Opening the door and stepping out of the noise and smells of the factory floor, the first thing you see as you walk into the outer office is a middle-aged woman wearing reading glasses, too much makeup. She is shouting into her phone (which has one of those old ‘chin rest’ things, so you can free up both hands), her desk is piled high with Vendor Catalogues, Invoices for Supplies-Materials and a Tray Marked: Time Cards. You immediately feel at ease, end your singing with “…you’ll walk the floor the way I do” and wave your copy of the Job Application at her. Briefly glancing up, she points at the door on the opposite side of the room.
- Wait for more explicit instructions from the Secretary
- Feel that it would be best that you present your Application to the Secretary, even though she has not stopped her phone-shouting
- Laugh, open the inner office door and walk in without knocking
The Question: if you are a scott:
- what is your mood
- what do you think is the most effective strategy to be sure of getting your old job back and
- which of the three personality types is the Secretary?
…you walk through the door and find yourself in a conference room. There is a large rectangular table with 3 chairs on one side and only one chair on the other. Two people are seated on one side, a middle-aged man and a young woman. You immediately recognize the man as the Shop Foreman, the very same Shop Foreman who ran the department when you last worked at this company. As to the young woman, you don’t have a clue.
- ask if you have the right office?
- say loudly, ‘Hey! Lou how you been? The last time I saw you, you were just the Foreman! Moving up in the world!
- …straighten your clip-on tie, ignore the middle-aged man and address the young woman as if you were just introduced by a friend at a partyThe Question: if you are a scott:
- which of the above is likely to be your initial reaction and
- which, of the three actions above, should be your reaction, in order to increase your chances of being successful in this Interview?