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15 Reasons Why Artistic People are Difficult to Understand

15 Reasons Why Artistic People are Difficult to Understand

Did you ever get a feeling that someone is simply from out of this world? The fact is that we are all unique in our own way, but if we pay close attention to artistic people, we can all agree that they are a subspecies which can be studied and characterized in a certain way.

Artistic people have a special ability to express their impressions, feelings and memories through different kinds of art, and we truly appreciate what they do, but that doesn’t get us any closer to understanding them, right? Well, I had an interesting opportunity to pick their brains, and here’s what I was able to find out.

1. They have minds that work differently

The fact is, artistic people don’t have the same deduction system or system of values like most people, and that’s the reason why we can’t understand their actions or follow their train of thought. Their minds tick a bit differently than a regular person’s, because it’s moved by different details.

2. They consider the artwork they created to be their children

It’s very important to find a way to appreciate their work if you want to get close to an artistic person. If you have trouble understanding it, I’m sure you’ll get an explanation (and don’t argue with how reasonable it is) if you ask for one.

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3. They are irrational when they are in love

Artistic people usually look like they are gliding the earth, but when they are in love, they are practically flying. Be sure they’ll do anything to show their affection – in their own way, of course – and you better not be there if things don’t turn out the way they planned, because they can fall into deep despair really quickly.

4. They express their feelings through codes

Speaking of feelings, artistic people tend to express them through everything but direct verbalization. If they dedicate a piece of art to you, spend a lot of time around you or give you significant looks you don’t fully understand, you should know they are just trying to show that you’re meaningful to them.

5. They don’t expect to be understood – in fact, they prefer not to be

This is one of those annoying characteristics artistic people have. They live in a world of their own and you can be positive that they like it there, so don’t even try to move them and place them in the real world, because not one artistic person will like it there.

6. They have problems with adjustment

Which brings me to my next point – if you do move them from their surroundings, don’t expect them to fit in. If you’re lucky, you’ll run into a social butterfly (there’s a small group of them which act like that), but the chances are minimal.

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7. They have their own way of looking at the passage of time

This characteristic is noticeable in every aspect of an artistic person’s life. They can spend hours sitting in one place and act like they have been there for only a couple of minutes, but if you catch them while they’re in a bad mood, you won’t be able to make them sit still for a minute, because they’ll feel like hours are passing them by.

8. Their personality is conflicted

It’s difficult to figure artistic people out because they act like introverts and extroverts at the same time. It all really depends on which stage of productivity they are in – when uninspired, an artistic person will feel useless, which will make an introvert out of them. However, if they are satisfied with the place in life they are at, they will act like extreme extroverts.

9. They either over-criticize or over-appreciate their work

It’s completely irrelevant, what you see in their artwork – if they don’t like it, it will probably get torn apart or thrown in the garbage. However, they consider a piece of art to be good, you can expect for it to get glorified and cherished as if it were the most important thing in the world.

10. They don’t take rules too seriously

Just so you know, they don’t have real regards for any kind of rules, because most artistic people feel like they are binding. So, it’s not at all impossible to get in some kind of trouble when you’re in some kind of artsy company.

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11. They are usually great hedonists

Most artistic people don’t really have limits when it comes to food, drinks and bad habits. There are all kinds of reasons you’ll hear from them; some consider it to be freeing and inspiring, while others seek for some kind of solution, especially if they are prone to depression.

12. They are found to be very attractive

No matter what kind of arts they are into, there’s something particularly inviting about them. So, whether you’re wondering why you feel attracted to a mysterious photographer, a pensive musician or an eccentric painter, you should know it’s pretty hard to put your finger on it.

13. They have a fear of being forgotten or irrelevant

If you take a look through the eyes of an artist, each piece of art they create should leave its mark on the world. Most of them have that selfish characteristic in them, because they desire to stay immortal through their artwork. So, normally, their biggest fear would be the opposite of that.

14. Their appearance makes them stand out

Artistic people tend to draw a lot of attention. A part of that attention comes from their charisma, or aura, or whatever you like to call it, but some of that is on purpose. They like to stand out, and they often achieve that with the choice of clothing items.

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15. They need to feel loved

However confident and daring they pretend to be, artistic people have their insecurities. They need someone who will nurture them, make them feel loved and appreciated, push and inspire them to make great things. Artistic people contribute to making our world a better, more beautiful place, don’t they?

They can be difficult to handle or understand, but that’s nothing you can’t figure out with just a bit of patience. I hope you’ll find my pointers insightful, and I look forward to your feedback!

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Last Updated on March 14, 2019

7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

Recruiters might hold thousands of interviews in their careers and a lot of them are reporting the same thing—that most candidates play it safe with the questions they ask, or have no questions to ask in a job interview at all.

For job applicants, this approach is crazy! This is a job that you’re going to dedicate a lot of hours to and that might have a huge impact on your future career. Don’t throw away the chance to figure out if the position is perfect for you.

Here are 7 killer questions to ask in a job interview that will both impress your counterpart and give you some really useful insights into whether this job will be a dream … or a nightmare.

1. What are some challenges I might come up against this role?

A lesser candidate might ask, “what does a typical day look like in this role?” While this is a perfectly reasonable question to ask in an interview, focusing on potential challenges takes you much further because it indicates that you already are visualizing yourself in the role.

It’s impressive because it shows that you are not afraid of challenges, and you are prepared to strategize a game plan upfront to make sure you succeed if you get the job.

It can also open up a conversation about how you’ve solved problems in the past which can be a reassuring exercise for both you and the hiring manager.

How it helps you:

If you ask the interviewer to describe a typical day, you may get a vibrant picture of all the lovely things you’ll get to do in this job and all the lovely people you’ll get to do them with.

Asking about potential roadblocks means you hear the other side of the story—dysfunctional teams, internal politics, difficult clients, bootstrap budgets and so on. This can help you decide if you’re up for the challenge or whether, for the sake of your sanity, you should respectfully decline the job offer.

2. What are the qualities of really successful people in this role?

Employers don’t want to hire someone who goes through the motions; they want to hire someone who will excel.

Asking this question shows that you care about success, too. How could they not hire you with a dragon-slayer attitude like that?

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How it helps you:

Interviewers hire people who are great people to work with, but the definition of “great people” differs from person to person.

Does this company hire and promote people with a specific attitude, approach, worth ethic or communication style? Are the most successful people in this role strong extroverts who love to talk and socialize when you are studious and reserved? Does the company reward those who work insane hours when you’re happiest in a more relaxed environment?

If so, then this may not be the right match for you.

Whatever the answer is, you can decide whether you have what it takes for the manager to be happy with your performance in this role. And if the interviewer has no idea what success looks like for this position, this is a sign to proceed with extreme caution.

3. From the research I did on your company, I noticed the culture really supports XYZ. Can you tell me more about that element of the culture and how it impacts this job role?

Of course, you could just ask “what is the culture like here? ” but then you would miss a great opportunity to show that you’ve done your research!

Interviewers give BIG bonus point to those who read up and pay attention, and you’ve just pointed out that (a) you’re diligent in your research (b) you care about the company culture and (c) you’re committed to finding a great cultural fit.

How it helps you:

This question is so useful because it lets you pick an element of the culture that you really care about and that will have the most impact on whether you are happy with the organization.

For example, if training and development is important to you, then you need to know what’s on offer so you don’t end up in a dead-end job with no learning opportunities.

Companies often talk a good talk, and their press releases may be full of shiny CSR initiatives and all the headline-grabbing diversity programs they’re putting in place. This is your opportunity to look under the hood and see if the company lives its values on the ground.

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A company that says it is committed to doing the right thing by customers should not judge success by the number of up-sells an employee makes, for instance. Look for consistency, so you aren’t in for a culture shock after you start.

4. What is the promotion path for this role, and how would my performance on that path be measured?

To be clear, you are not asking when you will get promoted. Don’t go there—it’s presumptuous, and it indicates that you think you are better than the role you have applied for.

A career-minded candidate, on the other hand, usually has a plan that she’s working towards. This question shows you have a great drive toward growth and advancement and an intention to stick with the company beyond your current state.

How it helps you:

One word: hierarchy.

All organizations have levels of work and authority—executives, upper managers, line managers, the workforce, and so on. Understanding the hierarchical structure gives you power, because you can decide if you can work within it and are capable of climbing through its ranks, or whether it will be endlessly frustrating to you.

In a traditional pyramid hierarchy, for example, the people at the bottom tend to have very little autonomy to make decisions. This gets better as you rise up through the pyramid, but even middle managers have little power to create policy; they are more concerned with enforcing the rules the top leaders make.

If having a high degree of autonomy and accountability is important to you, you may do better in a flat hierarchy where work teams can design their own way of achieving the corporate goals.

5. What’s the most important thing the successful candidate could accomplish in their first 3 months/6 months/year?

Of all the questions to ask in a job interview, this one is impressive because it shows that you identify with and want to be a successful performer, and not just an average one.

Here, you’re drilling down into what the company needs, and needs quite urgently, proving that you’re all about adding value to the organization and not just about what’s in it for you.

How it helps you:

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Most job descriptions come with 8, 10 or 12 different job responsibilities and a lot of them with be boilerplate or responsibilities that someone in HR thinks are associated with this role. This question gives you a better sense of which responsibilities are the most important—and they may not be what initially attracted you to the role.

If you like the idea of training juniors, for example, but success is judged purely on your sales figures, then is this really the job you thought you were applying for?

This question will also give you an idea of what kind of learning curve you’re expected to have and whether you’ll get any ramp-up time before getting down to business. If you’re the type of person who likes to jump right in and get things done, for instance, you may not be thrilled to hear that you’re going to spend the first three months shadowing a peer.

6. What do you like about working here?

This simple question is all about building rapport with the interviewer. People like to talk about themselves, and the interviewer will be flattered that you’re interested in her opinions.

Hopefully, you’ll find some great connection points that the two of you share. What similar things drive you head into the office each day? How will you fit into the culture?

How it helps you:

You can learn a lot from this question. Someone who genuinely enjoys his job will be able to list several things they like, and their answers will sound passionate and sincere. If not….well, you might consider that a red flag.

Since you potentially can learn a lot about the company culture from this question, it’s a good idea to figure out upfront what’s important to you. Maybe you’re looking for a hands-off boss who values independent thought and creativity? Maybe you work better in environments that move at a rapid, exciting pace?

Whatever’s important to you, listen carefully and see if you can find any common ground.

7. Based on this interview, do you have any questions or concerns about my qualifications for the role?

What a great closing question to ask in a job interview! It shows that you’re not afraid of feedback—in fact, you are inviting it. Not being able to take criticism is a red flag for employers, who need to know that you’ll act on any “coaching moments” with a good heart.

As a bonus, asking this question shows that you are really interested in the position and wish to clear up anything that may be holding the company back from hiring you.

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How it helps you:

What a devious beast this question is! On the surface, it looks straightforward, but it’s actually giving you four key pieces of information.

First, is the manager capable of giving you feedback when put on the spot like this? Some managers are scared of giving feedback, or don’t think it’s important enough to bother outside of a formal performance appraisal. Do you want to work for a boss like that? How will you improve if no one is telling you what you did wrong?

Second, can the manager give feedback in a constructive way without being too pillowy or too confrontational? It’s unfair to expect the interviewer to have figured out your preferred way of receiving feedback in the space of an interview, but if she come back with a machine-gun fire of shortcomings or one of those corporate feedback “sandwiches” (the doozy slipped between two slices of compliment), then you need to ask yourself, can you work with someone who gives feedback like that?

Third, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about before you leave the interview. This gives you the chance to make a final, tailored sales pitch so you can convince the interviewer that she should not be worried about those things.

Fourth, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about period. If turnover is keeping him up at night, then your frequent job hopping might get a lot of additional scrutiny. If he’s facing some issues with conflict or communication, then he might raise concerns regarding your performance in this area.

Listen carefully: the concerns that are being raised about you might actually be a proxy for problems in the wider organization.

Making Your Interview Work for You

Interviews are a two-way street. While it is important to differentiate yourself from every other candidate, understand that convincing the interviewer you’re the right person for the role goes hand-in-hand with figuring out if the job is the right fit for you.

Would you feel happy in a work environment where the people, priorities, culture and management style were completely at odds with the way you work? Didn’t think so!

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