Applied curiosity is your cheat sheet for acing the job interview
I spend a lot of time talking with people who are insanely curious about the world. Some of them are on the other side of my desk as they’re looking for work. And I’m always inspired by those chats.
I love those conversations because we (humanity, the big We) need people to poke and twist and pull at asking ‘why’ things are the way they are and ‘what if we tried this?’
Asking those questions are the first step in arriving at a place of more interestingness sooner. The pace of change quickens, and we create better ways to get things done, new ways to inspire and life is good.
Then there’s the other step: doing.
The truth is that daydreaming is fun and wild postulations can be a tasty intellectual snack. But at the end of the day talk is inherently cheap.
The real questions: now that you’ve explored the whys and what-ifs, what have you done with your answers? What did you make? How did you apply your curiosity?
That’s the second half of the equation. Tinkering. Making. Inventing. Doing.
And that’s one of the signals that can help me mark potentially good job candidates from great ones.
Because the world is full of dreamers. But it was built — and is constantly re-imagined and built better than it was before — by the dreamers who do.
Related: my friend Dan Kirby at Tech Dept asked ‘Who owns the future, creatives or coders?’ Interesting conversation. I think it’s a false dichotomy. But some really smart people have chimed in. Check it: http://blog.techdept.co.uk/2014/03/creatives-vs-coders/