Hiring for curiosity

5 Sep

Curious people keep up with the latest information in subjects that interest them.

Companies have been told to hire for culture, soft skills and, most recently, curiosity, according to Bloomberg News. However, this may be more than just a new trend. In today's world, there is so much information that is released daily that keeping up with a certain business or industry can be difficult if one isn't willing to sit down every day and read. Additionally, as more information pours into the world from all kinds of blogs and news stories, a job becomes more complex and difficult to manage.

Bloomberg explained that there are three traits that allow people to understand complexity. These are a person's IQ, their EQ and their CQ. The new component is the CQ, which means curiosity quotient. Think of the kind of person who likes to order new food from restaurants whenever he or she dines out, or people who read new books on subjects they don't know much about. There are truly people who are more open to new experiences than others. These people have a high curiosity quotient. Such people are comfortable with ambiguity, according to the source.

Dealing with an ambiguous world
Tolerance of ambiguity may not seem particularly useful, but some companies require it when it comes to dealing with new technologies and new people. In a business context, someone who can work with new ideas is an asset. These are the people who aren't afraid to try something new and untested. They aren't afraid to venture into unfamiliar waters or experiment for a while.

Human resources professionals can benefit from curiosity as well as a tolerance for ambiguity. In a truly diverse workplace, people with curiosity about other human beings will make friends with those from different backgrounds, and this will help to bind everyone together through camaraderie.

Additionally, those with power to hire will need to be open to an ambiguous idea for a job candidate. According to ERE.net, one of the major recruiting mistakes someone makes is to have a preconceived notion of an ideal candidate. Such a notion can blind someone to the best candidate who presents himself or herself because that candidate doesn't match the ideal one in someone's mind.

When hiring for human resource planning or even for business strategy or technology roles, curiosity might be a trait to watch for.

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