Organizations and hiring managers are always on the lookout for people who ask smart questions, explore new ideas and solutions, and are eager to grow. Much of that mindset comes down to one vital quality: curiosity.
What’s your curiosity profile? To find out, answer these scientifically validated questions, drawn from extensive research on curiosity in educational settings and the personality traits associated with it.
At the end, see how you stack up against other test takers in three key areas: unconventionality, intellectual hunger, and experiential curiosity.
Given that yesterday’s post was about the importance of curiosity for enhancing one’s creativity, this survey seemed like a perfect follow-up to that post.
Here is a link to the survey, which only takes a couple of minutes to complete.
Here are my results in the three areas:
Unconventionality: I am a flexible thinker.
As you can see from the chart, when it comes to unconventional thinking, I am in the middle, but closer to the unconventional. I scored slightly less than the Harvard Business Review average score on this dimension, with higher scores representing those who question authority and think independently. Such people may be regarded as free thinkers and as trendsetters.
Intellectual Hunger: I am intellectually hungry.
This appears to be my “highest” rated trait, indicative someone who enjoys exploring a wide range of educational subjects. I think that describes me quite well. It’s also interesting to note that this seems consistent with the Gallup Strengths Finder survey, where Learner was my top strength.
Experiential Curiosity: You adapt to new situations.
This was my “lowest” rated quality, and when I look at the description of the results, it does not surprise me. People with low scores prefer spending time with close friends; they don’t care much about meeting new people. They like to plan ahead, and if something works, they see no need to change it. My sense is that a low score here is evidence of someone who likes to follow a routine, and that certainly describes me.
As part of the results, the survey also offers the participants some suggested resources on how to “improve” your score in each individual area.
I’d be “curious” to hear from anyone that takes the survey if they think it does a good job capturing their traits on each dimension.
It looks like I need to spend less time blogging and more time making new friends; I’m breaking out in a cold sweat already…