Did Curiosity Really Kill the Cat?

Most of us are familiar with the proverb: “curiosity killed the cat” which serves as a warning against doing too much investigation or experimentation.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t curious about things.

When I was five years old, I wondered what those two small holes were in the wall. I was not aware of any of the properties of an electrical socket. So I went to the kitchen, got a small knife and stuck the knife into one of the holes. I wanted to see what would happen, if anything.

Well, something definitely happened.

Sparks flew out and completely singed my eyebrows. Add some black marks to my forehead and I was quite a sight.

When my dad got home and saw me, he asked me what happened. Before I could answer, my brother rushed in and demanded to know how I was going to be punished. My dad said, “he’s already been punished” and walked out of the room.

Yes, yes, I learned not to put a knife into an electrical socket.

What does this all mean from a hiring perspective?

From where I stand, being curious about things is an excellent quality.

Curious people find better and faster ways to get things done. They ask customers questions that reveal important facts that can help you improve service. Curious salespeople, in my humble opinion, close more sales.

Curious people want to learn more about what goes on around them. Let’s hope that quality never dies in any of us.

How can you tell how curious someone is?

The curious person will ask you about your end of things. Now, there are the usual questions applicants ask but if you find someone asking very specific questions and trying to get a better sense of how your company does business, then I see that as a plus.

There’s a response to the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” that we don’t often hear, but I’ll mention it here:

Satisfaction brought him back.

As the law varies in each area, please check with an attorney to ensure you are applying these tips within the law.

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