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Curiosity, a valuable but underestimated qualification

Rhea Maesele Posted 24 August 2020

Companies ask for highly qualified Project Managers with skills in science, leadership, critical thinking, and so on. However, there is another trait that is often being overseen, namely curiosity. Companies would benefit from placing curious people on complex jobs or projects because people with curious traits are generally more creative, better problem solvers and faster learners. In fact, curiosity is being defined as one of the most important job qualifications.

Curiosity can be described as:

  • Tendency for seeking new experiences
  • Eager for new knowledge
  • Asking for feedback
  • Being open to change

Inquisitive people can provide a wide range of benefits to employers, like:

  • Less decision-making errors
  • Lower use of confirmation bias
  • Less stereotyping people

Overall, natural curiosity is associated with better job performance.

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What a lot of people don't know is that there are different types of curiosity.

  • Firstly, there is Perceptual Curiosity. This can be defined as the interest in novel perceptual stimuli and motivation for visual and sensory inspection. Very often, perceptual curiosity declines with continued exposure.
  • On the opposite site of Perceptual Curiosity, we can find Epistemic Curiosity, which is the desire to obtain new knowledge expected to stimulate intellectual interests. This, however, is a very broad trait and it involves two basic, separate types of curiosity:
    • Diversive Curiosity, which is less goal-directed and interest-motivated. It reflects the desire to explore and to seeking novel simulation to avoid boredom.
    • Specific Curiosity is more targeted and competence-motivated. It reflects the desire for a particular piece of information, is goal-oriented and problem-focused. Specific curiosity can drive employees to examine distinct problems in order to understand them better and identify potential solutions.

Several ways a company can stimulate the curiosity of employees:

  • Value and reward curiosity
  • Allow and teach them to ask quality questions
  • Teach skepticism by asking the employees to question "why" more often, and to search for additional evidence before accepting someone's claims as being true
  • Create opportunities for more curious and less curious individuals to work together in project-based learning


At Modis, we motivate employees to be curious, think critically and be openminded. Each employee is being trained, stimulated and coached individually so we can present you a team of confident and skilled project managers.

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