Monday, May 2, 2011

What do you do?

Tim Ferriss calls it "the most fundamental of American questions." He writes that he isn't fond of the fact that job descriptions are taken as self-descriptions. I agree.

Chris Yeh, on his personal website:
Is it just me, or is asking "What do you do?" a terrible way to get to know somebody?
If someone wants to know me personally, they should ask about my wife Alisha, my puppy Kobe, and my son, Jason. You can't understand the professional without understanding the person behind the role. Once you understand the person, you can begin to understand the career.
What kinds of questions should you ask to get at the person behind the career, especially with someone you've just met, in a career-oriented setting?

1 comment:

  1. How about the following: what do you do for fun?