During an interesting consulting conversation
two core elements developed.
AREA: One is an interest in applying his skills
ROLE: The second is that RW wishes to get
immersed in the business side of helping people
by curing diseases.
An interesting reference I shared with RW is
“Jobs in the Drug Industry,” by Richard Friary (2000).
It poses some things RW was interested in
what to anticipate and expect in interviews
and Friary does a nice job describing what will be
asked and how to “sell yourself” as a
viable and enthusiastic candidate in Chapter 7 (pp. 214-
221. “Foremost among the traits … are enthusiasm,
industriousness, a sense of urgency, and cooperativeness.”
A recent book by Barbara Moses,
“The Good News about careers,” (1999) talks about
20-something’s need for self expression..
It can be construed as different from an earlier
generation. Here, we talked about RWs need to
provide a compelling case of how and what is special
about being involved in the business of curing
This is a statement of his motivation, rather than one
from which he would receive personal satisfaction.
For he can continue to strive at something in which
he is motivated to achieve, where as a person’s
attitude will not be changed permanently by
getting that pay raise, promotion, new
supervisor or benefit. (satisfiers)
The underlying point for us, one of the critical
items for job seekers to be able to do in an
interview is reveal her or his motivation.
This could be
- striving to compete,
- love for challenging work,
- desire for advancement and increased responsibility,
Self-expression seems to be more common
among people of his generation that the previous
one and so it is significant to realize this difference
and listen for people speaking about it in
conversations. See Rita Casey for some
background on motivation and satisfaction.