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Job is blind

A thought experiment

Netflix' reality show "Love is Blind" makes people get engaged before ever seeing each other in person. The idea: the perfect match - purely based on inner values, honest conversations and emotions instead of externalities. Could that ever work for the job market? 

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Welcome to worktopia. Forget everything you knew about our work world. Here, we only care about your inner values. 


1. Utopia or dystopia? 

Granted, worktopia seems like a far away land - but is it? New Work movements and their paradigms put the human back into the center of attention. What would be the most radical version of that? In worktopia, everything external is taken out of the equation: job title? Irrelevant. Benefits or compensation? No means of motivation. Is that a desirable future? Or a threat to the system? Would you feel liberated - or trapped? 


2. Jobs and emotions - a likely match?


Applying for a job and dating have many similarities - but also this one difference: the relevance of emotions. In worktopia, that's different. Emotions and sensations in regards to a job are prioritized. In worktopia, nobody is relying on external motivation, like compensation, benefits and job titles. Is that even possible? Let's stretch our hearts and brains. How would you describe what your current job feels like - purely based on describing emotions and sensations?

3. The blind interview - go or no?

You were anonymously invited to a blind interview based on your skills and professional experience. You sit in a room, not knowing what company is interviewing you, what the job title, the role or the compensation is. Any questions regarding those things won't be answered today. Would you accept the invitation and go on a blind date like that? Why - or why not?

4. The encounter

You accepted the invite and joined the mysterious interview. After some friendly introductions it's getting serious. Remember, any questions regarding role, tasks, company and salary are not answered in worktopia.  What questions do you ask? What questions do you want to be asked?

5. Break-ups and learnings

At the end of the interview, you are asked to describe your last job as you would describe a past relationship. What did you learn from it - not skill-wise, but emotionally - about yourself and what is important to you?

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