Suggested Interview Questions
Suggested Interview Questions for Craig
Nathanson and Some Example Answers
Q: What is the difference between vocation and career?
A: Jobs are simply an exchange of a service for a fee.
A career is the same with a professional label, Careers=Retirement
With Vocation=life, and you never have to retire from
what you love.
Q: Is it practical in this economy for people to really
go after more of what they want?
A: Even more important as companies more then ever
before will never seek to find meaning and fulfillment
for its employees.
Q: You state in your book that there is a natural conflict
between organizations and personal growth, how so?
A: Organizations by nature seek revenue growth through
efficiency and short term results. People however, seek
fulfillment and meaning over time which can be slow.
Q: Why do you think careers are overrated?
A: Because they focus on what the organization wants.
Some people should fire their careers before it kills
Q: Why is it important to align as you write about
one’s interests and abilities?
A: It is much easier to get better at something you
are interested in vs. force an interest in an area you
may be good at but don’t care deeply about
Q: How does your book differ from all the other self
help career books?
A: There are lots of great books which help one match
their skills and the right career or job match. The
problem is with this economy, that’s no longer
enough. My book helps people like a lemonade stand on
a hot day, quench their thirst and go deeper and think
through what exactly would be their perfect vocational
day and ideas on how to achieve it. I think this approach
is much more personal and tends to last a lifetime vs.
just through a career?
Q: Why the Ten P’s as the theme in your book?
A: People like quick practical ideas. This gave me
a method to take my 25 years corporate experience, Ph.D
research and personal experience and place in an accessible
format to make a difference for others
Q: You write about your many personal crisis situations
you went through. Does that help give you a deeper perspective
to what you write about?
A: Yes, I think it helps when one has lived through
what they are writing and or suggesting
Q: Why is it so critical in mid-life to find vocation
A: In mid-life, we suddenly realize that our life is
half over and there is a sense of urgency for meaning
Q: Why do you suggest many people in mid-life fire
their careers before it kills them?
A: The longer one continues to do more of what they
don’t love, stress builds which leads to a higher
risk of health issues and unhappiness.
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