Are you bilingual and have overcome adversity?
If so, you are likely to be creative, interesting, able to analyse and solve problems. At least that’s the opinion of Amy Cappellazzo of Christie’s International in New York. Watch a short video of her discussing her strategies for hiring creative people with The Economist:
Amy Cappellazzo is unusual in the sense that she is adamantly against being monolingual that many of her fellow Americans think is fine because a lot of people speaks English.
She only hires bilingual people and is convinced that speaking any other language, useful for Christie’s or not, forces people to think in different ways and understand other types of jokes, body language and also enhances a persons ability to analyse.
Don’t have an airtight resume if you want to work at Christie’s
If there is not some kind of weak point in a CV she does not trust it.
Too perfect a resume, at best, belongs to a person who has been in a padded environment all life and who, most likely, is not very interesting. That kind of person is not for Christie’s. She prefers a CV that shows that the applicant has driven off the road at some point and managed to get back on track again. That kind of people will be of benefit to Christie’s.
Do you agree with Amy Cappellazzo that bilingual individuals who have overcome adversity have more potential and are more creative? Or do you believe people who have sailed smoothly through life are a better bet? Are you also of the opinon that speaking more than one language makes you better able to understand people and a better analyst? Or do you believe English is enough since plenty of people around the world will, after all, be able to understand you?
Video: The Economist – You Tube