How Vital is Knowing Your I.Q. when Job Searching?

2018 January 17
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How Vital is Knowing Your I.Q. when Job Searching?

Searching for a job essentially involves piquing a company’s interest in our aptitudes or experience. A résumé that efficiently informs prospective employers of our skills and competencies, work experience, studies, and interests, enables them to glean whether or not we might be the right person for a job, but it is also important to know ourselves well during the application stage. One way to do so is by taking an I.Q. test.


I.Q. is a Subject of Heated Debate

Many studies have shown that having a good I.Q. is predictive of success at work. In 2014, Wharton psychologist Adam Grant reported that emotional intelligence (which involves interpersonal and intrapersonal skills) is less important than cognitive ability. He noted: “The average employee with high cognitive ability generated annual revenue of over 95,000, compared with 59,000 for those with moderate cognitive ability and 09,000 for those with low cognitive ability.”


Many studies have backed this claim, yet for some people, the idea of a test defining them and their whole career can feel limiting and diminishing. Critics of defining a person’s ability with this test generally don’t opt to sit for it and are not interested in their results. They wish to be defined by qualities such as hard work, commitment, and the ability to work in a team.

How Can Knowledge of Your I.Q. Work for You?

If you are interested in knowing your I.Q. for free, you can always go online to discover your score. It can seem scary to do so (because you may not fare as well as expected and therefore feel demotivated to pursue your career of choice), yet knowledge is power and you can use this information in many ways.

Once you obtain your result, be aware that some career choices may be more of a gamble than others. For instance, areas like research and entrepreneurship are particularly challenging because only a tiny percentage of people working within these areas make breakthroughs or achieve major success.

As noted by Richard Batty in an excellent article on the subject, in highly complex industries such as these, people with a high I.Q. are more likely to succeed because there is so much variation between performance in these jobs.


You are More than a Score!

Your test score should never limit what you know yourself to be capable of. If you are displeased with your result, look into possibilities/techniques that might help increase your I.Q. Secondly, enrich your knowledge base and research into ways you can improve learning methods and memory (e.g. spaced learning and Dual n Back games can work for you).

Finally, network, network, and network. Grab opportunities to meet people in a variety of settings you grab, since sharing information about your services and interests is likely to result in new opportunities for jobs or business opportunities… even more, on many occasions, than merely having a high I.Q. will afford.

Your I.Q. does not define you and it certainly shouldn’t limit you. While you may decide not to elicit your score, if you do take the test and find that your result is not what you hoped, turn the score around by using it to your advantage by increasing your knowledge base and building a strong network that will present numerous opportunities for work success and enable you to make the impact you know you are capable of.


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