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Essence Recruitment and Consulting Firm Saskatoon IQ and Success

Did you know that IQ only accounts for 10% of success?

When it comes to academic achievement, intelligence is an important factor. In fact, we are often led to believe that the only way to succeed is to be blessed with an exceptional IQ. However, research has found that while intellect is a significant factor in predicting success, it is certainly not the only — or even the most important — one. Recent studies have shown that emotional intelligence is actually a greater indicator for achievement in both academia and life than intellect.

The term IQ — or intelligence quotient — was first coined by a German psychologist named William Stern in 1912. Since then, standardized intelligence tests have been used worldwide to compare the test taker’s score to the scores of other people in the same age group, resulting in a figure that determines how academically gifted they are. While IQ is still recognized as an important element of success, particularly when it comes to educational achievement, researchers and psychologists alike have discovered that EQ — more commonly known as emotional intelligence — is far more likely to lead to overall success than a high IQ or relevant experience.

According to Dr. Steve Bressert, when considering the ingredients for success, IQ counts for roughly 10% (and at best 25%), while the rest depends on everything else, including EQ1. Dr. Arthur Poropat of Griffith University’s School of Applied Psychology’s research also supports Bressert’s claim; by comparing measurements of the “Big Five”personality traits2 — extraversion, emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness to experience — to college students’ grades and test scores, Poropat discovered that students with higher levels of openness and conscientiousness were four times more likely to be successful and achieve higher grades on tests.

Moving away from academia and into business, research from the Carnegie Institute of Technology3 found that 85% of financial success is generated from people skills while only 15% of financial success is due to technical knowledge. And, according to Nobel Prize winning Israeli-American psychologist Daniel Kahneman, people much prefer to do business with someone they like and trust, rather than someone they don’t3 — even if that person is offering a better product at a lower price.

Many employers are now actively seeking candidates with exceptional EQ skills, including conscientiousness and openness. This is not surprising, considering that people who are open to experience are more likely to be imaginative, sensitive to their feelings and intellectually curious, while conscientious people are disciplined, compliant and excellent at planning ahead. And these are not the only two personality traits that are deemed more important for success than intelligence.

So, for those of us who struggled in a classroom setting, and were not born with the gift of a genius level IQ, there is no need to fear. Despite there being little evidence to suggest that intelligence can be taught, personality traits, on the other hand, can be developed, strengthened and enhanced. Read our full infographic to learn more about 8 traits that will enable you to be just as — if not more — successful than any of your brainbox competitors.

Article written by Nivene, Content Marketing Analyst.

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Essence Recruitment and Consulting Firm Saskatoon Introvert's Guide to Success

An Introvert’s Guide to Interview Success

In my years as a career coach, I’ve found that introverted clients often have a tougher time nailing interviews. Job seeking is nerve-wracking for everyone, but the ongoing interaction and need to be always be “on” can be especially draining for introverted personalities.

The assumption that hiring managers are always looking for outgoing star employees who dazzle them with their personalities can translate into nervousness and self-doubt for job candidates who aren’t innately extroverted. But hiring managers aren’t always seeking this employee. Sometimes they need an outgoing go-getter, other times it’s an introspective thinker.

Introverts, to shine in your next interview, try these tips.

Know your strengths. Introverts are less likely to self-promote, which makes it extremely important for them to deeply understand their unique strengths. This allows you to talk objectively about your skills in a no-nonsense way. Start this task by conducting a S.W.O.T. analysis.
Practice, practice, practice. A common complaint among my introverted clients is that they have a hard time speaking eloquently on the fly. To overcome this, preparedness is key. Develop a list of potential questions an interviewer might ask and practice answers out loud until your delivery feels natural. Take this a step further by calling on a family member or friend to help you conduct mock interview sessions.

Bring a “prop.” Another technique to overcome getting tongue-tied is creating a portfolio of work to bring to your interview. Having this on hand helps you talk about your experience in an engaging way, and it’s something you can easily turn to when you’re stuck on what to say next.

Remember, interviews are a two-way street. Think about interviews as a conversation instead of an interrogation. While an interviewer is trying to understand if your skills are the right fit for their open position, it’s just as important for you to determine if a job, company and manager are a good fit for you. Keeping this in mind puts less pressure on interview and can immensely improve your performance while easing jitters.

Article by, Lisa Quast, Contributor at Forbes

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