Quiz: Are You Smart Enough To Get A Great Job?

smart enough to get a good job

Employers today often complain that they're having a hard time filling great jobs. They give lots of reasons, but surveys show that when asked what skills they most want in an employee, hiring managers cite reasoning skills such as interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities and creative thinking.

In other words: intelligence.

Intelligence means the ability to learn quickly, analyze situations and solve problems. In a hypercompetitive job market, intelligence might not be everything, but it sure helps.

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Brainpower may be partly hard-wired but not completely. There are things you can do to boost yours without going for a Ph.D.

Are you doing enough to boost yours?

True or False?
  1. I spend a lot of time with people who are smarter than me: clear thinkers, interested in analyzing problems.

  2. I draw my political views at least as much from experts such as David Gergen or Charles Krauthammer as from political comedians like Stephen Colbert or Dennis Miller.

  3. I spend at least as much time reading The New York Times or Wall Street Journal as People or Sports Illustrated.

  4. I'm at least as likely to read Life Lessons of Great Leaders as to see a "Twilight" movie.

  5. I'm at least as likely to pursue intelligence-building recreation such as debating issues or attending a book club or public affairs forum, as to play sports, video games or party til dawn.

  6. I'm less likely to accept religion on blind faith and more likely to ponder hard questions such as, "If God will provide" how come one-third of the world is starving and billions die in agony?"


Scoring Key

Obviously, the more "trues," the more likely you're optimizing your brainpower. Might your answers make you want to do at least one thing differently?

Of course, even some people who score zero decide not to change. They derive so much pleasure from, for example, the new pot decriminalization laws to care much about optimizing their brainpower.

But you make your choices, you take your chances. In our ever more competitive economy, the path to viability may not include a daily ritual of bonging while watching "Simpsons" reruns.

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theoceanhideaway

Number 1. FALSE... I spend time with people smarter than I, which includes those who are capable of writing in a grammatically correct style.

Number 2. FALSE ...To understand the humor and comprehend the satire of a Dennis Miller, a broad sphere of reference is necessary, as opposed to simply consuming the pablum of so-called political experts who have no experience in the reality of modern life.

Number 3. FALSE ... None of these is my sole form of written media. i take full advantage of the internet and read media from outside the USA, often in the original language. Limiting yourself to the examples you give limits your knowledge of the world -- which is much more than whether the DOW closed higher or Tebow bowed to the Kardashians.

Number 4 FALSE ... Neither -- i am more likely to go out and learn from actual mentors in my community rather than attend a lecture on a book about who is considered by someone else to be a "great leader".

Number 5 FALSE ... I see the benefit in all of those activities and see the error in your condescending attitude towards recreation, socialization, and healthy physical activity. i also see the importance of knowing when to debate and doing so effectively. Are you beginning to comprehend?

Number 6 FALSE ... I do not make the error of mistaking religion for spiritual beliefs and i understand that faith is just that, try looking up the definition before making such pithy references to matters that many take more seriously than you do in your quasi scientific approach to "career coaching'.

Marty, it's obvious why your advice of over a thousand writings like this are free. Who in their right mind would pay you for this self serving drivel? Try going out and living for a change -- get your hands dirty, make a difference, clean a dog kennel, feed a senior, change a diaper at a women's center. Maybe even go out and change a law to provide people with medicine they need to live their lives fully without pain and despair. Learn some history, see how if you apply it you too can make a change.

And stop pigeon holing people. They are not pigeons.

February 25 2013 at 2:24 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to theoceanhideaway's comment
Susan Varner

That was beautiful! I like your style.
Sincerely, Susan

April 12 2013 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Deb

Wow! Well done. Hey Marty, what theoceanhideaway said...

May 10 2013 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zurich

My parents were advised to use services of Blogstaffing, when I graduated from college. I want to get a Higher education, but now I want to work to allow myself pay for that. Experts from Blogstaffing found me a job very quickly, and now I work as a part-time secretary at a large company)).

December 29 2012 at 2:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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