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    I may be wrong and perhaps I'm making excuses but I wonder if being clever is really much of an advantage in the workplace. Maybe the very high end jobs but elsewhere does being smart really matter? I always thought my brainpower was my biggest advantage in life but it doesn't seem to matter much at all. What employers want are people who are keen (too stupid to understand the silliness of the job they're being asked to do?) and those who are interested in the commercial world - generally philistines.

    I wish I could apply for jobs where the criteria was all about competency - please give me aptitude tests! - and not about bulls****** rubbish that HR people love on CVs.
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    (Original post by Mick Travis)
    I may be wrong and perhaps I'm making excuses but I wonder if being clever is really much of an advantage in the workplace. Maybe the very high end jobs but elsewhere does being smart really matter? I always thought my brainpower was my biggest advantage in life but it doesn't seem to matter much at all. What employers want are people who are keen (too stupid to understand the silliness of the job they're being asked to do?) and those who are interested in the commercial world - generally philistines.

    I wish I could apply for jobs where the criteria was all about competency - please give me aptitude tests! - and not about bulls****** rubbish that HR people love on CVs.
    Hi. This is just my opinion so i apologise if it is misinformed. An employer isn't going to care too much how good you are at aptitude tests because the chances are that such a skill won't be necessary in your job. A job involves much more than academic intelligence. You have to be intelligent for competitive jobs, of course you do. But, you also need to display good communication skills, teamwork skills, etc. A firm aren't going to hire someone who is a genius but can't communicate properly! They want well rounded individuals.

    I wouldn't agree with the "phillistines" comment at all. Being keen and interested in business, does not mean you are a "philistine". In any job interview you should come across as keen and enthusiastic. And a firm expects you to have some commercial awareness so that you are able to understand the issues facing the company.

    Just put yourself in the shoes of a partner at a large organisation. Are you going to hire the person who gets full marks on aptitude tests but has no people skills OR the person who passes aptitude tests and has great people skills.

    Sorry, if i rambled on a bit.

    What sortof jobs are you looking for?
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    At the moment I'm looking at administration type roles to try and get some experience. I'm interested in the voluntary sector, universities, arts and culture establishments.
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    Ask yourself this. If youre really intelligent why arent you the employer?

    Just saying
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    (Original post by Mick Travis)
    I may be wrong and perhaps I'm making excuses but I wonder if being clever is really much of an advantage in the workplace. Maybe the very high end jobs but elsewhere does being smart really matter? I always thought my brainpower was my biggest advantage in life but it doesn't seem to matter much at all. What employers want are people who are keen (too stupid to understand the silliness of the job they're being asked to do?) and those who are interested in the commercial world - generally philistines.

    I wish I could apply for jobs where the criteria was all about competency - please give me aptitude tests! - and not about bulls****** rubbish that HR people love on CVs.
    Well it depends on the job, but of course they many jobs value intelligence. Even jobs that seem simple in many cases have intricacies which you need to work out to be optimal. Other jobs are entirely reliant on the adaptive powers of its employees to cope with different situations, particularly in admin-type jobs.

    Many many jobs now give all their applicants aptitude tests as part of the selection process. They also include personality tests and things like that.
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    Different jobs require different qualities. Some will value intelligence very highly compared to everything else, and some will not. It all depends on the exact job you're applying for.

    An employer ultimately wants to hire whoever is going to be the best at doing their job. If your job is to mop floors, you probably don't need so much intelligence to do that job well. But if your job is to teach at a university, or to write computer programs, maybe intelligence is a bit more helpful.
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    The above is some good advice.
 
 
 
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