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If someone puts IQ on a resume, is there any scenario where they end up being great consultant? Generally curious cause that was a deal breaker for me, wondering if I made a mistake as hiring manager

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I cannot imagine the messed up personality required to put that on a resume. I think you made a wise choice.

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I care more about your GPA than your IQ. I know tons of brilliant people who can’t get anything done. Your GPA tells me you can follow directions, finish assignments... or can BS well on the fly. Either way, important skills.

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I mean, there is a very small percentage chance but still non-zero that the person could be a great candidate. I don’t think I’d reject a person solely for that but it would definitely be a (very minor) contributing factor to their resume review prior to an interview. I’d weigh their skill set way more heavily. Do they demonstrate the skills I see being foundational in the job posting I’m going to hire them towards? Do they have a track record of performance that is measurable, easy seen, and relevant to the job? Indexing too heavily on one point on the resume is no different that rejecting someone because of a typo on a resume. Let’s not pretend that none of us have ever had a typo the pages we present to our clients. Maybe IQ entry was a bad call, maybe it was shitty advice. Keep in mind that in many minority groups, many individuals are the first in their family to have a white collar job. So their mentors / guides / friends don’t necessarily know what is good or bad for a resume - and if it’s a fresh undergrad, I could see them being convinced by a proud parent that ‘hey, your IQ is high man, put it on there, it couldn’t hurt right?’ - but in your case it did. I guess my long winded answer is saying - every filter you make can prioritize to either minimize false positives (people who looked good but aren’t) and minimize false negatives (people who looked bad but are great). Based on your experience, you can decide what you’re optimizing towards. For what it’s worth, our jobs are often a dream career for many (especially young) people. So turning people down without being particularly thoughtful seems harsh.

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Did they also put their astrology sign and the results to the buzzfeed Harry Potter character quiz?

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someone who does that is almost certainly compensating for the fact that they aren’t good at something (maybe anything) else. or they’re lying. either one is a huge red flag. i would have done the same as you.

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I’d evaluate their resume regardless and see if they seem qualified otherwise. Maybe this individual was given bad advice to add it to their resume.

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I hope I was able to effectively relay admiration for your brevity in my message - I didn’t mean anything negative. It’s a difficult balance for me personally because I feel like you need to give people a guide of how you’re approaching the problem and walk with them (so to speak) in order to change their mind. But sometimes a concise, pithy answer is best.

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People cling to IQ when they don’t have any accomplishments to point to in my experience. Did that seem like the case based on their resume?

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Unless you are MENSA and add that as hobbies/membership I wouldn’t put anything like that out there.

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I’ve seen dozens of experienced hire resumes that include fraternity/sorority memberships. Mensa membership is in that category for me. Including IQ is just plain odd, with or without Mensa membership.

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Are they going to be a cubicle coder? Yes. Are they going to talk to humans? No.

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Yeah, not going to trust someone like that with client interaction, lest they put their IQ in their email signature lol

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Straight up reject, no questions asked

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If the number was exceptional (north of 145) i would want to meet the person. If nothing else, out of sheer curiosity. I do generally try to optimize for intelligence in my hiring. I'm a big fan of Mihaly Cziksenthalyi. He has done some great research that shows when you control for most other variables, the single greatest predictor of success is intelligence. It's more impactful than hard work, creativity, etc. Obviously, i want a complete candidate who has broad skills and assets but when i started weighing intelligence as my top criteria, the quality of hires got dramatically better.

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How about if someone put “President of college Mensa Club”? I think I would object less

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