Hiring Laws

Rick Knight (rknight@platinum.com)
Wed, 23 Jul 97 10:34:19 CST

I would shudder at an IQ being on a resume or job application. A
focus on that assumes that a known/unknown/contrived IQ will actually
be appropriately applied by the potential hiree. Working with C++
programmers, I've hired and had to manage a number of what I observed
to be very intelligent people who were so socially inept (some with
seriously bad hygiene) as to make them veritably useless in teamwork

IQ is only one aspect of a person's value and qualifications. I liked
what the book "Emotional Intelligence" had to offer in that respect.

If one's "intelligence quotient" is all a person has to offer, it's
not a good balance by my perspective. That is, unless the person's
only responsibility is to interact with silicon-based life forms. The
carbon-based ones require a little more interactivity.

A interesting coincidental footnote: i.q. is also a Latin
abbreviation meaning "the same as". A curious connection to the
measurable "sameness" that is all an IQ test can ultimately provide.