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Why focusing on IQ is a mistake when hiring

How highly do you value IQ when hiring? Well, it’s a mistake, according to Carwan Rasoal, founder and CEO of GenValues. “Every company is a talent company and if you don’t successfully create teams that produce high quality outcomes for your products, it will be challenging to navigate successfully in a highly competitive global market”, he writes in his ToTalent guest blog.

Carwan Rasoal on May 26, 2021 Average reading time: 3 min
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Why focusing on IQ is a mistake when hiring

When you’re hiring an engineer — or any other new team member for that matter, it’s natural to have a list of traits you want to see — a list of skills. The most critical reason to hire someone is not their skill set, but their ability to contribute positively to your team’s dynamic and culture to increase collective intelligence.

The most critic al reason to hire someone is not their skill set, but their ability to contribute positively to your team’s dynamic and culture to increase collective intelligence.

A study done by professor Anita Williams Woolley at MIT showed:

  • One team member with high IQs didn’t perform better on collective intelligence tests than their lower IQ peers.
  • Teams tended to do well if individuals in a group had a higher than average ability to read emotions.
  • Groups where some individuals dominated the conversation lead to lower collective intelligence than those with more equality among group members.
  • The third key factor was teams with female members had a higher collective intelligence.

‘Make or break moment’

New hires can make or break a tech company — the choice between success and failure can be as simple as who’s on board. Engineers are contacted about new opportunities all the time, but with no clear information about who they’ll be working with, what their day-to-day will look like. It will be hard to say no to the next headhunter that provides a more holistic view of the position.

New hires can make or break a tech company — the choice between success and failure can be as simple as who’s on board.

Genvalues provides a way for tech companies and engineering teams to share its unique culture and sustainability contribution with tech talents looking for more than just programming. When values align between team members and the mission, building a team with high collective intelligence is easier. It’s what you need if your company doesn’t want to miss out on innovation in a highly competitive market.

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Carwan Rasoal

Carwan Rasoal

Guest Blogger at ToTalent.eu
Carwan Rasoal is an Entrepreneur ⎮ Founder of Genvalues with a passion for value-driven companies that embrace sustainability.
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