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11 months ago by Steph Fruin

The blend of IQ and EQ – tips to keep improving

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​When it comes to identifying the most suitable individual for a role, a strong academic background is often an important factor, but not the sole focus for assessing the fit for a company. We lookout for a balance of IQ and factors such as evidence of collaboration and teamwork to understand how a potential new hire would fit into a team and the overall company culture. But, like anything, these factors need to be continually worked on and developed and learning doesn’t stop after formal education – find out how you can keep IQ and EQ refreshed.

In the face of that phenomenon, it is no wonder that employers started looking for alternative ways to distinguish candidates. Academics and intelligence are not the only things that matter anymore, with emotional intelligence or even common sense being just as relevant. That is why here at Freshminds, we pay great attention to both of those aspects of our candidates’ personality. We are after what we call a consulting skillset, and believe it is that mix of both IQ and EQ that is a determining factor of success.

IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient and is a total score from a variety of tests used to measure human intelligence. Its existence is tested by a mixture of tasks examining one’s short-term memory, analytical thinking, mathematical ability and spatial recognition. It has also been proven that high IQ levels are typically connected to greater success in life. EQ, on the other hand, is a measure of emotional intelligence so a person’s interpersonal and communication skills.

Skillsets that we believe in striking a balance between IQ and EQ consists of problem-solving, numeracy, personal impact, communication and collaboration - with the first two directly correlating with IQ, the latter two with EQ proving a candidate’s motivation and a drive to make a positive change.

How to improve your IQ:

  • Learn a second language

This one is great both for your brain abilities and also a handy skill that looks good on the CV and generally improves your employability.

  • Work out

The endorphins that are released during cardio work out are an excellent booster for your brain’s activity. People’s scores were a lot more impressive when post-workout!

  • Meditate

Meditation practice does not only work wonders for your emotional wellbeing - but it is also scientifically proven to be one of the most powerful tools used to encourage your brain’s activity and ultimately increase your cognitive functions and IQ.

  • Get enough sleep

Try to get around 8 hours of sleep a day - research suggests that every hour we lose contributes to the lowering of our IQ.

  • Play brain games such as chess or puzzle

They are not only good for your IQ levels but also immensely fun!

  • Learn an instrument

Regardless of your age, learning an instrument is a fantastic way to stimulate your brain in a completely different way than it.

  • Pay attention to your diet

Try to eat unprocessed food, fish (rich in Omega3 Acids) and less sugar.

How to improve your EQ:

  • Work on the non-reactivity.

The only thing that determines whether a particular situation is long-term ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is their consequences, not the situation itself. And since we cannot predict the future and know the outcome of our decisions, we should withhold our tendency to judge and practice mindful acceptance instead.

  • Learn to handle criticism.

Take all criticism, regardless of how it has been communicated as constructive feedback and use it to your advantage.

  • Bounce back from failures.

Failure is inseparable from success - coming to peace with it and learning from your mistakes is essential.

  • Work on your empathy.

Understand that behind every person's’ behaviour, there are circumstances you are not aware of.

  • Take responsibility for your feelings.

You cannot always control what happens, but you can fully control how you react to it.

  • Leave your comfort zone as often as you can

Personal development is not possible without it.

Practice makes perfect and working on your intelligence is not an exception. It is a continuous process which should never stop, and the importance of it for both your personal and career development cannot be stressed enough.