Coming into the University of Minnesota I had an idea of what I wanted to do when 'I grew up,' but I wasn't entirely sure. I had looked into Human Resource Management a little bit in high school and it just seemed to fit my personality, so I decided to pursue it. Initially I had doubted I was the kind of person who would be able to fire people, sometimes a required hurdle of an HR Manager, but Psychology 1001 showed me the light!
By coincidence, while studying Intelligence, our discussion sections did an activity about the HR department at a company hiring people based solely on intelligence tests. I was so fired up about learning something that I could take with me into the business world, and I think that information is going to be very helpful in the future. I learned that it while knowing someone's IQ is great, it doesn't tell you everything about a person. There are many factors that go into hiring someone for an important position at a company such as a manager, so if a proposal is made like the one in our discussion, I should be very careful as an HR Manager as to whether that is a good idea or not. Thank you Psych. for helping me with my major, even if it wasn't on purpose! The article attached is very interesting as Dr. Dennis Garlick, psychology researcher and author, examines the Intelligence Test on all levels, from what is measures to how effective it is in hiring employees.