Tests scores say a lot about personality, the authors contend, and they translate into career outcomes. If you do well on a test, it’s not just smarts that got you there, but your capacity to plan. To land a new job, you need “non-cognitive skills” like an ability to collaborate, show up on time, and send thoughtful follow-up emails.
This is hopeful news, the authors say. “For example, personality or non-cognitive skills are more malleable at later ages than IQ, and there are effective adolescent interventions that promote personality but are much less successful in boosting IQ,” they write. Like, say, teaching kids to meditate rather than throwing them in detention.