The Australian branch of career search company The Job Factory surveyed 498 former clients using an IQ test, and at the end of the assessment simply asked which popular musician they preferred from a list of 10.
There were 25 questions in all.
The findings, although not indicative of a potential employee’s usefulness, can determine if job seekers are good at problem solving skills, the company said in a statement.
Craig Binnie, director of Job Factory, said, “While judging a potential employee based on their favourite singer is not really a good way to pick staff, it is another useful tool that employers could use as part of an extensive interview process.”
The results named Kanye West fans as having the lowest IQ scores with 86 being the average. Both the United States and Australia share an average IQ score of 98 among their populations while the U.K average is 100.
“Kanye is often considered to be a bit of a goose, and it’s not surprising that his fans have got a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock,” Binnie said. “Employers need stable and rational employees, so they might be wiser to skip the Kanye West groupies and look for someone who prefers Adele, Ed Sheeran or Sia. Taylor Swift fans are also brighter with an average IQ of 99.”
He adds, “Adele is always polite and intelligent and seems to attract the same type of people as fans.”
There were many Kanye fans who scored high, but overall it was Adele, Coldplay, Sia and Ed Sheeran listeners who achieved over 100 points on their tests.
“Someone who does not persevere with the test may be the type of person that would give up or struggle with difficult tasks at work,” said Binnie. “Someone who forgives or overlooks Kanye’s ignorant, sexist or crazy comments because his tunes sound good might be the type of person who would not strive to project the best image for their employer company.”
Here is a list of the artists test takers had to choose from followed by their average scores on the IQ test:
Justin Bieber: 94
Taylor Swift: 99
One Direction: 94
Kanye West: 86
Ed Sheeran: 102
Australian/USA average: 98
New Zealand average: 99
UK average: 100
WHAT THE RESULTS MEAN
40 – 54: Severely challenged (Less than 1% of test takers)
55 – 69: Challenged (2.3% of test takers)
70 – 84: Below average
85 – 114: Average (68% of test takers)
115 – 129: Above average
130 – 144: Gifted (2.3% of test takers)
145 – 159: Genius (Less than 1% of test takers)
160 – 175: Extraordinary genius