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Kayne West has the least intelligent fans IQ tests have revealed

Employers could skip expensive psychological tests when interviewing prospective employees and simply ask them who their favourite singer or group is.

An IQ test survey for Australian and New Zealand job finding agency The Job Factory found that Kanye West fans had a lower IQ than fans of every other singer or group in the study.

Adele fans had the highest IQs.

The survey of 498 former clients of The Job Factory involved asking the same 25 IQ questions to all participants. At the end of the survey, the job seekers were asked to nominate their favourite singer or group from of a list of 10.

The survey found that the average IQ of Kanye West fans was 84, at the very low side of normal on the IQ scale. The average IQ in Australia and the USA is 98. In the UK it is 100.

Director of The Job Factory Craig Binnie said “Kanye is a goose and it’s not surprising that his fans have got a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock. 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.

“Adele is always polite and intelligent and seems to attract the same type of people as fans.”

The survey found that while West does have many fans with high IQs, on average, his fans are among the least intelligent.

IQ tests are not necessarily the best guide to how useful an employee will be, but they can give an employer an idea of the subjects’ intelligence and problem solving potential.

“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.

“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.”

“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.”


Justin Bieber 94
Beyonce 96
Taylor Swift 99
Adele 105
Coldplay 102
One Direction 96
Kayne West 86
Rihanna 96
Sia 101
Ed Sheeran 102
Australian/USA average 98
New Zealand average 99
UK average 100


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

Modern IQ testing stems from the work of psychologist Henry Goddard. The test was used to test basic intellectual functions in school children and to support mental health diagnoses.
Goddard controversially argued that adults with low IQs shouldn’t procreate.


Employees who take the most selfies get the biggest pay rises

Employees who take the most selfies get the biggest pay rises, a survey by job finding agency, The Job Factory has found.

We believe the reason is that the number of selfies a person takes directly correlates to the level of confidence a person has in themselves.

And (apart from ability), confidence is probably the biggest driver of a person’s career.

“Many employees will have witnessed a loud-mouthed or over-confident colleague being promoted ahead of others,” The Job Factory director Craig Binnie says.

“Bosses look for go-getters who display confidence, drive and ambition.

“Meek employees who sit in the corner with their eyes glued to their computer screens might be great workers, but they do not always stand out when bosses are thinking about who to reward during pay reviews.”

“The confident ‘look at me, let me take a selfie’ employees are always going to be first in the boss’s thoughts”

The survey of 287 employees in Australia, Singapore, the USA and UK who had received a pay rise in the past 12 months found that those who posted more than 20 selfies a month received pay rises averaging 3.7 per cent.

Those who did not have a social media presence or who posted less than 20 selfies a month received pay rises averaging 2.4%.

This seemingly small difference is significant over a number of years.

If both types of workers started their careers on $40,000* a year, after 10 years one group would be earning $50,706 a year while the other would be getting $57,523 – a difference of nearly $7000 a year – or nearly $150 a week.

* Chief executives and company directors were not included in the survey because they decide the level of their own pay rises or enlist private consulting companies to determine how much extra they should be paid.

The Job Factory is an Australian job-finding company that operates locally as well as the USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Singapore.

* Figures are in Australian dollars and will need to be converted to local currencies.