The Top Predictor of Job Success
Vocabulary is so much more than a Friday quiz in English class or a pile of flashcards used to prepare for the SAT.
Vocabulary is so much more than a Friday quiz in English class or a pile of flashcards used to prepare for the SAT. Like it or not, we are judged on how we present ourselves to others and vocabulary plays a crucial role.
Whether watching candidates debate, listening to a sales presentation or reading persuasive articles, we have all seen situations where the person who can express him or herself eloquently and precisely is given greater credibility.
The business world spends a considerable sum each year to put executives through “vocabulary boot camp.” Here’s why – studies show:
- Attorneys with superior lexicons win more cases because they can effectively persuade.
- Leaders in sales say vocabulary is essential to their ability to sway potential clients.
- Graduate students with superior vocabularies were better able to present and defend their research.
Johnson O’Conner Research Laboratory conducted numerous studies showing how word knowledge impacts employment.
That research shows people with superior vocabularies:
- Have higher IQs
- Command greater respect
- Read faster and comprehend more
- Are considered more intelligent
- Interview better
- Are promoted faster and more often
- Make more money
Who wouldn’t want these traits?
After studying 39 manufacturing companies, Johnson O’Conner additionally found vocabulary was the single best predictor of an employee’s position with the company. Results on a vocabulary test were more effective in predicting who was an executive, manager, foreman, or floor boss than other factors such as level of education. We can argue that this is a chicken-or-egg situation, but either way, vocabulary is influential.
I don’t know about you, but after all this, I think I might want to brush up on a little extra vocabulary!
Apps for Developing Your Vocabulary:
iPhone: AccelaStudy Vocabulary Builder OR MindSnacks
Android: PowerVocab OR Words, Words, Words
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Megan Dorsey is a college admissions expert and savvy SAT prep instructor who has helped thousands of students prepare for college admission.