Aequitas_ wrote:I simply am stating my situation and trying to figure out ways to improve.
Your situation is that you are smarter than average, but not as smart as you think you are.
You are now discovering that, lo and behold, you aren't quite as special as you thought, but you are not willing to accept it.
I'll give you full credit: you're smarter than the average bear. Unfortunately for you, lots of people are.
You have basically come here and said "I'm really smart, I should be doing better, but I'm not. What's up with that?"
a better attitude, which would garner a better response, would be "I didn't do as well as I like and I think I can do better. How do I improve my score?"
Basically, no one wants to help someone who's full of themselves, which is how you've come off. On the other hand, people wants to help someone who's got a problem.
Now I'll help you with another problem you don't realize you have. Your attitude.
If you have that attitude during an interview, I guarantee you will not get hired. Nobody wants to hire someone with an attitude. If you do get hired, but go around as if your shit don't stink, you will not last. You have to be able to take criticism, you have to be willing to ask for help (in a nice way). Otherwise, you will get into trouble.
Please don"t take this as an attack. I've been told by partners (yes, an anecdote) that they would rather hire the second smartest person than the smartest, because the smartest often comes with an attitude and thinks they can get by on smarts alone.
We have told some of the companies we do business with on occasion that we do not want to deal with a particular employee (low level - 1st to third year, typically) because s/he is arrogant or cops an attitude. Think about that.
PS: I too used to think I was a special snowflake. Then I joined the real world. I'm speaking from experience. If you want to work in a professional field (accounting, banking, consulting, law, etc) the bar there is much higher and even the dumbest people are of above average intelligence. Think of it as an athlete who dominates in high school or college. Once they get called up to the big league, they might not be doing so well. Many falter, most never really stand out in any particular way. Be prepared for that