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Posted November 24, 2015 by

Employers eyeing emotional intelligence in candidates

Success in the workplace isn’t just about how smart you are, but it is also about handling your emotions. Employers are challenged in finding job candidates who display emotional intelligence (EQ). This means understanding people’s emotions and responding to them appropriately. Candidates with mental and emotional intelligence may separate themselves from the competition. (more…)

Posted May 10, 2013 by

What’s your E-IQ ?

A diagram focusing on emotional intelligence

A diagram focusing on emotional intelligence. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

During the selection process, hiring managers are usually interested in education, skills, experience of the job candidate and cognitive abilities.  Another key indicator of success in the workplace is emotional intelligence.  Commonly known as EI, emotional intelligence is the ability of a person to identify, evaluate, and manage personal feelings and those of other people, as individuals or as groups.

While technical skills may be learned through observation and on the job experience, it’s a long process for a person to develop emotional intelligence through training.  Recent surveys indicate that over 71 percent of employers value emotional intelligence over IQ. This is a staggering statistic, but it shows how much emotional intelligence can be a factor in overall workplace success. (more…)