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May 16, 2014
A New Way to Qualify Your New Hires
 
Nowadays, it seems as though interviewers go through the same tactics over and over again; the same five questions about your qualifications or employment history. Further exacerbating the situation, the spread of career advice blogs, job forums, and the endless amount of “tips on interviewing” articles has given interviewees with the same, bland responses. Given this problem, how can interviewers, recruiters, and HR professionals better determine whether the candidate is actually qualified?

Many recruiters and HR managers are utilizing creative ways in order to determine the proficiency of the individual. Whether it be speed-dating interviews or asking for video resumes, hiring processes range from creative to simply ludicrous. However, if you’re looking for a new way to determine whether an individual is qualified or not, look for a quality that will actually benefit your company in the long run. In short, look for emotional intelligence. 

How to Look for Emotional Intelligence
A highly vital characteristic, emotional intelligence is the ability to assess and handle emotions of both oneself and those around the individual. There are a variety of ways to check whether your prospective hires display a high level of emotional intelligence. One way is to look for the traits that are characteristically associated with emotional intelligence — personal competence and social competence. Personal competence is mainly comprises the individual’s self-awareness and self-management skills, which determine the ability to perceive emotions and manage behavior. On the other hand, social competence deals more with the individual’s interactions with other people. This quality is divided into social awareness and relationship management, and influences the individual’s ability to navigate the complexities and emotions that are associated with social networks. If the prospective candidate displays a high degree of social proficiency and a calm demeanor, then he or she may have a high level of emotional intelligence.

Another way to determine emotional intelligence is to conduct an EQ test. An EQ test is an examination designed to measure the individual’s emotional intelligence quotient, and varies based on a number of factors. This method provides more accurate results, but it’s time consuming and may be tricky to conduct in an interview. But if you are able to manage this, you can better determine which candidate is best suited for the job.

What if My Hires Lack Emotional Intelligence?
If your prospective candidates or current team lack a high degree of emotional intelligence, there is no need to worry. Unlike IQ or personality, which are generally stagnant qualities, emotional intelligence can be improved. With enough training or personal development, an individual can significantly increase their emotional intelligence quotient, allowing them to take advantage of a variety of benefits. In addition, some proponents of emotional training argue that by working on emotional intelligence, qualities such as IQ and productivity can also be positively impacted. After training and practice, companies can benefit from the high degree of self-awareness and social proficiency, making emotional intelligence an attractive quality for any team. 

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Sara Fletcher is interested in emotional intelligence information and the importance of an eq test. She loves to explore psychology, business, and sports in relation to emotional intelligence. 
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