Hiring for Emotional Intelligence


How you hire great professionals can make or break your organisation. Many companies are forgoing traditional hiring methods and are relying more on emotional intelligence, as opposed to where the person went to school or what grades they received.

The reason is simple: when someone has emotional intelligence, they have the ability to work well with others and are effective in leading change.

However, someone who is just “book smart,” may not necessarily have emotional intelligence and therefore could have a harder time learning from their mistakes. This is not to say you should discount a candidate with a high IQ. On the contrary, the ideal worker would have a highly analytical brain, while still carrying the attributes of an emotionally intelligent person.

 “Yes People” don’t survive

You’ve probably heard of “yes people.” While they seem sunny on paper, “yes people” almost never survive and can actually harm the future of your organisation. In fact, research conducted at the University of California in San Francisco shows that, the more difficulty you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression. Emotionally intelligent people won’t say yes unless they really want to, which can contribute to the level of engagement they have with a task, as well as the overall outcome.

By understanding the true value of an emotionally intelligent employee, you’ll begin to see the connection between the types of people you hire and the success that comes from it.

From an article by Kes Thygesen, Why Emotional Intelligence Is More Important To Hiring Than You Think


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