After Artificial Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence is the new aspect that employers are looking for today in candidates. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to understand, use, and manage one’s own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict. In this infographic, we present tips to hire for EQ.
Master the ability to read body language. Many tells, like raised eyebrows or a clenched jaw, reveal discomfort. Learning to recognize candidates’ subtle mannerisms can give you an extra edge in evaluating who you should hire. Ask probing questions. Asking layers of probing questions will help you understand how the candidate adapts to change and challenges. The key to probing deeper during an interview is to go beyond candidates’ canned responses to your questions. Pay special attention to how candidates behave before, during, and after the interview. Like how do they treat your staff? Call them up and make effective use of them. When you talk with a reference, you can ask specific and pointed questions about how the candidate demonstrated various EI competencies.