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October 19, 2011

Weekly Wednesday Acronym – Do you hire for EI?

Filed under: General HR Buzz6:00 am

Over the years, I have had quite a bit of experience interviewing candidates for various jobs.  My experience goes way back to the days of paper applications to the current methods of behavioral interviewing and applying on-line.  As anyone who has been an interviewer, I have a vast number of interesting interview stories…but I’ll save those for another blog!

However, whether interviewing years ago or now, I always believed it was important to find the right fit for the job and look not only at the applicant’s GPA, but the emotional intelligence quotient (EIQ).  Whether this philosophy is right or wrong is based on personal opinion or experience, but it seemed that EIQ is a better predictor of success than relying solely on “book knowledge.”

Recently CareerBuilder conducted a survey asking over 2,600 hiring managers and human resource professionals what their thoughts are on emotional intelligence.  Based on their survey results – conducted from May 19 to June 8, 2011 – seventy-one percent said they value emotional intelligence (EI) in an employee more than IQ.  The survey results seem to reveal that EI a critical characteristic for landing a job and advancing one’s career.  When asked why emotional intelligence is more important than high IQ, some responses were:

  • Employees (with high EI) are more likely to stay calm under pressure
  • Employees know how to resolve conflict effectively
  • Employees lead by example

Perhaps the competitive job market is allowing hiring managers to look more closely at some of the intangible qualities that may pay dividends down the road.  To read more information about this survey, please click here.


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