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Exercising Emotional Intelligence: Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer

Emotional intelligence is more than a buzzword. It is actually one of the biggest indicators of success in the workplace and something that undoubtedly determines the quality of your work and work relationships.

Emotional intelligence is the awareness and control of one’s emotions and the ability to express them. For us, emotional intelligence is just as important as one’s experience and skills and, that’s why, when we interview candidates, we actively ask questions that help us separate those who are emotionally intelligent from those who aren’t.

Put it this way: Are you able to give a straight, honest answer to “What would you say is your greatest weakness?” (We know it’s not that you “care too much about work”!). Experienced recruiters like us use cues such as body language and pattern recognition to gauge whether or not you’re being honest, so it’s better to give us an honest answer than to give us one that you think we want to hear. Our questions are designed to act as a metre-stick for emotional intelligence.

Consider some of the questions we ask and take a moment to think about how you would answer them (you’ll thank us when you’ve landed that new dream job!)

Tell me about a hobby you like to do outside of work. Can you teach me about it?

A tell-tale sign of high emotional intelligence is the ability to communicate effectively. Whether your hobby involves championship-level chess, horseback riding, or the quest for the perfect cold-brew, what you choose to teach us doesn’t actually matter. What matters is that you demonstrate the ability to distill abstract ideas into digestible chunks. Emotionally intelligent people recognize signs of confusion in other people and are able to switch tactics and remain patient when these signs surface. We don’t actually have to walk away knowing how to checkmate, but we do need to get the sense that you can get a point across when the situation calls for it.

If you ran your own company, what kind of people would you hire and why?

Emotionally intelligent people demonstrate the ability to take a deep, honest look inward to understand what kinds of people they work best with and how well they thrive in certain company cultures. Maybe you prefer to hire people who can understand instructions and get the job done quickly. Or perhaps you’d rather hire a team of people that are smarter than you with diverse backgrounds.

At the end of the day, who you choose to surround yourself with is a testament to what your values are – and it takes emotional intelligence to realize that.

What bothers you most about others?

Everyone has those days when they’d rather walk a mile alone than ride on a bus with other people. We get it, but we also know that often, it’s what bothers us most about ourselves that we project onto others. Those with high emotional intelligence are able to take a step back and assess the reasons why certain things about other people irritate them and think about how to overcome this.

If you are able to identify internal versus external factors when something rubs you the wrong way, and not let it interfere with your work, you demonstrate high emotional intelligence.

We at the Linkus Group are changing the way recruiting works, one smart interview question at a time.

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The Linkus Team.