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Emotional Intelligence In Interviewing

Emotional Intelligence In Interviewing

In today’s job market, every advantage matters.  While a strong resume and relevant interview answers will go a long way, it will ultimately come down to making your interviewer feel comfortable that you can perform the job at a high level.

One way to do that is to demonstrate Emotional Intelligence.  Emotional Intelligence is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, then use that understanding to manage your behavior and relationships.

The Core Four

There are 4 skills that, when consistently practiced, lead to well-rounded Emotional Intelligence.

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Self Awareness

A straightforward, honest and objective understanding of how you work.  It is knowing what motivates and satisfies you, as well as what pushes your buttons.

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Self Management

Using your awareness to direct your behavior positively and putting aside your immediate needs to focus on long-term goals.

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Social Awareness

The ability to recognize emotions in other people and understand what is really going on in situations in an objective manner.

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Relationship Management

Using your awareness to manage your interactions, from moment to moment and over an extended period of time.

Self-Awareness at Work

A straightforward, honest and objective understanding of how you work.  It is knowing what motivates and satisfies you, as well as what pushes your buttons.

Don’t Be Fooled by a Bad Mood

Simply, don’t let frustration or anger dictate your actions.  (e.g., if a sales call goes poorly, you do not let it affect your next one).

Don’t Be Fooled by a Bad Mood

Don’t let happiness or overwhelming joy dictate your actions. (e.g., if you just closed a deal, you stay grounded and do not jump to impulsive decisions in your next meeting).

Check Yourself

Throughout the day, you take a few moments to make sure you are outwardly presenting the image you want to your clients.

Seek Feedback 

When possible (and appropriate), look to your managers / coworkers for feedback on work they saw you perform.

Get to Know Yourself Under Stress

When you are balancing hectic days, you always try to see how you can get the most done with the time you have left in your day.  We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.