How Emotional Intelligence gets you promoted
What separates mediocre professionals from really great and successful professionals? Technical and hard skills may qualify you for a position and get you the interview but your soft skills and emotional intelligence will get you the job. They make you stand out from the hundreds of others interviewed. They are what makes you sought after as a go-to problem solver. Career Builder.com’s surveys always point out that employers value emotional intelligence over IQ!
And not just a little but significantly. Over 60% of hiring managers responded to the survey that they would not hire or promote
someone if s/he demonstrated low emotional intelligence.Top Companies Value Emotional Intelligence
My own experience has been that Fortune 200 companies purposely interview candidates to identify which of them display high EQI. Experience has shown companies that their ultimate success is their people and it is those who can listen, develop rapport, solve problems and tolerate stress who are most effective. Hands down, two of the most important skills are communication and positive attitude.Why People Lose their Jobs
On the other hand, almost 90% of employees who are fired, within their first couple of years, had negative behaviors which impacted internal and/or external customer relationships. That compares to only 10% of people who were fired due to inability to perform the tasks assigned.How do You Rate?
So how do you assess your own soft skills? Here are some questions to give yourself insight. Caution: answer truthfully and honestly. Self awareness plays a critical role here and no improvement can be made until we are aware of our strengths and weaknesses.
- I am good at managing my time
- I am aware of my emotions and triggers
- I willingly accept feedback and criticism
- I can tolerate stress well
- I demonstrate confidence in my abilities and skills
- I am a good listener
- I build rapport easily with anyone
- I am proactive and take initiative
- I try to resolve conflicts with others
- I take ownership for my own actions
Be prepared to use examples of how you have used emotional intelligence during your interview.
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