How to Use Emotional Intelligence as a Job Searching Superpower
According to A Dictionary of Psychology, emotional intelligence (EQ) is the capability to recognize their own, and other people’s emotions, to evaluate different feelings and label them appropriately, to let this knowledge guide thinking and behavior and to emotionally adapt to environments. As you can imagine, this is pretty important when searching for your next great career. In fact, according to Psych Central, for the most people, EQ is more important than intelligence when it comes to being successful both personally and professionally.
If you’re still struggling to land that next job, maybe you’re just not tapping into your EQ. Ask yourself these four questions to employ EQ during your next job search.
Are You in the Right State of Mind to Start Job Searching?
Anger is easily read and one of the five phases, people go through after they’ve lost a recent job, or didn’t get the promotion they desired. Finding a new job is very important, but making the best of each job opportunity that appeals to you is more important than just throwing yourself out there right away.
Take a few days to cool off, let go of any loose ends from your previous job and reassess what you really want out of your next role. This is your chance to start fresh with a new group of people and a new daily routine that you want. Be conscious of the five stages of grief before searching.
What Kind of Worker Are You?
Once you’ve decided your mind is in the right place, assess what type of worker you are. Do you need a sit-down job or one where you’re constantly moving? Would you prefer a job where you’re working hands-on with people every day? Whatever the answer is, keep it in mind during your job search to find the type of environment you would be happiest.
According to Forbes, 87 percent of workers worldwide are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and actively unproductive. Don’t become one of them; your new job search is your chance to fulfill what you want to do. Write down what you’ve tried and liked, what you’ve tried and couldn’t stand and what you might be interested in trying to help narrow your options down.
How Can You Express Emotional Intelligence in Your Interviews?
Even if your answer to the previous question was to find a secluded job where you work mostly individually, having strong people skills and empathy is a great emotional quality for all candidates to have. Now more than ever, workplaces are heavily building off the company culture and team building trends. In fact, a study by LinkedIn shows 55 percent of employers put a premium on employees who work well with others.
In your next interview, give an example of a successful project you worked on with one or several other team members and how you achieved that success by working together. If questions like this don’t present themselves, practice being naturally responsive via basic non-verbal communication; use strong (not overdone) eye contact, nod to show you’re listening and understanding, use hand gestures when speaking and address the interviewer by name. These small gestures are great ways to display your effective communication skills and convey that you’re a good listener who can connect with others.
Are You Ready to Accept Challenges?
Those with strong EQ are willing to spearhead big projects or untouched territories. As a job seeker, you’re already leaping into new grounds by searching for a new lifestyle full of new people and new skill sets, which is brave in itself.
Recruiters and hiring managers should already have an understanding for your willingness and “go-getter” attitude, but push that a little further by expressing you’re open to learning new skills and can quickly adjust to change.
If you easily can answer all these questions with confidence, congratulations! Your EQ is right on track and ready to present to employers. Be confident in your stance, be personable, know what you want and where you want to be and you’re on your way to job satisfaction without a hitch.