The workplace is an interesting environment. It’s a collection of different people who come together to work toward a common goal. In order to achieve success, everyone has to get along and support each other.
But life is a roller coaster and humans are emotional creatures. It’s natural to feel happy, sad, excited, angry or whatever else from day-to-day. The key is to understand your emotions and express them in a healthy way that is received well by others.
People who are able to maintain an even-keeled demeanor at work aren’t robots. They’re what is known as emotionally intelligent. They keep their feelings in check so they don’t throw off the flow of the workplace.
Companies want to prevent employee conflicts and hiring emotionally intelligent people is one of the best ways to do so. But unlike skills and work experience, a person’s ability to manage their feelings is hard to screen for.
In this blog post, you’ll learn how to identify emotional intelligence when hiring and what personality qualities to look for.
How to screen for emotional intelligence
Hiring emotionally intelligent people is a challenge. Everyone turns up the positivity during interviews and the first few months on the job. But it can wear off once they settle in and the honeymoon phase passes.
It’s important to search for candidates who possess the personality qualities your company values. That’s easier said than done but these tips can help you get started at hiring emotionally intelligent employees:
At the end of the day, good people hire other good people. Make emotional intelligence a priority when hiring and it will continue to pay off as your company grows.
Cut through the jargon: Emotional intelligence examples
So what does an emotionally intelligent person actually look like? Think of people you’ve enjoyed working with in the past and why. They likely excelled at their job and were pleasant to spend the workday with. Here are some specific traits emotionally intelligent people tend to have:
An emotionally intelligent person is more than a good worker. They’re an overall good person. They put out fires instead of fanning the flames. And they lift the spirits of the people around them by staying level-headed during difficult situations. What company wouldn’t want to employ a person like that?
Learn as you go
Identifying emotional intelligence in others is a skill that many people have to learn. As you gain experience hiring and leading teams, you’ll get better at noticing all the little traits that make someone a great person to work with.