- Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand your emotions and recognize the emotions and motivations of those around you.
- Emotional intelligence counts for twice as much as IQ and technical skills combined in determining who will be a top workplace performer.
- When hiring for emotional intelligence, ask interview questions that prompt job candidates to describe their actions in past situations.
- This article is for small business owners and managers interested in hiring emotionally intelligent employees.
There are many traits to look for when hiring exemplary employees. You’ll consider the candidate’s past job experience, aptitude and culture fit. However, you should focus on one trait above all else: emotional intelligence (EQ).