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5 Effective Tips for Increasing Your Hireability Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional intelligence is dealing effectively with others, your feelings and theirs. When it comes to job hunting, a good EQ will be able to help you succeed in an interview. EQ can be increased through awareness and is considered to be a better predictor of one's success compared to IQ. Therefore, personal interaction will play a very important role.

Given below are 5 EQ elements which are especially applicable in a personal interview:


Assertiveness will help you move the opportunity forward without frustrating or offending an interviewer. Assertiveness is halfway between aggressiveness and passivity. Aggressiveness in an interview will definitely fail while passivity can create resentment. Assertiveness will setup the right pace in an interview.


To be successful in job hunting, identify your feelings and then use them for effectively coping with the situations. Identify the emotions that you are currently feeling and predict how they may affect how you perform during an interview. Try to compensate for any negative feelings you may have and work to expand the positive emotions. Take time to compose yourself before an interview to be in control of your feelings.


An important step in ensuring your success in an interview is adapting to the emotions and moods of yourself as well as the interviewer. Empathy will begin with good observation and listening. However, just knowing about the emotions of an interview will not be enough. You will also have to be able to use it wisely. For example, postponing an interview is a wise decision when you discover that your interview has just received distressing news.

Take some time to understand the feelings that your interviewing may be feeling. Based on the situation you will have to decide whether your interviewer would prefer to be distracted or commiserate. When unsure about the situation, the best thing to do would be to directly ask your interview about what he/she would prefer to do. This will indicate a higher EQ to your interviewer.


For succeeding in an interview, you will have to show your interviewer how you plan to satisfy the needs of an organization. Acting as a problem solver will be the best way to do that. Take the time to understand the problems faced by the organization. Don't attempt to portray yourself as a solution to an issue that you don't know much about. Help your interviewer see how these needs should and could be satisfied.

Show the interviewer how hiring you can move the organization closer to its goals.


In situations where things go awry, it is necessary to maintain a balance in order to have a good impression over your employer.

For example, if an interview goes poorly you would want to question yourself about your worthiness for that position. Rather than dwelling on negative thoughts you should try to understand that every interview will be different and you may not succeed at all of them. Try to take the situation in your stride to convey energy and enthusiasm.
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