Weekly Tip #20: Beyond the Resume: Why Your Emotional Intelligence Might Be the Key to Getting the Offer
Congratulations, you’ve made it to the face-to-face interview stage. (Only 2% of applicants make it that far!) Although you are clearly qualified, the offer will go to the person who is not only qualified but who is best able to demonstrate their emotional intelligence.
Even though you are being asked about your experience and skills, here are a few underlying questions in the decision-maker’s mind. “Is this person credible?” “Are they a great fit for the team?” “Are they aligned with the company and its values?”
- The foundation of emotional intelligence is self-awareness. Pay close attention and ask thoughtful questions.
- Try to make everyone feel at ease by assessing the mood of the room.
- Avoid pretentious language; speak as though you are having a conversation with a valued colleague.
- Steer clear of overt self-promotion. Be “comfortably confident.”
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