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  • August 26, 2015

light blub_free imageOur emotional intelligence – the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others – can play a critical role in determining our happiness and success, especially in the workplace.

Employers are placing high value on emotional intelligence when finding the right employees. In fact, according to Mariah DeLeon, VP of People at Glassdoor, a person’s emotional intelligence is a quality that should be non-negotiable.

One of the ways companies are vetting the emotional intelligence of candidates is by asking revealing interview questions. The answers can be a key factor in determining a person’s emotional intelligence.

Below are four interview questions that employers use to draw revealing answers from job candidates – so they can find employees with great emotional intelligence.

  1. Who inspires you and why?
    This answer typically gives the interviewer a peek into who the interviewee models him or herself after. The response can also highlight the behavioral patterns the interviewee respects.
  2. If you were starting a company tomorrow, what would be its top three values?
    This answer will give insight into a person’ priorities, as well as their integrity.
  3. What skills or expertise do you feel like you’re still missing?
    Curiosity and the desire to learn are vital signs that an interviewee wants to get better at something.
  4. What are the top three factors you would attribute to your success?
    This answer can determine whether or not a person is selfless. Does someone talk about “me, me, me” or do they talk about “the team” or “us”?

Your emotional intelligence could be the step you need to your next career goal and working with a career coach can help sharpen that. Contact me today for a free consultation.

You can see the full list of interview questions from Time here.

Posted in Career Coaching, Interview, Rodas Coaching

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.