Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify current situations and regulate one’s emotions based on these situations. It is believed that strong leaders possess high amounts of emotional intelligence. Because emotional intelligence is becoming more and more popular in the business world, recruitment efforts have adapted. Recruiters are now asking themselves the question, “Should we measure job candidates’ emotional intelligence levels during the hiring process?”
Many organizations have rigorous testing in place for their hiring process. The most common tests, which most of us have seen or taken, include personality, cognitive and mental ability tests. While we may not consider it a test, an interview is also an evaluation or “test” that organizations use to identify candidates’ strengths and weaknesses. This begs the question, is it appropriate to measure candidates’ emotional intelligence levels? What would these results tell us?
Emotional intelligence has been considered a strong indicator of how an employee will perform on the job and has also been an indicator of leadership behaviors (Downey, Papageorgiou, & Stough, 2006). Continue Reading →