I recently passed the question around the office “What made a candidate stand out to you?”. Now we are a fairly vocal group here at Pulse and the answers I expected to get revolved around a candidates experience and expertise. Yet in our discussion experience or expertise was not brought up once. Instead I got a surprising description of candidates that were:
- Possessed the ability to communicate effectively
Thinking about these responses, with a little help from a three year psychology degree, I realised that each consultant had describe a different aspect of emotional intelligence as the stand out features of these candidates.
What on earth is emotional intelligence though? Well if you think about those really intelligent people you know, we all know that one person, who is brilliant, but not socially aware, these people lack emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is said to be made up of four aspects:
- Social awareness
- Relationship management
Now you might wonder, as I did, exactly how candidates demonstrate this in a thirty minute interview? Well it’s all in the way you interact with your interviewer. You might be stressed and nervous and that is okay, but remember that your interviewer is a normal person too. If you show them kindness, confidence, you’re well-presented and acknowledge their situation, as well as your own, then you are demonstrating every aspect of emotional intelligence and just maybe you can be one of those stand-out candidates my colleagues will remember.
Until next time…