71% of US managers value EI over IQ.

Tara - posted on 08/23/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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More than one-third (34) per cent of hiring managers in the United States said they are placing greater emphasis on emotional intelligence when hiring and promoting employees post-recession, according to a CareerBuilder survey. Seventy-one per cent said they value emotional intelligence in an employee more than IQ.

Emotional intelligence (EI) is a general assessment of a person’s abilities to control emotions, to sense, understand and react to others’ emotions, and manage relationships. Fifty-nine per cent of employers would not hire someone who has a high IQ but low EI, found the survey of 2,662 hiring managers and human resource professionals.

For workers being considered for a promotion, a high EI candidate will beat out a high IQ candidate in most cases — 75 per cent of respondents said they’re more likely to promote the high EI worker.

“The competitive job market allows employers to look more closely at the intangible qualities that pay dividends down the road — like skilled communicators and perceptive team players,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice-president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “Technical competency and intelligence are important assets for every worker but when it’s down to you and another candidate for a promotion or new job, dynamic interpersonal skills will set you apart. In a recovering economy, employers want people who can effectively make decisions in stressful situations and can empathize with the needs of their colleagues and clients to deliver the best results.”

When asked why emotional intelligence is more important than high IQ, employers said (in order of importance) employees with high EI:

•are more likely to stay calm under pressure
•know how to resolve conflict effectively
•are empathetic to their team members and react accordingly
•lead by example
•tend to make more thoughtful business decisions.

HR managers and hiring managers assess their candidates’ and employees’ EI by observing a variety of behaviors and qualities. The top responses from the survey were:

•They admit and learn from their mistakes.
•They can keep emotions in check and have thoughtful discussions on tough issues.
•They listen as much or more than they talk.
•They take criticism well.
•They show grace under pressure.

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So for all the grades, good schools, bad schools, homeschooled, unschooled, private schooled, charter schooled, religiously educated, homeworked, not homeworked etc. etc. success in life is always about emotions.

Our relationships and how we live in them is what determines our success. Not our grade in history or math when we are 12 or our essay on Foreign Policy in high school. It is who we are and how fit into the world that matters the most.

Thoughts?

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A coupl eof years ago, the school district made us all take these emotional intelligence quizzes so we can "learn" about ourselves and our role as an educator, and member of the school community. It actually did teach me about about myself. Then when I was taking my Administriation classes, EI came up again, and again. There is definatel ysome value to learning your emotional IQ.

Lady Heather - posted on 08/23/2011

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I don't have a problem with it because it does make sense that you'd find the best person for the job and not just the best brain. I do not know if the methodology employed by every company works that well though. My husband was lined up to get this job a year and a half ago. The head engineer loved him and was asking him how soon he could fly out and such. Then he does the HR "interview" and apparently fails the EI quiz. Ha. I'm telling you, if anyone has high EI it's my husband. He has to keep me sane and that's a bigger job than most anyone can handle. Anyways, he got another job a couple of months later no problem, and he was promoted to head of engineering before he'd even been there a year because he's just that easy to work with.

Don't know what he did wrong on the test. Haha. Can't have been a very effective way of assessing potential.

And yeah, I will toot my husband's horn all day. He's awesome. For some reason that sounds dirty to me. Hmmm...

Jenn - posted on 08/23/2011

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My husband coaches and trains using an EI program. The turnover in companies who use this approach dramatically declines. The old way of hiring didn't just involve IQ but how the hiring manager or hiring team felt the people they interviewed "connected" with them. Hiring was heavily based on personality traits.

Humans are emotional beings. Every second that we are alive, emotions drive our actions.

High IQ is still extremely important in many careers, obviously. It isn't an either/or in the hiring process. EI hiring is just more practical and based on reality of who a candidate is as opposed to who that candidate thinks they should be in order to get hired. It is a scientific formula for EI, not merely "how would this person react under pressure".


Relationships play a huge role in our success or lack thereof, but to be truly successful there has to be a balance with IQ as well as emotional intelligence. EI is the buzzword of the day but the concept has been around a long time. Employers are just now seeing the added value of it in the workplace...as are many schools.

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