In addition to the candidate’s professional skills and qualifications, employers also acknowledge the importance of empathy, self-awareness, and other emotional qualities. Human resource departments screen the job candidates’ emotional intelligence during interviews, with the purpose of selecting those who are honest about themselves, attract collaborators with their social skills, and convey confidence through body language and eye contact.
During interviews, employers ask many questions with the purpose of getting insight into the candidate’s EI. Some of them are direct, while others are so subtle that seem irrelevant. Here are the most common interview questions that will measure your ability to perceive, evaluate, and control emotions:
- How is this position associated to the goals you want to achieve?
- What do you do for fun?
- Which three personal qualities have helped you succeed?
- Who are you most inspired by?
- How will your colleagues benefit from working with you?
- Are you willing to accept help from others or you always do things on your own?
- Are you mostly focused on people and emotions, or tasks and results?
- Which situations irritate you?
- When was the last time you felt embarrassed? How did you handle the situation?
- What makes you passionate about your profession?