Remember how you were getting butterflies in your stomach the night before an important job interview, replaying possible scenarios in your mind, trying to come up with hard questions the interviewers might possibly ask you and struggling to answer them? Reformating your resume, showing off a sky-high GPA and impressive internships? You can relax because during the interview, those are going to be minor details; what will matter is your personality.
We worry so much about technicalities, about not knowing the right answer, about lacking knowledge. But the thing is, failing to answer a question right or not showing some strictly professional knowledge isn’t what should keep us at nights. After all, the knowledge comes with practice; it can be acquired with time. But what you can’t change is your personality and your personal traits, and this is what the interviewers will be assessing during the interview instead of the white sheet with fancy words and numbers.
Emotional intelligence, or EI, is gradually becoming the key factor that influences the employer’s decision after a job interview. EI is the person’s ability to identify and manage his or her own emotions, relate to and have a positive impact on others, and have the ability to efficiently adjust to the changing environment. There are multiple skills that make a person emotionally intelligent; here are three key qualities interviewers seek in their prospective employees:
Emotional Stability and Self-Awareness
Equanimous and self-aware people keep their emotions in control. They know how their feelings can affect their behavior; they are rarely subject to extreme emotions such as anger or anxiety and keep their composure in stressful situations. These people are highly reliable and are best at avoiding conflicts.
Ability To Identify With Other People’s Emotions
The future employees aren’t simply expected to understand themselves well; they are also meant to be psychologists to some extent and be able to relate to their colleagues’ emotions and characters, too. This ability makes a person a good team player; it allows the person to consider the interests of several people instead of blindly following personal benefit. This quality also identifies a good motivator and leader – someone whose words, actions, and behavior has a prevailing positive impact.
Humbleness And Ability To Learn
What causes most interviewers’ disappointment in the first place is arrogance exhibited by the candidates. Nothing can harm you more than excessive self-confidence that borders with haughtiness. Instead, employers look for people who are open to learn and know there is always something they won’t know – and will be very willing to learn more about. Humble people acknowledge and accept mistakes, treating their missteps as experience that will help in the future. So, don’t be afraid of telling about a time when you made a mistake and what you learned from it; rather, be careful about talking about your “strengths” too much.
So now that you know the whole truth about the interviews, take some time to reflect on yourself instead of trying to guess the questions you will be asked. Is there any story from your past experiences that made you stronger, wiser, more careful? What do the people around you appreciate and value you for? And finally, what’s the best way you could contribute to the team you want to join to make it stronger? These are some of the many questions you really need to worry about.
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