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Are You Hiring the Emotionally Intelligent This Grad Season?

If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.
-Daniel Goleman

Emotional intelligence is a characteristic that is possessed by most successful graduates, and this is a case of the research serving to prove common sense. More than anything else, a workplace is a team, and a graduate who couldn’t emotionally identify with his or her teammates isn’t going to last very long at all. The most effective leaders are able to effectively motivate others by expressing, drawing on, and reacting to emotional and social cues. I have identified the three most important components of EQ which you should be looking for in your latest graduate recruitment campaign.

  • Self-awareness: The ability to identify emotions in oneself is absolutely essential to graduates who are receptive to feedback and can modify their behaviour according to it.
  • Reading others emotions: Accurately determining how others are feeling is critical in a graduate, both for managing customer and partner expectations, as well as effectively working in a team.
  • Regulating team members emotions: While determining one’s own and others emotions is an extremely useful ability, the most effective employees will also have the ability to establish bonds, manage conflicts and positively influence others emotions.

Talegent has compiled a list of the 11 critical competencies which are essential for grad success. Check them out on our website.

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