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Hiring Managers Want Heart Over Smarts

If a hiring manager wasn't feeling your job interview, you might want to start thinking EQ instead of IQ.

71% of 2,662 U.S. hiring managers in a new CareerBuilder/Harris Interactive survey say they value EQ, or "emotional intelligence," over IQ, and 59% say they won't hire job applicants who are very smart (high IQ) but aren't very good at reading and reacting to the emotions of other people (low EQ). According to CareerBuilder:

"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."

Feeeeeelings. Whoa, whoa, whoa feeeeelings. If you've got the interpersonal skills to pay the bills, you might be more likely to land a new job or promotion. You really didn't think you were going to escape this post without a reference to Morris Albert's 1975 classic did you?


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