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Why You Should Hire Emotionally Intelligent Employees

  • Author:chinatopwin
  • Source:chinatopwin
  • Release on:2018-03-14
Perhaps you've heard the saying, "hire hard, manage easy." This implies that having a well 
thought-out hiring strategy can lead to on-boarding employees that best fit your company 
culture. This saying certainly holds true in today's age, where having a cohesive culture has 
become essential for a strong business.

Making a good hiring decision starts by creating a highly detailed and specific job description 
designed to flesh out the best applicants. In general, your job description should include the 
specific skill set you look for in an employee. For a great web programmer, this may be using 
JavaScript to code. For a sales representative, this may be previous experience in sales in your

Unfortunately, if employers only stick to the hard skills side of the hiring decision, they are 
omitting what may be the most important criterion: is this person a good cultural fit for the 

Could the answer to finding the perfect new team member be hiring based on emotional 

Emotional intelligence (EI), a term coined by researchers Peter Salavoy and John Mayar, refers 
to a person's ability to recognize, understand and manage their emotions, as well as the ability 
to recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others. Someone with high EI is aware 
of how their emotions drive their own behaviors and impact others. They are also capable of 
managing those emotions, both their own and others, even while under intense pressure.

EI plays an important role in everyday life, particularly in a business setting. Individuals with 
high emotional intelligence work better with others, manage clients more efficiently, and help 
foster a welcoming and accepting company culture.

Imagine how different your hiring process could be if you looked for applicants with high EI as 
thoroughly as you do hard skills like experience.

In his book, "What Makes a Leader," Daniel Goleman proposes five main constructs aroun
which to frame Emotional Intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, social skills, empathy, and motivation.