Now might be the time to practice just how pretty you can look when you turn on the waterworks in the mirror. Perhaps, learn to cry with keeping your eye make-up in place and your foundation from melting against the saltiness of your tears, because being emotional just might do you more good than brains when it comes to landing a job.
A new survey by CareerBuilder conducted of 2,662 private sector U.S. hiring managers, found that EQ is starting to be seen as more of an asset as opposed to a hindrance in the work environment. Granted, crying during a job interview might be a bit much, but if you can show your EI (emotional intelligence) in a way that makes you seem calm, stable and productive it really might play in your favor.
The study found that 34% of hiring managers place “greater emphasis on emotional intelligence,” and 71% “value emotional intelligence in an employee more than IQ.” In fact in addition to these findings, 59% of employers would not hire an applicant who has a high IQ, but low emotional intelligence. The high EI was found to beat out the high IQ group 75% of the time when it came to being offered a job.
The reason behind this trend is that in such a rocky economy, those with high EI tend to excel “at staying calm under pressure, resolving conflict effectively, behaving with empathy and leading by example.” Definitely all assets that an employer would want in an employee as anxieties and concerns about which direction this economy will go over the next several months.
Careerbuilder also pointed that with the unemployment rate being as high as it is, employers can be choosy with more applicants vying for employment. Says CareerBuilders’ vice president of human resources, Rosemary Haefner:
“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.”
So go ahead and cry. You know you want to anyway. Or at the very least prove to your potential future employer that you’re capable of emotions, that you’re willing to open up, be hone, communicative, and well, human. Emotionless replicants belong in Blade Runner, not in the office.