Discover the Best Candidates Through Fantastic Interviewing Strategies


Hiring the right employee can be a difficult task. Sometimes the “perfect candidate” turns out to be a flop after the hiring is complete. You wonder what went wrong. The resume had all the right components on it and the interview went as planned, but things went downhill shortly after the person began working. According to data gathered by Patty Inglish between 1995–2012, many workers get fired from jobs, not because of lack of skills but because of personal attitudes, behavioral problems, or ethical issues on the job. Some of these include: 

  • Not following superior’s directions.
  • Talking about personal matters to co-workers too much during work time.
  • Dishonesty.
  • Not getting along with others.
  • Not producing consistently.

Managers who develop interviewing strategies to weed out people prone to these personal problems will have hiring success. It may be difficult to determine with complete accuracy if a prospective candidate would do any of these things, but studies show employees with high emotional intelligence achieve greater career success. People with high levels of emotional intelligence even surpass those with greater IQ. So, it makes sense for managers to structure their interviews with this in mind. Here are key characteristics of emotionally intelligent people: 

  • Self-aware
  • Handles criticism with an open mind.
  • Quick to admit wrongs.
  • Able to moderate his or her emotions.
  • Self-motivated
  • Strong social skills
  • Empathetic 

Once you understand the characteristics and importance of emotional intelligence, develop interview questions that reveal whether the candidate possesses emotional intelligence or not. For more information on interviewing strategies, contact us today!


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