Have you ever worried about your IQ? Fear not! EQ may be a far more important indicator of career success. As one of the leading temp recruitment agencies in London, RMS Recruitment looks at how emotional intelligence can help boost your prospects at work.
EQ or emotional intelligence-what is it?
Generally speaking, EQ is a measure of how your behaviour can affect the way others around you view you and respond to you, as opposed to IQ which is a measure of your intellect, and is usually much the same at 15 as it is at 50. Most importantly there is not much, if anything, you can do to improve your IQ, whereas EQ is a flexible skill-set that can be learnt and improved with practice. EQ is a metric a lot of recruiters actually do look for in a potential candidate.
Why EQ matters
So why should this matter to us as recruitment specialists then? Well research has shown that people with high EQs are up to 4 times more likely to succeed in the workplace than people with high IQs alone. One of the hallmarks of emotional intelligence is learning how to manage the way other people perceive you, and this can be particularly important in an interview, and in helping to make the jump from temp to permanent staff. With that in mind we have come up with a list of simple but helpful strategies that can help boost your EQ.
Simple Strategies to improve EQ
Watch the drink: And that’s not just because you may say the wrong thing after one too many! Recruitment research has shown that even just seeing someone holding a drink can make people think they are less intelligent, so whilst you may think that a glass of wine at a dinner interview may make you appear more urbane, it might actually be sending the wrong signals and making you less hirable.
Self-belief: People are drawn towards confidence, and in projecting a strong image of self-belief; you will also have the added benefit of improving your own self image and reinforcing the process. Conversely a lack of self-confidence can cause doubt in the minds of a potential employer or recruiter.
KISS: As in keep it simple… Avoid the temptation in written communications to try and appear more intelligent by using vocabulary that you are not completely familiar with but you think sounds clever-nothing will find you out the recruitment pool quicker than using a word or phrase inappropriately. Far better to keep your focus on employing simple language and using it to communicate more effectively.
Speak expressively: Experts maintain that speaking slightly faster and louder than someone else, even though they may be saying the same thing as you, will help you appear more intelligent, knowledgeable and energetic. During the recruiment process, this can be an important factor.
Eye contact: We know, Mum and Dad were always telling us, but they were right, and maintaining a good level of eye contact really does make a difference in how people perceive you. The better the impression, the more chance of successful recruitment.
Look the part: Dressing well is an important part of how you project yourself in the office environment and also has the added benefit of helping boost your own self-confidence at the same time - if you look good, you feel good and colleagues will respond to that. Whether you're at the interview or recruitment stage, this is a very important step.
We hope that you find these insights helpful and that being aware of them may help you to find that all important new job. As always we welcome feedback and would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Contact RMS Recruitment on 0207 518 9170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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