Emotional intelligence matters. According to Toronto recruiters, it’s one of the most in-demand job skills companies are seeking in candidates. Interviews are no longer just about the hard skills outlined on a candidate’s resume. Companies need to consider how people connect and fit within the company from a cultural and emotional level. You want people who are in control of their emotions, have emotional awareness and can connect with others and help them keep their emotions in check in all situations in the workplace.

Workplace situations, stresses, ups, and downs are often overlooked when hiring a candidate. Someone’s ability to keep their emotions in check is increasingly important in an ever-changing work environment. Change is now a constant, and those with strong emotional intelligence are better equipped to handle change and stress. They can also help others work through it.

Why Emotional Intelligence Matters

Toronto recruiters explain the importance of emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is increasingly in demand by companies that are hiring. It will only become more important in the years to come. Here are some top reasons why emotional intelligence matters in a candidate:

1. They can handle high-pressure situations:

High-pressure situations are part of work. Some can be anticipated; others can arise out of nowhere. People with good emotional intelligence can handle these situations well. They cope well and have the ability to maintain a high level of performance amid the circumstances.

2. They take feedback well:

Constructive feedback can help team members improve performance. Those with strong emotional intelligence are well equipped to take feedback, even negative feedback, and use it as a means to improve. They look for areas to improve and are receptive to outside perspectives.

3. They are good team members:

We all need team players—people who have the company’s best interests in mind and get along well with others. People with strong emotional intelligence are better equipped to build strong and productive relationships with coworkers, managers, and others within the organization.

4. They are leaders:

Things won’t always go according to plan. When things go wrong, they take initiative and set an example for others. They respect others, don’t sweat the small stuff, and are focused on accomplishing the tasks assigned to them.

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Ross Campbell Toronto Recruiter

Ross Campbell

Ross Campbell is a Partner and Practice Lead, Financial Services & Insurance with IQ PARTNERS. Celebrating over 10 years of management consulting experience in executive search, recruitment, and training in Canadian financial services and insurance companies, Ross thrives on the belief that business can be done significantly better by investing in the right people.

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