Job recruiters have a difficult task when it comes to balancing their perceptions of hard and soft skills in potential hires. While the former describes skills that are particular to a given job (i.e. skills acquired through certified training, education and the like), the later pertains to emotional intelligence and interpersonal capacities.

Indeed, it’s fairly easy to lose oneself in the material results that hard skills can bring on the side of a candidate, such that soft skills are lost in the mix entirely, but ultimately, because it’s hard to find good candidates and the process of selection can be grueling, it’s vital to account for the soft skills, which could make or break a potential hire’s chances at working with you.

Emotional Intelligence In A Nutshell

Speaking succinctly, EQ, or emotional intelligence, describes one’s awareness of their own position in a social workplace, and their ability to hold themselves accountable for their actions and empathize with others. These are all, therefore, key components in interpersonal relationships and the cultivation of healthy team dynamics. Possessing a high EQ is thus vital to any office or firm, for individuals like this are able to help others direct and channel their emotions appropriately.

Why EQ And Soft Skills Are Vital?

  1. EQ Evades Toxicity

If you’ve ever felt uncomfortable in the workplace, it’s likely that you were surrounded by toxic people with little to no soft skills or interpersonal knowledge – people with high EQ find it quite easy to be kind and courteous to other people. Indeed, social niceties should not only be encouraged, but expected at a serious place of work.

  1. Soft Skills Mean Productivity

If your workers are feeling safe and content both with the nature of their work and those around them sharing in the office environment, it’s very likely that more will get done and productivity will skyrocket. Indeed, it’s important to hire as many people with excellent soft skills, insofar as they are integral to the actual work, despite their so-called hard skills. Most of the top performers at a given office will have high emotional intelligence, according to many studies that have been conducted in recent years; it’s often the case that they will make more money per year, too.

  1. A Happy Workplace Is The Only Workplace:

Healthy and happy workers ought to be a baseline for hiring committees contemplating potential employees; this is to say that they must consider how a person will fit in with the current ethos of the office, and whether or not they will make others feel assured about being on a team with them.

How To Identify High EQ

Emotional intelligence involves genuine action to ensure the safety and well-being of others; while these can be performed or faked, there are some telltale signs of sincere interpersonal skills:

  • The candidate is open-minded and able to constructively receive criticism
  • The candidate is a good communicator and not afraid to voice their concerns
  • The candidate is able to hold themselves accountable for their actions, including misdeeds
  • The candidate does not hold grudges and actively seeks to improve their relations with others

Indeed, these subtleties can be difficult to latch on to during the arduous interview process, but if a hiring committee is able to keep just a few of these elements in mind, it will significantly improve the dynamic of the office which they are seeking to improve upon. No doubt, soft skills are just as important as hard skills.