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Emotional Intelligence (EI) What is it? and How do you demonstrate EI at job interview

May 29, 2020 | Students Career Progression

Dear Students,

Welcome to the sixth DGHE Careers Blog!

Today I am going to be exploring EI with you – Emotional Intelligence.  Have you heard this phrase but are not quite sure what it means?  Do you know how to demonstrate EI during a job inerview?

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.

Emotional intelligence is generally said to include at least three skills: emotional awareness, or the ability to identify and name one’s own emotions; the ability to harness those emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions when necessary and helping others to do the same.

Despite the fact that there is no validated psychometric test or scale for emotional intelligence as there is for "g," the general intelligence factor—and many argue that emotional intelligence is therefore not an actual construct, but a way of describing interpersonal skills that go by other names the concept of emotional intelligence has gained wide acceptance. In recent years, some employers have even incorporated emotional intelligence tests into their application and interview processes, on the theory that someone high in emotional intelligence would make a better leader or co-worker.

What Does It Mean to Be Emotionally Intelligent?

An emotionally intelligent individual is both highly conscious of his or her own emotional states, even negativity—frustration, sadness, or something more subtle—and able to identify and manage them. Such people are especially tuned in to the emotions that others experience. It’s understandable that a sensitivity to emotional signals both from within oneself and from one's social environment could make one a better friend, parent, leader, or romantic partner.

(Adapted from “Psychology Today”)

So if employers are looking for EI in a job applicant, how does an applicant demonstrate EI during a job interview?

The following link will give you some ideas (ignore her book plug ????)


I am happy to talk to you further about any career related matter including how you can demonstrate EI during a job interview.  Contact me at angela.kinloch@dghe.ac.uk to book an interview slot.

Best wishes,

Angela Kinloch, Careers & Employability Consultant, DGHE