It's normal to lack experience at the beginning of your career, but what if finding a job depended less on your experience and more on your qualities? And if so, what would these highly sought-after qualities be? The Daily Wiz team has decided to give you advice to help you shine during your next job interview. Experts say that in most cases, it isn't knowledge, years of study or experience which are most important when it comes to hiring young graduates. Experience is something that can be gained over time and at the beginning of your career, qualities and emotional intelligence are more important.
“It's important to understand that emotional intelligence isn't the opposite of intelligence, nor is it the heart winning over the head, it's the mix of both." David Caruso.
Emotional intelligence is a concept popularised by psychologist Daniel Goleman during the 90's, which revolutionised the traditional view of intelligence linked to knowledge and memory. Emotional intelligence is a series of emotional skills: the ability to motivate yourself, self-control, confidence, empathy and social skills, all of which are highly sought-after by companies. A candidate with these qualities is capable of recognising and managing their own emotions, as well as those of others. In this article, we identify 9 qualities that will help you stand out during a job interview, especially if you lack professional experience.
1) Knowing yourself
A person who doesn't know themselves, knows nothing. Knowing yourself means knowing your reactions before certain situations take place and being able to understand how you feel at the end of a day. What situations can you handle better than others? What makes you feel better? What really motivates you?
A good way of getting to know yourself is to write down, on paper, your qualities, feelings, emotions and thoughts regarding situations that play a large role in your life. This will allow you to become more conscious of who you are and how you act, allowing you to manage other projects more effectively.
This is the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes and imagine how they are feeling. We are judged by others on a regular basis, however, in a professional context you shouldn't criticize others before putting yourself in their position.
"Don't judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes".
3) Emotional stability
Everyone has impulses. Emotionally intelligent people, however, are different from others as they think before acting and are able to control their impulses. You should try to control yourself emotionally, otherwise it's not fair on yourself nor those around you. Of course it's good to vent in your own time, or even cry if it's what you need, but don't let your emotions overwhelm you. You shouldn't suppress your emotions but you shouldn't let them control you either. You are in control, and knowing how to manage your emotions is a very important quality to possess.
4) Good interpersonal communication
This quality is linked to assertive communication, which describes someone who is capable of expressing their opinion without fear and is also willing to listen to others. No one wants to work with someone who doesn't know how to communicate, which is why having good interpersonal communication is more important than years of experience.
5) Social skills
At the start of your career, you will quickly realise that nothing is possible without the participation of others. Being emotionally intelligent means that your relationships with others are not only beneficial and productive for you, but also for others and, most importantly, for the company. Nowadays companies are looking for young professionals who know how to recognise the emotions of others. This means knowing when someone is motivated or needs a little push to help them carry out their daily responsibilities. An emotionally intelligent person will look out for the well-being of others as they understand that true happiness comes from working together and helping each other out.
6) Self-motivation and ability to deal with frustration
The greater the effort, the sweeter the reward. When times get tough, a person with a high emotional intelligence will behave more effectively. They are capable of motivating themselves in order to achieve goals and can overcome obstacles more easily.
You will need to be motivated if you want to achieve an ideal outcome. Even if you don't feel motivated, it's important to keep going and stay determined. Emotionally intelligent people can be recognised for their willpower and determination, even when time gets tough; they have a smile on their face even when they don't feel like it and don't stop at anything. The reward is knowing that you have given your all and being proud of your work.
7) Be happy
No one enjoys working with sad people. In general, those with a good emotional intelligence are happy, as they know how to control their emotions if necessary. Being happy doesn't mean smiling all day in the office, it's knowing how to give off a good energy when your colleagues need it and motivating others when times are tough. Positivity is a quality that will make a big difference during a job interview.
8) Ability to work as part of a team
Those with high emotional intelligence are able to form relationships and put themselves in the place of others. Nowadays, almost all projects are carried out in teams, which is why companies are on the lookout for young graduates who are able to get on with many different types of people and understand different points of view. Are you willing to listen to different opinions?
9) High emotional intelligence
Emotional intelligence and efficiency in the workplace are very closely linked. Many employees and managers have seen an improvement in professional performance through the development of skills linked to emotional intelligence. They are able to recognise and control their emotions in order to achieve their objectives and shine in their everyday activities.
How are you going to shine during your next job interview? Personality is often more important that experience when it comes to finding the right candidate, so you should try to work on these 9 qualities. Now that you know the theory, you just have to put it into action in your everyday life and hopefully find the job of your dreams.
Article translated by Cherie Gamble.