Using Emotional Intelligence for Interview Success

Using Emotional Intelligence for Interview Success

Demonstrating high Emotional Intelligence in the workplace is all the rage in the job market these days. 

So what is emotional intelligence? 

Well, it's a number of things. It includes a high amount of self-awareness (strong understanding of your impact on others, awareness of how your emotions and inner feelings influence your outward demeanor, and the ability to accurately assess your actions, reactions, and impact) and self-management (appropriate emotional expression, courage and assertiveness, resilience, awareness in the present moment, and planning tone). 

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Interviewing 101: Discussing Accomplishments with Poise and Confidence

Interviewing 101: Discussing Accomplishments with Poise and Confidence

Let's talk about accomplishments.

Yes, I want you to proudly talk about yourself, and feel good about it. 

A long while back, I was a finalist for a position where I was asked to discuss my proudest professional accomplishment. I told the story of being partnered with the Lake Mills Elementary School design team through the LEED v4 Beta Program while serving as Program Manger for the U.S. Green Building Council. It's an inspiring story, and I couldn't help but get a glisten in my eye and visibly more excited as I was describing the project. 

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Tip #28: Stay True to You | 28 Days of Salary Negotiation

Tip #28: Stay True to You | 28 Days of Salary Negotiation

Our final tip is overarching - stay true to you. What do we mean by this? 

We mean if it doesn't feel right, then don't do it. If the money is great but you have serious reservations about the actual job, then don't do it. If the compensation is barely livable but you've always wanted to have THIS JOB with THIS COMPANY...then at minimum keep an exit strategy close by and don't wait until you've blown through your savings or can't afford your next rent payment to bail. 

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Tip #26: Use Email with Great Care | 28 Days of Salary Negotiation

Tip #26: Use Email with Great Care | 28 Days of Salary Negotiation

Email can be a great tool or a horrific liability when it comes to salary negotiation. 

It's great when you use it to carefully, thoughtfully, tactfully, and dispassionately present your case. It can also be the reason a negotiation crumbles, because people are reading subtext or emotionally charged commentary where it may (or may not) exist.

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Tip #25: When in Doubt, Inquire

Tip #25: When in Doubt, Inquire

In the heat of a negotiation, you may find significant resistance from your employer (or potential employer) who may not have been expecting you to assertively advocate for yourself.

If you feel tensions rising, or get an unexpected response, consider asking questions that will provide you key information and keep you in the strongest negotiation position possible. When you learn more about where the other side is coming from, you can use that information to strategically respond in ways where you both benefit from the outcome. 

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