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7 ways to show emotional intelligence in a job interview

Emotional intelligence is becoming increasingly important in the workplace—and it's a vital ingredient for success as a leader. Unlike technical skills and cognitive ability, how skilled you areat understanding and managing your own emotions—as well as those of people around you—can be difficult to measure. So while intellectual intelligence can be tested and given a score known as your intelligence quotient or IQ, you can't sum up your emotional intelligence in a single number despite the term ...
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The most difficult interview questions (and the answers)

Job interviews can be daunting. Whether you're a first-time interviewee, returning from a career break or looking to advance your career, you may be up against stiff competition. This is your one chance to create a good first impression, showcase the qualities that make you the ideal candidate and make sure you're memorable for all the right reasons, so it's natural to feel nervous. The better prepared you are, the more confidently you'll be able handle even the toughest interview. So to he...
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What to do if you’re embarrassed by a former employer (but did great work there)

Your resume (or CV) needs to accurately reflect your employment history, yet you may feel reluctant to list a previous employer to avoid embarrassment during a job interview. "If you suspect a reviewer may raise an eyebrow about something related to your background, assume that they will and address it proactively," says job search and career coach Jenny Foss. Here, she shares her top tips for deflecting attention from the source of your embarrassment and steering the conversation towards your s...
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Hiring? 5 tips for a successful candidate interview

Hiring the right candidate for a job isn't easy and if you're a first-time interviewer it can seem especially daunting. Conducting interviews doesn't come naturally to a lot of people and, while there's no right or wrong way to conduct an interview, you need to know which questions to ask and the ones you shouldn't ask. You also need to be aware of any preconceptions you may have, how to eliminate bias, and how to support a nervous interviewee. To help you prepare for your first interviews, Samm...
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Three types of work culture and how to hire for each of them

When you're hiring a new employee you want someone who'll be a great addition to the team. And that means identifying candidates whose values, attitudes and behaviors reflect, or can adapt, to those of the organization. Yet looking for a good 'culture fit' can be fraught with unconscious biases that limit diversity and prevent you securing the best talent, caution David Rock and Khalil Smith of the NeuroLeadership Institute. They recommend designing an interview process that's specific about the...
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5 better ways to talk about the 5 most common resume gaps

Gaps in your work history can make employers cautious about hiring you, yet they needn't be a stumbling block if you address them in a positive way. Most of us have taken time off work for one reason or another. And while you must be honest about a career break, it's how you explain it that matters. "With a little foresight, you can turn a potentially tricky interview situation into a masterclass in personal branding," says Sjoerd Gehring. Here, Gehring shares his top tips for using the gap...
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Beat the stereotype. Nail your next job interview

Millennials are often characterized as entitled, self-centred, needy, lazy, job-hopping, disloyal, easily bored individuals who crave instant gratification and have unrealistic work expectations. As a millennial jobseeker, it can be difficult to overcome these common misconceptions about millennial attitudes and aspirations and convince potential employers of the value you can bring to the workplace. In this article, Heather Redding explores five ways you can break through the generational stere...
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How to impress your boss in 7 seconds

A first impression is the most important impression you'll ever make—and you get only one chance to make it. Within the first few minutes of meeting someone for the first time, that person forms an opinion of you. Whether they're accurate or not, these first impressions can be almost impossible to change and they set the tone for the relationship that follows. First impressions are especially important when it comes to job interviews, meeting your new manager, or visiting a client for the first ...
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15 credibility-killing phrases to banish from your vocabulary

Most of us occasionally use filler sounds or words, empty phrases and unnecessary statements to give us more thinking time. In an informal situation, this may not be important. In business however, using them too often can weaken your effectiveness as a speaker. When you're delivering a presentation, pitching to clients or investors, being interviewed, or selling to a customer, you need to speak clearly and fluently. Your audience may think excessive use of redundant words or phrases indica...
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Show hiring managers your emotional intelligence by avoiding these 4 mistakes

Your emotional intelligence (EQ) could have a significant impact on your professional success. Research shows that a high EQ is a better predictor of being a top performer than a high IQ. As a result, hiring managers and recruiters are increasingly assessing job candidates' level of emotional intelligence—and not just for leadership positions. Although some people are naturally more emotionally intelligent than others, you can develop your emotional intelligence by acquiring the relevant skills ...
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