Emotional intelligence plays a big role in the business industry. About 1 in 3 hiring managers place an increase on emotional intelligence over the typical IQ, with 71% saying it’s more important than IQ. In fact, over half of the hiring managers said they wouldn’t hire someone with a high IQ and low emotional IQ.
Why do employers value emotional intelligence over IQ? They say it’s because those with high emotional intelligence are usually more calm under pressure, resolve conflict easily, are more empathetic to their colleagues, lead by example, and put more consideration into business decisions.
In preparation of your next job interview or chance for promotion, the University of Maryland School of Business suggests to build upon your emotional intelligence to put yourself above the rest.