We explore how psychology and recruitment overlap, including psychometric tests, EQ, positive psychology and more. Here are our 5 key lessons for both job seekers and employers.
Psychology is the fascinating discipline of understanding the human mind. Its findings have implications everywhere from healthcare to sports, and arts to business.
Job seekers and employers alike can use psychology-informed techniques to improve their performance. The psychology of recruitment has long been studied by academics and employers, many of whom have developed sophisticated recruitment models based on scientific evidence of success. Individuals, too, can utilize psychology to understand themselves and to secure the job that’s right for them. In reality, psychology and recruitment are natural partners. Effective job searching often draws on psychology (think What Colour Is Your Parachute? or any similar career planning guide) and all successful recruiters know its value (we even employ a few graduates of the discipline here at SOT)
Our mission at SOT is to connect people: we work on behalf of both candidates and employers. So, drawing lessons for both sides of the job search / recruitment line, let’s review five ways to learn from psychology and improve your performance.
Emotional intelligence is the strongest predictor of job performance – so concluded a 2010 VCU study published in the Journal Of Organizational Behavior. As the working world becomes ever-less structured and ever-more changeable, emotional intelligence has become the ‘must-have’ workplace skill.
Emotional intelligence (EI) – which can be measured on an emotional quotient (EQ) – is the capability of individuals to recognize and handle theirs and others’ emotions. It’s such a professional superpower that…
· 71% of employers say they value EI over IQ [Career Builder]
· The US Air Force, L’Oreal, American Express and countless others have recorded significant improvements after focusing on EI [Odyssey GRP]
· The World Economic Forum predicts that by 2022, 42% of current core skills will be outdated, while demand for “emotional intelligence, leadership and social influence” will increase [PSI]
It’s even a stress-buster. And when stress accounts for somewhere around 40% of workforce turnover (a fact employers often overlook), a bit more EI could be a huge benefit for us all.
Can you coach EI? “While no program can get someone from 0 to 100%, a well-designed coaching intervention can easily achieve improvements of 25%” [Harvard Business Review]. Not to be sniffed at!
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