EQ vs IQ: Which is more important in career success?

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Jun 28, 2022

EQ vs IQ: Which is more important in career success?


Transcript:

Bhumika Shah:

Hello and welcome folks to yet another episode of podcast setup initiated by Unison Globus, the public accountant on purpose. Today we have with us Harsh Vyas Talent acquisition specialist from the desk of Human resources to share his experience with us. Hello and welcome Harsh, how are you?

Harsh Vyas:

I’m doing good Bhumika, what about you?

Bhumika Shah:

I am great.

Harsh Vyas:

Okay, so let me turn the table. Let me ask you the first question.

Bhumika Shah:

Okay, this sounds interesting.

Harsh Vyas:

If you want to hire one good candidate for your team then what are the areas and parameters you are going to check before hiring that candidate?

Bhumika Shah:

Okay so I would look for the academic certificates, and technical core competence according to the industry and I suppose if that matches that’s all.

Harsh Vyas:

You are missing one of the important parameters of EQ.

Bhumika Shah:

Is that?

Harsh Vyas:

Yeah, it’s an emotional quotient.

Bhumika Shah:

Right. Please help us understand what is EQ or emotional intelligence.

Harsh Vyas:

Let me help you to understand. So EQ means it’s an emotional quotient which is the ability to understand, use and, manage your own emotions in a positive way to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others and overcome and diffuse the conflicts.

Bhumika Shah:

Right, so we understand the definition but we would like you to help us understand how does it matter in professional lives?

Harsh Vyas:

There is one wonderful quote which is given by Roger Ebert your intellect may be confused but your emotions will never lie to you. Let me help you with a very nice example.

Recently I came across two resumes it was regarding Freshers both of them passed out from a reputed institute and had the same skill set they both were having equal ability to perform the job role. So now I was very confused because I had only one vacancy so how would I evaluate which one is the better for my organization.

So now then after I’ll see the EQ parameters I would check their academic progress, what projects they have done and whatever they have learned during the projects, how they have implemented them and have contributed to any festival or event which is organized by colleges, and how good they are in communication with each other so from all these observations I come to know their communication skills, their learning attitude, their abilities, adaptabilities, flexibility and very important it is a team spirit. So there are all the things that I can evaluate on the basis of EQ.

Bhumika Shah:

Right. This is a very interesting way of gauging the candidature. Are the same parameters work for the leadership roles or what is the proportion you maintain for IQ-EQ for the leadership roles?

Harsh Vyas:

Very good question Bhumika. So whenever I am hiring for the managerial role or any leadership role so at that time the parameters are totally different because I cannot put the same parameters when I’m hiring a fresher so I need to see the IQ competency as well as the EQ competency as well because they are fresher.

Whenever I’m hiring for a leadership role, whatever the resumes are coming to me. They all are filtered by technical skill.

Bhumika Shah:

Right. They are technically very competent.

Harsh Vyas:

Exactly. They already satisfied my IQ needs. Now there is the only thing that is pending is the EQ one.

So particularly in a leadership role what I’m going to check, I’ll see first of all the stability. I need to go through their LinkedIn profile or I need to see the other sources where I can get the most appropriate information about the candidate. I’ll go through the reference check. Right.

Also, I need to see the parameters and whether they are good decision-makers or not. I also look that do if they have problem-solving skills? Because if you are a leader then many of your subordinates will approach you for grievances and technical pledges. That is when you have to empathize with them and solve their problems and get the work done. I need to balance both IQ and EQ at the same time.

Bhumika Shah:

Right. So I suppose this is the ideal balance of EQ with IQ, right?

Harsh Vyas:

Absolutely correct. So the title is concluded as IQ with EQ not IQ versus EQ.

Bhumika Shah:

Definitely. I agree. Hands down. So this is a very nice way of you know, helping us introspect into our lives and personality and even checking our own EQ-IQ level and having a fair balance in our lives and successful careers as well. Thank you so much Harsh for this insightful conversation.

Harsh Vyas:

Thank you very much, Bhumika.

Bhumika Shah:

Nice speaking to you.

Harsh Vyas:

Same here.

Bhumika Shah:

Unison Globus beyond Outsourcing. Connect with us at www.unisonglobus.com. Thank you.

 

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