Written by Rachel Green. Director, The Emotional Intelligence Institute.
Emotional intelligence tests and EQ tests vary in their approach to measuring emotional intelligence and EQ, and in the types of emotional intelligence components they cover.
However, it is important you know what emotional tests and EQ tests are available, for many reasons. Here are five reasons to know about emotional intelligence testing:
1. Emotional intelligence tests give career enhancing information
In particular, knowing your level of emotional intelligence at work can give you valuable information to direct and advance your career.
People with higher levels of emotional intelligence have been found to be more successful, e.g. in how much money they earn, in how good they are at customer sales and service, and in how well they build working relationships and influence others.
Emotional intelligence tests can help you find out how emotionally intelligent you are.
2. Emotional intelligence tests can uncover your blind spots
You may know yourself, but you may not know yourself fully. We all have blind spots.
By using a multi-rater emotional intelligence test, such as the Genos 360 emotional intelligence inventory, you can find out how you are perceived by others. This in turn can highlight information that you didn't know about yourself.
You can then use this to improve the way you are perceived and how you perform at work.
3. Recruitment agents use emotional intelligence tests
Emotional intelligence tests are used increasingly by recruitment agents across Australia. This means that when you apply for a new position you may be exposed to emotional intelligence testing as part of the job selection process.
- When I became accredited in one of the emotional intelligence tests, the MSCEIT, in Sydney, I had expected to find that all course praticipants would be like me, providing emotional intelligence training or emotional intelligence coaching. I was wrong. The majority of people in the course were recruitment agents.
- Job advertisements are increasingly listing emotional intelligence skills in their essential criateria. For example, here is an essential criteria for a job I have just seen advertised for the City of Melbourne: "Strong team player, with the ability to demonstrate emotional intelligence and sound judgement whilst collaborating and cooperating on decisions and initiatives".
- One of my clients, who is at Director level, came to me after having to complete the MSCEIT (Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test) as part of his recruitment process and finding his scores were no more than average. If you want to complete the MSCEIT before the recruitment agents get you - we can do that for you.
4. Not all emotional intelligence tests are the same.
Not all emotional intelligence tests or EQ tests are as good as each other. Some are much better and more reliable than others. Some don't even seem to assess emotional intelligence at all but rather a broad mish-mash of skills.
Others are very specific and target the core skills of emotional intelligence and give you practical and valid information about your emotions and emotional intelligence.
It is helpful to know which ones have good reliability and validity measures, and do actually test your emotional intelligence.
By knowing more about the emotional intelligence tests available you can select those that will give you the best results when measuring emotional intelligence in your workplace.
5. HR can use emotional intelligence tests for recruitment.
If you are in HR and in charge of recruitment you'll want to attract and employ good staff. Using an emotional intelligence test may help you do this. The Judgment Index will also help you do this.
It is important not to wait until you have employed someone to find out that they have a negative impact on their team, that they are poor at forming productive working relationships, and that they don't manage their own emotions or read their colleagues well.
Choosing an appropriate emotional intelligence test from the array available could help you overcome these problems and weed out the wrong people before it's too late. Find out how emotionally intelligent they are first.
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We can also arrange for you to take the MSCEIT and provide you with a 2 hour coaching session to debrief you on the results and build up your emotional intelliegnce skils. This can be conducted anywhere in Australia.