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EQ Interview Questions

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So, my flight gets cancelled at the Seattle airport and a colleague asks me by email if I know of a resource that provides interview questions according to the 15 EQ Competencies of the BarOn model of EQ. No, I don’t, I say, but here, let me have a crack at it since my flight was just cancelled and I’ve got some time ;-) Let me know what you think.

  • Emotional Self-Awareness: Tell me about a time when your awareness of your own emotions caused you to change your plan of action.
  • Assertiveness: Tell me about a time when you spoke up knowing that by doing so you were taking a risk.
  • Self-Regard: Please tell us what we can expect as a “Return” on our investment (your salary) in you.
  • Independence: Tell us about a time when you took a critical action in the workplace without being directed to do so.
  • Self-Actualization: Tell us about a time when you felt most fulfilled. What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment? What are you proud of?
  • Empathy: You notice a co-worker choking back tears throughout a meeting. Nobody else seems to notice because of the way he/she is sitting. The meeting ends. You both get up to leave. What do you do?
  • Social Responsibility: Tell us your thoughts on how you think you can “give back to others/make the world a better place/help others/ be of service” by simply carrying out the duties required by this job.
  • Interpersonal Relationship: What are your thoughts about developing friendships with your coworkers?
  • Problem Solving: Describe a problem you discovered in a previous job and what you did about it. Describe a problem that you solved where you are particularly proud of the solution you came up with. How did you go about solving it?
  • Flexibility: Describe a situation where you had to be extremely flexible.
  • Reality Testing: Are you more of a dreamer or more of a realist? Give me an example of how someone observing might know this about you.
  • Stress Tolerance: Tell me how you deal with stress. What do you do to proactively deal with stress. Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a lot of stress and how you handled it.
  • Impulse Control: Tell me about your ability to resist the temptation to do things you may later regret. Have you ever done something you later regretted?
  • Happiness: Tell me about a time in your life when you experienced a great deal of “life satisfaction.” What makes you “happy?” Define “happiiness” for me.
  • Optimism: Describe your general attitude to work and life. What does “good attitude” mean to you? This glass I’m holding, how would you describe it – as half-full or half-empty and what’s the difference – is there a difference – does it matter?

There you go right off the cuff!

I hope this helps – at least you get the idea from my perspective.

4 Responses to “EQ Interview Questions”

  1. Deborah Evin-Smith says:

    Brilliant! You sure know how to get to the heart and head of the issue. Great! Thanks for sharing!
    See you in Calgary.

  2. David Cory says:

    Thanks, Deb, I look forward to working with you! David

  3. Abby Gayeta says:

    Hi! Greetings of Peace and All Good! :)

    I would like to use this questionnaire as an interview guide for the study I am currently conducting. I am Abby Gayeta from St. Joseph’s College of Quezon City, Manila, PHILIPPINES.

    Thank you very much.

  4. David Cory says:

    Yes, please, Abby, be my guest. I would be very interested to see the results of your study if you are able to share. Best Wishes, David

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