Strategic Interviewing for Emotional Intelligence

2018 Talent Conference & Exposition
Gain valuable techniques for asking questions that validate the presence or absence of critical emotional intelligence skills in candidates.

Repeated from Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.

This session will dive into proven techniques for successful talent acquisition. You will receive a simple yet powerful tool for quickly identifying the emotional intelligence skills most important for each job, along with suggested questions to reveal the candidate’s level of EQ. With the increased difficulty in obtaining reference information and candidates who are well-educated and well-rehearsed, interviewers must be skilled at separating style from substance. This session will help interviewers take back the advantage and uncover high or low emotional intelligence skills during their interviewing and selection process. During this session, you will:

  • Receive a job evaluation tool that quickly helps you organize the skills to seek (technical skills, professional skills and education/experience) during the interview.
  • Learn ways to use emotional intelligence and the key skills to seek in a candidate via targeted interview questions.
  • Get tips for interpreting answers to determine fit and take some of the guesswork out of the selection process.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:30pm

Jennifer Shirkani


Jen Shirkani is a nationally recognized expert on emotional intelligence and a featured speaker at several national SHRM conferences and at state affiliates in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Washington. She is the author of Ego vs EQ and Choose Resilience, guides to leveraging the power of emotional intelligence. She has spent over 25-years working with organizations as a business consultant and executive coach. In addition to emotional intelligence, she frequently speaks and writes about workplace challenges including interviewing and selection, employee engagement and motivation, generational differences, and coachability. Jen has been a frequent guest of several national radio programs, and has been featured in Bloomberg/Businessweek, Leadership Excellence magazine, Investors Daily, Business Insider, Reader’s Digest, Publishers Weekly, Fast Company, and Upstart Business Journal.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and has devoted herself to improving leadership effectiveness and on making common sense more common. 

Promenade Level: Roman Ballroom I
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