How to Hire for Emotional Intelligence

A standard interview won’t test for it. That said, it’s surprisingly easy to do. Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, can be a strong determinant of an individual’s success in the culture of your team!

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While possible to do, I’m not sure I agree with the premise. Emotional Intelligence is a learned skill that can be developed. As such, it’s not set in stone. Hiring on the basis of EQ may cost your team diamonds in the rough, who merely needed a bit of polish to shine!

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Matthew Fritz is a leader and mentor in the field of complex organizational change, emotional intelligence, and organization strategy. A successful DoD senior-acquisition program manager and test leader, Matt has earned documented success in the areas of test and evaluation, assessment, technology development and flight operations. He has specialized experience in cost, schedule and performance management and is an active duty Field-Grade Officer with command-experience in the United States Air Force. Matt is also a certified acquisition professional, as well as a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer/Practitioner. He is the Author of an instructional book entitled, “Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile for Success” and actively blogs with other military leaders at, as well as his personal blog at He and his wife, Stacy, enjoy life with their daughter and son in New Mexico.

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