Emotional intelligence has to be one of the traits you look for in new recruits. Why? 

If someone has great emotional intelligence, they're good at managing their own moods while being adaptable to change. In the workplace, change is the norm, therefore, having staff that are awesome, whatever's thrown at them, has to be key! 

You've also bagged a candidate who is capable of working with different walks of life. We all know there are plenty of characters at work. It's not easy to love everyone, even if they are your neighbour. However, having the emotional intelligence to be caring and helping them out, or even cheering them on, helps with the all-round morale, encouraging productivity as a result!