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Convocation 2015: Freedom Summer Library Resource Spotlight!

Posted on 23 August 2015 | 8:05 pm — 

Convocation 2015 will take place on Monday morning, August 24.  Faculty will be leading small groups of new students in a discussion about The College Reads! selection for this year, … Read More

In Memory of Cynthia Graham Hurd and the Emanuel 9

Posted on 6 July 2015 | 2:49 pm — 

On June 17, 2015 Mother Emanuel AME Church was the site of an act of vicious, racist terror. We, along with our families, friends, and neighbors, are grieving, and we … Read More

Dedication of Little Free Library, North Campus Tomorrow!

Posted on 5 May 2015 | 3:43 pm

Please feel free to drop by the North Campus tomorrow, Wednesday May 6 at 9:30 AM, for the dedication of our Little Free Library. The Library was built and donated by … Read More

New @ the library

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 3:29 pm

The library now has 10 MacBook Air laptops available to CofC students for 6 hour and overnight checkout.  These have solid state drives and startup within seconds.  For information please … Read More

Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month!

Posted on 15 April 2015 | 11:50 am

MAY is Asian Pacific Heritage Month Please join the Asian Student Association, Chinese Club and Office of Institutional Diversity for an early celebration of the Asian Heritage and Culture TODAY! … Read More

Books on Bikes/Bikes on Books

Posted on 3 April 2015 | 1:19 pm

At the end of summer 2014, CofC senior Sylvie Baele contacted the library about creating a book display about bicycling. She worked with librarian Burton Callicott and library staff member … Read More

Using Emotional Intelligence to Ace your Interview

Posted on 8 May 2014 | 11:57 am — 

A Lowcountry Graduate Center article by
Jannette Finch, MLIS, Librarian, College of Charleston North Campus and Lowcountry Graduate Center and
Charles O. Skipper, PhD, PE, PMP, Colonel, United States Marine Corps (Ret), Chairman, Department of Engineering Leadership and Program Management, The Citadel School of Engineering

Nervous about your interview?

The interview process allows you to show that you have the necessary competencies to perform the job. One typical question often asked is, “Tell me about a time you handled a difficult customer.”

Why do interviewers ask this question? Your answer reflects something about your Emotional Intelligence (EI). By asking this question and others like it, interviewers are using a technique known as “targeted behavioral event interviews” to assess your level of EI. [1]

Many studies assert that EI is essential in the workplace and defines effective leadership. Daniel Goleman, author of the 1995 best seller Emotional Intelligence, comments that, “without it, a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he still won’t make a great leader.” [2]

The good news is that you, the job candidate, can prepare to answer EI probing questions and can develop and grow the soft skills that define EI. You can train yourself to recognize the moods, emotions, and desires of yourself and your coworkers. You can learn how to manage Emotional Intelligence through self-regulation.

So what is Emotional Intelligence, and how do you reveal that you have it during a crucial job interview?

The seminal definition by Salovey and Mayer is “the subset of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and other’s feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions.” [3]

In the Harvard Business Review Blog, Christina Bielaszka-DuVernay writes that although there are “multiple aspects to emotional intelligence, the three competencies below reveal a lot about a candidate.”

1. Self-awareness and self-regulation. The candidate understands their own needs and wishes and how these emotions affect behavior. They regulate their emotions so that any fear, anger, or anxiety they experience doesn’t spread to their colleagues or make them lose control.

2. Reading others and recognizing the impact of personal behavior on them. The candidate has well-developed emotional and social “radar” and can sense how their words and actions influence their colleagues.

3. The ability to learn from mistakes. They acknowledge their mistakes, reflect critically upon them, and learn from them. [4]

Before your interview, search for sample interview questions, learn to recognize what your interviewers are really asking, and then practice your answers. Your answers should be real examples from your life that show you have the self-awareness to read others, the ability to control your own emotional reactions, and that you possess the invaluable ability to learn from your mistakes.

Some great sample interview questions designed to reveal behaviors in competency areas such as collaboration, service orientation, resilience, courage and assertiveness, and many others are found in:

Lynn, A. B. (2008). The EQ Interview : Finding Employees with High Emotional Intelligence. New York: AMACOM/American Management Association.

Good Luck!


[1] Jacobs, R. L. (2001) Using human resource functions to enhance emotional intelligence. In C. Cherniss and D.  Goleman (Eds.), The emotionally intelligent workplace: How to select for, measure, and improve emotional intelligence in individuals, groups, and organizations (159-181). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

[2] Goleman, D. (2004). What makes a leader? Harvard Business Review Blog. Retrieved from

[3] Salovey, P. and Mayer, J. (1990). Emotional intelligence. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 9, 185–211.

[4] Bielaszka-DuVernay, C. (2008). Hiring for emotional intelligence. Harvard Business Review Blog. Retrieved from


Personal Development & Career Exploration

Posted on 16 January 2014 | 3:39 pm — 

This new non-credit course offered by the College of Charleston Academic Advising and Planning Center provides a focused classroom setting for students who seek:  Personal development – finding your PURPOSE Decision-making assistance for finding the appropriate major

This new non-credit course offered by the College of Charleston Academic Advising and Planning Center provides a focused classroom setting for students who seek:
Personal development – finding your PURPOSE
Decision-making assistance for finding the appropriate major

Yesware-free email tool for Gmail

Posted on 6 January 2014 | 5:48 pm — 

Yesware is called “email for salespeople,” and tracks all sorts of handy things for you.
An article covering its features here:
Yesware link here

News About Our New Location

Posted on 13 December 2013 | 11:55 am —