Soft Skills Are Crucial For The Recruitment Process
More than ninety percent of companies believe that soft skill competency is a key ingredient to improving leadership, retaining employees, and building a meaningful culture. “Soft skills” are those skills with difficult-to-measure positive impacts, such as verbal and written communication skills, critical thinking, collaboration, and so on. And just as it’s crucial for a company to accurately identify the hard skills they need, it is likewise crucial to identify the soft skills required. Employers and candidates alike need to appreciate the value of such attributes.
Investing In Employee Development
Soft skills are important to every company, but there will be some variance. For instance, some companies may already devote considerable time and resources to ongoing team building activities, focusing on helping personnel to develop relationships outside the immediate workspace. Other companies might have more “heads down” operations and therefore need candidates whose soft skills are already highly developed. As a recruiter, know your company’s culture and development processes so you know whether or not you can afford to develop soft skills or if you need candidates who can hit the ground running.
Demonstration Of Soft Skills
Whether you’re a recent graduate or looking to make a career change, you’ll want to wow your prospective employer. Soft skills which are always in demand include organization, time management, and communication (verbal and non-verbal) skills. The good news is that you can successfully communicate several of these simply by showing up on time, presentable, and organized. And then you can differentiate your soft skills by managing both your body language and your verbal communication skills with confidence and aplomb.
Anticipation Is Key
It is also a good idea to research the company and position ahead of time. If you’ll be working in a team-centric environment, ensure to be pleasant, polite, and interested—this shows that you care about and like working with other people. If you’ll be interacting with customers frequently, be ready to display problem solving skills. Knowing what your prospective employer values most will give you a distinct advantage as an interviewee.
Soft skills will always be in demand. Especially in a market saturated with equitable degrees and qualifications, soft skills can be a key differentiating factor when businesses are deciding who to hire. Understanding which soft skills are most important and how they can best be displayed is the key for both sides to successfully navigate the recruitment process.
Check out our one of our other blogs – Soft Skills Required Within The Engineering Industry
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By Guest Blogger – Jennifer Dawson