What are the 5 most important ‘soft’ skills for new hires?


These so-called soft skills can often dictate someone’s ability to work with other people in a dynamic setting–and they can make or break the success of a new hire.

That’s the key takeaway from a recent survey of by The Wall Street Journal, which polled 900 executives and found that almost all (92 percent) said they valued soft skills equally or more than technical skills. And an overwhelming majority (89 percent) of execs said they have a very or somewhat difficult time finding people with these traits, no matter the level or age group.

Here are the top 5:

  1. Broadcasts flexibility and enthusiasm
  2. Take initiative and direction
  3. Keeps ego in check
  4. Demonstrates curiosity and desire to learn
  5. Understands strengths and limitations

These so-called soft skills can often dictate someone’s ability to work with other people in a dynamic setting–and they can make or break the success of a new hire.

Read the questions suggested for interviewers in the Inc.com article here.