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.

What is the most important skill for employers today?

According to the 2016 National Association of Colleges and Employers survey the most important skill for the job today is: verbal communication.

Employers rate the importance of candidate skills/qualities

Skill/Quality Weighted Average Rating
Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization 4.63
Ability to work in a team structure 4.62
Ability to make decisions and solve problems 4.49
Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work 4.41
Ability to obtain and process information 4.34
Ability to analyze quantitative data 4.21
Technical knowledge related to the job 3.99
Proficiency with computer software programs 3.86
Ability to create and/or edit written reports 3.60
Ability to sell or influence others 3.55

Source: Job Outlook 2016, National Association of Colleges and Employers
*5-point scale, where 1=Not at all important; 2=Not very important; 3=Somewhat important; 4=Very important; and 5=Extremely important

– See more at: http://www.naceweb.org/s02242016/verbal-communication-important-job-candidate-skill.aspx?utm_source=spot-nm&utm_medium=email&utm_content=txt-head&utm_campaign=content#sthash.KDGCJu4E.dpuf

 

The 3 Most Important Job Interview Questions

According to Bernard Marr, interviewers are looking to answer these questions although they may not necessarily be asked literally.

  1. Have you got the skills, expertise and experience to perform the job?
  2. Are you enthusiastic and interested in the job and the company?
  3. Will you fit into the team, culture and company?

Marr discusses what’s behind these questions. Good reference for graduates seeking jobs.