4 Key Soft Skills Every Employer Should Look for When Evaluating Candidates



When evaluating their hiring plans, 62% of employers rated soft skills as very important, according to CareerBuilder. In order to stay competitive with the candidates you hire, it’s important to be aware of the skills that are top-of-mind for those in the industry. This blog post outlines the top 4 soft skills you should look for when hiring candidates, and why they’re important.

 Most soft skills revolve around a candidate’s ability to demonstrate a strong emotional intelligence level such as communicating clearly, problem-solving, adapting-to-change and getting along with co-workers.

  • Communicating Clearly: The ability to communicate effectively with superiors, colleagues, and staff is essential, no matter the industry. Workers in the digital age must know how to effectively convey and receive messages in person as well as via phone, email, and social media.
  • Problem Solving: In the course of a business day, there will be issues that arise. In some cases, issues can be avoided or dealt with efficiently through comprehensive planning prior to executing a project. Other situations require workplace problem solving skills from management and staff in order to avert a crisis. Being able to recognize examples of workplace problem solving will help candidates better prepare to deal with work-related issues.
  • Adapting to Change: Being flexible when it comes to work is worth a lot. Employees who approach their job with a flexible mindset are typically more highly valued by employers. Flexibility on the job includes the willingness and ability to readily respond to changing circumstances and expectations. For employers, having employees willing to step outside their job description means they can get more accomplished with workers who are able to take on more responsibilities, do different tasks, and do more at work. It also means that the employer doesn’t have to persuade employees to take on more work. Flexible employees are willing to do whatever is necessary to get the task accomplished or the job done.
  • Collaborating with Coworkers: Collaboration skills enable workers to interface productively with others on the job. Successful collaboration requires a cooperative spirit and mutual respect. You want to hire employees who function effectively as part of a team and are willing to balance personal achievement with group goals.

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Catie Ewen

Catie Ewen joined the GradLeaders team to create strategic, industry-related marketing and sales materials. Primarily responsible for content and digital marketing efforts, Catie helps GradLeaders build and maintain its brand, while promoting its exclusive network, recruitment technology, and career management tools. Catie graduated from Miami University in 2014, with dual degrees in both Journalism and Mass Communications.

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