Soft Skills at work

When applying for a job you will need to demonstrate that you not only have the technical abilities to do the job but also the right soft skill set.

Soft skills refer to the way you relate to and interact with other people.

So, what kinds of soft skills matter the most? The Muse asked nine hiring managers to weigh in on the most important traits they look for in candidates.

Here’s what they said:

  1. Drive

“I want a new hire to come in with the drive to help wherever they can. I don’t want them to be shy about learning something new.”

  1. Self-Awareness

“In my experience, the most successful hires are driven by an internal desire to do the best work. Conscientious people tend to be self-motivated, dependable, and organised.”

  1. Accountability

“When hiring a new employee, we look for someone who has a sense of accountability, someone who cares about the end result and does what they say they’re going to do.”

  1. Tenacity

“It’s important to bring on tenacious people who thrive in rocky situations. That’s why, when hiring team members, I look for experiences they had in which they persevered during a time when the odds were against them.”

  1. Empathy

“Empathy is the key ingredient to building relationships and building trust. Most customers and clients won’t remember what you’ve said to them, they’ll remember how you’ve made them feel.”

  1. Authenticity

“It’s important to find authentic candidates who’re comfortable with themselves so they can be comfortable around others.”

  1. Ingenuity

“In an increasingly saturated marketplace, I look for new hires with ingenuity, who’re creative and willing to think outside the box.”

  1. A Fast Learner

“The soft skill of learning fast is the most important thing we look for in a new hire.”

  1. A Positive Attitude

“My motto is: Hire for attitude, train for skill. A positive attitude is a great predictor for willingness to take on new tasks and do whatever it takes for the betterment of the team.”

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Via The Muse