In the recruitment industry, clients are often seeking the “best fit” for the company. 10 years ago, soft skills may not have been as important, as companies were more focused on finding the person who meets all of the required skills. After the economic downturn, this has changed completely. Companies are looking to build out their organizations and are working in smaller teams, where every hire will make an impact based on what they bring to the table.
The truth is, many hiring managers will say that soft skills outweigh the actual requirements to do the job. Soft skills "are as important, if not more important
, than traditional hard skills to an employer looking to hire -- regardless of industry or job type. This could offer a major breakthrough as educators and training providers seek to develop and cluster training courses to fit business and industry needs."
Ask yourself these 3 questions to determine if you find the position/candidate as a ‘cultural fit:’
- Do you have the required skills to do the job?
- Can you see yourself spending 8+ hours a day with this team/manager?
- Do you like us and is this a place where you want to be?
It is important to ask the recruiter you are working with to give you information about what the work environment is like and what the company is looking for beyond technical skills. It is good to know about company goals, the size of the team, and leadership style of the department to see if this a match for your interests and working style.
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