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The Importance Of Soft Skills In Hiring

Beyond the Resume: Why Soft Skills Matter

When it comes to finding the right fit for a job, many employers focus solely on hard skills - the specific technical or academic qualifications required for the role. Even though hard skills are often important, they are not the only factor to consider. In fact, soft skills may be just as crucial to success depending on the role.

What Are Soft Skills?

Soft skills are non-technical skills that relate to how you work. Here are some examples of soft skills; communication, adaptability, teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership. These skills are difficult to measure however, they are essential for building positive relationships, managing conflicts and achieving success.

Soft skills are very important when it comes to the workplace because they increase productivity and efficiency. As we’ve entered a world of automation and the use of robots, soft skills such as resilience, self-motivation and empathy have become even more important.

The Benefits of Hiring for Soft Skills

Prioritising soft skills in the hiring process will help build strong, productive and successful teams for your business.

According to Blinkist magazine, 85% of career success comes from having well-developed soft skills and people skills.

How to Assess Soft Skills in Candidates

As mentioned previously trying to measure soft skills is difficult but here are some ways in which you can try to assess the candidate’s soft skills;

  • Psychometric testing.
  • The Star Recruitment method (Situation, Task, Action, and Result).
  • Personality testing such as a Harrison assessment.
  • Asking behavioural interview questions.
  • Request work samples or references that demonstrate soft skills.

Are you looking to hire someone or apply for a job?

At Westray we support candidates with interview preparation, ensuring your soft skills come through in the interview to give you the best possible chance of success. Westray Recruitment Group have over 30 year’s experience in supporting both clients and candidates find the right position. Call us today on 0191 492 6622.

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