Soft Skills Every Employee Should Have

April 21, 2020

Boca Raton, FL, 04.21.2020 – Hiring can be a tedious process that has many variables. Each candidate has a different set of both technical and soft skills that makes them valuable in different ways. Sometimes it can be hard to know which skills will best fit both the role you’re hiring for as well as your company as a whole.

Here are a few soft skills you should always look for in a top candidate.

1. Communication Skills

While it may seem obvious, communication skills are extremely important in any job. Being able to communicate in the workplace is a skill that not all candidates will possess.

Candidates that have a proven track record of leading various projects and/or working cross-departmentally likely have a set of skills that includes strong communication skills. Additionally, if they ask valuable questions during the interview, it shows they are able to openly communicate with management.

Communication skills are important to take into account as you need employees that are able to effectively communicate in order to not only perform their job function, but also to collaborate with team members in order to complete assignments, help themselves and teammates grow as a department, and voice concerns about projects to management.

2. Problem Solving

Problem solving is a sometimes overlooked skill that candidates have that really makes them valuable to an organization. When looking to hire a new employee you’re essentially filling a need you have. Therefore, when filling the role, you want to ensure this candidate can perform duties in order to make management lives easier.

Hiring a candidate with problem solving skills is hugely important. Hiring an employee who needs to be told where to start, the ins and outs of how to complete each task, and where to go the minute they run into a roadblock is more work than benefit.

Problem solving skills are comprised of a variety of skills including being a self starter, having confidence, using common sense and reasoning skills, as well as being reliable when management is busy with other tasks. These are invaluable skills that should be taken into account when looking to onboard a new employee.

3. Adaptability

Being adaptable is a skill that is important to look for in a candidate. History has shown that in business nothing is permanent. Therefore, you should seek to hire those with an open-mind that will embrace change as it comes.

Because the nature of business will come with many changes, having someone that is willing to roll with the punches is someone valuable. Someone that is able to adapt to an ever-changing environment not only proves that they are loyal, but also will help propel your business toward success.

Sacha Ferrandi, founder of Source Capital advises, “The best advice I can give job seekers is to be flexible. With the ever-changing landscape of business comes pain points. Instead of seeing them as a roadblock, look at them as an opportunity to show your worth as an employee. Being adaptable to new and changing situations is a highly valuable skill that will be noticed by any employer.

“The best advice I can give job seekers is to be flexible. With the ever-changing landscape of business comes pain points. Instead of seeing them as a roadblock, look at them as an opportunity to show your worth as an employee. Being adaptable to new and changing situations is a highly valuable skill that will be noticed by any employer.”

4. Teamwork

Having an employee that works well with others is something that is absolutely necessary. Because your business is likely comprised of several different departments, it’s important for a candidate to be able to have the ability to work well with a team of people from varying backgrounds.

If a candidate makes it a point to claim that they really don’t like working with others, this should be a red flag. However autonomous a job is, every employee will have to work with others whether that be managers, clients, or other departments to help bring a project to life.

Making sure a potential employee is able to work in a group is important. Collaboration can foster several great things for the success of your company including innovation, efficiency, and an increase in morale.

To Sum It Up

Don’t Hire Someone Without These Soft Skills!

When looking for the newest employee for your company, consider these important qualities and look out for candidate red flags. Know that technical skills that are necessary to complete the job duties are the most important thing to consider before hiring, however soft skills can help your company be successful at an even higher level.

Take into consideration the important skills of communication, problem solving, adaptability, and teamwork before making your next hire!

– Written by Samantha Rupp


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