What soft skills do the Employer look for?
In most of the schools and colleges throughout the course the students are taught and practiced majorly on the technical skills alone. Even after graduating most of them keep stressing more on these skills to setup an excellent knowledge base.
The hard skills could be prerequisites for starting the career but sometimes the candidates get rejected in the interviews even with a good technical round. And these interviews are the HR interviews where the personnel basically look for something other than the Core skills usually called as the Soft Skills. These skills are the non technical aspects which are usually not covered in the academics. These skills are not related to any specific career. In this article we will focus on the soft skills which the employers are interested in.
What are Soft Skills
Soft skills are the combination of abilities which determine how well one communicates, presents himself/herself with others in such a way that the organization gets benefited from it. For example, Employee interacting with the customers during the discussions and taking critical decisions are related to soft skills.
Employee can increase their competency in the hard skills anytime with the proper trainings but the soft skills are one which come along with our maturity. These skills represent our character.
Which Soft Skills do the Employers look for?
It is very important for the organizations to have the talents with both soft skills and hard skills. The employees are called as assets only if they posses strong core skills alongwith the soft skills.
Most of the employers expect the below listed soft skills from the Freshers and the laterals before recruiting them into their company.
- Good Listening skills
We should always wait for our turn. Interrupting in between while someone is speaking doesn’t lead to an effective communication and often shows a disrespect to the speaker. There comes so many situations in the routine job where a customer needs a clarification for his/her problem. If you do not patiently listen to his issue and start speaking in between while he/she is explaining then there are very less chances that you may solve the problem and on the other side there are more chances of you pissing off the customer with the regular interruption.
Doctors and the customer care personnel are the best examples who posses a strong listening skills.
This skill can be easily judged by the employer on you.
- Time Management Skills
Rather than for the freshers this skill is very important to the experienced guys who are often loaded with multiple tasks in their daily job. If the employee doesn’t know by when the task should be completed then there are many chances that he/she may skip the deadline and most probably get the bashings from the Manager. Time management is a very important aspect for the organizations as it represents the commitment and reputation to the customers. Terms like Productivity, approach towards the work are related to the time management skills. This skill can be improved by maintaining a to-do list.
- Team Player Skills
No matter how intelligent and brilliant you are when you work as a individual but there arises some situations where you are required to work alongwith others in a team and which is where the team players skills comes into the picture. Such skills shows how flexible you are when you work with people from diverse backgrounds.
For instance, Consider your team members are writing codes which are usually buggy and to solve this issue the manager calls for a meeting. To overcome this issue you suggest a tip, Training on the Basics. It is this expressing quality which determines the team player skills.
To improve the team player skills one has to actively participate in the discussions, listen other participants and express the thoughts or ideas clearly.
- Honesty and Integrity
Never lie to cover up the faults or mistakes done by you in the profession. For example, If you have found a bug in the code written by you and nobody else knows about it then do not hide it, go ahead and inform your supervisor. This shows your honesty and credibility in the team which is very important from the organization’s perspective.
- Other Interpersonal skills include communication (both verbal and written, including e-mail etiquette), persuasion, presentation, quick learning abilities, enthusiastic about “how things work”, problem solving abilities, decision making, stress management skills, and a “can do” attitude.
In the long run of the career the employee can survive only if he/she develops good and strong soft skills. To improve the soft skills one has to self practice and make it a habit and later integrate into the occupation. It is these skills which can make the employee a strong competitor in the team.