Have you ever wondered why your interviewer asked, “Can I meet you?” when your CV is live and direct before them? For god’s sake you know who I am.I am a graduate of so-and-so and I studied this or that.
The answer is simple:they are looking for something called soft skill!
What Are Soft Skills?
Soft skills are non-technical skills that relate to how you work. They include how you interact with colleagues, how you solve problems, and how you manage your work.
Hiring managers typically look for job candidates with soft skills because they make someone more successful in the workplace. Imagine a prospective Customer, Care Officer being a mean fellow. Wouldn’t a candidate with empathy fit in better regardless of the technical, job-specific skills the harsh candidate might have.
Also, most jobs require employees to engage in someway within themselves and with clients or customers (depending on the kind of job).Therefore, Your guess is as good as mine, Communication and People skills comes in handy! The success of the employers, and the company as a whole is dependent on the quality of the employees, hence you understand why that screening process is so important to them.
Another reason hiring managers and employers look for applicants with soft skills is that soft skills are transferable skills that can be used regardless of the person’s job. This makes job candidates with soft skills very adaptable employees.
Types of Soft Skills include the personal attributes, personality traits, and communication abilities needed for success on the job. Soft skills characterize how a person interacts in his or her relationships with others.
How to Get Soft Skills
Unlike hard skills that are learned, soft skills are similar to emotions or insights. These are much harder to learn but when you acquire them it becomes a part of you that flows naturally. Experience is really key when it comes to acquiring and perfecting soft skills. The process of working, perhaps a volunteer job, gives exposure to situations and to people which consequentially brings about adaptation, Communication and the rest of the skills.
You can also reflect on soft skills you need to develop. For example, instead of just discussing problems with your manager, suggest solutions to those problems. If you see a colleague struggling, offer to pitch in. If there’s a process that could improve your workplace, suggest it.
Highlighting Your Soft Skills
When you’re applying for a new job, highlight your soft skills as well as your technical ones. Ensure they are relevant to the job, you want
You can also mention these soft skills in your cover letter showing situations where you have used those particular skills. Also in an interview you can demonstrate soft skills by being attentive, giving feed backs when needed, and being friendly and approachable.
Employers typically don, ‘t directly if you have soft skills. Instead, they present situations and ask what you would do in such situations and from there they assess whether you have soft skills.
So we would be discussing these questions and how to tackle them in our next episode and it will be very informative and educative!