Hiring For Soft Skills

Christy Smith, Outsourced Consulting Services

On Friday, April 11 the results of a national survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder were released and showed 77 percent of employers surveyed believe ‘soft skills’ to be equally as important as ‘hard skills’. Soft skills identified included a variety of personality and behavioral traits such as:

  • strong work ethic
  • dependability
  • team orientation
  • organizational skills

Many employers are looking for indications of these skills on resumes. However, it does not have to be a scavenger hunt! A more effective method for evaluating soft skills is to use pre-employment assessments developed to assess the soft skills necessary for performance in a specific position. Naturally, the soft skills required for each position and company will vary.

You may know the soft skills needed for the position.  If you are not sure how to do this, MSEC can help you identify the soft skills required for successful performance at your company by position. There also a variety of pre-employment assessment options to help you evaluate your applicants’ soft skills when making a hiring decision, and MSEC has access to many of these instruments. Please contact testing@msec.org for more information on how we can help.