Soft skills are becoming increasingly important as a recent survey showed that hiring managers who are recruiting find that hard skills are just as important as soft skills.
The survey revealed that hiring managers will employ a candidate based on their soft skills over a qualified candidate. Candidates prepare for interviews based on their hard skills and the qualifications they have rather than focusing on their personality and showing this to the interviewer and may cost the candidate in being offered that job if they only show off their hard skills.
When a hiring manager has two candidates that they are deciding between, some hiring managers are more inclined to employ a candidate that has a willingness to learn, as having this attitude shows you are happy to adapt to different environments and positions if needed. This type of candidate will constantly improve themselves and bring new innovation to the business and can make the difference between a good team and a great team.
Candidates will often talk themselves out of applying for a role because they think they don’t have the right skills for the job but this survey has shown that hiring managers are willing to overlook these hard skills. Soft skills such as flexibility, problem solving and enthusiasm are traits that can’t be taught.
Next time you are applying for that job think about the soft skills you have to offer.