Recruitment and soft skills: Why should we care?
Recruiting on soft skills is the hot topic among recruiters: 97% say they take it into account in their recruitments. One in two recruiters believes that soft skills are as important as technical skills.
Why are we talking about soft skills?
To be recruited today, technical skills alone are no longer enough. The performance of a person is going to be very much linked to their soft skills. Employees and managers must therefore develop non-technical qualities such as creativity or empathy.
All of this is still a bit nebulous for recruiters and candidates alike. We will try to decode in a series of articles why have they become more essential today? What are recruiters looking for? What are the Soft Skills that your candidates must have in order to succeed in your company tomorrow?
First of all, what are we talking about? What are soft skills?
Soft skills or soft skills: It is all of what constitutes your knowledge of being, promoting adaptation to your position, to the company and to other people in your environment (members of your team, management, partners, etc.). These interpersonal skills are made up of our personality traits, our motivations, our thought patterns and our cognitive skills.
Examples: empathy, team spirit, time management, flexibility, leadership …
Hard skills: These are all the knowledge and business know-how that you have acquired through training and/or experience and that you can demonstrate in a concrete way.
Examples: Fluency in English, expertise in development technology (Java, PHP, Node JS…), mastery of a software tool (Salesforce CRM, Marketing Automation Hubspot…), experience in SEO – SEA acquisition, experience in key account sales…
What soft skills for my job?
The rapid transformation of the world of work, the crisis being a revealing one, in the light of digitization, obliges us to bet on human capital. Your human and behavioral skills will make a difference.
Soft skills are therefore increasingly assessed by recruiters and headhunters.
It, therefore, becomes interesting, as a candidate for a position, to ask the question of the qualities that the recruiter can expect. Part of one way to detect them is in the advertisements/vacancies themselves.
Before doing a longer article on the subject, here are according to the World Economic Forum, the soft skills that recruiters will focus on as a priority:
- Analytical thinking and innovation capacity
- Your active learning and learning strategies
- Creativity, originality and initiative
- Ability to design and program (Technology design and programming)
- Your analytical skills and your critical thinking (Critical thinking and analysis)
- Ability to solve complex problems
- Leadership and social influence
- Emotional intelligence
- Reasoning, problem-solving and ideation
- Your systems analysis and evaluation skills