The 5 Soft Skills Employers Desire in New Hires

17.08.2016 5847

Technical skills may get you an interview, but these five soft skills will get you the job. When you're seeking employment, your soft skills can be as important as the hard skills that are required to achieve success on the job. Employers want to hire people who know how to conduct themselves professionally, as well as possessing the technical abilities for the job.

Here are a few of the types of skills that a candidate should possess to become a great all round employee:


For any business or start-up to run smoothly, it is important that the team communicate well with each other in order to exchange ideas and keep up to speed with everything going on within the company. This doesn’t just mean a simple exchange of information with colleagues, however; employers want their staff to be capable of thoroughly explaining their thoughts and ideas with detail and conviction. They must also be able to communicate confidently and professionally with clients and customers, as they are a representative of the company and poor conduct could reflect badly on the business.

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Teamwork and Collaboration

The ability to get along well with others and work in a team is one of the most valuable attributes that an employee can possess. Employers want employees who play well with others—who can effectively work as part of a team. Collaborating with your team can generate creative ideas and get work completed much more efficiently. On the other hand, if someone is unwilling to cooperate or compromise when working alongside colleagues, it is likely that conflict could arise, creating a poisonous atmosphere, as well as cause damage to the running of the business.


The best staff are determined and have the get-up-and-go to complete tasks efficiently and to the best of their ability. It’s not always possible for somebody to offer employees constant guidance or stimulation to get the job done, so it’s important that they can provide themselves with their own motivation and can take initiative when necessary. A positive attitude goes a long way and can rub off on others in the team as well.

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Problem-solving and Conflict resolution

Employers want employees who can think practically and creatively in order to resolve any issues that arise. It’s inevitable that problems will occur that have a potential to delay or hinder projects, so the employer wants to feel confident that their staff can handle them effectively and are up to the challenge, rather than struggling under pressure. You need to be able to negotiate win-win solutions to serve the best interests of the company and the individuals involved.

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Time management

One of the most important skills for an employee to possess is the ability to organise their workload, in order for tasks to be completed as required and ensure deadlines are met. A good employee will know how to prioritise tasks appropriately and use their time wisely. Missing deadlines can hold the hold team back and throw projects off track, so it important that they are observed.


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