While hard skills are fairly easy to evaluate, soft skills are harder.
The soft skills are rather intangible: communication, leadership, critical thinking, creativity, team collaboration, attitude, common sense, and relationships, amongst others.
Coding and problem-solving tests are fairly straightforward ways to gauge hard skill level, but how do you measure a candidate’s soft skills?
Evaluating Soft Skills
Almost everyone in the United States has at least one social networking profile at this point, so researching a candidate’s online presence is fairly easy. Social media and websites provide an interesting window into a person’s soft skills. Of interest is everything from how thoroughly and professionally people present themselves, to the content and comments that they choose to post on online media.
Some companies solicit video responses as a filtering mechanism that quickly gives a sense of a person’s soft skills. A company may ask candidates to answer a few questions in a video format to be submitted along with a resume or as the next step in the pre-interview process. There are obviously a lot of efficiencies gained by getting a peek at talent, although some people are fairly shy of performing in front of a somewhat anonymous audience. (more…)
What’s the Latest Emerging Code Your New Hire Better Know?
By Meredith Dean, Executive Recruiter, IT Division
But requiring the latest, emerging new code in terms of a hiring requirement definitely means that the talent pool available is going to be extremely small. And with quasi-fulltime employment, tech talent is already highly in-demand before you even start ‘stacking’ the technology deck against yourself. (more…)
How to Survive as a New Manager
By Dave Clemens
You just got promoted. Now you’re a manager and finally on the career path you always dreamed about. But does it feel different to be in a leadership role? You still get up every day and take a shower, have breakfast and drive to work. Your spouse, your children, your friends – they all see you the same. So not much has really changed, right?
Wrong. At work, everything has changed. Why? Because your boss, the most important person in your professional life, needs you to play a completely different role. (more…)
Discover the Best Graduate Degrees for Emerging Careers
Are you looking for a way to qualify for “hot jobs” in a poor economy?
Instead of aiming for a graduate or professional degree which personally interests you (folklore or film, anyone?) or impresses friends and family (M.D, MBA, J.D.), let’s consider more objective criteria:
- New and emerging occupations
- Positive job market outlook
- Good return on investment
- Breadth and depth; interdisciplinary with focus
- Experiential (internship, co-op, or capstone component)
The Occupational Information Network (U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration), has prepared a list of emerging occupations by industry. Some of the career fields generally requiring a master’s degree are listed here: (more…)
The Right Talent Critical for Business Growth Strategy Implementation, Say Leading CEOs
The CEO Challenge 2011 cites Growth and Talent as the most critical challenges. After years of scaling back, driving business growth emerges as top concern for corporate leadership. Talent management and innovation are the most critical vehicles for business growth strategies today. (more…)