Soft Skills: Easy to Feel Out, Harder to Test

Filed under: Hiring Strategies, Interview, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks, Talent Acquisition, Training

While hard skills are fairly easy to evaluate, soft skills are harder.

Soft-Skills-Definition

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

 

Social Media

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.

Video Interviewing

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. Read more »

What is the Results-Only Work Environment, aka ROWE?

Filed under: Best Practices, Candidate / Job Seeker, Employer, Human Resources / Capital, Talent Retention, Work-Life Balance

What is the Results-Only Work Environment?

A Results-Only Work Environment is a rapidly growing management strategy that evaluates employees based on their performance, not their physical presence.  In a ROWE, people focus on results and only results – increasing the organization’s performance while creating the right climate for people to manage all the demands in their lives . . . including work. Read more »