Considering “soft skills” while hiring is a must. A survey from West Monroe Partners, a consultancy in Chicago, revealed that nearly all (98%) human resources leaders agree that soft skills are essential for technology hires.
Technology is a team sport on the cutting edge. If we want our world to move forward, solve problems plaguing it and evolve further into a tech-integrated, tech-rich society, the cliché of the “socially awkward” technologist needs to die now. More and more people are joining and leveraging technology in every sphere of work and we need this momentum to be even stronger. And all these people across the world will only bring the positive change and progress we are looking for if we have ample supply of soft skills.
What skills do companies want?
- Passion for growth, innovation, creativity, being open to new ideas
Technology keeps evolving. The only constant thing in the world is change. So, we need to keep changing. Without growing, we can not adapt. Evolution is a gradual development of an individual. Even if we think that we are the best in our field, there is always a chance to get better. And so, companies value creative people who are open to the idea of evolution.
- Verbal and communication skills.
To be a good fit in a team, you need to be good with communication. Even if the job is technical, the company looks for people who know how to express themselves clearly. Companies need individuals who are confident while engaging in emails, phone calls, or face-to-face conversations.
- Ability to dive in and adapt
When you’re working in a big company, it would probably be fast-paced. And you would need to keep up. You may not get the time for training. As the company looks for candidates who can easily fit in well with the team, understand new cultures and systems, the employees should quickly adapt.
Working in technology, just as rule opens up borders. You get to work with people from different walks of life and different regions of the world. Empathy is essential to work in such a diverse environment.
A diverse team of people contributing to unique ideas helps businesses to thrive. Teamwork solves problems. Fitting in well with your team expands your chances of coming up with creative ways of doing things.
Soft skills are essential in every field. A good team can help a business build an empire, while a bad team can make success look like failures. Both companies and the employees need to understand the importance of being on board and work together.