If two job candidates have equal qualifications, which person is more likely to get the job? According to a new survey of HR and recruiting professionals, 63 percent of recruiters say they’d give the job to the person who has better “oral communication skills.”
iCIMS, a talent acquisition software company, published the survey of 400 HR and recruiting professionals. Titled, “The Soft Skills Jobs Seekers Need Now,” the survey highlights the attributes that sets job seekers apart from equally qualified candidates. In addition to oral communication skills, recruiters say the following attributes will give you an edge.
-Written communication skills
-Appropriate interview attire
“The U.S. labor market has been growing polarized between high-skill and low-skill jobs, but common to both ends of the spectrum is the need for soft skills,” says Josh Wright, chief economist at iCIMS. “Whether home health aides or white-collar data scientists, the human element is the key to many of today’s fastest growing jobs.”
Failing to showcase strong soft skills can damage your job prospects. According to the survey, 75 percent of recruiting professionals say they’ve cut short an interview because the candidate made the following job interview mistakes, all of which show a lack of empathy and emotional intelligence—the soft skills that make the difference.
-Showing up late
-Avoiding eye contact
-Checking the phone during interviews
-Forgetting to thank the interviewer
-Forgetting the interviewer’s name
Recruiters say that both technical and soft skills are undeniably important in landing a job and growing a career. According to the survey, the most valued ‘soft skills’ include problem-solving, adaptability, and time-management. But the candidates who can clearly articulate how they solve problems or manage their time are often the ones who ‘tip the hiring scale’ in their favor.
Read more: Forbes