It’s important to accurately gauge skill levels of candidates

By Jenny Musial, 1. May 2019


We all know how the discussion goes, regarding finding the right candidates. That one discussion about finding employees with the right skills, someone who’s loyal, will perform and contribute to the company. In recent time there’s been a shift in how we speak about “the right candidates” and the “promising employee” and the discussion has become more and more inclusive of soft skills. As we’re talking about soft skills as something new and revolutionary, we seem to have forgotten that all of us have always possessed a variation of soft skills.

We seem to have forgotten we have always possessed a variation of soft skills.

So, if soft skills are viewed as more and more important, how come we don’t use more time and resources to define and assess this part of our candidate, using the same rigor as with skills of knowledge? Time is one obvious answer, but we also tend to underestimate the task at hand and rely on more intuitive information as we try to guess our candidate’s fit to the job. One ironic result of this is that we tend to end up hiring people of a similar type, but often sharing traits unrelated to requirements for the job.

Ework help our clients hire new co-workers based on their soft skills that are relevant.

Ework help our clients hire new co-workers based on their soft skills that are relevant. To do just that, we eliminate biases and look at the individual per say. Our Ework network consists of consultants, freelancers and independents with a broad variation of excellent soft skills that will ensure that we often find the right match with higher satisfaction for both client and consultant. Therefore, it’s extremely important that, the recruiting/hiring process accurately gauge the skill level of the candidates as it relates to their ability to perform at work. As the bigger percentage of our candidates are active and experts within IT, studies have shown that soft skills are about to dominate the cluster of working active in the IT sector.

The reason why, is that soft skills predict and produce success in the working role and life in general. Studies show how the IT sector is placing a greater importance on soft skills rather than technical ones. The most advantaged IT professionals are the ones with a good variation of soft skills that give them an additional dimension to their work.

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