Skills every employer should scout out for when looking for employees

Emploi Administrator | 10th December 2019

Career Development
Skills every employer should scout out for when looking for employees

Skills every employer should scout out for when looking for employees

Emploi Administrator | 10th December 2019

Career Development

Skills every employer should scout out for when looking for employees.

In the recent past, employers have been hiring candidates based on their own individual experiences and various skills they have built over time. Today, there are numerous benefits to hiring candidates based on their core skills and attributes.

Being able to know what core skills you should be looking for as an employer and in detail look up the candidates’ skills and attributes will help determine if they are the right fit for your business.

With one in two people considering a career change in the future, now is the time to look for candidates with core skills and attributes, rather than just those who possess specific skills and experience.

The benefits of hiring based on key skills and attributes

Whenever a candidate gets an eye on an opportunity, their key skills, attributes, values, and the right attitude sum up as a huge determinant of their success

“Recruitment professionals will be able to assess whether there is alignment in goals, values, drivers, and interests necessary in the role and within the organization,” says Jerome Alpe, an HR director, founder and CEO of Bureau Consulting Group.

“Regardless of (learned) skills and experience, if the culture fit is not a match, there is an increased risk of failure in the first six months.”

Previous work experiences are important but do not determine whether a candidate will fit within a particular work culture. Personal attributes and transferable skills are key to this.

The core skills recruiters should be looking for.

Employers should look for candidates with transferable skills. A transferable skill is an ability or expertise which may be used in a variety of roles or occupation. There are four core skills that hirers should be focusing on:

  • Organizational skills such as time management or research skills
  • Communication skills such as listening and writing
  • Interpersonal skills like empathy and flexibility
  • Analytical skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving.

“The best measure of success is to look for demonstrated skills working in diverse cultures, someone’s ability to work autonomously and as a team member, individuals who can demonstrate problem-solving and difficult conversations, as well as being a good listener,” says Alpe.

Alpe says there are clues as to whether candidates possess these attributes. “Someone who arrives on time and is well prepared for the interview demonstrates attention to detail and a genuine interest in the role,” she says. “Someone who is inquisitive will listen and ask relevant questions.”

The rise in desire for technical skills

Workplaces are advancing at a rapid pace and technology is changing the way businesses are functioning, this creates a need for candidates to be more tech-savvy.

“In this digital age, everything we do revolves around some form of electronic device,” says Alpe. “Technical skills and expertise in coding and analysis are becoming the norm when recruiting, particularly for entry-level roles.”

According to Alpe, the ability to harness technical skills from in-house employees rather than needing to outsource to a third party can mean the difference between success and failure.

“In a competitive market, businesses have to be as agile as possible,” she says.

“This means becoming industry leaders and responding to changing market conditions and new business opportunities.”

Hiring purely based on a candidate’s previous experience and skills can be limiting. By looking at candidates’ transferable skills and attributes, recruiters can hire for aptitude and potential rather than focusing on what the individual has already achieved.


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