Soft Skills That Employers Look For While Hiring

Advice

October 15, 2021

With all of the time, effort, and money that goes into receiving a graduate degree from a prestigious UK university, it's normal to want to concentrate your CV on the technical abilities you learned during your studies. What may come as a surprise to job seekers with recent master's or doctoral degrees is that there are talents and characteristics that potential employers value even more than those that are directly relevant to the job. Soft abilities related to a candidate's "emotional intelligence" may be given far more weightage than candidates anticipate.  

 

What is emotional intelligence?

The ability to control, sense and assess emotions is referred to as emotional intelligence (EI). Some academics believe emotional intelligence can be taught and improved, while others believe it is natural.

Soft skills and emotional intelligence are defined by a framework of five elements:

 

Self-awareness 

Candidates with self-awareness are self-assured because they trust their instincts and don't allow their emotions to take over. They're well aware of the talents and flaws they possess and try to improve in these areas.

 

Motivation 

Motivated people frequently have a high level of emotional intelligence. They're willing to put off instant gratification in order to achieve long-term success. They're extremely productive, enjoy a good challenge, and are really effective at what they do. If you’re motivated in the right manner, you’ll be an asset to any company that hires you. 

 

Empathy 

Empathy is referred to as the ability to identify with and comprehend the desires, needs, and perspectives of another. People that have empathy are skilled at recognizing other people's sentiments, even if they aren't visible. Empathetic people are frequently good at managing relationships, listening, and relating to others as a result of this. They reject stereotypes and fast judgments, and they live their lives in an open and honest manner. 

 

Self-regulation 

This refers to one's capacity to manage one's emotions and impulses. People who self-regulate are less likely to become enraged or jealous, and they are less likely to make rash, reckless decisions. They consider their options before taking action. Consideration, comfort with change, honesty, and the ability to say no are all characteristics of self-regulation.

 

Social skills 

Another evidence of high emotional intelligence is that people with good social skills can easily talk to and like. Candidates with good social skills make great team players. Rather than focusing on their own accomplishments, they assist others in growing and shining. They are skilled at resolving conflicts, communicating effectively, and creating and maintaining relationships.

 

How you can demonstrate emotional intelligence in an interview?

 

Actively listen 

Instead of concentrating (nervously) on how you will answer a question, concentrate entirely on the question itself. Don't give in to the pressure of having to respond to the question right away. Interviewers are searching for a meaningful response rather than a quick or a scripted one. Rephrase the question in your own terms to ensure that you understand it correctly. If you're not sure if you're answering the question correctly, check with the person who asked it.

 

Show emotions 

Because of interview anxiety, many interviewees come across as wooden and tightly controlled. It's not only okay to display emotion, but the correct emotions will help you connect with the interviewer. Smiling is always good, as long as it does not appear forced or inauthentic. If genuine, showing passion and eagerness is also beneficial. 

 

Show how you are trying to improve yourself

Answering a question about your weakness by framing it as a strength is common advice. For example, professing to be a perfectionist or getting overly invested in your profession can appear to an employer as positives. These responses are no longer sufficient, as interviewers expect something more substantive. When revealing a flaw, explain what you're doing to address it and provide instances of your progress. Interviewers are aware of our flaws and suspect that we will try to disguise them during the interview. 

 
Aside from emotional intelligence, there are additional "soft skills" that can give you an upper hand and make you stand out from the others and increase your chances of landing a job. Some of them are listed below:
 

Analytical skills

This is the ability to examine a problem, seek multiple viewpoints, obtain further information as needed, and identify critical issues that must be handled. Prepare a storey on how you were able to accomplish this.

 

Adaptability/ flexibility

It's crucial to have good time management and the ability to "go with the flow." Tell your potential employer how you handle various projects and prioritize them.

 

Organizing and planning 

The ability to develop, plan, coordinate, and perform projects and activities within an allocated timetable and budget is very crucial, which is why project management training is a resume builder. Say so if you've done it.

 

Communication skills 

In the workplace, the capacity to listen, write, and talk effectively is probably more important than any other talent. Give examples of times when you were able to communicate effectively.

 

Written by Anannya, a content writer, living in Delhi for Amber

 

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