When you’re hiring your next team member, you will most likely scour their resume for hard skills. Do they have the experience and skills to perform the job? However, we recommend you take it one step further. Think of a list of necessary soft skills that will contribute to your team’s productivity and culture fit. While every company and hiring manager will want to look for different traits, we’ve listed 3 of our top soft skills to look for below. Additionally, you’ll find a behavioral interview question that will help you determine if a candidate has them.
First and foremost, you want your employees to have excellent listening skills. But make sure you think beyond just absorbing information. Try to find people who will listen to feedback, take direction, and utilize that information in the future. Your best employees will use everything they learn to form their future strategy.
Question to ask in an interview: Tell me about a time when you took something you learned at a company and applied it directly to your job.
Ability To Take Criticism
Being receptive to feedback is what will make a good employee a great employee. You want to build a team that is not only open to constructive criticism from leaders throughout the company but also fellow teammates. As a bonus, look for someone who will not only accept the feedback but grow beyond exactly what they’re told and look for opportunities for self-improvement.
Question to ask in an interview: Tell me about a time when you received constructive criticism and used it to improve.
Every year, we pick a theme here at Johnson Search Group to guide our strategy. This year, we chose to focus on grit. By definition, grit means “firmness of mind or spirit; unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.” Your dream employees will be able to power through any trials or tribulations that come their way. They will take obstacles in stride and become better having gone through them.
Question to ask in an interview: Tell me about a time when you faced a difficult situation at work and how you overcame it.