By: David Othus

To get a job, you should have a killer resume, dress appropriately for the interview and gather information on the company and also about the post you have applied for. Are these enough to get a job? If you are serious about a job and want to get it very badly, there is something more that you have to acquire – the soft skills that your interviewer is looking for.

What an interviewer looks for in a candidate?

The resume may be fabricated or may have been revamped to please an interviewer. The candidate may look smart and confident. However, all these are not enough to impress an interviewer. Today, emotional intelligence or soft skills are playing a greater role in fetching dream jobs. Employers look for those soft skills that would make an employee adapt to the work culture and keep him motivated to give his best. Here are the top soft skills that you need to hone before applying for your dream job.

Time management – This is the skill that every employer would want their employees to possess. You not only need to show up for the interview in time but fifteen minutes before to show how serious you are. Moreover, during the course of the interview, use expressions that prove you know the worth of time.

Self-confidence – There is a fine line between bragging and being too meek. You need to tread carefully and appear to be very confident of your abilities and skills. Self-confidence is must for an employee to handle odd situations and also to try new things and so an interviewer always looks for this trait in job applicants.

Communication skills – Communications play a key role in understanding instructions and delegating tasks and also working together in a team. This is a major skill that will determine whether the interviewers would determine your candidature. So, you should be prepared to grab every opportunity to prove that you are great listener and can articulate your ideas perfectly.

Positive attitude – No matter how impressive your resume is and how skilled you are, without positive attitude you cannot survive in the corporate world and progress in your career. Moreover, you also need positive attitude to adapt to your working environment and get along with your colleagues. The interviewers always judge candidates on the amount of positive attitude they show towards the job and life in general. So, make sure that you use terms that express your positive attitude and never miss an opportunity to let the interviewers know how you always motivate your colleagues or juniors and how you handle challenges.

It’s never late to hone your soft skills. You need practice and a conscious effort to improve yourself but if you really want that job, you will certainly learn them and impress the interviewers.


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