When a candidate interviews to come aboard The Austin Focus, we look beyond the hard skills such as data analysis on his or her résumé. Soft skills really set people apart when they’re competing for jobs. Here are a few that always impress us when we’re evaluating potential hires:
- Passion: We want to see evidence of a person’s desire to get the job. If someone has clearly done research on The Austin Focus and is prepared to discuss one of our projects or an article about our firm, we know that person really wants the position.
- Self-Awareness: One way to determine a candidate’s level of self-awareness is to ask about the last time he or she had to ask for help. If a person can honestly assess past experiences both good and bad, we immediately feel better about his or her prospects with our company. We emphasize constant improvement, which means we want team members who are willing to own their weak areas and work on them.
- Empathy: There may not be a more important soft skill than this for a professional to possess. Any time we can tell that a potential hire is adept at putting himself or herself in another person’s shoes, we know we’ve found a promising candidate.
These soft skills are in demand for good reason. Find out more about how we evaluate potential hires during interviews by following The Austin Focus on Twitter.