Is it more important to possess hard skills or soft skills in an interview?
Is it worth applying to a job that you might not have the hard skills for, if you possess the soft skills? I've heard that companies are looking more for skills like persuasion and interpersonal than a degree in a particular field.
Evidence of hard skills on your resume, backed up by a steady work history of increasing responsibility, gets you the interview. Your success in the interview is ALL ABOUT soft skills.
A balance of both soft/hard, the candidates emotional intelligence/commitment and the leadership / development structure within the organisation are often the keys to success. Similar to the previous responses, it is also very dependent on the role requirements.
In my experience, often hard skill expertise can be difficult to adjust (I know best mentality). This can often result in secondary issues if change management and leadership is not executed effectively. Soft skills rich and a willingness to develop (proven ability to adapt) is often a very desirable mix. Again, this is not appropriate if the role is complex and has a requirement for niche type skill sets that don't vary much.
I consult my clients that the most important thing to look for in any new hire is their fit into the business culture. I believe in open, positive, win-win cultures that are focused on generating customer loyalty. If you believe in that ideal, as an example, you want to hire others that will buy into your vision. You need to have the basic skill requirements for the job, but the intangibles are more important in my mind.
I think so there are market fomula is 70% need interpersonal and 30% need interpersonal. ..,
I would pay close attention to the 'required' and 'preferred' skills shown in the job description. This will almost always be a combination of hard skills and soft skills. You will need to have an overall skills match of 70% or higher to pass the automated applicant review software programs used by most companies to screen applicants. If the combination of your skills is less than that 70%, you will not get the opportunity to sell someone at the company on how your soft skills will offset or overcome gaps in your hard skills. A low overall match between your combination of skills and those in a particular job description may also signal that another opportunity may be a better match for your skills.
Your skill set is based on your parents' skills plus your personal strength bounced off a colleague or contemporary. You are really 4 people in one and when you realise that, you are employable which you already suspect!
You are correct, there is more written about Emotional Intelligence today as being a primary factor in professional and personal success...Harvard Business Review, INC, etc and online courses are emphasizing softer skills in the work place. Remember though, if you do not have the hard skills you should apply to a company who is willing to teach them to you or underwrite some of your schooling. Learning curves fluctuate, but if you have good soft skills someone will hire you, I believe...
I agree with others on this post. You need both. You certainly need the skills required for the position that you are applying for. And you need to soft-skills to adequately convey your value and skill-set during the interview.
I will only add that -- if you "might not have the exact hard skills" for this particular job - find "similar" jobs or tasks that you have experience. For example, you may not have SSQ database experience, but you have other database language knowledge (list them and how they equate to SSQ). You may not have led a team of 50 people on a project - but you simultaneous and successful led two teams of 20 on two separate projects, with two separate release schedules- on-time and above the quality requirements.
Find projects and skills that are comparable to the one they are asking about - and talk up those.
If the job requires you to be an individual contributor (not a supervisor or manager), you want to showcase your hard skills yet be personable enough and self-aware enough to work with others and be a team player. If you will be leading a team as a supervisor, manager, or want to move up in the organization you will need the leadership, motivation, communication, and influencing skills that are sometimes called "soft skills", but are not soft at all.
It really depends on the position. I found that when hiring for a help desk position, it was more important a candidate had soft skills and was was able to blend in with the team and handle customers. I could teach them basic technical knowledge if they had the ability to learn and understand. Soft skills are a lot more difficult to teach, if you can teach them at all!
But, when needing a DB, no question, I had to have someone who knew what they were doing. Although a candidate who demonstrated some emotional intelligence aka soft skills, was the candidate more likely to be hired.