Recruitment and talent trends are continually evolving. Each year, employers and employees alike are shifting their priorities based on what’s popular in the job market.
For instance, social media is now a valuable tool that 84% of companies use to help them with hiring. More and more companies are also implementing flexible work policies in their organization, including giving employees the chance to do remote work to boost their work-life balance.
In the same manner, start-ups promote team productivity by using technology that improves communication and coordination across the organization.
When it comes to skills, finding the right balance of hard and soft skills in candidates can make your recruitment efforts more challenging than they already are.
On the one hand, you have to ensure that applicants have the necessary background knowledge about your industry or business and come with the right amount of technical know-how. You also want candidates who are willing to undergo training to improve their current skillset further.
On the other hand, you need to assess your candidates’ soft skills in a way that involves more than just asking them behavioral questions during interviews. Since soft skills are as valuable as hard skills, you must come up with a hiring program that allows potential employees to demonstrate that they possess the must-have skills of the future.
Some of the soft skills you may want to focus on during the initial and subsequent screenings of candidates include critical and creative thinking, problem solving, decision making, adaptability, and emotional intelligence. These skills are helpful because they can be good indicators of an applicant’s ability to perform well in the workplace.
Taking all of these things into consideration, you should be looking for candidates who have a strong professional ethic and, at the same time, are able to keep up with technological innovations in your field. Thus, the best problem solvers in your team will probably be those who are not afraid to think out of the box and try new ways because your current system may not be working as well as it used to.
Here’s a helpful infographic for more insights about the top skills you should look for in 2020.