IT sector job candidates will clearly need to have the requisite technical skills. But there is much else that can give them an edge.
Finding the best candidates for IT posts is an ongoing challenge for recruitment professionals and employers alike. There may be many fine CVs out there, but sometimes there are other skills that can make a difference.
For that reason, it is worth digging deeper into the backgrounds, attitudes and temperaments of candidates to identify the characteristics that define a truly outstanding candidate.
Indeed, this is the sort of thing that is often categorised under the heading of ‘soft skills’ and can make a major difference in two ways.
How can you choose what matters most?
Deciding what extra skills are the most relevant is an important task in recruitment as defining the core competencies for any role; the difference being there are fewer hard and fast rules when choosing which extra personal qualities matter the most.
A good way to help decide what makes the difference is to consider two kinds of extra attributes: Those that are good to have in any circumstances and those that may be particularly useful for your company.
What extra qualities are generally useful?
There are a number ofattributes that can be particularly attractive to many employers:
What skills may be specifically useful for your firm?
For your own firm, you may have some particular attributes that are specific to its needs. For instance, if it is a small firm, the importance of getting on with people on an individual basis will be particularly valuable, while customer service skills will be extremely useful in a public-facing role.
At Rare Skills, we know having the right staff is essential to meeting your business goals. We aim to help ensure we match people up with roles in a way that enables every firm to not just meet its requirements, but exceed them.
How can Rare Skills help you?