Soft skills vs. Technical skills: What does HR actually look for?

Unveiling the truth of whether one skill is more significant than the other.

The debate between soft skills and technical skills is not new in the world of career and professional development. Nobody, regardless of whether they are fresh graduates or #HR executives with 30 years of working experience, is exempt from discussing it.

Why do people with different roles and levels of experience hold divergent views when everyone is pursuing the same objective of becoming or recruiting a good employee that will benefit the organization? 

Let’s unpack the myths behind these beliefs of whether soft skills or technical skills are more important than others. 

Many fresh graduates and job seekers would highlight their technical abilities because they are easier to demonstrate and measure. Job seekers can increase their chances of being hired if they demonstrate proficiency with certain tools and have technical knowledge relevant to the job.

From the HR manager’s perspective, they would choose the appropriate candidates who fit and can adapt to the corporate culture. This doesn’t mean that technical skills and knowledge are less important. In many cases, soft skills have a significant impact on various aspects of the workplace.

  1. How workers apply technical skills
  2. How employees interact as a team player
  3. How they respond to challenges in the workforce and the organization

Initially, a balance of both skill sets are essential, neither overshadowing the other. Candidates excelling in soft skills yet lacking technical skills may struggle to accomplish tasks given, while those strong in technical abilities but weak in soft skills may face challenges in communicating and embracing workplace culture.

In essence, both skills are intertwined and crucial for all employees to perform well and it’s important to note that the significance of these skills can vary based on industry, role, requirements, and organizational culture.

There, now you know.

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