Let’s face the truth: these days in the tech world, talent is in high demand, but just having the technical skills is not enough to land the job. In today’s collaborative work environment, many teams are geographically and culturally diverse. Your future co-workers also have diverse technical skills that will overlap yours. Technology is ever evolving and while you may know Jira today, in a few months you may need to learn Bamboo, Hudson or Jenkins for Continuous Integration.
You’re probably well aware of your level of expertise, and you can expect common IT interview questions to drill into that knowledge. Sure, you may need to brush up on some of the more obscure tech skills, but if you can confidently walk your talk, then chances are you won’t be shocked by any outlier technical questions.
However, simply proving your knowledge may not be enough, especially when the next ten candidates in line have the same skills. So what differentiates you as the front runner for your next great career opportunity?
Clearly the importance of soft skills is not a new concept. However, as our current digital age progresses, the requirement of in-person human interaction continues to decline. Given this reality, it makes sense that the balance between soft skills and technical skills is an essential consideration in the hiring process.
The Importance of Balancing Soft Skills with Technical Skills
This concept is important for two specific reasons. First, by ensuring a candidate has a wealth of soft skills (i.e. a positive attitude, self-motivation, great communication, etc.) in addition to his or her technical expertise, you’re gaining a team member who can positively impact your company while also getting the job done.
Secondly, it’s a great measurement tool to ensure you’re making the right decision when choosing an IT staffing firm. Whether you’re in search of just one or two direct hire candidates a year or 20 contingent IT workers a month, your staffing vendor needs to be aware of how their candidates blend into your organization. [···]
It’s no secret that the demand for top IT talent is skyrocketing right now. The challenge is in finding the supply of qualified professionals to fill that demand. As competition for top talent increases and candidates are beginning to see multiple job offers at once, the thought of recruiting and hiring may be overwhelming.
Whether you’re experiencing rapid growth or natural turnover, at some point you may come to the decision that using a staffing firm is worth the investment to help you recruit the talent you need. If that’s the case, make sure you avoid these top three mistakes many companies make when choosing an IT staffing firm.