The working world has never been as competitive as it is today. Just thirty years ago, young people could expect to graduate from high school and walk into work the next day, where they might spend 30 years at the same company. Today’s workers will need at least an undergraduate degree for most jobs, and they will have to pivot many times throughout their careers as our rapidly changing world continues to change the way we work.
Accordingly, companies are no longer looking to fill seats with anyone who can read and write. We are in the age of company culture, and with some skills working more like commodities, companies are increasingly evaluating soft skills and personal qualities when it comes to making hiring decisions. As a recruiter, it’s your job to ensure that you’re vetting candidates for these qualities before placing them in a role where they could make a big impact.
Here are the six attributes that employers are looking for, and some questions you can ask to help identify quality candidates.