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13 Ways to Determine a Candidate's Soft Skills

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-21-2013

13 Ways to Determine a Candidate's Soft Skills

Fixer-Uppers  Will they take initiative to correct a situation on their own, or do they ignore it until someone tells them to address it?

13 Ways to Determine a Candidate's Soft Skills

Agile Player  Do they thrive under adaptive circumstances, or do they simply get through them?

13 Ways to Determine a Candidate's Soft Skills

Trust Factor  When they say, "I'll make it happen," does it happen?

13 Ways to Determine a Candidate's Soft Skills

Outgoing Perspective  Have they developed in-depth relations with employees and managers outside the IT department, even those who can't help advance their careers?

13 Ways to Determine a Candidate's Soft Skills

Situational Awareness  Are they aware of both the formal and informal programs that your company supports?

13 Ways to Determine a Candidate's Soft Skills

Self Disclosure  Do they acknowledge their own biases—to the point where it doesn't impact the ability to make good decisions?

13 Ways to Determine a Candidate's Soft Skills

Team Player  Are they willing to advance organizational goals, even if they conflict with their personal agendas?

13 Ways to Determine a Candidate's Soft Skills

Track Record  Do they take advantage of their life experiences to deal with unknown situations?

13 Ways to Determine a Candidate's Soft Skills

Stellar Reputation  Do their subordinates, peers and managers speak highly of them even if they're not in the room?

13 Ways to Determine a Candidate's Soft Skills

Appropriately Attired  How does their dress and grooming reflect upon the professionalism of your IT department?

13 Ways to Determine a Candidate's Soft Skills

Foundational Beliefs  How often have they spoken about their personal values, and how do these values drive their professional performance?

13 Ways to Determine a Candidate's Soft Skills

Reaching Out  Are they involved with their community?

13 Ways to Determine a Candidate's Soft Skills

Global View  Are they eager to tackle projects that require getting to know and understand an entirely different foreign culture?