Employers Demanding New Grads Have ‘Soft Skills’

The world’s top employers—including construction companies—want to see more than just high GPAs from college grads. Newcomers to the workforce who show they can interact well with a diverse group of co-workers, communicate with clarity, and adapt quickly to changes in technology are a hot commodity. “What the employers want is a well-rounded student,” says Jean Manning-Clark, director of the Colorado School of Mines’ career center. “The ones that get 10 to 12 job offers are the ones who have strong soft skills.” How do hiring managers identify these candidates? Role playing at interviews and internships offer quality insights according to this article from the Associated Press.


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